Press & Media
State Budget to Support Jewish Camps, Holocaust Initiatives
July 27, 2022
Our Federation made the news thanks to the amazing advocacy work of our Civic Engagement team! Together they helped secure funds that will go directly to help aid Jewish summer camps, strengthen security at local Jewish institutions, and more.
The Launch of our Landmark Study of Jewish Los Angeles
June 29, 2022
The Jewish community of Los Angeles has grown in both size and diversity, the 2021 Study of Jewish LA found. Since the last comprehensive study of Jewish Angelenos in 1997, the number of Jewish households has increased by 25% to a total nearing 300,000.
Our President & CEO's Humanitarian Mission to Ukraine Border
March 17, 2022
Rabbi Noah Farkas, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, is part of a delegation on a humanitarian relief trip to Poland at the Ukraine border.
Ukraine Fundraising Campaign and Border Trip
March 15, 2022
Even in Los Angeles, it's not difficult to identify with the pain of the Ukrainian people. For Jews, the Russian invasion is all too familiar and at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, fundraising efforts to help refugees have already brought in over $1.5 million.
Our Response to the Crisis in Ukraine
February 28, 2022
There are so many people in Southern California with loved ones in the conflict zone. Some, like Anastasia Shostak, have family in both Russia and Ukraine.
Our Response to the Crisis in Ukraine
February 25, 2022
Several hours after Odessa awoke to explosions Thursday morning, Avraham Wolff, the city’s chief rabbi, got a call from a nearly 90-year-old Holocaust survivor. The man was so distressed he could barely speak.
The agenda for new L.A. Federation CEO Noah Farkas: Building trust and diversity (eJewish Philanthropy)
February 3, 2022
Just six days into his new job as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Rabbi Noah Farkas had found some time to make his office his own: Along with 30 still-packed boxes of books, the Plano, Texas, native made room for a Dallas Cowboys mini-helmet, a baseball he caught at a Dodgers game and a rock decorated by one of his kids to read “Abba rocks 2015.”
CSI Keeps Our Synagogues and Community Safe (Spectrum1 News)
January 25, 2022
In the last few years, Jason Dice has been to more than 180 synagogues across Los Angeles. Dice recently scoped out a congregation in Beverly Hills.
Press Conference on Security with ADL & Law Enforcement (CBS LA)
January 24, 2022
After last weekend’s hostage standoff at a synagogue in Texas, local and federal authorities held a news conference Friday morning in Los Angeles to address safety concerns for local synagogues.
CSI Addressing Rising Crime in Los Angeles (Jewish Journal)
December 16, 2021
On December 1, paroled felon Aariel Maynor allegedly killed philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of music executive Clarence Avant and mother-in law of Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO, in her Beverly Hills home. He then allegedly burglarized a second home and accidentally shot himself in the foot.
Shining A Light on Antisemitism (CBS News)
December 7, 2021
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held its annual Community Leaders Hanukkah Candle Lighting at Grand Park Friday morning. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rabbi Noah Farkas, the incoming president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and Capri Maddox, executive director of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Department, spoke at the 9 a.m. ceremony.
Our President & CEO on the Antisemitic Flyers in Beverly Hills (Fox News)
November 28, 2021
Multiple Beverly Hills residents woke up on the first day of Hanukkah to find anti-Semitic flyers in their yards, police said. Beverly Hills police received a call around 6 a.m. from a resident who reported finding a flyer containing "hate speech."
The Opening of Our Dynamic BAR Center at the Beach (Jewish Journal)
November 7, 2021
Named for lead donors Allison and Bennett Rosenthal, and designed by Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, the $10 million renovated BAR Center, located on the Venice Beach boardwalk, will open in January 2022 and once again serve hundreds of seniors with programs and services, in partnership with Jewish Family Service of LA.
An “Ultimate Insider” mission to Israel (eJewish Philanthropy)
November 7, 2021
An “Ultimate Insider” mission to Israel from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Participants included the federation’s CEO, Jay Sanderson; Les Bider, past chair of the board; Lynn Bider, vice chair of the board; Albert Praw, chair of the board; and Orna Wolens, general campaign chair.
An Inspiring Retrospective On Our President & CEO’s Impact (Jewish Journal)
October 28, 2021
The small cardboard boxes that lined the top of his office credenza said it all. Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, had started the task of methodically packing the numerous memorabilia he collected throughout his career.
Our Work Defeating the Antisemitic UTLA Vote (Daily News)
September 21, 2021
A vote on a controversial resolution expressing support for Palestine and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel will likely be shelved during a meeting this week of members of the union representing Los Angeles Unified teachers.
What Do You Say on Yom Kippur? Greetings, Prayers, Kol Nidrei for Jewish Day of Atonement (Newsweek)
September 15, 2021
Following Rosh Hashanah, a festive celebration of the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur strikes a more sober tone. Yom Kippur is the most significant of all the Jewish holidays and marks the end of a 10-day period of repentance that starts with Rosh Hashanah. Those
Providing a Virtual Community for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish Journal)
September 12, 2021
Twenty civic leaders representing city, county, state and federal government participated in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ annual Rosh Hashanah gathering titled “Hear Our Voices: Reflections and Visions for the New Year A Rosh Hashanah Celebration With Civic Leaders” on Monday, Aug. 30. About 105 people tuned in on Zoom.