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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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Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Illuminating Federation Travel Experience

Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Illuminating Federation Travel Experience

I am embarrassed to admit the following list of things that summed up my knowledge of Jewish life in Russia and Russia in general before staffing the joint Federation/JDC Entwine Inside Jewish St. Petersburg trip this summer: Fiddler on the Roof. The Pale of Settlement. Matryoshka dolls. Read More »

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Super Sunday Too: An Interview with Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair Lisa Hess

Super Sunday Too: An Interview with Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair Lisa Hess

The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance just kicked off our second annual 100 Days of Giving on July 1st — and now it’s nearly time to kick our giving into high gear with Super Sunday Too! Today, we’re excited to bring you this exclusive interview with Lisa Hess, who serves as the Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair, along with her husband George. Read More »

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Onward Israel L.A.: Reflections on My Experience with Amit LaDerech

Onward Israel L.A.: Reflections on My Experience with Amit LaDerech

The end of this week marks the half-way point of our time in Tel Aviv! After working my internship for a few weeks, I’d like to share some personal reflection on the experience. Read More »

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Mission to Russia: An Interview with President & CEO Jay Sanderson

Mission to Russia: An Interview with President & CEO Jay Sanderson

Jay Sanderson, President and CEO 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 Federation programs. This Federation mission to Russia was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Federation’s work in action. Read More »

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The Fabric That Keeps Us Together: My CLI Trip to Israel

The Fabric That Keeps Us Together: My CLI Trip to Israel

Of course spending 10 days in Israel was incredible — how could it not be? We got to explore many parts of Jerusalem, pay our respects at Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl, and meet with interesting and powerful individuals from all over Israel. Don’t let me forget the ocean view in Tel Aviv or the humbling feeling of sitting in the very room where the State of Israel was created. Read More »

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Jewish Teens Learn Real-World Skills Through Our Community Internship Program

Jewish Teens Learn Real-World Skills Through Our Community Internship Program

This summer, 40 rising high school juniors and seniors have been taking over the Jewish nonprofit world as part of The Jewish Federation’s Community Internship Program. Working for impactful organizations such as Bet Tzedek, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and Jewish World Watch, these teens are gaining real-world experience, earning a paycheck, and getting a glimpse of how they can touch lives as part of our Los Angeles Jewish community. Read More »

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Onward Israel LA: Navigating Tel Aviv

Onward Israel LA: Navigating Tel Aviv

We’ve all survived our first Israeli work week! Before we set out to navigate our individual routes to our respective internships scattered across the city on Sunday morning, we spent the weekend familiarizing ourselves with our new home and neighborhood of Shapira, in Tel Aviv. Read More »

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Remembering a Hero: A Tribute to Elie Wiesel

Remembering a Hero: A Tribute to Elie Wiesel

On Saturday, July 2, 2016, the world lost a hero. Elie Wiesel, author, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist, passed away at the age of 87 in his home in Manhattan. Read More »

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Kesher (Connections): My CLI Trip to Israel

Kesher (Connections): My CLI Trip to Israel

Once on the plane I knew we were headed to Israel. All around me were Jews. A plane full of Jews with the constant sounds of chatter and conversation. Who are you? Where are you from? What are you doing in Israel? Oh, do you know so-and-so? And the requisite response of stories and views; two Jews and three opinions. Read More »

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A Transformative Experience: My CLI Trip to Israel

A Transformative Experience: My CLI Trip to Israel

For me, the opportunity to take part in the CLI program was about honoring my Jewish heritage, fulfilling a sense of responsibility to the Jewish future and learning leadership skills needed to empower others to do the same. Read More »

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Onward Israel LA: We Have Arrived!

Onward Israel LA: We Have Arrived!

The time has finally come and all 20 of us have arrived in Tel Aviv! After exhausting travel with stops and layovers all around the world, we convened at the Arlozorov train station on Sunday morning, June 19. Read More »

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A Day Downtown: Our Mission to Los Angeles City Hall

A Day Downtown: Our Mission to Los Angeles City Hall

Our Men’s Mission to City Hall recently brought a dozen community-minded men gained a better understanding of the inner workings of city politics. Read More »

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Shavuot, Agriculture & our Partnership with Shemesh Enterprises

Shavuot, Agriculture & our Partnership with Shemesh Enterprises

Shavuot is one of Judaism’s agricultural holidays, commemorating Israel’s first fruits. And The Jewish Federation is proud to support one of our community’s most life-changing agricultural endeavors: Shemesh Enterprises. Read More »

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Heads of Their Class Today, Leaders of our Jewish Community Tomorrow

Heads of Their Class Today, Leaders of our Jewish Community Tomorrow

As part of The Jewish Federation’s commitment to ensuring our Jewish future, we are proud to partner with The Geri & Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute for our fifth consecutive year, electing high school seniors at the head of their class to serve as Brawerman Fellows throughout their four years of college. Read More »

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Onward Israel LA: Meet Our 2016 Participants

Onward Israel LA: Meet Our 2016 Participants

This summer, 20 Angelenos between the ages of 19 and 26 will participate in Onward Israel LA, an 8-week internship that gives them a chance to build their resumes and experience life together in Tel Aviv. Working with companies and organizations related to their individual skills, backgrounds and interests, this year’s group embarks on their journey on June 19th. Read More »

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Leadership Trip to Israel: An Update on our Partnership with ITC

Leadership Trip to Israel: An Update on our Partnership with ITC

This April, Federation’s Chair of the Board Julie Platt led a group of top leaders to Israel to get a closer look at the work we are accomplishing in partnership with the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) and to examine Israel’s most pressing challenges moving forward — so we can plan accordingly. Read More »

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A Journey of Memory and Reflection: Our Mission to Poland & Amsterdam

A Journey of Memory and Reflection: Our Mission to Poland & Amsterdam

The Holocaust is one of the darkest parts of our history, but a tragedy our Federation knows must never be forgotten. That’s why we invest in caring for survivors — and why we traveled together with our community on a Federation Mission to Poland and Amsterdam from May 2nd-May 10th. Read More »

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A Roundtable of Inclusion: Israel Unites on Behalf of People with Disabilities

A Roundtable of Inclusion: Israel Unites on Behalf of People with Disabilities

Ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, feels welcome and included in our Jewish community has long been a focus of the Federation’s work. That’s why we’re happy to share that Keren Hendel, Director of Missions and Programs in Federation’s Israel Office, recently participated in a special event on inclusion and self-advocacy. Read More »

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Better Together: Our 2016 Real Estate and Construction Dinner Honoring the Held Family

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