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AJC Los Angeles Celebrates Hanukkah with Diplomatic and Community Partners
AJC Los Angeles held its annual Hanukkah Celebration on December 17th, 2014, with 150 AJC members, community leaders, diplomats, and elected officials.
State Senator Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, L.A. City Council Member Paul Koretz, Los Angeles-based diplomats from every continent, and faith and community leaders including the Rt. Reverend Alexei Smith, Roman Catholic Archdiocese, and Randolph Dobbs of the Los Angeles Baha'i Center, participated in the Hanukkah lighting ceremony.
Each candle represented one of eight elements of American Jewish values: democracy, global peace, unity, diversity, learning, tradition, Israel, and hope. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
AJC Los Angeles Mourns the Passing of Rabbi Harold Schulweis
December 18, 2014 -- AJC Los Angeles mourns the passing of Rabbi Harold Schulweis, who led Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in the San Fernando Valley for nearly 45 years. Considered one of the most influential synagogue leaders in modern times, he passed away at the age of 89. AJC Los Angeles Director Rabbi Mark Diamond reflected on the late Rabbi Schulweis’ influence and impact in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles:
“From the moment I first arrived in Los Angeles fourteen years ago, Rabbi Harold Schulweis has been a blessing and inspiration in my life,” said Rabbi Diamond. “What a joy it was to come to know Harold after three decades gleaning wisdom from his writings…. During my tenure as Executive Vice President of the Board of Rabbis and as Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee, I turned to Rabbi Schulweis as a mentor, teacher and confidante.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
AJC-LA: Boycott Actions by UC Student-Workers Union Undermine Middle East Peace
December 10, 2014 -- Los Angeles – AJC (American Jewish Committee) Los Angeles denounces the passage of the pro-Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) resolution by the University of California Student-Workers Union (UAW Local 2865), which calls for the University of California and the UAW International to divest from companies doing business in Israel and for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
Acting in opposition to its own UAW Regional Leadership, which just last month reaffirmed its 2007 Statement in Opposition to Divestments from or Boycotts of Israel, the UAW Local 2865 resolution passed today hurts the chances for a sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace by promoting a one-state solution.
“We deplore the vote of the UC Student-Workers Union in support of this resolution,” said Dean Schramm, President of AJC’s Los Angeles Region. “Singling out Israel bespeaks an insidious double standard. Where are the calls for divestment from autocratic states such as Syria, Sudan, or Iran, which routinely violate human rights?” Schramm asked. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
High-Level Officials from Poland Meet with AJC Los Angeles Leaders
On Monday, November 17th, 2014, AJC Los Angeles leaders and staff members hosted a brunch and meeting with high-level officials from Poland in Los Angeles, California. AJC LA President Dean Schramm led the meeting. AJC Los Angeles board member and past chapter president Peter Weil sponsored the event at Hillcrest Country Club.
The delegation was visiting Los Angeles for a business conference and a series of meetings and programs, including a celebration of the 96th anniversary of Polish independence. The meeting with AJC Los Angeles was the first official program on their itinerary. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
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