From the CEO

Our Federation’s Response to Colleyville, TX

The events this past weekend at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas are a sobering reminder that antisemitism continues to plague Jewish communities here in…
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Day One

Today I join the more than 130 employees who dedicate themselves to support a kind, protected, and flourishing Jewish community here in Los Angeles and…
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My Best Wishes as We Enter a New Year

As we near the end of another eventful year, there is opportunity to feel grateful. While it was a vast improvement over the last, this…
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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.

From the CEO

Gratitude

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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From the CEO

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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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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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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Our Commitment to You

Since I returned from my short but impactful leadership and solidarity trip to Israel, I have heard the fears and concerns of many community members…
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The Actions We Take

I am writing to you from my seat on an El Al flight headed to Israel. After the frightening antisemitic acts of last week and…
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A Gift for Elijah

In just over a week, we will be opening up our wine-stained Haggadot and retelling the story of our exodus from Egypt. Our story is…
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From the CEO

Acknowledging a Milestone

I am one of those people who loves celebrating milestones, especially birthdays and anniversaries. We are fast approaching an anniversary we all have to acknowledge…
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Public Briefing on Ethnic Studies

The last year has been challenging for so many people in our community and certainly for people in all communities throughout Los Angeles and the…
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Israel feels our heartbeat

Our Federation’s love and concern for our Jewish community transcends borders. When we see the harrowing effects of COVID-19 on our Israeli family, we can’t…
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From the CEO

The Long Year Ahead

Thank you for your strong support in 2020 for the health, welfare, security and sustainability of our beloved Jewish community. Together, we were able to…
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From the CEO

Shabbat Prayer for Our Country

As we prepare for Shabbat after the tragic violence, senseless loss of life, and assault on our democracy on the steps of our nation’s Capitol…
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