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Jewish leaders from across the United States and around the world will gather in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday as the Jewish Federations of America’s 2017 General Assembly kicks off its three-day gathering.

The assembly is packed with events, with speakers and seminars scheduled from 7 a.m. to as late as 11:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott at LA Live.

Among the highlights will be an address from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, making his first major appearance before a Jewish audience outside Israel. Rivlin is expected to speak at about 5 p.m. Monday, in the JW Marriott’s Diamond Ballroom.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is scheduled to be interviewed live via satellite on Tuesday, at around noon and also in the Diamond Ballroom.

Sunday afternoon’s opening plenary will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will feature multiple offerings. A discussion on how the Trump administration’s policies will affect the Federations’ work will be moderated by Danielle Berrin, senior writer and columnist for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

Other topics addressed during the three days include youth engagement, anti-Semitism, religious diversity in Israel, and the future of the Jewish people. Other featured speakers will include Stacey Snider, CEO of 20th Century Fox, Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, and Rabbi David Wolpe, who has been dubbed “America’s most influential rabbi” by Newsweek magazine.

The Jewish Federations of North America collectively raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs at home, in Israel and in 70 nations worldwide, and manage more than $20 million in endowments, according to the group.

The General Assembly is a leadership retreat for communal volunteer leaders and professionals engaged in Jewish philanthropy.

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—City News Service

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