About the Jewish Federation

Jewish Federation – Providing new ways to connect with the local Jewish community!

Jewish life in the greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys has never been more vibrant.
We are a strong, caring community that cherishes compassion and social justice – values that have guided our people for thousands of years. For all of us, the Jewish Federation is about more than charity. Taking care of each other along the way is our sacred responsibility.
 
The Jewish Federation focuses on the entire local Jewish community – from Glendale to Rancho Cucamonga and south to Whittier – convening Jews and Jewish organizations together. And, it serves as a resource and support for the other local Jewish organizations.
 
What does the Jewish Federation actually do?

The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys focuses its energies on building a community that takes pride in strengthening and enhancing Jewish life in our community. Our Jewish Federation sponsors and facilitates programs and offers services, throughout the year, with well-defined goals – 

·  Provide programs and services as multiple entry points for Jewish community members to find their way into the local Jewish community

·  Bring Jews from across the greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys together for Jewish events and causes

·  Serve as the Jewish voice to the broader community

·  Educate members of our Jewish community in vital Jewish life skills areas so they will be able to pass along venerated traditions to the generations that follow

·  Give people a sense of pride in their Judaism

 

Mission

Established in 1993, The Jewish Federation is an independent planning, fundraising and coordinating body dedicated to bringing together all the many threads of Jewish life East of the Greater Los Angeles area. Our goal is to serve as a hub for all things Jewish—providing information and support for everything with a Jewish context, from sacred gatherings in synagogues, to Jewish secular, social and cultural events. We raise and allocate funds for local and national needs, in support of Jewish individuals, schools, camps, organizations and the State of Israel. And we provide leadership in addressing issues that affect the Jewish community as a whole.

Staff

Our Federation’s staff brings experience, talent, and diversity of skills to work with them every day. When they are not planning, preparing, and facilitating community building programs across our vast region, they are “at the ready” to answer any of your questions and concerns.

Jason Moss, MSW, MAJCS
Executive Director
Contact: jmoss@jewishsgpv.org

Jason Moss has dedicated his life to working within the Jewish community helping people strengthen their connection to their Jewish identity. He received a BA in Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College-JIR.

He has served as a Sunday School and Hebrew School Teacher, Youth Director, Hillel Program Director, and was the past director of the Jewish Federation’s popular Camp Gan Shalom.

Marilyn Weintraub
Associate Director
Contact: mweintraub@jewishsgpv.org

Marilyn Weintraub has provided invaluable service at the Federation in a wide range of projects: staffing the Jewish Family Resource Service, Super Sunday, the Festival in the Park, the Senior Showcase, the Jewish Book Festival and the Women’s Annual Forum, to name just a few. Prior to joining the Jewish Federation SGPV, Marilyn worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

Judy Sofer
Cultural Arts Program Coordinator
Contact: jsofer@jewishsgpv.org

Judy Sofer served as the Cantor at the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center from 1994 – 2011. She began her Music and Theatre studies at the University of California, Irvine. After making aliyah in 1974, Sofer completed her degree — along with a teaching credential — at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. While in Israel, she performed at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv and appeared in a number of programs for Israeli educational television. Sofer also toured the country with her own children’s theater and taught music.

Upon returning to Southern California in 1985, Judy Sofer completed her Master’s Degree in Directing at California State University, Fullerton, and received the Award for Excellence in Children’s Theater for her play, “A Journey to Noteland,” which was performed in 70 elementary schools. She has also performed in many locations around Southern California as Soloist and Director/Musical Director. And, she has conducted both the Adult and Teen Choirs, and produced and directed various concerts and shows.

 

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY NEWS ONLINE

Every other month the Jewish Federation publishes the Jewish Community News as part of service to the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valley community. If you would like to subscribe to the JCN, please contact the Jewish Federation.

For a PDF of the current edition of the Jewish Community News, click here.