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Now, More Than Ever, We Need to Come Together

Now, More Than Ever, We Need to Come Together

As Jews, we are taught that when our values are threatened, we must stand together for what we believe. We are taught that hatred and bigotry are intolerable. Tomorrow’s Shabbat is an opportunity to honor diversity, equality, and inclusion in the face of fear, division, and hate. Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

We Stand Together

We Stand Together

Along with Federations across the country and the Jewish Federations of North America, we are appalled and saddened by the violence in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. This display of hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism by white supremacists has no place in America. We are horrified and sickened by the messages spewed at the rally, and by the deaths and injuries sustained. We send our condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery to others who have been injured. Read More »

Tags: Blog

Stories from our Global Twinning Program: Bryan & Gal

Stories from our Global Twinning Program: Bryan & Gal

We’re celebrating the 20th year of The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program! This life-changing program brings Israel education to life by taking it out of the textbook and into the country. In honor of the program’s 20th year, we are highlighting alumni through a series of blogs — like this interview with paired participants Bryan Gershkowitz and Gal Dali. They are celebrating 13 years of Twinning friendship! Check out our interview with Bryan and Gal to learn about the impact of their experiences. Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation, School Twinning Program

Being Jewish is Priceless

Being Jewish is Priceless

Like many of us, I read with interest the Los Angeles Times op-ed article “It’s Too Expensive to be Jewish.” My response is that being Jewish is priceless. That’s why our Federation is deeply committed to making Jewish life accessible and affordable for everyone. We understand the challenges facing many in our community. Our job is to reach out and engage as many as we can and open their eyes to all that our diverse community has to offer. Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

The Impact of the Federation-Unistream Partnership Highlighted at Annual Competition

The Impact of the Federation-Unistream Partnership Highlighted at Annual Competition

The scene was filled with inspiration, creativity, and awe. The energy in the room was invigorating. We could feel and see the impact of the Federation-Unistream partnership as soon as our Federation’s delegation arrived at Heichal Hatarbut for Unistream’s Ted z”l and Hedy Orden and Family Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap

Love Angeles - Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Love the NuRoots Way

Love Angeles - Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Love the NuRoots Way

I always say that our Federation never takes summer vacation, but we ensure that our young people enjoy fun, Jewish summers. Today, there are hundreds of young people at one of our outstanding Jewish summer camps and hundreds visiting Israel for the first time as a part of our partnerships with Birthright Israel, Honeymoon Israel, Masa Israel and Onward Israel. A major focus of our engagement work locally centers on young adults in their 20s and 30s connecting them to Jewish life in ways that are as unique as they are. Read More »

Tags: Blog, From the CEO

Meet Our Hiker, Rabbi Bill Kaplan: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

Meet Our Hiker, Rabbi Bill Kaplan: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

On Sunday, October 29th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 5th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling and hiking fundraiser that helps provide scholarships to send more of our kids to Jewish summer camp and helps them build a lifelong connection to Jewish identity and values. This is the first year a hike has been added, bringing even more fun to this family and community-filled day! This year, we are profiling a few of our riders and hikers to find out why they participate in Tour de Summer Camps and what Jewish summer camp means to them. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

An Interview with YALA Board Member Rachel Grundy

An Interview with YALA Board Member Rachel Grundy

YALA’s Summer Soiree is THIS August 2nd at 7:00 PM — it’s the biggest event of the year! Join YALA and hundreds of other young Jewish Angelenos for an unforgettable night of music, food, drinks, photo booths, and more! We interviewed YALA Board Member Rachel Grundy to find out why she decided to join and support YALA and what she’s doing this summer (aside from counting down the days until the Summer Soiree). Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

I asked - you answered.

I asked - you answered.

I want to thank the large number of you who responded to my last e-mail and took time to answer my questions. Your openness, passion and willingness to continue the conversation reflect the same deep concerns we see throughout our diverse Jewish community and address every day. Read More »

Tags: Blog, From the CEO

YALA Invites Jewish Young Adults to the Summer Soiree!

YALA Invites Jewish Young Adults to the Summer Soiree!

