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Connecting for Good at the REC Dinner

Connecting for Good at the REC Dinner

Like honoree Jesse Sharf, this year’s Real Estate & Construction (REC) Division dinner was truly one of a kind, with a record-setting 1,500 attendees filling the ballroom at the Century Hyatt to its capacity. During a humorous and deeply personal speech, Jesse expressed gratitude to his parents, Pnina and Moe, for instilling Jewish values in him throughout his childhood, and to his wife, Stacy, for all she does to make their lives better­... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Real Estate & Construction Division

PresenTenseLA 2014: Challenging the Status Quo

PresenTenseLA 2014: Challenging the Status Quo

This post is a part of a series highlighting the social entrepreneurial ventures that each of the 2014 PresenTenseLA Fellows will be unveiling at Launch Night tonight. Today we are highlighting PTLA Fellows Aaron Henne - artistic director of theatre dybbuk, and Lee Chernotsky – founder of ROSIES. Each of their ventures asks us to reexamine traditional ideas in order to create a more enriching Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, PresenTense LA, Social Action, Young Adults

PresenTenseLA 2014: Empowering for Change

PresenTenseLA 2014: Empowering for Change

What’s So Jewish about Love My Provider? This post is a part of a series highlighting the social entrepreneurial ventures that each of the 2014 PresenTenseLA Fellows will be unveiling at Launch Night on May 21st. 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 very nature of Jewish change-making. Today we are highlighting Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, PresenTense LA, Social Action, Young Adults

Legal Dinner Honors A True Woman of Valor

Legal Dinner Honors A True Woman of Valor

On May 7th, over 500 attorneys, judges and community members gathered at our Federation’s Legal Division Dinner to honor Nancy Sher Cohen, the 2014 recipient of the Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Legal Division

Advocating for our Jewish Community in Sacramento

Advocating for our Jewish Community in Sacramento

Each May, Jewish community members from across California come together in Sacramento to meet with government representatives on public policy issues of importance to the broader Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Jewish News

PresenTenseLA 2014: Telling Stories, Connecting People
PresenTenseLA 2014: Supporting ALL of Our Jewish Families

PresenTenseLA 2014: Supporting ALL of Our Jewish Families

What’s more Jewish than being married to a rabbi? (Besides, of course, actually being a rabbi) Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, PresenTense LA, Social Action, Young Adults

The Shaping of Israel: A Day of Provocative Conversations with Yossi Klein Halevi

The Shaping of Israel: A Day of Provocative Conversations with Yossi Klein Halevi

This past Sunday, members of the Jewish community gathered in the Beit Midrash of University Synagogue in Brentwood for a special conversation with acclaimed author Yossi Klein Halevi about his recent book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis

It Takes A Woman Sizzled with ‘Kosher Burrito’ Giselle Fernandez

It Takes A Woman Sizzled with ‘Kosher Burrito’ Giselle Fernandez

More than 350 philanthropic women from across our community joined forces at The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Women’s Department’s It Takes A Woman event with keynote speaker Giselle Fernandez. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

PresenTenseLA 2014: Reshaping CommUNITY

PresenTenseLA 2014: Reshaping CommUNITY

How can a venture about bringing musical, uplifting, participatory prayer to synagogues be Jewish? Alright, fine. It’s Jewish. But how do the underlying values of Tefilah Transformed Initiative and its particular prayer model speak to the tradition? Inviting Jews to pray and pray better is one thing. But prayer that is melody-laden and moving? Prayer that is inclusion-based? The Hebrew Bible recounts the tales of kings employing timbrels and... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, PresenTense LA, Social Action, Young Adults

Meet Israeli High Tech Heroes in L.A. This Week

Meet Israeli High Tech Heroes in L.A. This Week

We’ve all heard about the remarkable Israeli spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the publication of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle in 2009 solidified Israel’s role as a global leader of innovation. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Jewish Community Hosts L.A. County Sheriff Candidates Debate Sunday Night

Jewish Community Hosts L.A. County Sheriff Candidates Debate Sunday Night

This Sunday night, May 4th, The Jewish Federation is co-sponsoring the Los Angeles County Sheriff Candidates debate in partnership with The Shomrim Society and CivicCare, as well as numerous Jewish community partners. Read More »

Tags: Community News

Remember the Survivors Too

Remember the Survivors Too

Earlier this week, we observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Throughout the world, our Jewish family reflected on the devastation of the unforgettable, systematic genocide of our people. But we should also think about the survivors. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Jewish News, Social Action

What Makes a Film “Jewish?”

What Makes a Film “Jewish?”

There are countless films that utilize Jewish guilt and Yiddish phrases for humor. But there are also movies like Schindler’s List that focus on the Holocaust and other topics that are steeped in Jewish history. So which movies fall under the category of “Jewish cinema”? Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Jewish News

Victory for All:  Brentwood Men Play Day

Victory for All:  Brentwood Men Play Day

Last Thursday, Brentwood Country Club’s athletes came out for a day full of camaraderie and friendly competition at their 66th Annual Jewish Federation Men’s Play Day! There were approximately 120 golfers and 25 tennis players in all—swinging, driving, putting and serving in support of our Federation’s life-changing work. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events

Update: Our Impact in Ukraine

Update: Our Impact in Ukraine

Several months ago, our Federation launched its Ukrainian Jews Relief Fund to provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable Jews in Ukraine whose safety and well-being were in serious peril. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Social Action

Hosting My First Seder Just Got Easier

Hosting My First Seder Just Got Easier

Unable to fly to Chicago for Passover with my family this year and too far of a drive to my friends’ annual Seder, I was stricken by the thought of not being able to celebrate my favorite holiday. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News, Young Adults

Playing Games Can Be Serious Business

Playing Games Can Be Serious Business

Last week, Dr. Eric Gordon of Emerson College in Boston gave an unforgettable presentation at our most recent Synagogue Leadership Series workshop. And everyone in attendance had fun! As the Executive Director of the Engagement Lab, his research examines how games and social media can enhance both involvement and engagement – two issues which are highly important to our Jewish community and synagogues. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Jewish News

On the Waterfront:  41st Annual Jewish Federation Dinner at Del Rey

On the Waterfront:  41st Annual Jewish Federation Dinner at Del Rey

On Saturday, March 29th, a crescent moon glinted off the water at Del Rey Yacht Club as 130 members gathered for the 41st Annual Jewish Federation Dinner. With everyone dressed in their evening finest, the energy in the room was festive as club members united Read More »

Tags: Federation Events

Cheers for James Burrows at Entertainment Division Event

Cheers for James Burrows at Entertainment Division Event

Legendary director James Burrows was our guest star for an inspiring conversation with Danielle Berrin of The Jewish Journal at the latest event in our Federation’s Entertainment Division Up Close & Personal series. By his own count, Burrows has directed 965 episodes Read More »

Tags: Entertainment Division, Federation Events

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