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Proyecto Jardin Sukkot and Harvest Festival

Proyecto Jardin Sukkot and Harvest Festival

The hubs of the Jewish and Latino communities in Los Angeles may be miles apart geographically, but their shared vision of social justice and respect for the Earth can create mutual understanding, friendship, and trust despite physical distance. That is exactly what happened when IKAR, a Westside synagogue, and Proyecto Jardin, a sustainable community garden in Boyle Heights, began working together years ago on food justice and Tikun Olam. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Engaging in our Community, Federation News

Our LA Lions and their Worldwide Sisters Raise the Roof, and $27.2 Million for 2015 Campaign!

Our LA Lions and their Worldwide Sisters Raise the Roof, and $27.2 Million for 2015 Campaign!

In her breakout session at the International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) in New York earlier this month, keynote speaker Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR in Los Angeles was asked to explain how she measures success. She replied that one obvious metric is simply to discern if someone has been inspired to act. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Philanthropy

A New Year I Will Never Forget

A New Year I Will Never Forget

I’m still figuring out who I am as a Jewish person. I love to celebrate Passover, Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah, and have spent countless hours in my kitchen perfecting matzo ball soup, latkes, kishka and kugel. But outside of the High Holidays, services aren’t really my thing, and there is a part of me still questioning, still wondering, especially at this time of year, if praying makes a difference. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News

Federation Awarded Cutting Edge Grants for New Initiatives

Federation Awarded Cutting Edge Grants for New Initiatives

We are proud to announce that two of our Federation’s innovative new initiatives have been awarded prestigious 2014 Cutting Edge Grants from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. The funding will support the roll-out of a groundbreaking initiative in Jewish teen engagement, as well as providing Jewish college students with the tools to be more effective campus leaders and activists. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Young Adults

Young, Jewish, in L.A.? There’s an app for that.

Young, Jewish, in L.A.? There’s an app for that.

There’s a new app in town, and it’s changing the way Jews in their 20s and 30s find, share and attend local events. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

D2: Mothers, Daughters and More at the Shore

D2: Mothers, Daughters and More at the Shore

Where can you connect with other women who share your Jewish values, meet a best-selling author and journalist, and enjoy an elegant brunch in support of our Federation’s impactful work around the globe? D2: L’Dor V’Dor on Wednesday, October 1st at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica! Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Philanthropy

Ensuring the Safety of our Community

Ensuring the Safety of our Community

From Operation Protective Edge in Israel to the devastating terrorist acts carried out by ISIS in Syria, current events have been affecting Jewish communities worldwide and, as an unfortunate result, anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise. Just this summer in Los Angeles, comedian Elon Gold and his family were victims of a hate incident on Shabbat, and flyers with swastikas appeared at a Jewish-owned business near UCLA. Fortunately, our Federation has stepped up to improve safety and security in L.A. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News

The Importance of Jewish Summer Camp in My Life

The Importance of Jewish Summer Camp in My Life

As the proud father of four Jewish summer campers, the husband of a Jewish summer camper and a former Jewish camper myself, I can tell you that camps had a profound impact on my family’s connection to Judaism. While I’m passionate about making sure more kids in our community can attend Jewish summer camps, I also love cycling. That’s why I decided to bring the two together. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Jewish News

The ChangeMaker Challenge: Transform L.A. with Your Ideas

The ChangeMaker Challenge: Transform L.A. with Your Ideas

In 2013, The Jewish Federation’s Community Engagement Strategic Initiative proved that Angelenos can make a great impact on our communities—so we’re building on last year’s success by holding our second annual ChangeMaker Challenge! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News

On Behalf of Genocide Victims Around the World

On Behalf of Genocide Victims Around the World

As a Jewish people, we are all too familiar with genocide. When we say “never again” it not only means standing up for ourselves, but for people of other faiths or nationalities who are being systematically persecuted and killed. Today, that means speaking out on behalf of Christians in parts of Africa and the Middle East, as well as religious minorities in northern Iraq who are being murdered by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Jewish News

3rd Annual Multigenerational Shabbat in the Park Offers Something for All

3rd Annual Multigenerational Shabbat in the Park Offers Something for All

On Friday, August 15th, The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, together with Shalom Institute, West Valley Rabbinic Task Force, and 14 other Valley synagogues and institutions, once again welcomed the Los Angeles Valley Jewish community to the third annual Shabbat in the Park. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Back to school in troubling times

Back to school in troubling times

As the fighting in Israel and Gaza continues, college students from our community are sure to encounter heightened discourse and disagreements when they go back to school. The anti-Israel environment on many campuses is of particular concern to our Federation and we are determined to help students support Israel in every way we can. Read More »

Tags: Advocacy, Community News, Education, Israel, Social Action, Young Adults

National Young Leadership Cabinet: The Future of Our Community

National Young Leadership Cabinet: The Future of Our Community

The future of our Jewish community is too big for one person to lead. That’s why we’re building a team through National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC). Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

A High Holy Days Tradition Kicks Off the Season

A High Holy Days Tradition Kicks Off the Season

What happens when 140 Rabbis from all the streams of Judaism gather together in one place? It’s not the beginning of a joke, but a day of learning and discussion that marks the start of preparations for the upcoming High Holy Days! Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Federation Events, Jewish News

Social Consciousness Takes Root at Valley Alliance Day of Good Deeds

Social Consciousness Takes Root at Valley Alliance Day of Good Deeds

On Sunday, August 10th, The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Women’s Department got down in the dirt for a multi-generational Day of Good Deeds at the Lutheran Social Services Community Garden in Van Nuys. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Social Action

My Fundraising University Journey

My Fundraising University Journey

From July 28th-31st, I was fortunate enough to attend the final sessions of Fundraising University, a program of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) that provides comprehensive training in leadership, setting goals, fundraising strategies and strategic management. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Israel, Social Action

Our Volunteers, Once Again, Brighten Up the Day

Our Volunteers, Once Again, Brighten Up the Day

On Sunday, August 3rd we had our fourth Community Service Day in 2014. We had projects all over Los Angeles, and had over 125 volunteers which was an especially large turnout. As always, these projects are a success because of our dedicated volunteers. Read More »

Tags: Engaging in our Community, Federation Events, Volunteering, Young Adults

My Trip to Israel: Conflicted During the Conflict

My Trip to Israel: Conflicted During the Conflict

Thursday night. I’m out in Jerusalem on Ben Yehuda Street. My Birthright Israel LA Way group is busy dancing and unwinding at Tza’atzua (Toy Bar), purposely led there because it essentially also functions as a bomb shelter—safety is our number one priority. But I head off on my own for a bit, determined to do some personal shopping at my favorite store Mishkan and have my semi-annual mix-in frozen yogurt at Katzefet. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Israel, Young Adults

Shoulder to Shoulder: We Stood Together with Israel

Shoulder to Shoulder: We Stood Together with Israel

Last night, Valley Beth Shalom in Encino was filled to capacity with nearly 1,000 members of our community joining together in solidarity for our Jewish homeland at Shoulder to Shoulder: A Community Gathering in Support of the People of Israel. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Israel, Social Action

In Israel, Those We Assist Are Helping Wounded Soldiers

In Israel, Those We Assist Are Helping Wounded Soldiers

Our Federation is proud to help those with special needs locally and in Israel. And last week, a group of individuals who are normally on the receiving end of our efforts was able to selflessly help others! Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Israel, Social Action

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