The Federation, along with their partners at IKAR, organized and connected a vast network of synagogues and rabbis throughout the city to create a one-of-a-kind event. It brought together Jews across Los Angeles to observe one of our most cherished traditions.
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On Friday December 3rd in Grand Park, we convened elected officials including Mayor Eric Garcetti, our incoming President & CEO Rabbi Noah Farkas, and our civic partners from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds for a powerful event that raised awareness about antisemitism and all forms of hate.
Our Federation continuously identifies and addresses our community’s greatest challenges and opportunities — locally and globally. Below are just a few recent examples of the powerful impact your support makes possible.
Our President & CEO Jay Sanderson meets with other global leaders to address the needs of populations living in poverty
Tonight is the eve of Yom Kippur. I can already hear that beautiful melody of Kol Nidre — the same melody and the same words that my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and their ancestors experienced over the many past generations. As I enjoy those thoughts, there is one thought that transcends them all — Yom Kippur is the culmination of the Ten Days of Teshuvah. Teshuvah is often taken to mean repentance, but it also means “return.” That one thought starts with a question — “return” to what?
We are thrilled to announce the next leader of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. After an extensive search, the Board of the Federation has voted and approved Rabbi Noah Farkas to be the next President & CEO. Rabbi Farkas’ official term will begin on January 1st, 2022, but he will begin working at the Federation in November. The Federation’s current President & CEO Jay Sanderson will continue to serve in that role through December 31st, 2021.
We are deeply concerned about the dramatic rise in antisemitism and direct attacks on Jews worldwide. We condemn last night’s attack on Jews by a pro-Palestinian mob in a restaurant in West Hollywood. Our Community Security Initiative (CSI) is working directly with local law enforcement to make sure that the perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Beginning on the evening of Wednesday, April 7th, and ending on the evening of Thursday, April 8th, Jewish communities throughout the world will commemorate Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a holy day — one in which we remember the approximately six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. It is our sacred duty to remember the victims of the Holocaust.
Our most prominent Los Angeles city leaders wish you a healthy and joyous Passover with thoughts on the meaning of the holiday and hopeful messages for our Jewish future.