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From Where I Sit...

Insights, community news, and updates from Jason Moss, our Executive Director

  • Jason Moss

    Executive Director of the Jewish Federation

When there is a need, the Jewish Federation is here

As I continued to watch the coverage and the stories that came out of Texas and Florida following the destruction and aftermath from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I was struck by so many emotions. I was concerned for the people whose lives were turned upside down and sideways by something that…

Connection in this High Holiday Season

As we begin to prepare for the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, consider what these High Holidays mean to you.

Are they a time to focus on the present, and to take the time to connect with family and friends? Perhaps the High Holidays are an opportunity …

High Holiday Memo to Local School Districts

Each year the Jewish Federation distributes a memo to all local schools and district leadership reminding them that the High Holidays are approaching and that California State Law protects students from being penalized for observing their religious holidays.

Below is a copy of the letter …

The Perpetual Student

I find it hard to believe that the summer is almost over (at least for our community’s youth) with the school year about to begin. Having spent their summer days filled with family vacations, afternoons hanging out at the beach, playing in a pool, or making new friends and having new exper…

A follow-up to the situation in Israel

Over the last week, North American Jewish Federation leaders, in partnership with Natan Sharansky and The Jewish Agency for Israel, have held meetings with dozens of Israel officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, members of Knesset, and Israeli ministers. We have also worked …