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We Are Proud To Be Different

We Are Proud To Be Different

We are different and we embrace differences. As a Federation, we are a unique organization and different from others across North America. Our purpose is to support, sustain, build and ignite our Jewish community. We identify our greatest challenges and we address them with our partners. When we see a challenge that presents an opportunity for us to respond and bring positive results, we move forward. We don’t hesitate to make an impact. We have a growing number of adults with special needs in Los Angeles. Each one deserves a path to a meaningful and Jewish life in our community, not outside of it. This is a challenge we are facing head on — today. Read More »

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Have you ever met a Lion?

Have you ever met a Lion?

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah are an incredible group of philanthropic, committed and dedicated women that are making an impact on our communities, here and abroad. The International Lion of Judah Conference is taking place September 11-13 in Washington D.C., and will bring Lions together from all over the world. Read our interview with Laura Ozer, who will be attending the Conference for the first time! Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Karmi Monsher!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Karmi Monsher!

This year, we are profiling a few of our riders to find out why they participate in Tour de Summer Camps. Longtime Federation supporter and two-time rider Karmi Monsher shares her Tour de Summer Camps story below. Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Rabbi Richard Camras!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Rabbi Richard Camras!

On Sunday, October 30th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 4th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling fundraiser that helps provide scholarships to send more of our kids to Jewish summer camp and help them build a lifelong connection to Jewish identity and values. Longtime Federation supporter and veteran rider Rabbi Richard Camras is looking forward to this year’s Tour de Summer Camps. Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Debi Benaron!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Debi Benaron!

On Sunday, October 30th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 4th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling fundraiser that helps provide scholarships to send more of our kids to Jewish summer camp and help them build a lifelong connection to Jewish identity and values. Read More »

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Love Angeles:  A City-Wide Festival of Love

Love Angeles:  A City-Wide Festival of Love

Every year on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Av, a full moon rises and there’s a little more love in the air. Why? Because it’s Tu B’Av, the Jewish festival of love Read More »

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Thoughts from Deena Eberly, A Leader Who Does it All

Thoughts from Deena Eberly, A Leader Who Does it All

Each year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles awards an exceptional young female lay leader (ages 30-45) with the Young Women’s Leadership Award, an honor that comes with a grant to attend the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly (GA.). We sat down with Deena Eberly, last year’s award recipient, to learn more about her experience with the Federation and at the GA. Read More »

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Nominate a Young Leader!

Nominate a Young Leader!

Each year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles awards an exceptional young male lay leader (ages 30-45) with the Julius M. Ratner Leadership Award, an honor that comes with a grant to attend the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly (GA). We sat down with Alex Weingarten to learn more about his experience with the Federation, what it meant for him to be selected as the Julius M. Ratner Leadership Award recipient last year, and his experience at the GA. Read More »

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Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Interview with Participant Yelena Kogan

Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Interview with Participant Yelena Kogan

Registered nurse Yelena Kogan recently traveled to Russia with The Jewish Federation and JDC Entwine on the Inside Jewish St. Petersburg trip. Read about her experiences! Read More »

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Why We Do Not Have Time for a Summer Vacation

Why We Do Not Have Time for a Summer Vacation

Last week, I met with one of our community's most generous philanthropists. He assumed that like most of Los Angeles, our Federation slows down during the summer. I explained that because of the depth and breadth of our high-impact work, we work as hard in July as we do in February or October. There is no “summer vacation” for our Federation and our staff and lay leadership. Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Jeffrey Kaplan!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Jeffrey Kaplan!

On Sunday, October 30th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 4th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling fundraiser that helps provide scholarships to send more of our kids to Jewish summer camp and help them build a lifelong connection to Jewish identity and values. Read More »

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My Day with the King

My Day with the King

“I have one of these in my palace,” said the King, as we walked through the Skirball Cultural Center, pointing to an ancient artifact. This was certainly no ordinary day at the office! Read More »

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Shalom Rio!

Shalom Rio!

Ready, Set, Go! The Olympics start today! And who doesn’t love watching the Olympics and cheering for their favorite athletes? Jewish athletes have been participating in the Olympic Games and winning medals since 1896, and several Jewish athletes will represent the United States and Israel in Rio, beginning August 5th (today!). Read More »

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A New Beginning: My CLI Trip to Israel

A New Beginning: My CLI Trip to Israel

Winding through the vintage flea market that takes over the parking lot of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles every Sunday, I overheard two teenage girls ramble on about the miscellaneous and irrelevant facts of their lives. I was disinterested to say the least, until I heard one of them say Read More »

Onward Israel LA: The Last Two Shabbats

Onward Israel LA: The Last Two Shabbats

It is startling to think that we only have two more weeks here in Tel Aviv. As I begin creating a long list of things I want to do in this remaining time (like go to the Tel Aviv Contemporary Art Museum, explore the Jaffa beach at night, and indulge in the renowned Thai House restaurant), I am also struck with sadness Read More »

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Witnessing the Diversity of Jewish Life: A Report from our Fishel Fellow in Bulgaria

Witnessing the Diversity of Jewish Life: A Report from our Fishel Fellow in Bulgaria

Zdrveite (Hello) from Sofia, Bulgaria! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Maia Ferdman, and I'm the Fishel Fellow of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Read More »

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An Interview with Julie Platt: Mission to Russia

An Interview with Julie Platt: Mission to Russia

Julie Platt, Chair of the Board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, recently traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg with community leaders. Together they toured the cities, learned about the history and richness of Russian Jewish life, and visited a Jewish summer camp and community center, as well as other impactful programs supported by the Federation. Read More »

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Onward Israel LA: Making an Impact, Cultural Differences and Delicious Food

Onward Israel LA: Making an Impact, Cultural Differences and Delicious Food

This past week was the most successful one of my internship thus far. My colleague and I have been spending most of our time preparing English material for the organization we work for, Amit LaDerech, in order to begin reaching out to potential donors in the United States. Read More »

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Culinarians Day

Culinarians Day

According to the National Day Calendar, July 25th is an offbeat holiday that was created to acknowledge chefs and cooks for the amazing work they do to please our taste buds. In honor of Culinarians Day, we invite you to join us on our next Federation mission: Israel Unparalleled*, a world-class tour featuring innovative cuisine, collectible wines, and astounding art, taking place from September 18-26, 2016. Read More »

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Teens Transformed by Community Internship Program

Teens Transformed by Community Internship Program

“I felt like I contributed in some way to the awareness and teachings of Israel.” “I finally made an impact.” “I’m actually making a difference in my community.” These were just a few of the inspiring words of the seven teens who gave speeches during last Friday’s Community Internship Program commencement ceremony. Read More »

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