Dear Friends,

I am writing today still aglow with the warmth of the 2019 JQ Awards Brunch this past Sunday! It was truly a spectacular celebration and we wanted to share a few highlights with you.

Our JQ honorees gave incredibly moving speeches highlighting their work as allies and members of the LGBTQ+ Jewish community in Los Angeles. Our hilarious host Shawn Pelofsky brought down the house with laughter:

“Make sure you check out the JQ Silent Auction. You can bid on sending your kid to USC for 4 years. Bidding starts at $500,000.”

You can see more photos from our blue carpet and the program here!

While we celebrated the accomplishments made this past year, there is still so much more work to be done to achieve full inclusion for our community. JQ impacts over 14,000 lives each year through innovative programs and life-saving services. But we can only continue our work with your support.For those who have given already, thank you for your generous support and your commitment to JQ’s mission.

For those who have not donated or who were not able to join us for the Awards Brunch, it’s not too late to make a difference. 

Will you take a quick moment and click here to invest in our work with a one-time or monthly gift? We are counting on your support to reach our goal of 100% participation!

Please visit our website to learn more about our work at or contact Amanda Rykoff with any questions at (323) 417-2627 ext. 7. We hope to welcome you to a JQ event soon! 


Todd Shotz
JQ Awards Brunch Chair