News & Media

Here are the latest Federation updates — including blogs from our leadership and photos from a host of events, along with press releases and our social media feed.

Back from an Extraordinary Trip to Israel

I just returned from an extraordinary trip to Israel. It was the first trip from a major Federation since the start of COVID and we were welcomed with open arms and with a sense of both relief and excitement. I was joined on the trip by 34 of our Federation’s leaders and philanthropists including our Board Chair Albert Praw and his wife Heidi, our General Campaign Chair Orna Wolens and her husband Keenan, our Vice Chair Lynn Bider and her husband and former Board Chair Les, and four additional Board members.

Cover Story: Twelve Years of Leadership

We are proud to share this week’s Jewish Journal cover story that details the incredible journey of our President & CEO Jay Sanderson and the…
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This coming Sunday night, I will stand before almost 500 community lay and professional leaders, my family, and dear friends. They are coming from across…
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Our Collective Power

On the heels of the High Holidays and Sukkot, and as we approach another Shabbat, I feel proud and grateful. When our community faced yet…
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G’mar Chatimah Tovah for the Entire Jewish Community

Tonight is the eve of Yom Kippur. I can already hear that beautiful melody of Kol Nidre — the same melody and the same words…
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I’ve always seen the world as a canvas — not blank, but already ripe and wrought with art just waiting to be seen, admired, and listened to. Around every…
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The Clarion Call of the Shofar

I woke up this morning to gray skies and a cool mist. I drove to the office past lines of young people waiting to return…
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Before the pandemic started, I had plans to leave Los Angeles to start a teaching credential program in Baltimore, MD. By the time the fall…
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Serve the Moment* found me at the most perfect time. Moving through severe physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual burnout meant I was coming face to face…
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The Dog Days of Covid — Overcoming Challenges with Your Help

We are in the midst of not just the “dog days of summer” but the dog days of Covid. We were all looking forward to…
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Federation Impact Update: July 2021

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…
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Brawerman Fellowship – The Path to Success

Yoni Benzacar, Brawerman Fellowship* recipient and recent Emory University graduate with a major in Political Science, shares how the Fellowship helped him create his path to success and grow as a leader.  What was…
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Our Federation Never Takes a Break

It almost feels like a normal Southern California summer. We are taking summer trips and our children have returned to summer camp. The beaches are…
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Meet Brawerman Fellow Alum Britt Jacobson

Britt Jacobson, Brawerman Fellowship* recipient and recent USC graduate with a major in Global Studies and double minors in Folklore & Popular Culture and Music…
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Avery Salin & Gisella Farkas, 11th graders at West Ranch High School and recipients of The Julie Platt Teen Innovation Grants* started the project Youth Mental Health Awareness (YMHA) to bring attention to…
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Clara Davidson (they/them), 8th grader at Valley Preparatory School and founder of Q.T. Wellness, shares their experience as a recipient of our Federation’s Los Angeles…
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Announcing Our New President & CEO

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…
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Federation Impact Update: June 2021

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.

Meet Brawerman Fellow Alum Joshua Zommick

Joshua Zommick, recent UCLA Graduate with a major in Material Science Engineering and Brawerman Fellowship* recipient, shares his appreciation for the Brawerman Fellowship and how…
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Persian Sunrise, American Sunset

Since 2018, the Federation’s Y&S Nazarian Initiative has partnered with The Braid (formerly known as Jewish Women’s Theatre) to continue to elevate the voices of…
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Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is a vibrant, forward-thinking, mission, impact, and results-driven organization — and Jewish to our core. We identify, assess and address both the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities in order to support and sustain Jewish community today and ensure a rich Jewish community accessible to everyone for generations. The result? We touch every Jewish life in Los Angeles, Israel and the world—starting with yours.
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Jewish Federation of Greater Los AngelesWednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 5:30pm
Westside Food Bank
This past Sunday, as Hanukkah came to a close, our Federation's young adult initiative NuRoots community members came together to help give holiday light to our neighbors in need. We teamed up with Westside Food Bank to sort donations and get them ready for distribution across the city. We're so proud of everyone who packed over 120 boxes of nutritious food items!
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Jewish Federation of Greater Los AngelesSaturday, December 4th, 2021 at 12:11am
This morning, our Federation proudly joined our local elected officials and civic partners in a candle-lighting event and with our global partners on a coordinated nationwide effort to Shine a Light on addressing antisemitism and all forms of hate. Together we stood for religious tolerance and shining the light of mutual respect for diverse faiths and communities in Los Angeles today.

Incoming Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles President & CEO Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas shared about the miracle of Hannukah, saying, "It's not that one light lasted eight nights, but that we can take something and make it brighter and brighter and brighter and brighter by adding one to another to another to another."

Something to think about this Shabbat is that no matter who you are or wherever you are, when we unite to build each other up, we inspire a brighter future by encouraging generations to come to do the same.

Capri Maddox, Mayor Eric Garcetti LA City Attorney Mike Feuer ; Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Councilmember John Lee, Paul Krekorian and Paul Koretz; County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; County Assessor Jeffrey Prang

Event partners include the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, ADL Los Angeles, AJC - American Jewish Committee , Philos Project, Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department, Jewish World Watch and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade All Peoples Community Center FACE - Faith And Community Empowerment
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Jewish Federation of Greater Los AngelesFriday, December 3rd, 2021 at 2:06am
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
On the 5th night of Hanukkah, we join with organizations across the country in lighting up our Federation’s BAR Center yellow to #ShineALight on antisemitism.

Together, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community to dispel the darkness. Learn more at



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