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Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together

If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ve heard me say, “I have the best job in the world.” I work with an incredibly talented and dedicated staff and with the most extraordinary group of lay leaders and donors. Together, we are supporting and sustaining this Jewish community and ensuring our Jewish future. These are not slogans or catchphrases. It is in our Federation’s DNA. Read More »

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My Personal Taglit: Adventures in Israel on Birthright and Beyond - Part 3

My Personal Taglit: Adventures in Israel on Birthright and Beyond - Part 3

The following is the third in a series of personal accounts by a participant in Federation’s new Onward Israel program. Read More »

A Reflection on the Community Internship Program

A Reflection on the Community Internship Program

Please enjoy this submission from one of the 29 high school students who participated in The Jewish Federation’s inaugural Community Internship Program* from June 17th – July 9th. Read More »

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

My Personal Taglit: Adventures in Israel on Birthright and Beyond - Part 2

My Personal Taglit: Adventures in Israel on Birthright and Beyond - Part 2

We have begun our Onward Israel adventure: 19 Jewish youth from the Los Angeles area, from all different backgrounds and with varying professional and academic aspirations, have gathered in Tel Aviv for summer internships. Living together in a 4- story apartment complex Read More »

Special Olympics World Summer Games Update — About Ron Segal

Special Olympics World Summer Games Update — About Ron Segal

Ron Segal, one of the Special Olympics athletes from Israel competing in this year’s World Games, shares his inspiring story: Read More »

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

Special Olympics World Summer Games Update - About Maya Hertz

Special Olympics World Summer Games Update - About Maya Hertz

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open on July 25th in Los Angeles. Over 40 Israeli competitors will be among the more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports this year. It's a world stage for the athletes to demonstrate their courage, determination, and spirit of Read More »

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

Special Olympics World Summer Games Update - About Mati Oren

Special Olympics World Summer Games Update - About Mati Oren

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open on July 25th in Los Angeles. Over 40 Israeli competitors will be among the more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports this year. It's a world stage for the athletes to demonstrate their courage, determination Read More »

Tags: Jewish News, Inclusion, Young Adults

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 »

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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 »

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