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Valley Rabbi Named CEO of Jewish Federation

The board at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has approved Rabbi Noah Farkas as its next chief executive after a nine-month search.Farkas currently teaches, preaches and leads strategic development in his role as rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, the largest Jewish congregation in the Valley. In addition to his congregational position, he serves as an appointed commissioner of the L.A. Homelessness Services Authority and as chairman of the Finance Contracts and Grants committee, overseeing a $770 million budget.The federation’s current Chief Executive Jay Sanderson, will serve in that role through the end of this year. Farkas will begin working at the federation in November and begin his official term on Jan. 1.

“I am excited to announce the appointment of Noah Farkas as the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles,” Chairman Albert Praw said in a statement. “I am enormously confident in Noah’s commitment to the mission statement of the federation and its strategic initiatives, as well as his ability to lead our federation through its next stage of growth.”“I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have been selected,” Farkas said in a statement. “The federation is uniquely positioned to foster a flourishing Jewish community and it is a gift to have been asked to serve.”

Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert is a Los Angeles-based reporter covering retail, hospitality and philanthropy for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. In addition to her current beat, she is particularly interested in criminal justice topics, health and science stories and investigative journalism. She received her AA in Humanities from Moorpark College in 2016, her BA in Communication from Cal Lutheran University in 2019 and followed it up with a MA in Specialized Journalism from USC in the summer of 2020. Through her work, Katherine aspires to help strengthen the fragile trust between members of the media and the public.

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