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Monday, March 18 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Plenary Session

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A Community in Spite of Itself: 21st-Century Lessons from Jewish Los Angeles
The metropolis dubbed "seventy-two suburbs in search of a city" by Dorothy Parker, Los Angeles is a fascinating laboratory for experimentation. L.A.'s size, diversity, diffusion, and energy spur creativity across multiple sectors, not least Jewish life. We'll take a virtual tour across L.A.'s Jewish landscapes, hearing from L.A.’s Federation president, Jay Sanderson, on the city's unique Jewish population, and how he sees the city reflecting a 21st-century expression of Jewish community and its lessons for other places. Then, leading L.A. philanthropist Peter Lowy, and Hollywood writer/producer/director Jill Soloway—who co-founded the East Side Jews collective sprouting up in L.A.’s new, hip, young Jewish community in Silverlake—discuss how funders and entrepreneurs are shaping the future. Jumpstart’s Joshua Avedon moderates.

Followed by JFN Annual Meeting & Presidential Address

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Joshua Avedon

Co-Founder, Jumpstart
Joshua Avedon is co-founder of Jumpstart, where he has the privilege of working around the globe with some of the most creative and inspirational leaders building 21st-century Jewish life. He is also a founder of IKAR, one of the world's most influential emerging Jewish communities. Joshua is a CLI-certified facilitator and a member of the Selah Leadership Network and has an MBA in nonprofit management from the American Jewish University.

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Peter Lowy

Peter Lowy is co-CEO of the Westfield Group, one of the world's largest publicly traded retail property groups, and chair of the board of the Jewish Journal/TRIBE Media Corp. Under his leadership, the Jewish Journal recently launched its successful and innovative "BrandRaising" campaign. Peter served as chairman of the University of Judaism and was instrumental in creating the American Jewish University through its merger with the Brandeis-Bardin... Read More →
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Jay Sanderson

President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Jay Sanderson is president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He has been professionally active in the Jewish community for 27 years and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in new and old media as well as evolving communications technologies. Jay is recognized as one of America's leading entrepreneurs and has over 30 years of experience transforming non-profit organizations, and was named to the "Forward 50" list... Read More →
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Jill Soloway

Co-Founder, East Side Jews
Jill Soloway is a writer/director. She won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award for her first feature, Afternoon Delight, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Her short film, Una Hora Por Favora, premiered at Sundance in 2012. Jill is a three-time Emmy nominee for her work writing and producing Six Feet Under. She was also the showrunner for HBO's How to Make it in America and Showtime's United States of Tara. She authored Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants... Read More →

Monday March 18, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Beverly Hills Ballroom Beverly HIlton