Leadership in Times of Crisis

President & CEO Jay Sanderson shares our Federation’s role in the aftermath of the recent tragedies, traumas, and crises in the Jewish community.

From Our Leadership

The local wildfires have destroyed or damaged many of our beloved Jewish institutions. Impacted organizations include Camp JCA Shalom, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps (Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp), and Ilan Ramon Day School — and sadly, the danger is not over.

We Are Here For You

It’s been a tough few days. Unfortunately, I am writing to you amidst another crisis affecting our community. As you know, wildfires are raging across Los Angeles in the West San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. At this moment, numerous neighborhoods are under mandatory evacuation.

Fight Hate with Love — Stand in Solidarity and Donate

Days have passed, and we are still reeling from the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This horrific attack has broken our hearts, and we must come together to heal with love, compassion, and community.

We Stand with Pittsburgh

Our hearts are broken because of the human tragedy that occurred yesterday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Working Together to Strengthen Jewish Identity

During my visit in Israel this past week, I spent countless hours in conversation with Israeli and North American leaders. We discussed how we can build a stronger connection between Diaspora Jews and Israelis. We talked about the challenge of strengthening the Jewish identities of all Jews here, in Israel, and around the world. We agreed that this is essential work. And that we need to do this work together.

The Impact of the Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program Through the Eyes of a Coordinator in the South Bay

The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program is the largest student delegation program in the Jewish world. Every year, 600 students in 6th-10th grades from 30 schools in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program. Sabrina Brotons, Global Teen Twinning Coordinator and Assistant Director of Experiential Education at Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay in California shares her experiences from the 16th Joint Teachers Seminar in Greece and Bulgaria.

On My Way to Israel

As I write this e-mail, I am preparing to travel to Israel with many community leaders, including our incredible Chair Julie Platt, JFNA Outgoing Chair Richard Sandler, and several of my colleagues. We will join with hundreds of leaders and professionals from Jewish communities around the world as we attend The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (GA).