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Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Innovation, creativity, and collaboration are just three ideas I have learned to adopt and embrace throughout PresenTenseLA. Each week, we meet with mentors, successful social entrepreneurs, and most importantly, our fellow peers. We explore, dream, and collaborate with one another, while learning how to navigate this new world of social entrepreneurship. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Inclusion, Social Action, Volunteering, Young Adults

Community Leadership Institute Graduates Reflect on Their Experience

Community Leadership Institute Graduates Reflect on Their Experience

Graduation from our Federation’s Community Leadership Institute (CLI) was Sunday, March 15th. Over the past 15 months, 66 leaders-in-training attended workshops, met with mentors and developed the skills they need to succeed as effective leaders in the Jewish community—and beyond. Here’s what one CLI graduate had to say: Read More »

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

February Community Security Forum

February Community Security Forum

Presented by the Los Angeles Police Department and our Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI), this forum brought together a dozen uniformed LAPD officers, as well as 80 rabbis and administrators from local Jewish schools and synagogues, for a timely and informative presentation about terrorism and active shooter incidents. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Federation Events, Federation News, Social Action

Campus Impact Network Empowers Student Leaders at February Training

Campus Impact Network Empowers Student Leaders at February Training

Our day-long workshop took place at UCLA Hillel and was facilitated by Reinvent Communications. Instructors from this communications and leadership development firm guided the students through several exercises, including goal setting and networking, culminating in the creation of... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Volunteering, Young Adults

Channeling Esther this Purim

Channeling Esther this Purim

In the Purim story, Esther stands up against Haman, turning him in to King Ahashuerus so he cannot carry out his cruel plans. But with growing numbers of Hamans in France, one person simply cannot challenge them all. And we’re here in L.A., so how can we let our French Jewish brothers and sisters know that they are not alone? Read More »

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

Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address to the United States Congress. Leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America were in attendance. Read More »

Breaking Through: A Day of Celebration for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Breaking Through: A Day of Celebration for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

The steady rain didn’t dampen the high spirits of families at Camp Max Straus in Glendale last Sunday during The Jewish Federation’s Community Service Day. More than 200 children, teens and adults with special needs, along with their siblings, parents and volunteers came together for an afternoon of celebration for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community Events, Community News, Education, Federation Events, Federation News, Inclusion, Social Action, Young Adults

Inclusion: Jojo and his Favorite Place

Inclusion: Jojo and his Favorite Place

One of the things I like most about the Friendship Circle is the teen volunteers. When I was younger, I always looked up to them. When I would see them around my neighborhood, they would always welcome me and say “Hi, Jojo” to make me feel special. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Social Action, Young Adults

Milk & Honey:  An L.A. Girl in Israel

Milk & Honey:  An L.A. Girl in Israel

On a typical slumpy Tuesday in my quarter-life-crisis year of 26, a business associate came into my office and casually started talking about Birthright Israel. “I’m too old, too busy and by most religious people’s standards, not even considered a real Jew,” I grumbled at him. With an Ashkenazi Jewish father and African-American mother, others often tried to tell me who I was and who I was not. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel, Social Action, Volunteering, Young Adults

Upcoming Jewish Community Forum at The Jewish Federation

Upcoming Jewish Community Forum at The Jewish Federation

This Thursday, February 26th, the Los Angeles Police Department and our Federation’s Community Security Initiative are sponsoring a Jewish Community Forum that will focus on law enforcement response to active shooter events and other potential threats to Jewish institutions. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Social Action, Young Adults

Inclusion: Everybody Should be Good

Inclusion: Everybody Should be Good

Today I went to school like every day at Van Nuys High. I learn there about the Americans. I like learning about WWI the most, because I like the action, and knowing that it actually happened. There are lots of kids in my class. I meet new people and eat with them and we watch videos on the phone. I like to hang out with Jack Schneider, who is not from my class. Our families are good friends. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Social Action, Young Adults

George Washington: A Champion for the Jews. Who Knew?

George Washington: A Champion for the Jews. Who Knew?

Given that our country was primarily founded on the principle of religious freedom, it should come as no surprise that in 1790, there were approximately 300 Jews living in Newport, Rhode Island. George Washington visited that year and stopped at Touro Synagogue, where Moses Seixas, a first-generation Jewish American, served as warden. Read More »

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

Our School Twinning Program Changes Lives

Our School Twinning Program Changes Lives

Every year, students from 20 schools in Los Angeles, 20 schools in Tel Aviv and one school in Vilnius, Lithuania, participate in this transformative program. They live in each other’s homes, learn in their partner schools and experience the local culture firsthand. The main goal of the program is to build strong relationships between the participants, their families and their schools... Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Education, Federation News, Jewish News, School Twinning Program, Volunteering

Inclusion: My Jewish Culture

Inclusion: My Jewish Culture

The Jewish culture is so enthralling that you don’t have to be religious to be involved in Jewish life. My Judaism varied throughout the years of temple hopping and family gatherings. I felt most included in Nashuva with its enriching upbeat environment that makes people want to go back the first Friday of every month. Read More »

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

Brotherhood and Sisterhood Week (Feb 15-21)

Brotherhood and Sisterhood Week (Feb 15-21)

As a young Jew growing up in a primarily Christian neighborhood, I wasn’t fazed that our synagogue was 45 minutes away—and there were five churches within a two-mile radius from our house. Though I was proud to bring my menorah to school and talk about Chanukah, or teach my class the Dreidel song, I was always told not to “advertise” my Jewishness. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Volunteering

Women Who Roar: The Lion of Judah 2015 Luncheon

Women Who Roar: The Lion of Judah 2015 Luncheon

On February 4th, the luminous ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was graced by nearly 400 of L.A.’s most philanthropic women. The occasion? The Jewish Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah luncheon, a celebration of the women’s unwavering commitment to our Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Philanthropy

Super Sunday 2015: We Came, We Learned, We Rocked the Phones

Super Sunday 2015: We Came, We Learned, We Rocked the Phones

When our annual community phone-a-thon starts with a rockin’ band and a delicious breakfast you’d think it couldn’t get better. ut with every minute of Super Sunday 2015, the good feeling that comes from reaching out to our generous community members and raising life-changing funds... Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Federation News, Social Action, Volunteering

The Incredible Gift of PJ Library®

The Incredible Gift of PJ Library®

Robyn Sherman Raskin doesn’t remember signing up for PJ Library. But when the first books arrived for her then six-month-old son Daniel, it was one of the best gifts she’d ever received. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News

Inclusion: Creating Social Butterflies and Leaders

Inclusion: Creating Social Butterflies and Leaders

Now my social life is non-stop. Hevrah has great activities. We have visited other temples, gone bowling, played around at Pump it Up and even had concerts with Rick Recht & Craig Taubman. I got to attend Camp Ramah for 12 summers! My mom and dad tease me because I can walk into a restaurant in California... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Young Adults

The Legacy of a Leader Lives On

The Legacy of a Leader Lives On

A few years ago, our community lost a beloved leader, philanthropist, and mensch: Sam Rosenwald. Sam touched so many lives around him, particularly those of the young emerging leaders he took the time and care to mentor. Read More »

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

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