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An Interview with Danit Gril, Community Service Chair and Board Member for YALA

An Interview with Danit Gril, Community Service Chair and Board Member for YALA

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers many opportunities – social, professional, volunteer and leadership – through YALA, Young Adults of Los Angeles. We recently interviewed Danit Grill, a YALA Board Member and the Community Service Chair for YALA. Through her position, Danit has been able to combine her passion for community service and social action with YALA and the Jewish community. Read our interview with Danit to find out why YOU should join her in making a difference! Read More »

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MainStage 2016: Interview with Eric Fihman

MainStage 2016: Interview with Eric Fihman

MainStage – Be Inspired, Be Social, Be Generous! The Jewish Federation’s annual young adult fundraiser is taking place on November 29th at the Avalon Hollywood. The event invites leading innovators and influencers to the stage to inspire, connect and entertain. Last year, young professionals brought in over $1 million to help the Federation, and MainStage contributed to that! The night promises to be one full of food, talent, drinks and more! Read More »

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MainStage 2016: Interview with Zev Opos

MainStage 2016: Interview with Zev Opos

The Jewish Federation’s annual young adult fundraiser is taking place on November 29th at the Avalon Hollywood. The event invites leading innovators and influencers to the stage to inspire, connect and entertain. Check out our interview with Zev Opos, a MainStage Committee member and read why YOU should just us at Mainstage 2016! Read More »

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L’Dor V’Dor: Ignite the Fire and Pass it from Generation to Generation

L’Dor V’Dor: Ignite the Fire and Pass it from Generation to Generation

The Skirball Cultural Center was abuzz with excitement on November 2nd as nearly 400 of our community’s most dedicated women greeted one another at The Jewish Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy’s Annual L’Dor V’Dor Luncheon. Read More »

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Making an Impact

Making an Impact

Two Sundays ago, I was pedaling forcefully up a long and winding hill with rain pouring down on me. I was riding 36 miles with hundreds of others, and not one of us was deterred by the weather. As our saying goes, we were "riding for the Jewish future" in The Jewish Federation's fourth, and most successful, Tour de Summer Camps — the community-wide fundraising event that has raised millions of dollars and helped hundreds of children attend one of twelve life-changing Jewish summer camps in Los Angeles. Read More »

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MainStage: Be Inspired, Be Social, Be Generous!

MainStage: Be Inspired, Be Social, Be Generous!

The Jewish Federation’s annual young adult fundraiser is taking place on November 29th at the Avalon Hollywood. The event invites leading innovators and influencers to the stage to inspire, connect and entertain. Check out our interview with Clare Koppel, a MainStage Committee member and current participant in CLI (the Community Leadership Institute, a premier leadership program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles). Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps – Meet Rider Jonathan Ahdoot

Tour de Summer Camps – Meet Rider Jonathan Ahdoot

On Sunday, October 30th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 4th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling 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. We interviewed Jonathan Ahdoot, who will be riding 18 miles on October 30th! Read more about why Jonathan is involved! Read More »

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Leadership, Memory, Community, Future and Hope

Leadership, Memory, Community, Future and Hope

As I reflect on the past year, I am saddened by the loss of five great leaders. This past year we lost Bram Goldsmith, Jona Goldrich, Chuck Boxenbaum, Osias "Ozzie" Goren and Israel's statesman and leader, Shimon Peres. Each of them impacted our Jewish community, and each of them left an indelible mark on our Federation and our essential work. Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Adar Broekman!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Adar Broekman!

On Sunday, October 30th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 4th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling 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. We interviewed Adar Broekman, who is participating this year as a virtual rider, to help send more kids to summer camp. Read about why Adar chose TdSC as his Mitzvah project, in honor of his upcoming Bar Mitzvah! Read More »

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The City of Los Angeles Celebrates Rosh Hashanah

The City of Los Angeles Celebrates Rosh Hashanah

What does the shofar sound like when blasted through the vaulted ceilings of Los Angeles City Hall’s council chambers? Let’s just say, it is a resounding way to ring in the New Year! Read More »

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The Jewish Federation Celebrates Dorothy & Ozzie Goren’s Lifetime of Achievement

