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Gear Up for Camp Day 2015: Making Kids Happy and Uniting our Community

Gear Up for Camp Day 2015: Making Kids Happy and Uniting our Community

When the Jewish Federation held its third Community Service Day of 2015: Gear Up for Camp Day, over 90 volunteers came out to Camp Bob Waldorf to help distribute goods to local campers in need. Our Jewish community was represented by a diverse group of volunteers, Read More »

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 2

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 2

This post is a part of a series highlighting the social entrepreneurial ventures that each of the 2015 PresenTenseLA Fellows will be unveiling at PresenTenseLA Launch Night on June 9th. The Fellows were given the prompt “What’s so Jewish about your project?” and over the course of the series we will be sharing their answers and exploring the nature of Jewish change-making. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, Legal Division, PresenTense LA, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Gearing Up for Birthright Israel LA Way Summer 2015

Gearing Up for Birthright Israel LA Way Summer 2015

Birthright Israel Summer 2015 kicks off this month, and The Jewish Federation’s LA Way community program is receiving more interest than ever before from Jewish young adults seeking to meet like-minded young Jews here in Los Angeles through this incredible Israel experience. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Help The Jewish Community In Houston

Help The Jewish Community In Houston

When over 11 inches of rain fell in Houston last week, cars were swept away and the southeast Texas metropolis was brought to a standstill. Many of the 40,000 Jews who live there lost everything in the torrential rains and flooding. Hardest hit were the areas of Meyerland, Bellaire and Willow Meadows, where many Jews live and countless homes and businesses were inundated, along with two synagogues. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Social Action

Finding a Home in L.A. with the Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center

Finding a Home in L.A. with the Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center

When our family decided to relocate to L.A., the idea of moving across the country was daunting. Doing so with a young adult child on the autism spectrum seemed insurmountable. I needed help figuring out what resources would be available in L.A. for our son as he completed high school and began his adult life. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Young Adults

Federation Leadership Meeting with Chancellor Gene Block: UCLA is Safe for Jewish Students

Federation Leadership Meeting with Chancellor Gene Block: UCLA is Safe for Jewish Students

Our Federation was thrilled to host UCLA Chancellor Gene Block this past Tuesday night, May 26th, for an insightful discussion on the current campus climate for the University’s Jewish students. With the recent flood of headlines causing concern for UCLA’s Jewish student population Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

April Federation Highlights

April Federation Highlights

Take a look at how community members’ generosity made a difference throughout L.A. this April in each of our Federation’s areas of work. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Legal Division, Missions, Volunteering, Young Adults

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 1

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 1

This post is a part of a series highlighting the social entrepreneurial ventures that each of the 2015 PresenTenseLA Fellows will be unveiling at PresenTenseLA Launch Night on June 9th. The Fellows were given the prompt “What’s so Jewish about your project?” and over the course of the series we will be sharing their answers and exploring the nature of Jewish change-making. Read More »

Tags: Engaging in our Community, Federation News, PresenTense LA, Social Action, Young Adults

Bearing Witness with March of the Living

Bearing Witness with March of the Living

This year, I had the privilege of accompanying roughly 200 Jewish teenagers and six Holocaust survivors on an incredible two-week journey to Poland and Israel as a staff member for the Los Angeles delegation of March of the Living (MOTL). The March of the Living is an annual educational trip that brings together student delegations from all over the world to examine... Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel, Young Adults

The NextGen Engagement Initiative – More than Networking

The NextGen Engagement Initiative – More than Networking

I have been involved with The Jewish Federation’s NextGen Engagement Initiative—affectionately called NEI—for over four years, essentially from its inception. Over time, this gathering of Jewish professionals who work in the young adult space has evolved from a place to engage in constructive conversation over bagels & coffee... Read More »

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

CSI Safety & Security Conference

CSI Safety & Security Conference

On Thursday, April 30th, our Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI) held its third annual Safety and Security Conference and Front Line Responders Workshop. This program brought together a host of professionals from both the Jewish community and the law enforcement sector. Read More »

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

CLI Connections Bring Passion Project to Life

CLI Connections Bring Passion Project to Life

As part of my organizational landscape project, I met Asher Gellis, the Executive Director of JQ International, a local nonprofit that builds and strengthens a community that nurtures a healthy fusion of LGBTQ and Jewish identities. Asher, who was able to launch JQ International through the Federation’s PresenTenseLA fellowship, Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, PresenTense LA, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Magic in the Night: Honoring Rodney Freeman

Magic in the Night: Honoring Rodney Freeman

On April 30th, the Century Plaza Hyatt was the place to be for individuals working in real estate and construction. A record 1,500 community leaders, real estate professionals, colleagues, friends and family turned out for our largest-ever Real Estate & Construction (REC) dinner, showing their support for our honoree, Rodney Freeman, and our Federation. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Jewish Guilt and Mother’s Day

Jewish Guilt and Mother’s Day

Nearly every Jewish person has experienced it at some point: a mother or a bubbe’s subtle twist of words that somehow always get you to do something you haven’t planned—Jewish guilt. Stereotype or not, for many of us, this is an inherent truth. Read More »

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

Why Federation:  General Campaign Chair Julie Platt Shares Her Story

Why Federation:  General Campaign Chair Julie Platt Shares Her Story

My life and the lives of my husband and children are enriched by our dedication to the Jewish community. Shared values and shared traditions have sweetened our days and each of our five children, as well as our son-in-law, are finding meaning through their involvement in our community. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

A New Sense of Purpose for Recent CLI Grad

A New Sense of Purpose for Recent CLI Grad

My project was on Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Through my meetings with the organization’s leaders, I learned that Mazon has many initiatives that advocate for the hungry and address the growing problem of food insecurity among such groups as military and low-income families, seniors, rural communities and more. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Jews, Tacos and Cinco de Mayo

Jews, Tacos and Cinco de Mayo

As Angelenos, we are familiar with Cinco de Mayo, though many of us know only that it’s celebrated with tacos and beer. So, how many of us know the real story behind this holiday? And how many of us are aware that we have an extended Jewish family of up to 50,000 living in Mexico? Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

Spreading the Joy of Reading: Restocking Walgrove Avenue Elementary School’s Library

Spreading the Joy of Reading: Restocking Walgrove Avenue Elementary School’s Library

In partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., we donated 1,200 new books to restock the library at Walgrove Avenue Elementary School! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Jewish News, Volunteering, Young Adults

How CLI Changed My Priorities: A Recent Grad Reflects

How CLI Changed My Priorities: A Recent Grad Reflects

Because of my involvement and what I learned about organizations within our community, I became very invested in both The Jewish Federation and Jewish LA. I now sit on the RuJuLA steering committee, where I am actively recruiting young Russian Jewish families to participate in our monthly events. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

We are family! For Federation donors at The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Major Gifts Dinner April 22nd in Tarzana, this line from an 1980s pop song became an irrefutable fact when author A.J. Jacobs, revealed how many in the room were actually cousins! Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Conejo Valley, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, Legal Division, Philanthropy, Young Adults

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