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Fishel Fellow Update from Berlin

Fishel Fellow Update from Berlin

Last week marked my five-month anniversary of being in Berlin, which means I am about halfway through with my time here as part of our Federation’s Fishel Fellowship, which started with my journey to Mumbai. I’ve learned so much about German Jewry and have finally reached a point where I feel that I have an understanding of this diverse, thriving community. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Jewish News, Young Adults

My Name is Emily and I Love to be Me

My Name is Emily and I Love to be Me

This post is part of a series written in recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month by members of our community with a disability highlighting each of their visions for inclusion in our community. My name is Emily and I love to be me. Who am I? I love pasta, playing soccer, and I want to be a psychologist when I grow up. And I have learning disabilities. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

The True Impact of a Birthright Israel Mifgash

The True Impact of a Birthright Israel Mifgash

A critical component of today’s Taglit-Birthright Israel trips is a mifgash (encounter) with Israeli peers. On most trips, Israeli soldiers and college students, ages 18-26 (depending on the age of the American participants on that bus), spend five days together with Americans. They travel together, form relationships, and experience a cross-cultural exchange that is part of what makes Taglit so impactful. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Israel, Young Adults

Super Sunday Was Better Together

Super Sunday Was Better Together

Yesterday’s Super Sunday was a big success! We brought together volunteers from the entire Jewish community, in a single location for the first time, in support of our Federation’s life-changing work. More than 300 came out to the Skirball Cultural Center with their cell phones in hand, smiles on their faces, and passion in their hearts. Together, we raised $1,300,900 from 1,568 donors! Read More »

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

Making Our Community More Inclusive

Making Our Community More Inclusive

It’s February, which means its Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) all across the country. Throughout this month, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, in conjunction with our partners, is celebrating people of all abilities here in our Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

Becoming a Better Fundraiser & Manager

Becoming a Better Fundraiser & Manager

It’s incredibly important to me that I do everything in my power to strengthen our Federation’s mission of caring for Jews in need, engaging with the community and ensuring the Jewish future. That means not only becoming a more effective leader, but learning how to foster stronger relationships with donors who deeply understand the impact of our work and can take ownership in the impactful things we accomplish together. Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Israel, Missions

Super Sunday: Your Day to Be A Superhero

Super Sunday: Your Day to Be A Superhero

What’s bigger than your average Sunday, better than watching reruns in your pajamas and gets the whole community together to make an impact? It’s not a bird or a plane—it’s Super Sunday! Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Federation News, Volunteering

Why January 27th is a Day to Remember

Why January 27th is a Day to Remember

Did you know that this Monday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day? Even at the Federation, some of us were surprised to learn about the existence of this holiday. So, like anyone who wants to learn more about a subject, we looked it up—and we were overjoyed to discover how it came to be a global day of memory for all those who perished during this tragic period in our shared history. Read More »

Tags: Education, Federation News, Jewish News

Tu b’Shevat: It is Not Just About Trees

Tu b’Shevat: It is Not Just About Trees

Did you know that this Thursday is Tu b’Shevat? If I hadn’t been reminded by my boss, I never would have remembered, much less been prompted to look up the greater significance of this “New Year of the Trees.” I mean, don’t get me wrong—I like trees, but my awareness of this Jewish holiday has become rather fuzzy. I remember wearing a paper tree... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News

Resolve to Get More Involved in 2014

Resolve to Get More Involved in 2014

The New Year is in full swing, and we hope you’ve stuck with your resolutions so far. Whether you’re trying to get a handle on some love handles or simply do your part to change the world, we encourage you to make a resolution to get more involved with the Jewish community during 2014! Of course, “getting involved” means different things to different people. That’s why we have lots of upcoming choices for you. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community Events, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation Events, Federation News, Volunteering, Young Adults

What We Accomplish Together With Your Generosity

What We Accomplish Together With Your Generosity

As 2013 rapidly comes to an end, it’s common to reflect on the past 12 months and think about what we’ve all accomplished. What did we do? How did we make a difference? Could we have done more—and will we strive to do more next year? Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Philanthropy, Volunteering

Community as Creative Cohort: Words from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Community as Creative Cohort: Words from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

When I arrived, the room at CrossCampus (a co-working space for tech startups) was warm and welcoming—filled with talented mentors, coaches and supporters for the launch of PresenTenseLA’s second cohort. As a fellow in this latest group of social entrepreneurs, dreamers and... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Federation News

Federation Volunteers Finish 2013 by Caring for our Community

Federation Volunteers Finish 2013 by Caring for our Community

On December 15, Federation volunteers participated in the sixth and final Community Service Day of 2013! Over 140 of us participated in service programs across the city that focused on helping those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness, supporting Jewish soldiers in our military, and bringing joy to senior citizens in our community. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Engaging in our Community, Federation Events, Volunteering

The Holy Land of Havana: Our Federation’s Mission to Cuba

The Holy Land of Havana: Our Federation’s Mission to Cuba

From December 5th-8th, 37 members of our community united as one to experience Cuban Jewish life and culture as part of our Federation’s 2013 Major Gifts Mission to Cuba. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Missions

Strengthening our Ties with Israel

Strengthening our Ties with Israel

Our study tour to Israel has been marked by extreme weather, from snow in Jerusalem to freezing temperatures and gale-force wind on the Golan Heights. Our group of local and state legislators has met with scholars, advocates and government officials representing a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. My goal for this first trip to Israel as an Assemblymember is to build on the already strong economic and cultural ties with California. Read More »

Tags: Israel

Shabbat Dinner Traditions Get a Deliciously Modern Twist: Shabbat Out LA

Shabbat Dinner Traditions Get a Deliciously Modern Twist: Shabbat Out LA

On Friday, October 25, at Rosalind’s in Little Ethiopia, 20 young adults were experiencing a different kind of Shabbat dinner: after some mingling, they gathered around a long table set with candles, wine, and beneath an ornate cover, loaves of challah. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Young Adults

Active Shooter Response Training at Federation

Active Shooter Response Training at Federation

On Tuesday, December 10th, just a few days prior to the anniversary of the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, our Federation hosted “Seconds Count,” a K-12 active shooter response training in conjunction with the LAPD and Builders of Jewish Education. A second training takes place at the New Community Jewish High School in West Hills this Thursday, Dec. 12th. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Federation and City of Los Angeles Host Fifth-Annual Hanukkah Celebration Downtown

Federation and City of Los Angeles Host Fifth-Annual Hanukkah Celebration Downtown

Los Angeles “First Daughter” Maya stole the show – and the microphone – Tuesday as her dad lit the hanukkiah in the City Hall Rotunda. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events

This #GivingTuesday Make Life Easier for L.A. Holocaust Survivors

This #GivingTuesday Make Life Easier for L.A. Holocaust Survivors

Last November, something incredible happened across our nation. No, it wasn’t the mysterious month-long mustache-growing trend, though that, too, was incredible. And it wasn’t the pardoning of a turkey or an unprecedented retail offer, though it did bring people together in throngs... Read More »

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

Toy and Book Drive Brightens the Holiday Season for Children Across Los Angeles

Toy and Book Drive Brightens the Holiday Season for Children Across Los Angeles

Last week, The Federation concluded its 8th Annual Festival of Lights Toy and Book Drive. In collaboration with over 25 partner organizations and hundreds of generous individuals, we collected and distributed over 2,500 toys and books! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News, Volunteering

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