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Going for the Gold with Aly Raisman at It Takes A Woman 2017

Going for the Gold with Aly Raisman at It Takes A Woman 2017

This year, Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy went for the gold at our annual It Takes A Woman luncheon, held on May 10th, 2017, at Skirball Cultural Center. Nearly 400 women showed their support for our Federation at our annual event featuring keynote speaker Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman. Aly charmed the crowd as she shared personal stories about growing up in a tight-knit Jewish family, how she deals with social media pressure, and of course, her experiences performing on the U.S. Gymnastics Team in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics! Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap

The Six Day War Project, Video 2

The Six Day War Project, Video 2

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967) between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries. We are excited to share the 12-part series with you, entitled “Countdown to the Six Day War Project.” The second video of this mini-series sets the stage for war. Egyptian President Nasser makes aggressive moves, sending tens of thousands of troops to Israel’s border and ordering the UN peacekeeping force to leave. Follow the story as it unfolds in video #2 of the Countdown to the Six Day War Project. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

My Experience as a FILL Fellow

My Experience as a FILL Fellow

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers an internal leadership opportunity for young Federation professionals. FILL — Federation Innovation Leadership Lab — is a yearlong program that builds professional development and strengthens leadership skills and culminates in an impactful international travel experience that exposes the FILL Fellows to the Federation’s global work and other like-minded young leaders. The program provides new skills and experiences, adding more excitement and passion to our Los Angeles Jewish community. Shira Feinstein, FILL Fellow and Federation’s Senior Development Director of Strategic Philanthropy, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

The 6-Day War Project

The 6-Day War Project

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967) between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries. We are excited to share the first of the 12-part series with you, which describes the regional atmosphere in 1967 and the events that precipitated the breakout of war. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

My Experience in India with the National Young Leadership Cabinet

My Experience in India with the National Young Leadership Cabinet

Dr. Robin Polansky is a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC), a six-year leadership development program for the Jewish Federations of North America. This year, Dr. Polansky represented the Los Angeles chapter of NYLC on the annual study mission, which sends Cabinet members from different communities across North America to see our work overseas in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Check out our interview with Dr. Polansky to learn about her experience in India and with our Federation in Los Angeles. Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

Committing to Ensuring Success Beyond Graduation with Unistream

Committing to Ensuring Success Beyond Graduation with Unistream

Through its partnership with the Israeli nonprofit Unistream, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is committed to the success and empowerment of Israeli students living in the socioeconomic and geographic peripheries of Israel. This multifaceted commitment, which includes an expansion of Unistream’s infrastructure and curriculum, extends far beyond participants’ high school graduation. Unistream’s programming caters to high school students, but is designed to instill a lifelong skillset that will be applicable to their future careers and aspirations. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

The Impact of the FILL Fellowship

The Impact of the FILL Fellowship

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers an internal leadership opportunity for young Federation professionals. FILL — Federation Innovation Leadership Lab — is a yearlong program that builds professional development and strengthens leadership skills and culminates in an impactful international travel experience that exposes the FILL Fellows to the Federation’s global work and other like-minded young leaders. The program provides new skills and experiences, adding more excitement and passion to our Los Angeles Jewish community. Shannon Pournazarian Rahbarpour, FILL Fellow and Federation’s Director of Leadership Development, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

Twinning at 20

Twinning at 20

This is a momentous year for our Federation as we mark the 20th anniversary of our Global Twinning Program. Imagine a program that has connected thousands of students in Greater Los Angeles to their peers in Tel Aviv, Israel and Vilnius, Lithuania. Consider the power of these young people experiencing Jewish life firsthand in these historic and dynamic centers of Jewish life. Read More »

Tags: Blog, From the CEO

Good Deeds Day with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Good Deeds Day with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

On April 2nd, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and its dozens of volunteers across the city took part in our second Community Service Day this year. This day also marked our Federation’s participation in Global Good Deeds Day. This Community Service Day included six projects: volunteers cleaned beaches with Heal the Bay, braided Challah alongside Holocaust survivors with L’Dough V’Dough, danced with senior citizens at their very own “Senior Prom,” worked the land and bonded with animals at Shemesh Farms and Wildlife Waystation, and helped middle schoolers finesse their interviewing skills with YES Scholars. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap , Faces of Federation

My Jewish Mission to India: A Week that Changed My Life

My Jewish Mission to India: A Week that Changed My Life

Reuben Robin is a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC), a six-year leadership development program for the Jewish Federations of North America. This year, Reuben represented the Los Angeles chapter of NYLC on the annual study mission, which sends Cabinet members from different communities across North America to see our work overseas in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Reuben shares with us his experience from his trip to India! Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