Summer Soiree is back! On August 2nd at 7:00 PM, Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA) is hosting an unforgettable night of music, food, photo booths, and more. An initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, YALA brings together Jewish young adults ages 22 to 40 through a diverse range of programming and experiences. Read More »

Tags: Blog

Meet Our Rider, Ivan Wolkind: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

Meet Our Rider, Ivan Wolkind: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

On Sunday, October 29th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 5th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling and hiking 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. This is the first year a hike has been added, bringing even more fun to this family and community-filled day! This year, we are profiling a few of our riders and hikers to find out why they participate in Tour de Summer Camps and what Jewish summer camp means to them. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

Can’t Wait to See You at the YALA Summer Soiree

Can’t Wait to See You at the YALA Summer Soiree

YALA’s Summer Soiree is THIS August 2nd at 7:00 PM — it’s the biggest event of the year! Join YALA and hundreds of other young Jewish Angelenos for an unforgettable night of music, food, drinks, photo booths, and more! We interviewed YALA Board Member Warren Coughlin to find out why he decided to join and support YALA and what he’s doing this summer (aside from counting down the days until the Summer Soiree). Read More »

Tags: Blog

Our Holistic Approach to Jewish Camp

Our Holistic Approach to Jewish Camp

Summertime is upon us. For thousands of children and teens across Los Angeles, that means days filled with song circles, Maccabiah competitions, bonding with friends, Shabbat under the stars, nature exploration, and meaningful learning and identity building at Jewish summer camp. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is committed to holistically supporting and enhancing local Jewish summer camps. To learn about the Federation’s role with Jewish camping, check out the blog below! Read More »

Tags: Blog

I Have Two Important Questions for You

I Have Two Important Questions for You

My goal has always been for these e-mails to become a conversation. Since every good conversation starts with a question, here are two: Read More »

Tags: Blog, From the CEO

A Hungarian Leadership Story

A Hungarian Leadership Story

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers an internal leadership opportunity for young Federation professionals. FILL — Federation Innovation Leadership Lab — is a yearlong program that builds professional development and strengthens leadership skills and culminates in an impactful international travel experience that exposes the FILL Fellows to the Federation’s global work and other like-minded young leaders. Gamal Palmer, FILL Fellow and Federation’s VP of Leadership Development, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and experiences from abroad. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

My Experience with NLP and Advocacy Day

My Experience with NLP and Advocacy Day

The Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) is a premier civic leadership training program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and has trained the next generation of LA Jewish leaders for over 25 years. NLP participants recently traveled to Sacramento, California for the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California’s (JPAC) Advocacy Day. Yonit Kovnator, NLP participant, shares her experience with us below! Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

LAJTI Teen Program Accelerator Professionals Reflect On Their Experience

LAJTI Teen Program Accelerator Professionals Reflect On Their Experience

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) launched its Teen Program Accelerator to strengthen existing organizations and offer enhanced Jewish experiences to meet teens' diverse interests. Since, eight teams of talented Jewish professionals from organizations across the city formed a cohort and supported each other in the creation and expansion of programs of excellence for L.A.’s Jewish teens. With yearly financial support and specialized entrepreneurial training and coaching, this band of professionals brought these programs to the next level. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap

Welcoming the Newest Cohort of Brawerman Fellows

Welcoming the Newest Cohort of Brawerman Fellows

Every year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ prestigious Brawerman Fellowship identifies a select cohort of graduating high school seniors who have shown commitment to leadership, academics, community service, and Jewish life. In addition to receiving a significant college scholarship, these students participate in various retreats, a trip to Israel, and other overseas opportunities. Each of these elements is designed to help students develop their Jewish identities, leadership skills, and overall personal awareness. Congratulations to the following four graduating seniors, each of whom brings his or her own diverse interests and skills to the Brawerman cohort. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

CSI Hosts Annual Safety and Security Conference in Los Angeles

CSI Hosts Annual Safety and Security Conference in Los Angeles

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles launched CSI in 2012 in response to a growing need for a ”boots-on-the-ground” entity that would exist as a clearinghouse for all security-related matters affecting the Jewish community – a single point of contact for critical incident coordination, information and intelligence sharing, safety and security training and resources. On Wednesday, May 17th, our CSI held its fifth annual Safety and Security Conference, bringing together a host of professionals from the Jewish community and law enforcement. Read the blog to learn more about CSI and the Conference. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap

The Six Day War Project - Video #12

The Six Day War Project - Video #12

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War (June 5-10, 1967) between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries. In the Six Day War, Israel defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, securing defensible borders and subsequently offering to exchange land for peace. In the last video of the series, learn how Israel has tried to obtain peace with its neighbors over the past 50 years. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

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