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An Interview with Maya Wernick, A Teen Volunteer at OurSpace

An Interview with Maya Wernick, A Teen Volunteer at OurSpace

We recently interviewed Maya Wernick, a teen volunteer at OurSpace. OurSpace is a Federation partner that provides a full spectrum of Jewish experiences for children, teens, and adults with special needs and special abilities. Read our interview with Maya to learn why she is inspired to volunteer! Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation, Inclusion

Welcoming Bianna Golodryga at our Annual Lion of Judah Luncheon

Welcoming Bianna Golodryga at our Annual Lion of Judah Luncheon

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is thrilled to welcome Bianna Golodryga, former co-anchor of Good Morning America’s weekend edition and current Yahoo! News and Finance anchor, as our keynote speaker for the annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah Luncheon on February 15th. The luncheon brings together an incredible group of strong, philanthropic, generous, and dedicated women that helps lead our Federation's Lions of Judah and Women's Philanthropy. We interviewed Golodryga to learn more about her personal, professional, and Jewish journeys. Read her interview below and join us on February 15th! Read More »

Tags: Blog

An Interview with Lior Eghbal, a Teen Volunteer at Friendship Circle LA

An Interview with Lior Eghbal, a Teen Volunteer at Friendship Circle LA

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. We recently interviewed Lior Eghbal, a teen volunteer at Friendship Circle LA. Friendship Circle LA is a Federation partner that provides Jewish children who have special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational and Judaic experiences. Read why Lior is inspired to volunteer. Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation, Inclusion

Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience The LA Way

Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience The LA Way

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! Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation, Israel

Our Commitment to Immigration and Resettlement

Our Commitment to Immigration and Resettlement

I returned this week from an incredibly meaningful trip to Hungary and Israel where I experienced the power of our work abroad. During my ten-day trip, I received many e-mails asking, “Where is the Federation’s statement on the Executive Order on Immigration?” Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

Honoring Our Lions: An Interview with Ellen Silverman

Honoring Our Lions: An Interview with Ellen Silverman

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is hosting our annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15th. We will honor Elaine Goldsmith with the Lea Rabin Award, and Ellen Silverman with the Ruby Award. We interviewed Ellen about what motivated her to become involved with the Federation and how her experience as a Lion has impacted her life. Check out the interview below, and stay tuned for our interview with Elaine! Please join us on February 15th at this exciting luncheon! Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

The Jewish Federation And Partners Kick Off JDAIM

The Jewish Federation And Partners Kick Off JDAIM

February marks the nationwide Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) - four weeks dedicated to celebrating and bringing attention to individuals with disabilities and special needs. Here in Los Angeles, JDAIM will include a range of activities and initiatives that reflect an important Federation and Jewish value: making Jewish community accessible and inclusive for all. Check out our blog to read more about JDAIM and our Federation! Read More »

Tags: Blog, Inclusion

The Impact of the Federation’s Brawerman Fellowship

The Impact of the Federation’s Brawerman Fellowship

Through the Brawerman Fellowship, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles develops and sustains a talent pool of Jewish young leaders for our community in perpetuity. The Fellowship not only provides a $40,000 college scholarship (over four years), but also includes participation in a larger program that builds leadership skills and creates and strengthens a connection to Jewish life through retreats, a trip to Israel, and other overseas opportunities. Leigh Evans, a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and now an AmeriCorps member with City Year in Boston, shares with us the Fellowship’s powerful impact on her college life. Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

Celebrating a Month of Infinite Light with NuRoots

Celebrating a Month of Infinite Light with NuRoots

Infinite Light, a month-long citywide celebration of miracles, took place throughout the month of December in celebration of Hanukkah! This curated festival of creativity and community brought people from all across Los Angeles together in the spirit of the holiday. Infinite Light is a bold idea launched by NuRoots, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ ground-breaking grassroots initiative that connects young people to Jewish life in new ways. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap

