AJC Los Angeles Announces Janna Weinstein Smith as New Regional Director 

January 11, 2016 – Following a nationwide search, the leadership of AJC’s Los Angeles Region announced today that Janna Weinstein Smith will serve as Regional Director of AJC LA beginning January 20, 2016.

Janna comes to AJC from the position of Los Angeles Director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington-based think tank. Prior to that role, Janna spent several years working for AIPAC both in Northern and Southern California, most recently as the Los Angeles Area Director. At AIPAC in Los Angeles, Janna was responsible for all AIPAC activity and activism including membership, fundraising, grassroots mobilizations, community education, and political engagement.

“Janna will be a tremendous addition to the Los Angeles Region and will hit the ground running,” read a message to the regional board from AJC LA President Dean Schramm, Search Committee Chair Dick Volpert, and outgoing Interim Regional Director Rabbi Gary Greenebaum. “We welcome Janna to the AJC LA family.”  Please click here to read more.  

AJC-LA Praises United Auto Workers’ Rejection of Anti-Israel Resolution 

December 16, 2015 – Los Angeles – AJC Los Angeles praises the United Auto Workers (UAW) International for overturning a pro-Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) resolution passed by the University of California Student-Workers Union in December 2014. The local union, UAW 2865, represents graduate student workers at all University of California campuses.

“We applaud the UAW International for its moral and responsible decision, which nullifies last year’s deeply misguided graduate students workers’ resolution targeting Israel,” said Dean Schramm, President of AJC’s Los Angeles Region. “The role of the UC Graduate Student Union is to improve the working conditions of UC graduate students, not to engage in polarizing political propaganda and misinformation promoted by the BDS movement, which seeks to delegitimize Israel's right to exist.”  Please click here to read more.

AJC-LA Honors Adele Yellin at Grand Central Market 

On the evening of Sunday, December 13th, 2015, elected officials, Jewish community leaders and activists, and other dignitaries joined AJC Los Angeles to honor Adele Yellin with the Ira E. Yellin Community Leadership Award at Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. Named in memory of Ira Yellin, a prominent attorney, activist, and developer, the Award salutes the accomplishments of community leaders who have made Los Angeles a better place to live for people of all backgrounds.  Please click here to read more.


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