From the CEO

What is Your Legacy?

This past summer, I celebrated my 60th birthday. Honestly, there were many things about turning 60 that felt strange. My mother told me that “60…
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From the CEO

The Power of Community

Thank you for your continued support of our Federation and our Jewish community. 2017 was a difficult and trying year for our community. We saw…
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A Sense of Urgency

We really need your help. This has been a difficult year for so many. Unfortunately, we know that 2018 is going to be even more challenging for our most vulnerable. We take responsibility for those among us in the greatest need — frail elderly, Holocaust survivors, those struggling financially, and those facing challenges and barriers in their day-to-day lives.

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Making Miracles Together

In just a few days, we will celebrate Chanukah. We will light our menorahs, placing them in our windows for all to see. Unfortunately, as you read this, the image of flames burning brightly has caused tremendous pain and suffering throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. We stand ready to help those who need us because that is an essential Federation value and commitment.

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We are Thankful

I grew up an hour away from Plymouth Rock in historic Salem, Massachusetts. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite American holiday. It’s not because of turkey and stuffing (although, I must admit, I do love Thanksgiving food!). I love this holiday because I’m deeply thankful — especially this year.

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Tune in to My Weekly Podcast

I think it is critical to ask questions, be curious, strive to learn, and interact with people from diverse backgrounds. The resulting conversations give us the opportunity to grow as individuals, as a community, and as a people. Just three weeks ago, we launched my new weekly podcast — Jay’s 4 Questions — which features dynamic and provocative discussions with thought leaders, disrupters, movers and shakers, experts, and more.

From the CEO

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Federation 20/20

During these increasingly uncertain times, it has never been clearer that our Federation is essential to the fabric of our Jewish community and that we do indeed touch every Jewish life, including yours.

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New Year, New Website

The High Holy Days are a time for us to reset — mentally, spiritually, and physically. As we reflect on the past year, the New Year gives us the opportunity for a fresh start.

From the CEO

Keeping Our Community Safe and Secure

Since the deeply troubling events in Charlottesville and the equally troubling reaction and aftermath, I have received an understandable increase in distressed and anxious e-mails.

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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.