Our impact extends far beyond Los Angeles, achieving tangible results in the form of policies and legislation that strengthen the security and well-being of the United States, Israel, and the global Jewish community. For example, AJC Los Angeles was a central force behind passage of the historic California anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) legislation signed into law in 2016. AJC Los Angeles also maintains relationships with legislators throughout the Pacific Southwest, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Hawaii.
Through our international relations program, we build deep and lasting bonds with the nearly 100 members of the consular corps posted in the city, many of whom go on to become ambassadors or senior foreign ministry officials. AJC Los Angeles leaders also participate in high-level diplomatic missions around the world, meeting with heads of state from Europe to the Middle East to Asia.
We advance mutual understanding and seek common ground with ethnic and religious groups throughout the Pacific Southwest – particularly with the growing Latino, Asian, and Muslim communities in the region.
December 15, 2022
AJC Los Angeles 41st Annual Learned Hand Award honoring Debra Wong Yang
Thursday, December 15, 2022
American Jewish Committee (AJC) Los Angeles is thrilled to announce our esteemed honoree for our 41 st Annual Judge Learned Hand Award, Debra Wong Yang, Partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
What might have seemed unimaginable to many American Jews just a few years ago has now become all too frequent. Anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, and antisemitic incidents are being reported near and far. While there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer on how to respond, please join American Jewish Committee (AJC) leaders and generous supporters in this interactive conversation led by Dr. Saba Soomekh, AJC Los Angeles Assistant Director, on ways to combat this growing threat.
Richard S. Hirschhaut became Regional Director of AJC Los Angeles in September 2019. He is the organization’s chief strategist and principal spokesperson in advancing AJC’s global advocacy mission in Southern California, leading a vibrant leadership network and talented professional team.