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My Personal Taglit: Adventures in Israel on Birthright and Beyond

My Personal Taglit: Adventures in Israel on Birthright and Beyond

Ten days after graduation I moved out of my college house, said goodbye to my family and my roommates of the past five years, packed my bags, and got on a plane heading to a country I had never been before — Israel, the Holy Land, the Promised Land, the disputed land, the land of war Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Kick Off 100 Days of Giving With Us!

Kick Off 100 Days of Giving With Us!

A lot can be done in 100 days — even more when we team up! From the start of the summer to the end of Sukkot, The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance will be hosting events (listed below) to reach out to Jews throughout the five valleys, bringing us together in support of our local and global community. Your gift during these 100 days can change a life... Read More »

Get Creative - Go to Cuba

Get Creative - Go to Cuba

As the old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words” — and now, if it tells your story about our Federation, it could be worth a trip to Cuba or a GoPro® camera! Whether you choose to capture your ideas about our life-changing work in a story, photograph, or video, we invite you to Get Creative Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Missions, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Gearing Up for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Gearing Up for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Get ready, Los Angeles, because the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games are coming in less than a month! From July 25th – August 2nd, L.A. will host the 2015 World Games — a touching celebration of athletic inclusion and achievement. As “Fans in the Stands,” our Federation will be cheering the tennis competitors at UCLA on Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Israel, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

LAJAC: Creating a Community For All

LAJAC: Creating a Community For All

This past Sunday, over 150 adults with special needs, caregivers, and supportive members of our community gathered for a party to kick off the launch of our Federation’s new Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC)! Outside at Gottlieb Park, attendees were welcomed Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Legal Division, Volunteering, Young Adults

Introducing our 2015 Brawerman Fellows

Introducing our 2015 Brawerman Fellows

The Jewish Federation believes that engaging students and young adults in ways that are relevant, innovative, and meaningful to them is the key to ensuring a strong, vibrant Jewish future for us all — that’s why we elect Fellows to participate in The Geri & Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

The Russian-Speaking Jewish Community Connects and Innovates with a Little Help from RuJuLA

The Russian-Speaking Jewish Community Connects and Innovates with a Little Help from RuJuLA

Russian-speaking Jews in their 20s and 30s throughout LA embrace and express their Jewish identity in unique ways. Until Alex Grager co-founded RuJuLA, the Los Angeles Russian Jewish Network, no one had been able to reach these young adults in a relatable way. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

On Partnering with The Jewish Federation and Healing the LGBTQ Community

On Partnering with The Jewish Federation and Healing the LGBTQ Community

For LGBTQ Jews, living with a dual identity can be challenging to navigate. We’re a minority within our own minorities: Jewish in LGBTQ community spaces, LGBTQ in Jewish spaces. Without resources that embody both of these facets of our lives, it can feel like we don’t know how to embrace our whole selves. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Social Action, Young Adults

Introducing 2015 Fishel Fellow, Maia Ferdman

Introducing 2015 Fishel Fellow, Maia Ferdman

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is proud to announce Maia Ferdman as the new Fishel Fellow. Like former Fishel Fellow Brianna Fischer before her, Maia will pave her own unique path during this two-year paid fellowship. As a Fellow, she will apply the leadership training she receives Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Former Miss World Captivates at It Takes A Woman Fundraiser

Former Miss World Captivates at It Takes A Woman Fundraiser

In a year celebrating Jewish women around the globe making an impact, former Miss World and Miss Israel Linor Abargil proved to be an especially appropriate choice at the Federation’s annual It Takes A Woman fundraiser at the Skirball last Wednesday, May 20th. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Jewish News, Social Action

From the Negev to the Californian Midbar

From the Negev to the Californian Midbar

As I sat for hours in silence surrounded by the beauty of Death Valley during my trip with Wilderness Torah for their Passover in the Desert festival, I truly felt close to the One. Something I had been searching for in Judaism finally came clear in the humbling reflection of Earth. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation Events, Israel, Young Adults

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 3

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 3

This post is a part of a series highlighting the social entrepreneurial ventures that each of the 2015 PresenTenseLA Fellows will be unveiling at PresenTenseLA Launch Night on June 9th. The Fellows were given the prompt “What’s so Jewish about your project?” and over the course of the series we will be sharing their answers and exploring the nature of Jewish change-making. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, PresenTense LA, Young Adults

An Inspiring Hineni Society Dinner with Madeleine Albright

An Inspiring Hineni Society Dinner with Madeleine Albright

The L.A. Jewish community’s leading philanthropists gathered together on June 2nd in support of our Federation at our annual Hineni Society Dinner. Held at the beautiful Beverly Hills home of Beverly and Herb Gelfand, our Federation’s most generous families enjoyed an evening of inspiration featuring a keynote address by Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State. Read More »

Gear Up for Camp Day 2015: Making Kids Happy and Uniting our Community

Gear Up for Camp Day 2015: Making Kids Happy and Uniting our Community

When the Jewish Federation held its third Community Service Day of 2015: Gear Up for Camp Day, over 90 volunteers came out to Camp Bob Waldorf to help distribute goods to local campers in need. Our Jewish community was represented by a diverse group of volunteers, Read More »

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 2

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 2

This post is a part of a series highlighting the social entrepreneurial ventures that each of the 2015 PresenTenseLA Fellows will be unveiling at PresenTenseLA Launch Night on June 9th. The Fellows were given the prompt “What’s so Jewish about your project?” and over the course of the series we will be sharing their answers and exploring the nature of Jewish change-making. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, Legal Division, PresenTense LA, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Gearing Up for Birthright Israel LA Way Summer 2015

Gearing Up for Birthright Israel LA Way Summer 2015

Birthright Israel Summer 2015 kicks off this month, and The Jewish Federation’s LA Way community program is receiving more interest than ever before from Jewish young adults seeking to meet like-minded young Jews here in Los Angeles through this incredible Israel experience. Read More »

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Help The Jewish Community In Houston

Help The Jewish Community In Houston

When over 11 inches of rain fell in Houston last week, cars were swept away and the southeast Texas metropolis was brought to a standstill. Many of the 40,000 Jews who live there lost everything in the torrential rains and flooding. Hardest hit were the areas of Meyerland, Bellaire and Willow Meadows, where many Jews live and countless homes and businesses were inundated, along with two synagogues. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Social Action

Finding a Home in L.A. with the Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center

Finding a Home in L.A. with the Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center

When our family decided to relocate to L.A., the idea of moving across the country was daunting. Doing so with a young adult child on the autism spectrum seemed insurmountable. I needed help figuring out what resources would be available in L.A. for our son as he completed high school and began his adult life. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Young Adults

Federation Leadership Meeting with Chancellor Gene Block: UCLA is Safe for Jewish Students

Federation Leadership Meeting with Chancellor Gene Block: UCLA is Safe for Jewish Students

Our Federation was thrilled to host UCLA Chancellor Gene Block this past Tuesday night, May 26th, for an insightful discussion on the current campus climate for the University’s Jewish students. With the recent flood of headlines causing concern for UCLA’s Jewish student population Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

April Federation Highlights

April Federation Highlights

Take a look at how community members’ generosity made a difference throughout L.A. this April in each of our Federation’s areas of work. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Legal Division, Missions, Volunteering, Young Adults

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