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Rabbi David Wolpe Kicks Off the 2016 Susan S. Pritzker Series

Rabbi David Wolpe Kicks Off the 2016 Susan S. Pritzker Series

As the guests of the sold-out event started to arrive, they took the opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet newcomers, and enjoy brunch. There was a tangible sense of camaraderie, pride, and warmth that filled the house and showed the importance of this program series. Read More »

Volunteers Made a Difference at our February Community Service Day

Volunteers Made a Difference at our February Community Service Day

What has more than 300 hands and took over Los Angeles last Sunday, February 28th? Our Federation’s Community Service Day volunteers! More than 150 people of all ages united in six locations to give back and touch lives right here in our own city. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Social Action, Volunteering

Jewish Women Throughout History

Jewish Women Throughout History

In honor of Women’s History Month, our Federation would like to recognize Jewish women throughout the years who have made an impact on our Jewish community and beyond. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

The Lasting Legacy of a Giant: A Farewell to Bram Goldsmith

The Lasting Legacy of a Giant: A Farewell to Bram Goldsmith

It is with heartfelt sorrow we share the news that Bram Goldsmith, a giant in our community and a pillar of our Federation, passed away this Sunday, February 28th, at the age of 93. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Philanthropy

Birthright Israel LA Way: From the Western Wall to My Web Series

Birthright Israel LA Way: From the Western Wall to My Web Series

“Birthright changed my life” is a statement we all hear in passing, but do we fully understand its meaning until we experience it for ourselves? I know I didn’t until the 10-day journey came to an end, and I realized it was only the beginning. I went on the LA Way Birthright Israel Entertainment trip Read More »

Tags: Community News, Missions, Young Adults

Inclusion: Students and Parents of Symphony Circle

Inclusion: Students and Parents of Symphony Circle

My late grandfather, David, made me feel like a superhero and included in the Jewish community. He grew up during World War II in a small city in Ukraine. The Jews were not "accepted" during that time in the Soviet Union. Even if he wasn't able to practice Judaism there, he loved celebrating Jewish Read More »

Tags: Community News, Inclusion

Thousands of Superheroes United for a Super Weekend

Thousands of Superheroes United for a Super Weekend

What made Federation’s Super Weekend so super? The thousands of Jewish community superheroes who came together for 1,000 Shabbat Celebrations on February 19th, or made or generously answered calls on Super Sunday, February 21st. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Federation News, Philanthropy, Volunteering

Life, Love, Laughter and Lions: The 2016 Lion of Judah Luncheon

Life, Love, Laughter and Lions: The 2016 Lion of Judah Luncheon

The flowers were artfully arranged; the name tags were neatly organized; the wait staff was ready. And when our Federation’s proud Lions of Judah arrived at the Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy 2016 Chai, Emerald, Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah Luncheon, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was electrified with their energy! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Philanthropy

Inclusion:  A Classical Mensch

Inclusion:  A Classical Mensch

Professor Louis H. Feldman is the superhero in my life. He taught classics at Yeshiva University for more than 50 years. I was studying history during his later years. At the time, I was mostly interested in modern history, but a friend convinced me to take Feldman’s class in ancient Rome. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Inclusion

Make Super Sunday the Big Finish of our Super Weekend

Make Super Sunday the Big Finish of our Super Weekend

What starts with 1,000 Shabbat Celebrations this Friday, February 19th and ends with Super Sunday on Sunday, February 21st? It’s our Super Weekend, one weekend with two ways to participate in our community! It culminates with Super Sunday, our Federation’s annual community fundraising day Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Federation News, Philanthropy, Volunteering

Inclusion:  No Jewish Hero is Perfect

Inclusion:  No Jewish Hero is Perfect

One of the most beautiful aspects of Judaism is that the Torah portrays none of our heroes as perfect. Moses had difficulty speaking, Joseph had difficulty getting along with others, Isaac couldn't see... At Sinai Temple's Beit Bracha program we believe our students are Torah heroes too! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion

Ladino: An Endangered Language

Ladino: An Endangered Language

Chances are, if you’re Jewish, you’ve at least heard of Hebrew and Yiddish, if not spoken one or both a few times — reciting blessings over challah and wine counts! But did you know there’s another Jewish language out there? It’s called Judeo-Spanish, or Ladino, and it’s a beautiful mix of Read More »

Tags: Jewish News

Inclusion: Jesse the Jewish Superhero

Inclusion: Jesse the Jewish Superhero

I have powers like Superman, but we got them in different ways. He was born with them; I was not. I gained them through my family and friends, Temple VBS, programs like ETTA Israel, and, of course, through eight wonderful years at Camp Ramah. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Inclusion, Young Adults

Volunteers Needed for our Super Sunday Superhero Squad

Volunteers Needed for our Super Sunday Superhero Squad

They wait to be called to duty, ready to respond when needed. Their heroic acts not only touch the lives of people in need in Los Angeles, but in Israel and in more than 70 countries around the world. They’re enthusiastic about our Federation, passionate about tikkun olam Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Volunteering

Who are the Lions of Los Angeles?

Who are the Lions of Los Angeles?

This week we’d like to introduce you to some of our new Lions and Chairs and give them a chance to share the personal side of their outstanding level of involvement with our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Philanthropy

Our Most Senior Philanthropist

Our Most Senior Philanthropist

Recently, Jay Sanderson, President & CEO of The Jewish Federation, met with our Federation’s oldest supporter, Julius Rothschild. Julius’s life experience explains his deep commitment to our Jewish community. We are proud and honored to share his story below. Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Philanthropy

Limmud FSU Unites Russian-Speaking Jews on the West Coast

Limmud FSU Unites Russian-Speaking Jews on the West Coast

Imagine walking into a hotel with 700 people who grew up watching the same Nu, pogodi! cartoons you did, who don’t have to explain why they celebrate Chanukah and also have a New Year’s tree. People who eat just as many bagels with lox as they do pirozhki. People who think in Russian, speak in English Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News

Inclusion: The Superhero Who Helped Me Embrace the Jewish Faith

Inclusion: The Superhero Who Helped Me Embrace the Jewish Faith

I am not a superhero but I am friends with someone who is most definitely. Rabbi Jackie Redner has long been a hero to me. Outside of the many lovely things she has done for other children and young adults, she was personally responsible for guiding me through conversion to embrace the Jewish faith. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Inclusion

Experience Jewish History Firsthand on a Federation Mission to Poland and Amsterdam

Experience Jewish History Firsthand on a Federation Mission to Poland and Amsterdam

Our Federation is deeply committed to ensuring the tragedy of the Holocaust is never forgotten. That’s why we invest in caring for survivors and support the March of the Living program that brings high school students and survivors to Poland and Israel. It’s also why we are traveling together with our community Read More »

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

Distinguished Lions of Los Angeles

Distinguished Lions of Los Angeles

Two weeks ago, we posted a blog about our Federation’s Lions of Judah, how women can become Lions, and what this incredible group accomplishes with their philanthropic support. This week we’d like to introduce you to two of our Lions who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Philanthropy

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