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.

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 …

JFNA Mourns the Passing of Sheldon Adelson, z"l

The Jewish Federations of North America mourns the loss of Sheldon Adelson, z"l, whose profound commitment to Jewish peoplehood and the State of Israel is well known.

Through his support for numerous programs, he helped an entire generation get to know Israel and he powered the effort to st…

Lighting Lights


It is almost impossible to overstate how important lighting lights is to Jewish law and tradition. We light candles for Shabbat, for holidays, and, of course, for the eight days of Chanukah, which begins this evening.

Maimonides, in the Mishneh Torah, teaches that if one is poor and doesn…

Remembering the Emigration of Soviet Jewry

As this long year comes to a close and we look forward to tackling the formidable agenda we have for our community and the world in 2021, it is good to be reminded of our power to make change happen through collective action. December 6 is just such a reminder.

On December 6, 1987, 250,000 …

Our Hearts Are Full As Ethiopian Olim Arrive in Israel

On Thursday, December 3, a group of Ethiopian olim landed in Israel. We join the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel in celebrating this historic event and welcoming this group of olim to their homeland. Helping Ethiopians and other Jews worldwide come home to Israel is one…