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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.

This Chanukah, We're Bringing Ethiopian Olim Home to Israel

Yesterday, the Israeli government voted to admit an additional 3,000 Ethiopian olim to Israel, beginning a new and important round in the historic ingathering of the Jewish people to the Jewish state. And last evening, Jews around the world lit the first candle of Hanukkah. These two importa…

Jewish Security 20 Years After 9/11

When the sun sets this evening, we will enter the holiest Shabbat of our Jewish calendar – the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,  also known as Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath of Return. 

On this Shabbat, we are intensely focused on examining our behavior and on atoning for our …

Bound Together: Rosh Hashanah 5782

by Mark Wilf


On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we add three beautiful, poetic paragraphs to our morning prayers, each of which begins with the word “uv’chein”, which roughly translates to “and so.”  In each we ask big things of G-d – to make all the world revere G-d, to bring…

Responding Urgently to the Emergency in Haiti

Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake this weekend, which has killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of homes.

As a collective, Jewish Federations are responding immediately to support relief efforts through the Joint Distribution Committe…

Coming Together to Combat Antisemitism


The unsettling rise of antisemitism in our country has shaken many in our community, leaving people wondering how to fight the oldest hatred.

On Tuesday, in Washington, DC, we took concrete steps to answer that question.

250 Cabinet Members and Alumni from across 50 communities answe…