As we celebrate the miracle of light with friends and family this week, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the recent events that have impacted our community, far and wide.
From the CEO
Our Federation is deeply committed to the safety, security, vibrancy, and strength of Jewish Los Angeles. While the past few weeks have tested us —…
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President & CEO Jay Sanderson shares our Federation’s role in the aftermath of the recent tragedies, traumas, and crises in the Jewish community.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is deeply committed to ensuring the safety, care, and well-being of our community and to supporting those who…
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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.
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.
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.
Our hearts are broken because of the human tragedy that occurred yesterday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
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.
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).