From Our Leadership

Julie Platt is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and serves as Chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Jewish Federations Launch Hawaii Willdfire Fund to Support Relief Efforts

As you have likely seen on the news, wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui have devastated communities on the island.  According to news reports, the fires have caused at least 36 deaths, have wiped out the historic city of Lahaina, and destroyed people’s homes. Not only does Maui’…

Jewish Federations Respond to Advance of Reasonableness Law

In response to the Knesset’s vote earlier today on the Reasonableness Law, Jewish Federations of North America issued the following statement:


“The Jewish Federations of North America are deeply pained over the growing polarization we have witnessed in Israeli society as a result of th…

United in Support of Israel & the Latest on Judicial Reform

Like everyone who loves and cares about Israel, we are following the news from our Jewish State today with great concern and anxiety.  


We wish Prime Minister Netanyahu a complete and speedy recovery and pray that his newly installed pacemaker will provide the health benefits that his do…

Update on Judicial Reform

I know we are all receiving inquiries – and have our own concerns – about the renewal of the judicial reform legislative activity in the Knesset, and the growing divisions in Israeli society around this important issue. I wanted to send a brief update, with more to come after Shabbat.

Gratitude on Passover

In our lifetime we have seen an explosion of new Passover Haggadot and commentaries to aid us in leading a Pesach Seder. One of our favorite scholars and teachers is Dr. Erica Brown, who published a terrific book called Seder Talk.


In her book, Dr. Brown comments on the paragraph in the…