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Why Federation:  General Campaign Chair Julie Platt Shares Her Story

Why Federation:  General Campaign Chair Julie Platt Shares Her Story

My life and the lives of my husband and children are enriched by our dedication to the Jewish community. Shared values and shared traditions have sweetened our days and each of our five children, as well as our son-in-law, are finding meaning through their involvement in our community. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

A New Sense of Purpose for Recent CLI Grad

A New Sense of Purpose for Recent CLI Grad

My project was on Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Through my meetings with the organization’s leaders, I learned that Mazon has many initiatives that advocate for the hungry and address the growing problem of food insecurity among such groups as military and low-income families, seniors, rural communities and more. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Jews, Tacos and Cinco de Mayo

Jews, Tacos and Cinco de Mayo

As Angelenos, we are familiar with Cinco de Mayo, though many of us know only that it’s celebrated with tacos and beer. So, how many of us know the real story behind this holiday? And how many of us are aware that we have an extended Jewish family of up to 50,000 living in Mexico? Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

Spreading the Joy of Reading: Restocking Walgrove Avenue Elementary School’s Library

Spreading the Joy of Reading: Restocking Walgrove Avenue Elementary School’s Library

In partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., we donated 1,200 new books to restock the library at Walgrove Avenue Elementary School! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Jewish News, Volunteering, Young Adults

How CLI Changed My Priorities: A Recent Grad Reflects

How CLI Changed My Priorities: A Recent Grad Reflects

Because of my involvement and what I learned about organizations within our community, I became very invested in both The Jewish Federation and Jewish LA. I now sit on the RuJuLA steering committee, where I am actively recruiting young Russian Jewish families to participate in our monthly events. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

We are family! For Federation donors at The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Major Gifts Dinner April 22nd in Tarzana, this line from an 1980s pop song became an irrefutable fact when author A.J. Jacobs, revealed how many in the room were actually cousins! Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Conejo Valley, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, Legal Division, Philanthropy, Young Adults

Israel Does it Right

Israel Does it Right

Today, April 22nd, marks the Israeli holiday of Yom Hazikaron—a Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism. Observed since 1963, this holiday officially begins around 8 pm the night prior, when a siren is sounded through the country. Read More »

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How CLI Brought Federation into My Life

How CLI Brought Federation into My Life

During my time with CLI, I learned much more about the Federation’s life-changing work. I met with staff members and lay leaders in different departments who really let their passion for the Jewish community shine through and gave me a deeper understanding of what the Federation is trying to achieve. Read More »

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Annual Soviet Exodus Passover Seder Unites Russian Jewish Young Adults

Annual Soviet Exodus Passover Seder Unites Russian Jewish Young Adults

Last Friday, April 10th, 74 members of RuJuLA (L.A.’s Russian-speaking Jewish young adult network) gathered for the second time at Maxim Restaurant for a Soviet Exodus Passover Seder. A celebration of freedom, this special evening brought the Passover story to life for young professionals in their 20s and 30s... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Young Adults

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Story

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Story

Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place on Thursday, April 16th. In honor of this significant day in our people’s history, we asked Rebecca Schalit-Newman, Intermediate Campaign Associate with our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy, to share her family’s story. Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

CLI 2015 Application Launch

CLI 2015 Application Launch

Applications are now open for our Federation’s Community Leadership Institute, the top-tier program that provides young professionals with the skills, training, development and networks to launch into a lifetime of success. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Leaders Unite for a Community Passover Seder

Leaders Unite for a Community Passover Seder

On April 1st, our Federation’s Community Engagement Strategic Initiative hosted our third annual Community Passover Seder at the historic Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights. A once vibrant Jewish neighborhood, it was the perfect setting for this yearly event that brings together local leaders... Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Philanthropy, Young Adults

A Kahn Fellow Reflects on His Life-Changing Experience

A Kahn Fellow Reflects on His Life-Changing Experience

In the summer of 2014 during the middle of Operation Protective Edge, I embarked on my first journey to Israel. At 24, I finally had the great honor and pleasure of participating in a Birthright Israel LA Way trip with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Read More »

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March Community Service Day Update

March Community Service Day Update

On Sunday, March 29th, our Federation held our second Community Service Day of this year, where a total of 150 volunteers participated in five diverse projects, making an impact on our community at various sites throughout Los Angeles. Read More »

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Questions for Passover

Questions for Passover

Each year at Passover, families gather together around the table to recall the story of our ancestors’ slavery in Egypt. As part of the seder, we ask and answer many questions to gain a better understanding of why we honor this annual tradition and celebrate our freedom. Read More »

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Reflections on the JFNA/KDS Mission to China

Reflections on the JFNA/KDS Mission to China

Our first excursion was to Beijing’s Chabad House. The rabbinitz runs both a kosher restaurant and a Jewish day school that goes up to 6th or 7th grade depending upon the population need. Some of the students, for sure the rabbinitz’s children, go off to Israel for secondary school. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Missions, Young Adults

Women’s Philanthropy Gains Tools to Promote Israel Advocacy

Women’s Philanthropy Gains Tools to Promote Israel Advocacy

In our roundtable discussion, we were joined by Robert Oliver, Program Coordinator for Campus Impact Network, and Gamal Palmer, Senior Director of Leadership and Development, to gain a better understanding of the reality that our children are facing and determine our short- and long-term goals. Read More »

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Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Innovation, creativity, and collaboration are just three ideas I have learned to adopt and embrace throughout PresenTenseLA. Each week, we meet with mentors, successful social entrepreneurs, and most importantly, our fellow peers. We explore, dream, and collaborate with one another, while learning how to navigate this new world of social entrepreneurship. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Inclusion, Social Action, Volunteering, Young Adults

Community Leadership Institute Graduates Reflect on Their Experience

Community Leadership Institute Graduates Reflect on Their Experience

Graduation from our Federation’s Community Leadership Institute (CLI) was Sunday, March 15th. Over the past 15 months, 66 leaders-in-training attended workshops, met with mentors and developed the skills they need to succeed as effective leaders in the Jewish community—and beyond. Here’s what one CLI graduate had to say: Read More »

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February Community Security Forum

February Community Security Forum

Presented by the Los Angeles Police Department and our Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI), this forum brought together a dozen uniformed LAPD officers, as well as 80 rabbis and administrators from local Jewish schools and synagogues, for a timely and informative presentation about terrorism and active shooter incidents. Read More »

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