Together We Do Extraordinary Things!
Organization works to strengthen Jewish community
Jewish Federation of the Desert provides a range of social services and humanitarian aid in and out of the Coachella Valley.
“We are not a fundraising organization,” said CEO Bruce Landgarten. “We are a forward thinking, problem-solving organization that raises funds to support our mission and our work.”
The Federation works with other agencies to provide assistance, including Angel View, Meals on Wheels, FIND Food Bank, Desert AIDS Project and Jewish Family Services of the Desert. In addition to serving the needs of struggling families and their children, be they Jewish or of another faith, the organization strives to care for low-income senior citizens, helping them to live independently in their homes.
The Federation is also invested in Israel advocacy and education and eliminating anti-Semitism.
“We have a desire to do good in the desert,” Landgarten said. “There are many signs of this community’s greatness, including its culture of collective responsibility. How a community cares for those less fortunate, as well as its institutions of art, culture, education and service, is a sign of its compassion and concern.”
Jewish Federation of the Desert is engaged in an ongoing effort to raise funds and engage with the community.
“Everyone can make a difference and all contributions of time and money, regardless of size, make a difference toward improving life in the Desert,” Landgarten said. “Whether one gives one, hundreds, or thousands of dollars, or volunteers one hour or dozens, everyone has a stake and their investment matters.”
The organization is always seeking volunteers who can assist the Federation in a myriad of ways. They can help with programing, missions, lectures and committees that represent the diversity of the desert community.
The Federation offers a number of community events. "Bach to Broadway," a musical performance, takes place March 21 at Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus.
The organization will also host a Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance – May 1 at the Galen Auditorium, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences on the Eisenhower Medical Campus in Rancho Mirage. This public annual event is free to attend.
“I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings,” Landgarten said. “Though the means might appear different the ends are the same.”
For more information about Jewish Federation of the Desert, visit jfedps.com or call 760-324-4737.
Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Federation of the Desert