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PJ Library in Los Angeles Celebrates its 10,000th Subscriber

PJ Library in Los Angeles Celebrates its 10,000th Subscriber

On Wednesday, May 18th, there was a little more blue and white in Los Angeles. Carrying balloons that match the program’s logo, community members Jeff Polak, his mother Janet, 9-year-old son Ethan and 6-year-old daughter Alexa arrived at the door of our 10,000th PJ Library®... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Philanthropy

It Takes A Woman (Well, Around 400 Women, Actually)

It Takes A Woman (Well, Around 400 Women, Actually)

The morning was overcast as nearly 400 women gathered at the Skirball Cultural Center on May 11th for our annual It Takes A Woman luncheon. The sun broke through and the power of their commitment to the work of Federation filled the room. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Philanthropy

CSI Update: Our 4th Annual Safety and Security Conference

CSI Update: Our 4th Annual Safety and Security Conference

Earlier this month, our Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI) held its fourth annual Safety and Security Conference. This program brought together a host of professionals from the Jewish community and law enforcement. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Israel Leads Rescue and Response Efforts Worldwide with IsraAID

Israel Leads Rescue and Response Efforts Worldwide with IsraAID

Our Federation supports our Israeli family and advocates and educates on their behalf. That’s why we wanted to share how one Israeli organization is making a global impact. Read More »

Tags: Israel

Empowering the Next Generation: A Pritzker Evening With Nina Tassler

Empowering the Next Generation: A Pritzker Evening With Nina Tassler

Recently, our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy, with our newest group Community of Professional Women and alongside our Entertainment Division, hosted the latest installment of the Susan S. Pritzker Series featuring former Chairman of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler. Read More »

Tags: Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Philanthropy

Celebrate Israel with Our Federation

Celebrate Israel with Our Federation

This week, Israel noted two significant holidays: Israel Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron, a day of remembrance for fallen sliders and victims of terror) and Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut). Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Israel

Israeli Inventions: ReWalk

Israeli Inventions: ReWalk

Israel may be a relatively small country in square footage and population, but it is home to some big inventions and innovations, particularly in the technology industry. As part of our Federation’s commitment to educating and advocating for our Israeli family, this blog is the third in our monthly series Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Jewish News

The Legacy of a Survivor Lives On Through the Rautenberg New Leaders Project

The Legacy of a Survivor Lives On Through the Rautenberg New Leaders Project

On Wednesday, May 5th, several generations of Los Angeles Jewish civic leaders gathered to celebrate the legacy and naming of The Jewish Federation’s Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) after the late philanthropist Erwin Rautenberg. Hosted by Lisa and Josh Greer, this special evening Read More »

Tags: Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation Events

A Wonderful Evening at Our Major Gifts Dinner

A Wonderful Evening at Our Major Gifts Dinner

On April 19th, at Stephen Wise Temple, a generous community came together to show their deep commitment to our Federation’s life-changing work. They also gathered to hear an insider’s perspective on the convergence of U.S. politics and the Jewish world. This was The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance’s Major Gifts Dinner Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Philanthropy

Interview with Ethiopian Israeli Oshra Friedman

Interview with Ethiopian Israeli Oshra Friedman

Last week we shared the story of Ethiopian Israeli Oshra Friedman, who made aliyah with Operation Moses at the age of seven. Oshra was in town to share her story with the women of El Caballero Country Club at their annual Playday in support of our Federation. We sat down with her for a brief interview. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Israel

“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

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