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.

Congratulations, President-Elect Isaac Herzog

We are so proud to celebrate with Jews around the world the election of our dear friend Isaac Herzog as the 11th president of Israel.

Many of us knew the president-elect well from his distinguished career in law and politics in Israel, but it was as the Chairman of the Executive of the Jew…

Operation Guardians of the Wall: Update

הִנֵּה לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן - שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵל

Hiney lo yanum v’lo yishan - shomer Yisroel

- Psalm 121:4

We are reminded in the Book of Psalms that the “guardian of Israel” never “slumbers nor sleeps.” I know you agree that w…

Taking Action to Help an Israel Under Attack

Perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised, but the outbreak of fighting in Israel still shook us up this week.

We had been focused on reopening after the Covid pandemic, working to make sure schools and summer camps and Israel trips could resume this summer and fall. We are planning our f…

The Urgency of Communal Responsibility Has Never Been Greater

The guiding Jewish principle of my life is the Talmudic expression kol Yisrael arevim zeh l’zeh, which is the concept that the entire Jewish community is responsible for one another.

I’m grateful for the many opportunities I have had to live up to this ideal, from being a member of my…

We Are Here for a Reason!

In the Purim story, after Haman convinces the king to adopt the evil decree against the Jewish people, Mordechai must persuade Queen Esther to take the huge, life-threatening risk of going to the king without having been summoned so that she could plead for her people. This was not only a ri…