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.

JFNA Mourns the Loss of Norma Kipnis-Wilson z”l

The Jewish Federations of North America mourn the loss of Norma Kipnis-Wilson z”l – women’s philanthropy visionary and co-founder of the Lion of Judah.

Norma was a powerhouse whose spirit and work touched countless lives and continue to do so. In 1970, when Jewish Women’s Philant…

JFNA Leadership attends White House Menorah Lighting Celebration

JFNA was honored to participate in the 2021 Menorah Lighting Celebration at the White House this week.


Below are some photos from the event as well as a video.






Click here for the President's remarks. 

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…