AJC-LA Meets with National and Local Elected Officials and Reponds to BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions)

In the past few months, AJC Los Angeles leaders have met with an array of national and local elected officials including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured to the left), Congresswoman Judy Chu; Tim Bergreen, Chief of Staff to Congressman Adam Schiff; Assemblyman Richard Bloom, LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer; and Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.

Topics of discussion ranged from Israel’s right of self-defense, the rising threat of ISIS, negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capability, anti-Semitism in Europe, and more local issues such as the challenges faced by pro-Israel UCLA students who have been the subject of attacks by supporters of the BDS Movement seeking to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

AJC-LA ACCESS Meets with Consul General of France

AJC ACCESS Los Angeles held a dinner on September 18th, 2014, hosted by AJC Leaders Julie and Steve Bram with the Honorable Axel Cruau, the Consul General of France in Los Angeles.  The event was called, "The French Perspective: A Conversation about the EU, Israel and Anti-Semitism."  The exclusive event was a success with 40 ACCESS members in attendance. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

AJC Los Angeles and Faith Leaders Hold Luncheon and Conversation with the Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

Thirty leaders from fifteen different denominations and faith communities joined AJC Los Angeles in a luncheon with the Consul General of Israel, David Siegel, in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014.

The bishops, clergy and other leaders represented the religious and ethnic diversity of southern California, including the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Latino Evangelical, African Methodist Episcopal, Latter-day Saints, Baha’i, Methodist, Presbyterian and Jewish communities.
The Consul General discussed Israel’s security challenges and quest for peace, as well as Israel’s role in humanitarian and development work throughout the world. Faith leaders asked the Consul General questions and there was a lively discussion on the struggle for Middle East peace.   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Deidre Berger Addresses AJC-LA on
Anti-Semitism in Europe

On Thursday, August 14, Deidre Berger, Director of AJC’s Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin, Germany, addressed via satellite a full room of AJC Los Angeles members at an AJC breakfast briefing.  The program opened with a compelling video created by AJC Berlin about the current status of anti-Semitic expressions in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The video can be accessed here. Deidre spoke about the leadership the German government has shown in responding to anti-Semitic outbursts, its increasingly activist foreign policy, and the difficulty of translating the positive expressions coming from the top to grass-roots levels. 

Deidre also discussed the German-Israeli relationship, which she characterized as the linchpin for Israel’s relationship with the whole of Europe. She also spoke about the rise of anti-Semitism within the Muslim community, and disturbingly from more than just the political extremes in Germany. Berger stated the importance of sharing AJC's message with German travelers to Los Angeles, assisting AJC’s work with German diplomats, and increasing financial support for the work of the Ramer Institute which would allow it to further its impact on the ground.

 

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