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Now, More Than Ever, We Need to Come Together

Now, More Than Ever, We Need to Come Together

As Jews, we are taught that when our values are threatened, we must stand together for what we believe. We are taught that hatred and bigotry are intolerable. Tomorrow’s Shabbat is an opportunity to honor diversity, equality, and inclusion in the face of fear, division, and hate. Read More »

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Being Jewish is Priceless

Being Jewish is Priceless

Like many of us, I read with interest the Los Angeles Times op-ed article “It’s Too Expensive to be Jewish.” My response is that being Jewish is priceless. That’s why our Federation is deeply committed to making Jewish life accessible and affordable for everyone. We understand the challenges facing many in our community. Our job is to reach out and engage as many as we can and open their eyes to all that our diverse community has to offer. Read More »

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Love Angeles - Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Love the NuRoots Way

Love Angeles - Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Love the NuRoots Way

I always say that our Federation never takes summer vacation, but we ensure that our young people enjoy fun, Jewish summers. Today, there are hundreds of young people at one of our outstanding Jewish summer camps and hundreds visiting Israel for the first time as a part of our partnerships with Birthright Israel, Honeymoon Israel, Masa Israel and Onward Israel. A major focus of our engagement work locally centers on young adults in their 20s and 30s connecting them to Jewish life in ways that are as unique as they are. Read More »

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I asked - you answered.

I asked - you answered.

I want to thank the large number of you who responded to my last e-mail and took time to answer my questions. Your openness, passion and willingness to continue the conversation reflect the same deep concerns we see throughout our diverse Jewish community and address every day. Read More »

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I Have Two Important Questions for You

I Have Two Important Questions for You

My goal has always been for these e-mails to become a conversation. Since every good conversation starts with a question, here are two: Read More »

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Shalom from Israel

Shalom from Israel

I’m writing to you today from Israel — with some personal reflections. This has been a momentous week as Israel celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem. Fifty years ago this week, as I was looking forward to my 10th birthday, I saw my grandfather with tears in his eyes. He told me the story of Israel as if he witnessed every moment. Unfortunately, my grandfather, a man whose family escaped the pogroms in Russia, never saw Jerusalem with his own eyes. Read More »

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Our Newest Partnership in Israel

Our Newest Partnership in Israel

Soon after you read this letter, I will be touching down in Tel Aviv to lead our Israel Unparalleled trip. Our Federation missions are incredible opportunities to see the power of our work firsthand around the world, especially in Israel. I wish you could be with us to see it, but the next best thing is to watch this video, which details our newest partnership in Israel with Unistream. Read More »

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Twinning at 20

Twinning at 20

This is a momentous year for our Federation as we mark the 20th anniversary of our Global Twinning Program. Imagine a program that has connected thousands of students in Greater Los Angeles to their peers in Tel Aviv, Israel and Vilnius, Lithuania. Consider the power of these young people experiencing Jewish life firsthand in these historic and dynamic centers of Jewish life. Read More »

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Engagement and Building Community

Engagement and Building Community

I was recently interviewed by the Jewish Federations of North America on our Federation’s role in the Los Angeles Jewish community with specific regard to engagement. I spoke about why community involvement is a top priority of ours and what 21st century Jewish life can look like. The interview also highlighted our role in building a strong and long-lasting community. Read More »

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Wishing You a Meaningful Pesach

Wishing You a Meaningful Pesach

Tonight, most of us will sit at our Seder tables with our families and our friends to share a powerful experience with Jews and many non-Jews across the globe. Although the story has been told for hundreds of years, the retelling is unique in almost every home. It is a story of our people's redemption from slavery in Egypt and it transcends denominations and nationalities. Read More »

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The Responsibility of Our Federation

The Responsibility of Our Federation

I want to start by saying thank you. I have been writing these e-mails for several months now and the response has been overwhelming. Over 10,000 of you are reading them and many of you are writing me back. Thank you for reaching out to me. I appreciate all of your responses — even the ones that are critical. Read More »

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You Can Make A Difference

You Can Make A Difference

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Israel with nine of our Federation's outstanding young professionals, working side by side with young Israelis at one of Tel Aviv's soup kitchens, a part of a Federation partnership called "OneDay Social Volunteering." OneDay has developed a powerful platform that harnesses the time and commitment of young people across Israel to help vulnerable populations. Read More »

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Imagine the Possibilities!

Imagine the Possibilities!

Today, as the clouds are beginning to clear, I want to share with you some exciting news for our community: we just received final approval to create a 21st century Jewish community center on the edge of the Pacific! Read More »

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Our Commitment to Immigration and Resettlement

Our Commitment to Immigration and Resettlement

I returned this week from an incredibly meaningful trip to Hungary and Israel where I experienced the power of our work abroad. During my ten-day trip, I received many e-mails asking, “Where is the Federation’s statement on the Executive Order on Immigration?” Read More »

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Beginnings

Beginnings

As we begin 2017, I want to talk to you about "beginnings" and tell you what our Federation means when we say, "We are committed to the Jewish journey from birth to giving birth and beyond." We are invested in the next generations — and that investment starts at the beginning. We all want our children to be resilient and our families to be strong. We care about our children's development and their families' connection to an inspiring Jewish community. Read More »

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We Cannot Turn Away

We Cannot Turn Away

As this challenging year ends, I am deeply troubled. This is a time of great uncertainty. In the past, the Jewish community has always been able to count on the strength of our communal institutions. As you know, in Los Angeles our Federation has been at the heart of Jewish life for over 104 years. We are the bedrock of the community. Read More »

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Leadership

Leadership

This past Sunday, 68 passionate, committed and talented young people graduated from our Community Leadership Institute (CLI). It is the culmination of over a year spent together learning about leadership and the challenges facing our community. I had the privilege of being one of their first speakers when the program began 15 months ago, and again this past Sunday when I was the final speaker at their graduation. The following is what I expressed to them... Read More »

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Making an Impact

Making an Impact

Two Sundays ago, I was pedaling forcefully up a long and winding hill with rain pouring down on me. I was riding 36 miles with hundreds of others, and not one of us was deterred by the weather. As our saying goes, we were "riding for the Jewish future" in The Jewish Federation's fourth, and most successful, Tour de Summer Camps — the community-wide fundraising event that has raised millions of dollars and helped hundreds of children attend one of twelve life-changing Jewish summer camps in Los Angeles. Read More »

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Leadership, Memory, Community, Future and Hope

Leadership, Memory, Community, Future and Hope

As I reflect on the past year, I am saddened by the loss of five great leaders. This past year we lost Bram Goldsmith, Jona Goldrich, Chuck Boxenbaum, Osias "Ozzie" Goren and Israel's statesman and leader, Shimon Peres. Each of them impacted our Jewish community, and each of them left an indelible mark on our Federation and our essential work. Read More »

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I Must Confess

I Must Confess

As we head into these High Holy Days, I need to confess. Seven years ago, before I became the President and CEO of our Jewish Federation, I did not truly understand the power and impact of a gift to the Federation's Annual Campaign. Now I do. And as we begin the New Year, I want to make sure you do as well. We all know the central role the Annual Campaign has played in Los Angeles for over 100 years. It has been instrumental in creating and sustaining most agencies and organizations that strengthen our community. It supported the establishment of the State of Israel and has been a leader in the rescue and absorption of tens of thousands of Jews in distress from all over the world. Read More »

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