Stories from Our Global Teen Twinning Program

Stories from Our Global Teen Twinning Program

We’re celebrating the 20th year of The Jewish Federation's Global Teen Twinning Program! This life-changing program brings Israel education to life by taking it out of the textbook and into the country itself. The only initiative in existence that connects schools in Los Angeles with schools in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Vilnius, Lithuania, this powerful program has supported more than 60,000 middle school and high school students, parents, and faculty through reciprocal student delegation exchanges, jointly prepared curricula, and teacher training. Today, there are 20 participating schools in Los Angeles and 20 participating schools abroad. Check out our interview with paired participants Miki Goldenfeld and Jason Tiger (2008 Program Alumni). Read More »

Engagement and Building Community

Engagement and Building Community

I was recently interviewed by the Jewish Federations of North America on our Federation’s role in the Los Angeles Jewish community with specific regard to engagement. I spoke about why community involvement is a top priority of ours and what 21st century Jewish life can look like. The interview also highlighted our role in building a strong and long-lasting community. Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

An Interview with Ken Kahan

An Interview with Ken Kahan

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will host our annual Real Estate and Construction (REC) Dinner on Monday, May 8th. The dinner will honor Ken Kahan, Founder and President of California Landmark Group (CLG), a real estate development and investment company. Mr. Kahan is currently a Federation board member and has been philanthropically involved with the community for years. Read our interview with Mr. Kahan, which dives into his dedication to our Federation, the L.A. Jewish community, and more! Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

The FILL Fellowship and My Jewish Identity

The FILL Fellowship and My Jewish Identity

Megan Kanofsky, FILL Fellow and Federation Director of Jewish Campus Life for Young Adult Engagement and Leadership, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad. Read More »

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Honoring and Supporting Holocaust Survivors in Los Angeles and Around the World

Honoring and Supporting Holocaust Survivors in Los Angeles and Around the World

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, when people around the world unite to commemorate the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust and honor the thousands of survivors who live to tell their stories. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is deeply committed to ensuring that Holocaust survivors in Los Angeles and worldwide have access to the resources and care they need to live their lives with dignity. Read More »

Tags: Blog

The Power of a Name

The Power of a Name

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers an internal leadership opportunity for young Federation professionals. FILL — Federation Innovation Leadership Lab — is a yearlong program that builds professional development and strengthens leadership skills and culminates in an impactful international travel experience that exposes the FILL Fellows to the Federation’s global work and other like-minded young leaders. The program provides new skills and experiences, adding more excitement and passion to our Los Angeles Jewish community. Aubrey Farkas, FILL Fellow and Federation’s Director of Civic Engagement, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad in Budapest and Israel. Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

A Fantastic Morning at El Cab Playday

A Fantastic Morning at El Cab Playday

Our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy hosted three exciting and inspiring events last month with Ruth Reichl, culinary icon, author, and Top Chef Judge. The three events took place at Hillcrest Country Club, Brentwood Country Club, and El Caballero Country Club, bringing together over 500 women from the City and the Valley to support our Federation’s impactful work. Read below to learn more about the event at El Caballero Country Club, and contact us to get involved with Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy. Read More »

Tags: Event Recap

Wishing You a Meaningful Pesach

Wishing You a Meaningful Pesach

Tonight, most of us will sit at our Seder tables with our families and our friends to share a powerful experience with Jews and many non-Jews across the globe. Although the story has been told for hundreds of years, the retelling is unique in almost every home. It is a story of our people's redemption from slavery in Egypt and it transcends denominations and nationalities. Read More »

Tags: From the CEO

Inside a Unistream Center: A Community of Dreamers

Inside a Unistream Center: A Community of Dreamers

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles just entered into a strategic partnership with Unistream to create lasting impact on Israeli society by giving Israeli youth the opportunity to dream big and join Israel’s start-up nation. Each Unistream center acts as a hub for its students to learn, experiment, dream and fulfill their potential. Read More »

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Honoring Albert Z. Praw at the 68th Annual Legal Division Dinner

Honoring Albert Z. Praw at the 68th Annual Legal Division Dinner

On March 23rd, over 600 community members gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ 68th Annual Legal Division Dinner honoring Albert Z. Praw. Mr. Praw, the current Vice Chair of the Federation’s Board of Directors and the Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Business Development at KB Home, is the recipient of this year’s Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award, recognizing his long-standing dedication and service to the Jewish and larger community. The night highlighted the Federation’s important work and also Mr. Praw’s vast personal impact on his family and friends. Read More »

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