How Do We Keep Our Immigrant Communities Safe?  

A Conversation About Building Trust Between
Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve

Opening Remarks by Mayor Eric Garcetti

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
6:30 PM: Reception with drinks and snacks
7:00 PM: Program begins sharply 

panel discussion with:
Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Jim McDonnell, Sheriff, Los Angeles County
Dan Schnur, Moderator, Director, Los Angeles Region of American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Additional panelists to be announced.

Mayor Eric Garcetti will provide opening remarks for this timely program, the first of a three-part AJC Community Series on Immigration and Refugee Policy, in partnership with MALDEF and the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE). The conversation will focus on building trust between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve as our nation undergoes major immigration policy changes.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Stalford Hall, Glazer Campus
3663 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Parking onsite; please provide extra time for security.

Please respond by August 30th by contacting Dan Wentzel at or (310) 282-8080. 

TAKE ACTION to Reverse the Rise in Hate Crimes

Join the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a joint initiative of AJC and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), in taking action against hate crimes in our country.

Urge your Senators and Representative to support the bipartisan Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017. This bill amends the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996, which makes acts against houses of worship that result in damage a federal crime. The amendment encompasses threats against those institutions, and brings all religiously affiliated institutions under this federal hate crimes law.  Click Here to TAKE ACTION.   

Dan Schnur Named Director of AJC Los Angeles 

May 2, 2017 – Los Angeles – AJC has appointed longtime political communications specialist and educator Dan Schnur as director of the global advocacy organization’s Los Angeles regional office. He will succeed Janna Weinstein Smith, who is relocating to Washington, D.C., at the end of the month.

“Dan Schnur's prominence in our community and his sustained history of leadership make him uniquely qualified to lead AJC in Los Angeles,” said Scott Edelman, President of AJC Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to welcome Dan to lead our extraordinary team of staff professionals, and grateful for the many accomplishments of his predecessor, Janna Weinstein Smith.” Please click here to read more. 

AJC LA's 72nd Annual Meeting Honors Ambassador Hideo Sato 

Over 230 AJC members and dignitaries gathered for AJC LA's 72nd Annual Meeting at SLS Hotel on May 15, 2017. AJC Past National President Bruce Ramer presented the Former Israeli Ambassador to Japan, Hideo Sato, with the prestigious Madeline and Bruce Ramer Award for Diplomatic Excellence. Ambassador Sato, Israeli Consul General Sam Grundwerg, Israeli Ambassador to Japan Ruth Kahanoff, AJC CEO David Harris, Regional President Scott Edelman, Regional Director Janna Weinstein Smith, and several others delivered special remarks.  Click here to see more photos from the event.

Click here to watch a video of the Annual Meeting. 

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