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Jay Sanderson Named New Federation President

By Rob Eshman

September 16, 2009 | 6:24 pm

Jay Sanderson

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has named as its next president Jay Sanderson, CEO and executive producer of Jewish Television Network (JTN), a nonprofit producer and distributor of Jewish-themed television programming.

Sanderson, 52, replaces John Fishel, who served 17 years as Federation president and resigned last January, effective next Dec. 31.

Read our full story here.

  • Jewish Blog-Con: A Real Zionist Love Story [VIDEO]

    By Orit Arfa

    September 16, 2009 | 2:12 pm

    For the first piece in this blog series covering the author’s return to Israel, click here.

    Former Californian residents (as of one week), Jolene Ilkay, 23, and Micky Jolles, 24, were among the 81 singles on the Nefesh B’nefesh charter flight to Israel on September 7—but they’re... read on

  • Jewish Blog-Con: Too Sexy for This Convention

    By Orit Arfa

    September 15, 2009 | 11:46 am

    I was definitely a minority at the Nefesh B’Nefesh International Bloggers Convention that took place on September 13 in Jerusalem: single, non-observant, disillusioned with Zionism—and sleeveless.

    Among the 250 participants from across Israel, I noticed most women wore head... read on

  • JBlog NOW!

    By Orit Arfa

    September 13, 2009 | 9:10 am

    I’m currently sitting in a session on “The Business of Blogging” taking place in Jerusalem at the Nefesh B’Nefesh Second International Jewish Bloggers Convention.

    Stay tuned for summaries of the sessions or check out www.jbloggers.com and catch some of the convention live on-line!

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  • Are Jewish Youth Lost?

    By Orit Arfa

    September 11, 2009 | 7:59 am

    I was interviewed yesterday on an Israeli late night news talk show, “M’Hayom L’Machar” (From Today to Tomorrow), as one of the bloggers participating in the Second Annual Jewish Convention taking place this Sunday. They asked me what I thought of this controversial Israeli... read on

  • New Fed Prez by Tonight?? **Pre-Shabbat Update**

    By Rob Eshman

    September 10, 2009 | 9:49 pm


    Don’t be alarmed if you see three puffs of smoke coming from the Federation building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. tomorrow.  Our sources say that the committee that will select the next president of the Jewish Federation will meet tonight—either at Fed headquarters or at the home of... read on

  • My Haredi Headwound

    By Orit Arfa

    September 9, 2009 | 6:32 pm

    You’ll never believe it. I was walking down an alleyway in the Old City of Jerusalem with my mother, when, all of a sudden an Arab burst out of a corner, grabbed me from behind, and put a dagger near my forehead, threatening to kidnap me if I didn’t give him the cobblestone on... read on

  • An Aliyah Wedding Ceremony

    By Orit Arfa

    September 9, 2009 | 5:41 am

    As I wrote on the first blog of this series, making aliyah (immigration to Israel) is like getting married to the Jewish state. Yesterday, on September 8, 2009, over two hundred Americans who traveled on the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight to Israel signed the ketubbah (Jewish... read on

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