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Shalom Rio!

Shalom Rio!

Ready, Set, Go! The Olympics start today! And who doesn’t love watching the Olympics and cheering for their favorite athletes? Jewish athletes have been participating in the Olympic Games and winning medals since 1896, and several Jewish athletes will represent the United States and Israel in Rio, beginning August 5th (today!). Read More »

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A New Beginning: My CLI Trip to Israel

A New Beginning: My CLI Trip to Israel

Winding through the vintage flea market that takes over the parking lot of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles every Sunday, I overheard two teenage girls ramble on about the miscellaneous and irrelevant facts of their lives. I was disinterested to say the least, until I heard one of them say Read More »

Onward Israel LA: The Last Two Shabbats

Onward Israel LA: The Last Two Shabbats

It is startling to think that we only have two more weeks here in Tel Aviv. As I begin creating a long list of things I want to do in this remaining time (like go to the Tel Aviv Contemporary Art Museum, explore the Jaffa beach at night, and indulge in the renowned Thai House restaurant), I am also struck with sadness Read More »

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Witnessing the Diversity of Jewish Life: A Report from our Fishel Fellow in Bulgaria

Witnessing the Diversity of Jewish Life: A Report from our Fishel Fellow in Bulgaria

Zdrveite (Hello) from Sofia, Bulgaria! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Maia Ferdman, and I'm the Fishel Fellow of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Read More »

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An Interview with Julie Platt: Mission to Russia

An Interview with Julie Platt: Mission to Russia

Julie Platt, Chair of the Board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, recently traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg with community leaders. Together they toured the cities, learned about the history and richness of Russian Jewish life, and visited a Jewish summer camp and community center, as well as other impactful programs supported by the Federation. Read More »

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Onward Israel LA: Making an Impact, Cultural Differences and Delicious Food

Onward Israel LA: Making an Impact, Cultural Differences and Delicious Food

This past week was the most successful one of my internship thus far. My colleague and I have been spending most of our time preparing English material for the organization we work for, Amit LaDerech, in order to begin reaching out to potential donors in the United States. Read More »

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Culinarians Day

Culinarians Day

According to the National Day Calendar, July 25th is an offbeat holiday that was created to acknowledge chefs and cooks for the amazing work they do to please our taste buds. In honor of Culinarians Day, we invite you to join us on our next Federation mission: Israel Unparalleled*, a world-class tour featuring innovative cuisine, collectible wines, and astounding art, taking place from September 18-26, 2016. Read More »

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Teens Transformed by Community Internship Program

Teens Transformed by Community Internship Program

“I felt like I contributed in some way to the awareness and teachings of Israel.” “I finally made an impact.” “I’m actually making a difference in my community.” These were just a few of the inspiring words of the seven teens who gave speeches during last Friday’s Community Internship Program commencement ceremony. Read More »

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Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Illuminating Federation Travel Experience

Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Illuminating Federation Travel Experience

I am embarrassed to admit the following list of things that summed up my knowledge of Jewish life in Russia and Russia in general before staffing the joint Federation/JDC Entwine Inside Jewish St. Petersburg trip this summer: Fiddler on the Roof. The Pale of Settlement. Matryoshka dolls. Read More »

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Super Sunday Too: An Interview with Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair Lisa Hess

Super Sunday Too: An Interview with Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair Lisa Hess

The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance just kicked off our second annual 100 Days of Giving on July 1st — and now it’s nearly time to kick our giving into high gear with Super Sunday Too! Today, we’re excited to bring you this exclusive interview with Lisa Hess, who serves as the Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair, along with her husband George. Read More »

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Onward Israel L.A.: Reflections on My Experience with Amit LaDerech

Onward Israel L.A.: Reflections on My Experience with Amit LaDerech

The end of this week marks the half-way point of our time in Tel Aviv! After working my internship for a few weeks, I’d like to share some personal reflection on the experience. Read More »

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Mission to Russia: An Interview with President & CEO Jay Sanderson

Mission to Russia: An Interview with President & CEO Jay Sanderson

Jay Sanderson, President and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, recently traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg with community leaders. Together they toured the cities, learned about the history and richness of Russian Jewish life, and visited a Jewish summer camp and community center, as well as other impactful Federation programs. This Federation mission to Russia was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Federation’s work in action. Read More »

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The Fabric That Keeps Us Together: My CLI Trip to Israel

The Fabric That Keeps Us Together: My CLI Trip to Israel

Of course spending 10 days in Israel was incredible — how could it not be? We got to explore many parts of Jerusalem, pay our respects at Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl, and meet with interesting and powerful individuals from all over Israel. Don’t let me forget the ocean view in Tel Aviv or the humbling feeling of sitting in the very room where the State of Israel was created. Read More »

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Jewish Teens Learn Real-World Skills Through Our Community Internship Program

Jewish Teens Learn Real-World Skills Through Our Community Internship Program

This summer, 40 rising high school juniors and seniors have been taking over the Jewish nonprofit world as part of The Jewish Federation’s Community Internship Program. Working for impactful organizations such as Bet Tzedek, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and Jewish World Watch, these teens are gaining real-world experience, earning a paycheck, and getting a glimpse of how they can touch lives as part of our Los Angeles Jewish community. Read More »

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Onward Israel LA: Navigating Tel Aviv

Onward Israel LA: Navigating Tel Aviv

We’ve all survived our first Israeli work week! Before we set out to navigate our individual routes to our respective internships scattered across the city on Sunday morning, we spent the weekend familiarizing ourselves with our new home and neighborhood of Shapira, in Tel Aviv. Read More »

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Remembering a Hero: A Tribute to Elie Wiesel

Remembering a Hero: A Tribute to Elie Wiesel

On Saturday, July 2, 2016, the world lost a hero. Elie Wiesel, author, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist, passed away at the age of 87 in his home in Manhattan. Read More »

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Kesher (Connections): My CLI Trip to Israel

Kesher (Connections): My CLI Trip to Israel

Once on the plane I knew we were headed to Israel. All around me were Jews. A plane full of Jews with the constant sounds of chatter and conversation. Who are you? Where are you from? What are you doing in Israel? Oh, do you know so-and-so? And the requisite response of stories and views; two Jews and three opinions. Read More »

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A Transformative Experience: My CLI Trip to Israel

A Transformative Experience: My CLI Trip to Israel

For me, the opportunity to take part in the CLI program was about honoring my Jewish heritage, fulfilling a sense of responsibility to the Jewish future and learning leadership skills needed to empower others to do the same. Read More »

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Onward Israel LA: We Have Arrived!

Onward Israel LA: We Have Arrived!

The time has finally come and all 20 of us have arrived in Tel Aviv! After exhausting travel with stops and layovers all around the world, we convened at the Arlozorov train station on Sunday morning, June 19. Read More »

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A Day Downtown: Our Mission to Los Angeles City Hall

A Day Downtown: Our Mission to Los Angeles City Hall

Our Men’s Mission to City Hall recently brought a dozen community-minded men gained a better understanding of the inner workings of city politics. Read More »

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