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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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The Federation is Everywhere

The Federation is Everywhere

This morning, I was waiting in line at Starbucks. After I ordered my soy matcha green tea latte, I noticed a woman trying to get my attention. She looked familiar, and I decided to walk over to her. As part of my work, I am privileged to meet hundreds of community members at numerous events throughout the year, in addition to spontaneous run-ins throughout Los Angeles. No matter the location, touching lives and building friendships is rooted in the Federation's mission. This is what makes our community a community — and I never take for granted the generosity and deeply held interest and commitment our supporters have for the impactful work of the Federation. Read More »

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We Are Proud To Be Different

We Are Proud To Be Different

We are different and we embrace differences. As a Federation, we are a unique organization and different from others across North America. Our purpose is to support, sustain, build and ignite our Jewish community. We identify our greatest challenges and we address them with our partners. When we see a challenge that presents an opportunity for us to respond and bring positive results, we move forward. We don’t hesitate to make an impact. We have a growing number of adults with special needs in Los Angeles. Each one deserves a path to a meaningful and Jewish life in our community, not outside of it. This is a challenge we are facing head on — today. Read More »

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Why We Do Not Have Time for a Summer Vacation

Why We Do Not Have Time for a Summer Vacation

Last week, I met with one of our community's most generous philanthropists. He assumed that like most of Los Angeles, our Federation slows down during the summer. I explained that because of the depth and breadth of our high-impact work, we work as hard in July as we do in February or October. There is no “summer vacation” for our Federation and our staff and lay leadership. Read More »

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