Beginnings

Beginnings

As we begin 2017, I want to talk to you about "beginnings" and tell you what our Federation means when we say, "We are committed to the Jewish journey from birth to giving birth and beyond." We are invested in the next generations — and that investment starts at the beginning. We all want our children to be resilient and our families to be strong. We care about our children's development and their families' connection to an inspiring Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

Recognizing Our Leaders

Recognizing Our Leaders

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles ended 2016 with a bang, honoring several members of our community with awards in recognition of their years of involvement and dedication to the Federation. Check out our blog to read about the Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Valley Alliance Awards & Installations Brunch, as well as the Valley Alliance Annual Meeting. We look forward to another wonderful year working with dedicated and passionate members of our community! Read More »

Tags: Blog, Sylvia Weisz Women's Philanthropy, Event Recap

Community Partnerships, Collective Efforts Fuel Success of 11th Annual Festival of Lights Toy Drive

Community Partnerships, Collective Efforts Fuel Success of 11th Annual Festival of Lights Toy Drive

Hundreds of smiling Smurfs dolls lined the walls of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ conference room this past December. These were just some of the thousands of toys collected during the Federation’s 11th Annual Festival of Lights Toy and Book Drive benefitting children and families in need across Los Angeles. Dozens of organizations and individuals joined forces to ensure the success of the Toy Drive, which ran from November 7th to December 9th, 2016. Read more about The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ 11th Annual Festival of Lights Toy Drive below, and the impact it has on our community. Read More »

Tags: Blog

Looking Back: Community Internship Program Graduates Reflect On What They Gained

Looking Back: Community Internship Program Graduates Reflect On What They Gained

One academic semester after the completion of their summer experiences, Community Internship Program alumni reflect on the long-lasting benefits of their work. Read More »

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We Cannot Turn Away

We Cannot Turn Away

As this challenging year ends, I am deeply troubled. This is a time of great uncertainty. In the past, the Jewish community has always been able to count on the strength of our communal institutions. As you know, in Los Angeles our Federation has been at the heart of Jewish life for over 104 years. We are the bedrock of the community. Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

Wow! Did You See All We Did in 2016?

Wow! Did You See All We Did in 2016?

Did you see Federation's Year-in-Review report I sent you a few days ago? In case you missed it, it highlighted some of Federation's many accomplishments in 2016, like these... Read More »

Tags: Blog

Leadership

Leadership

This past Sunday, 68 passionate, committed and talented young people graduated from our Community Leadership Institute (CLI). It is the culmination of over a year spent together learning about leadership and the challenges facing our community. I had the privilege of being one of their first speakers when the program began 15 months ago, and again this past Sunday when I was the final speaker at their graduation. The following is what I expressed to them... Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

MAINSTAGE 2016: A Night of Inspiration, Generosity, Philanthropy, and Fun!

MAINSTAGE 2016: A Night of Inspiration, Generosity, Philanthropy, and Fun!

Tuesday, November 29th, was a night to remember! The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted our 2nd annual young adult fundraiser at the Avalon Hollywood, bringing together hundreds of young professionals from all over Los Angeles for a night of inspiration and philanthropy. James Corden, Host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, headlined the evening’s impressive cast of talent that included Ben Winston, Executive Producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden; Kevin Demoff, Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Rams; and Milana Vayntrub, Comedian, Director, Actress, and Founder of Can’t Do Nothing. Read More »

Tags: Event Recap

My Jewish Involvement, Thanks to the Brawerman Fellowship

My Jewish Involvement, Thanks to the Brawerman Fellowship

Each year, The Jewish Federation selects high school seniors who demonstrate academic strength, and a deep commitment to leadership, community service, and Jewish engagement to become Brawerman Fellows. Josh Cahn, who recently graduated from UC Berkeley, shares his experience as one of The Jewish Federation's Brawerman Fellows. Read more from Josh below! Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

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

An Interview with Danit Grill, 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 »

Tags: Faces of Federation

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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