Phil Blazer is founder of Jewish Life Foundation; creator and host of award-winning Jewish television and radio programs for twenty-eight and forty years, respectively; community activist, author and lecturer. In 1965, Blazer began his Jewish multi-media group with his Jewish Soul radio program, and then went on to begin publishing his newspaper, The National Jewish News, in 1973.
Blazer added the third medium when his television program, Jewish Life with Phil Blazer, debuted in 1977. He has produced over 2000 television programs, making him one of Hollywood's most prolific and longstanding television producers. He is proud to host the longest airing TV show in Los Angeles broadcast history, which also airs in Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami/South Florida, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York City, Palm Springs, St. Louis and Washington DC.
Phil Blazer has comprehensive knowledge of the State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Several of Israel's prime ministers have called upon him for his assistance. He has been a consultant for both private enterprise and federal and international governments on numerous issues affecting Israel and World Jewry and has traveled to Israel over 40 times. "You know Israel better than any American I have ever met," stated former Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
One of the highlights of Blazer's career was his involvement with the CIA and the US State Department in the rescue of nearly 1,000 Ethiopian Jews stranded in Sudanese refugee camps, a mission named Operation Joshua. Former President Bush called Blazer "a man of compassion."
By virtue of being in the forefront of community service projects for more than five decades, he has effected social change in every part of the globe. He has led missions, bringing entertainers and persons prominent in government to Israel during times of conflict and peace. He has produced concerts and other special events to raise awareness for important causes. Blazer's book authorships include, Theodor Herzl: Father of Zionism and Pioneers of Israel as well as a book and television documentary, History of Jewish Los Angeles: Wrestling with the Angels.
Rabbi Mark Blazer is the President of the Jewish Life Foundation (JLF). The Foundation’s mission is to promote Jewish culture; the majority of its educational programming airs on Jewish Life Television (JLTV), the network founded by Mark’s father, Phil. JLTV is the only national international TV network dedicated to uplifting and Jewish values programming.
He has served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita, California since 2000. A community leader for more than 20 years, he was the first clergy member on the scene after the North Valley Jewish Community shooting in August of 1999. An attack that the perpetrator called "a wakeup call to America to kill Jews.”
Mark is the founder of the Albert Einstein Academy (AEA), the first K-12 Hebrew Charter School in the western United States. Within three years of opening AEA was in the top 1% of high schools in California. It now has schools in California, Ohio and coming soon to Arizona.
Rabbi Blazer also serves as chaplain for the LA County Sheriff’s Department and has served as chaplain for the California Department of Corrections. For eight years he ministered as the only prison rabbi in California.
Rabbi Blazer studied at Oxford University and is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. He received his semichah (rabbinical ordination) from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. Mark and his wife, Tracy were married in 1993; they are the proud parents of Rachel, Dina and Shira.
If you will it, it is no dream; and if you do not will it,
a dream it is and a dream it will stay
-Theodor Herzl -