The Jewish Federation Celebrates Dorothy & Ozzie Goren’s Lifetime of Achievement

On September 29, 2016, over 400 of Los Angeles’ most passionate community members joined at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel to pay tribute to Dorothy & Ozzie Goren, honoring them with our Federation’s Jewish Community Lifetime Achievement Award — a new benchmark of recognition for those who set the highest bar for philanthropy and leadership in our community. Read More »

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I Must Confess

I Must Confess

As we head into these High Holy Days, I need to confess. Seven years ago, before I became the President and CEO of our Jewish Federation, I did not truly understand the power and impact of a gift to the Federation's Annual Campaign. Now I do. And as we begin the New Year, I want to make sure you do as well. We all know the central role the Annual Campaign has played in Los Angeles for over 100 years. It has been instrumental in creating and sustaining most agencies and organizations that strengthen our community. It supported the establishment of the State of Israel and has been a leader in the rescue and absorption of tens of thousands of Jews in distress from all over the world. Read More »

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The Legacy of Shimon Peres

The Legacy of Shimon Peres

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres passed away at the age of 93 in Jerusalem, Israel. Shimon Peres was one of the founding fathers of the State of Israel. He dedicated his life’s mission to the pursuit of peace and was a true source of inspiration for people everywhere. He was a world leader, a forever optimist, and a source of never-ending hope. His values were aligned with the very foundation of Israel. Read More »

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The Federation is Everywhere

The Federation is Everywhere

This morning, I was waiting in line at Starbucks. After I ordered my soy matcha green tea latte, I noticed a woman trying to get my attention. She looked familiar, and I decided to walk over to her. As part of my work, I am privileged to meet hundreds of community members at numerous events throughout the year, in addition to spontaneous run-ins throughout Los Angeles. No matter the location, touching lives and building friendships is rooted in the Federation's mission. This is what makes our community a community — and I never take for granted the generosity and deeply held interest and commitment our supporters have for the impactful work of the Federation. Read More »

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Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience!

Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience!

Birthright Israel registration is now open! There are a number of incredible, meaningful and fun trips to Israel for #Angelenos to go the LA Way, and we want to make sure you know about how life-changing a Birthright Israel trip can be! From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, the Negev to the North, the opportunity to experience Israel and form lifelong friendships is one you don’t want to miss! We interviewed Josh, a recent LA Way Birthright Israel participant, about why he decided to travel to Israel with the Federation on Birthright Israel, and how the experience impacted him. Read More »

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Mother and Daughter Lions

Mother and Daughter Lions

The International Lion of Judah Conference is an exciting opportunity to hear world-class speakers on local and global Jewish issues. The Conference brings together women — Lions — from all over the world who are passionate about making their voices heard and making a difference. Read our interview with Marcia Shulman and Lisa Dick, an inspiring mother-daughter Lion duo, who will be attending the International Lion of Judah Conference together! Read More »

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What It Means To Be A Lion

What It Means To Be A Lion

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah is an incredible group of strong, philanthropic, generous and dedicated women. These women are committed to helping us make this world a better place and supporting the impactful work of our Federation. Ronna Elbaz became a Lion this year and is attending the International Lion of Judah Conference for the first time this month! We sat down with Ronna to learn about what inspired her to become a Lion and what she looks forward to at the Conference. Read More »

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Proud to be a Lion

Proud to be a Lion

Lions are powerful and strong. Lions are leaders and take responsibility for their families and communities. Keeping this in mind, it is clear why this group of committed, philanthropic, dedicated, and generous women of our Federation is called the Lion of Judah. We sat down with Kathi Mangel to talk about what it means to be a Lion of Judah and why she can’t wait to go to Washington, D.C., this month to attend her first International Lion of Judah Conference. Read More »

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Lion of Judah

Lion of Judah

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah are an incredible group of philanthropic, committed and dedicated women that are making an impact on our communities, here and abroad. Read our interview with Heidi Bendetson, who recently became a Lion of Judah, and is attending the upcoming International Lion of Judah Conference this month for the first time! Read More »

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We Are Lions, Hear Us Roar!

We Are Lions, Hear Us Roar!

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah are an incredible group of philanthropic, committed and dedicated women that are making an impact on our communities, here and abroad. The International Lion of Judah Conference is taking place September 11-13 in Washington D.C., and will bring Lions together from all over the world. Read our interview with Beverly Sturman, one of the Co-Chairs of the upcoming International Lion of Judah Conference! Read More »

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