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.

We Were Built for Times Like This

We have written many times about the extraordinary ability of our Federations to respond to crises of all kinds. Unfortunately, we write today with yet another example. Still reeling from the impact of a global health pandemic, Texas was dealt a terrible blow with this week’s winter…

We Will Never Forget

In December, a building with special meaning to my family and me was completed. This new apartment complex in the heart of downtown Tel Aviv is now home to hundreds of struggling Holocaust survivors. It’s part of the Amigour Housing Program, supported by Jewish Federations through our…

LiveSecure: Broadening and Deepening a Secure Future

We took office as Chair and Secretary of The Jewish Federations of North America mere weeks before the shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue building in Pittsburgh. We served through the shooting in San Diego; the attacks in Poway, Monsey, Jersey City and Halle, Germany; the increase in …

Jewish Federations’ Israel and Overseas Giving Exceeds 2020 Goal

Perhaps the most frequently used saying in our work at the Jewish Federations of North America is “kol yisroel arevim zeh lazeh” – all Jews are responsible for one another. Though it may be often used, I am writing to share with you an example of this principle that truly is extraordin…

A Moment with a Teacher

If we’re lucky, we have moments with teachers that stay with us for life. One such moment is on my mind this weekend.
I was sitting on the bimah at Park Synagogue in Cleveland with our esteemed rabbi emeritus, Armond Cohen, z”l. I was a member of the Ohio Senate at the time. Rabbi Cohen …