From the CEO
What I See“
I hope that you had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We now move from reflection to celebration as we approach Sukkot. I feel extremely fortunate every morning when I go to work.”
- Jay Sanderson, President & CEORead More
From the CEO
What I See“
I hope that you had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We now move from reflection to celebration as we approach Sukkot. I feel extremely fortunate every morning …”
- Jay Sanderson, President & CEO
Building Entrepreneurs and Changing Lives
We are helping strong but under-resourced Israeli teens who crave innovation and independence.
The Federation, in partnership with Unistream, is closing the socioeconomic gap for teens in Israel and forging Israel’s next generation of socially conscious leaders and entrepreneurs. Unistream teaches high school students in underprivileged neighborhoods the skills they need to be entrepreneurs, changing the trajectory of their lives. The Orden Family — Tedz”l and Hedy Orden, Judy and Tom Flesh, Martha and Barry Berkett, and Helen and Moshe Sassover — has been the lead supporter of this impactful partnership. The family’s patriarch,Ted Ordenz”l was the consummate entrepreneur. Empowering underprivileged youth to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams provided a meaningful way to honor Ted’s memory and help Israel.
In July, Martha, Barry, and Lauren Berkett and Judy and Tom Flesh were in Israel to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the recently renovated Tedz”l and Hedy Orden and Family Unistream Entrepreneurship Center in Or Yehuda — the program’s flagship location.
As part of the Orden family’s extraordinary support of Federation’s partnership with Unistream, the Berkett and Flesh families also attended Unistream’s annual Tedz”l and Hedy Orden and Family Entrepreneur of the Year competition along with more than 3,000 people, including senior Israeli business leaders, elected officials, and diplomats from around the world. Over 70 Unistream groups from all sectors of Israeli society presented their start-ups, and the grand prize was awarded to the third-year group from the Entrepreneurship Center in Netivot.
Coming Together Around the Political Table
In this time of tremendous political division, we need leaders to support our communal capacity to come together around a common table — even in the face of strong differences.
Our Federation’s Community Engagement (CE) Initiative is thrilled to have begun a multi-year partnership with Resetting the Table to support meaningful, productive conversations on some of the most charged issues L.A.’s Jewish communities face, including Israel, red-blue divides, and others. Building on our Federation’s long-standing commitment to bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and views for the common good, we launched the first training cohort of conveners who will work with the Federation to open spaces for much-needed communication across divides for Jewish communities across L.A. This month we also marked the culmination of the first cohort of facilitators who will work with our conveners to moderate these conversations. In the current landscape, we can and need to do more. The Federation invites you to join our efforts to bring our communities together, heal fractures, and build unity without uniformity.
CE & CSI Team Up to Train Elected Staffers
Over 20 staffers from all levels of government attended a breakfast and training led by our Community Security Initiative (CSI) team to learn how to increase situational awareness and prevent potential attacks in their community.
Our Community Engagement (CE) Initiative, in partnership with our Community Security Initiative (CSI) team, offered a training for elected staffers to learn how they can increase their situational awareness and identify pre-incident indicators to prevent an attack. We know that staff of elected officials are on the front lines working with the public and can often encounter passionate or aggressive constituents, so the purpose of this event was to provide tips to ensure attendees’ personal safety and the safety of the elected officials they represent. This training highlighted the essential work of CSI and was also the first time CSI offered this type of service to those outside the Jewish community. We received very positive feedback, which is helpful in our plans to continue to maintain and develop relationships with the staffers of elected officials. We look forward to providing additional programming catered to this particular group.
L.A. Leadership Alumni Bring in the New Year
We are creating pipelines and highlighting leaders so our Federation alumni stay inspired and ready to take action.
The Network’s inaugural Shana Tova Party was held at a private home in Beverly Hills. Almost 150 Federation leadership alumni from various programs and current participants of our Community Leadership Institute (CLI) and Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) gathered to celebrate two outstanding community leaders, Marisa Glucoft (NLP) and Andrew Kirsch (Young Leadership Development Institute). This is just the beginning of The Network’s newly identified commitment to highlighting young adult leaders and supporting alumni in finding their next leadership role within the Jewish and wider communities.
Young Adult Leaders to Take Over L.A.
Our Los Angeles Jewish community just gets more and more promising.
The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) held its opening retreat at Camp Ramah. Over 70 participants attended the retreat where they took part in skill-building workshops (e.g., Sharing My Jewish and Community Leadership Journey, text study, The Role of a Mission, Unconscious Bias Training, etc.). In addition, participants spent time getting to know one another through hiking, completing ropes courses, and attending inspiring Shabbat and havdalah experiences. There is no question, these leaders are eager and excited to get to work.
From the CEO: What I See
I hope that you had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We now move from reflection to celebration as we approach Sukkot. I feel extremely fortunate every morning when I go to work.
I see the Federation through the eyes of our passionate, dedicated, and accomplished staff. I see the Federation through the eyes of our lay leaders and donors. Each is different but they share a deep commitment to our mission and our work.
I see the Federation through the eyes of those whose lives we impact each and every day. I see it in the eyes of the frail Holocaust survivor, the teenager in the housing project outside of Tel Aviv, the first-time camper, the young interfaith couple seeing Israel together for the first time, the adult with special needs, the young mother in an early childhood center, the trauma victim, and the multigenerational family entering their safe and secure synagogue.
I see the Federation in their eyes, and they feel it in their hearts. The Federation is the strong, beating heart of our Jewish community.
Beginning today, we will be sharing the work and the powerful impact of our — your — Federation with you through this monthly update.
I encourage you to read them and to email us your thoughts and concerns.
The sukkahs we build are temporary shelters symbolizing the huts the Israelites built after they escaped Egypt. Our Federation is the permanent shelter for our community and the heartbeat of Jewish L.A.
President & CEO