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“It Feels Like Home”: The International Lion of Judah Conference

“It Feels Like Home”: The International Lion of Judah Conference

Every two years, at a location in the U.S. or Israel, there is a phenomenon unlike any other. Thousands of philanthropic Jewish women wearing platinum or gold Lion pins join together for three extraordinary days of education, inspiration and empowerment. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Philanthropy

Convenient and Captivating:  FedConnect is For You

Convenient and Captivating:  FedConnect is For You

Our Federation offers several professional groups dedicated to networking, skill-sharing, shared experiences and more. But if you’re looking for a way to connect with a more diverse group of professionals, check out FedConnect. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events

Eddie Cantor:  From Jewish Summer Camp to Comedic Stardom

Eddie Cantor:  From Jewish Summer Camp to Comedic Stardom

National Humor Month is still going strong and our Federation would like to show our support, not only for comedy, but for a Jewish comedian who was himself a strong proponent of both Israel and Jewish summer camp. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Oshra Friedman: How An Ethiopian Jew with No Possessions Became a Jewish Israeli who Gives Back

Oshra Friedman: How An Ethiopian Jew with No Possessions Became a Jewish Israeli who Gives Back

Twenty years ago, The Jewish Federation helped thousands of Ethiopian Jews make aliyah through our support of Operation Moses. This is the story of one of them — Oshra Friedman. At just seven years old, our Federation... Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Jewish News, Israel

A Fantastic Morning at El Cab Playday

A Fantastic Morning at El Cab Playday

Despite the rain, the women of El Caballero Country Club came out in record numbers for our annual Playday & Brunch! This year’s event was held on April 8th at El Cab and featured a moving presentation by our keynote speaker, Oshra Friedman. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Philanthropy

Celebrating Freedom for Our Ancestors in Egypt and the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto

Celebrating Freedom for Our Ancestors in Egypt and the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto

Tonight begins the first night of Passover. Whether you host or attend a traditional seder or simply raise a glass of wine, we encourage you to really reflect on the theme of freedom. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Bitter Herbs and Brisket at Breed Street: Our Community Passover Seder

Bitter Herbs and Brisket at Breed Street: Our Community Passover Seder

On April 12th, our Federation’s Community Engagement Strategic Initiative hosted our fourth annual Community Passover Seder at the historic Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights. A once vibrant Jewish neighborhood, it was the perfect setting for this yearly event Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Holidays & Celebrations

Jewish Comedians: A Legacy of Laughter

Jewish Comedians: A Legacy of Laughter

Knock knock! Who’s there? Did you hear the one about April being National Humor Month? If you love a good laugh, this is your month to tell a joke, remember your favorite sketches and stand-up routines, and help leave others in the best kind of stitches there are. Read More »

Tags: Entertainment Division, Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Israeli Inventions: Desalination and Drought

Israeli Inventions: Desalination and Drought

More than 60 years ago, after listening to a lecture from an Arctic explorer who explained that he obtained drinking water from melted ice, an Israeli engineer named Alexander Zarchin created a groundbreaking thermal desalination process. In the early 1960s, he founded IDE Technologies Read More »

Tags: Israel

Jewish Humor: From Desert to Shtetl and Beyond

Jewish Humor: From Desert to Shtetl and Beyond

In 1976, comedian Larry Wilde founded National Humor Month to spread awareness about how laughter “can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one’s life.” In a month known for producing freak spring snowstorms from the Midwest to the Northeast Read More »

Tags: Entertainment Division, Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Name Yourself Day

Name Yourself Day

Are you more of a Dan than a Charles? Prefer the name Susan to Shari? Would you rather be called Rumpelstiltskin? Then forget birthdays, tomorrow is your special day, because April 9th has been designated National Name Yourself Day! Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations

National Poetry Month: An Homage to Jewish Poets

National Poetry Month: An Homage to Jewish Poets

According to Poets.org, April was designated National Poetry Month in 1996 to “highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets” and to “encourage the reading of poems,” among other reasons. Poetry has had an incredible influence on our culture. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Today is the First Day of May

Today is the First Day of May

Made ya look — Happy April Fool’s Day! Did anyone cling wrap your toilet seat today? Or scare you with plastic insects? Or put hair gel in your toothpaste? If you were gullible enough to fall for it, you’re just like the “wise men” of Chelm. But before we delve into Yiddish folklore Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations

The Growing Problem of Higher Education in Los Angeles

The Growing Problem of Higher Education in Los Angeles

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is concerned with issues that impact the Jewish people — and we also care deeply about our local community. That’s why we formed our Community Engagement Council (CEC), a gathering place for individuals who are passionate about community, networking Read More »

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

A-WA: Israeli Sisters Show Off their Yeminite Roots in Powerhouse Performance Presented by NuRoots

A-WA: Israeli Sisters Show Off their Yeminite Roots in Powerhouse Performance Presented by NuRoots

Imagine more than 300 young adults dancing in East Los Angeles to the musical grooves of a trio of women singing in Arabic. This may not sound like a typical Jewish event, but it is indicative of the type of programming that our Federation is offering via the pioneering NuRoots initiative. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Young Adults

JCCRT – Jewish Community Crisis Response Team: Who Shows Up After the Ambulance Leaves?

JCCRT – Jewish Community Crisis Response Team: Who Shows Up After the Ambulance Leaves?

When a crisis occurs, after the first responders have stabilized victims and secured the scene, it’s time for the real healing to begin. But where do people turn for help processing the unimaginable? In Los Angeles, cue the second responders: the Jewish Community Crisis Response Team (JCCRT). Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Jewish News, Volunteering

A Brief History of Jews and Chickens

A Brief History of Jews and Chickens

According to an offbeat holiday website, March 19th is Poultry Day! In honor of this lesser-known celebration of all things farmed and feathered, we decided to take a closer look at how chickens have impacted Jewish lives throughout the years. Read More »

Tags: Education, Jewish News

Do Jews “Erin Go Bragh?”

Do Jews “Erin Go Bragh?”

Today, March 17th, marks St. Patrick’s Day, an important celebration for Irish people worldwide. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was kidnapped from Britain and sold into slavery in Ireland when he was just 16 years old. Years later, he returned to spread the word about Catholicism. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Israeli Inventions:  Waze

Israeli Inventions:  Waze

Anybody out there remember tooling around Tinseltown with a booklet full of maps called the Thomas Guide? If you got lost while driving, you just pulled over, fumbled for a light, found the grid of streets you were on and found your way again. From 1915 through the early 2000s when GPS systems were invented, the Thomas Guide Read More »

Tags: Jewish News

More Incredible Jewish Women From U.S. History

More Incredible Jewish Women From U.S. History

Last week, our Federation featured a blog about Women’s History Month to highlight four Jewish women throughout the years who have made an impact on our Jewish community and beyond. This week we are proud to share with you four more extraordinary Jewish women below. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

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