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Jewish Comedians: A Legacy of Laughter

Jewish Comedians: A Legacy of Laughter

Knock knock! Who’s there? Did you hear the one about April being National Humor Month? If you love a good laugh, this is your month to tell a joke, remember your favorite sketches and stand-up routines, and help leave others in the best kind of stitches there are. Read More »

Tags: Entertainment Division, Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Israeli Inventions: Desalination and Drought

Israeli Inventions: Desalination and Drought

More than 60 years ago, after listening to a lecture from an Arctic explorer who explained that he obtained drinking water from melted ice, an Israeli engineer named Alexander Zarchin created a groundbreaking thermal desalination process. In the early 1960s, he founded IDE Technologies Read More »

Tags: Israel

Jewish Humor: From Desert to Shtetl and Beyond

Jewish Humor: From Desert to Shtetl and Beyond

In 1976, comedian Larry Wilde founded National Humor Month to spread awareness about how laughter “can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one’s life.” In a month known for producing freak spring snowstorms from the Midwest to the Northeast Read More »

Tags: Entertainment Division, Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Name Yourself Day

Name Yourself Day

Are you more of a Dan than a Charles? Prefer the name Susan to Shari? Would you rather be called Rumpelstiltskin? Then forget birthdays, tomorrow is your special day, because April 9th has been designated National Name Yourself Day! Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations

National Poetry Month: An Homage to Jewish Poets

National Poetry Month: An Homage to Jewish Poets

According to Poets.org, April was designated National Poetry Month in 1996 to “highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets” and to “encourage the reading of poems,” among other reasons. Poetry has had an incredible influence on our culture. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Today is the First Day of May

Today is the First Day of May

Made ya look — Happy April Fool’s Day! Did anyone cling wrap your toilet seat today? Or scare you with plastic insects? Or put hair gel in your toothpaste? If you were gullible enough to fall for it, you’re just like the “wise men” of Chelm. But before we delve into Yiddish folklore Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations

The Growing Problem of Higher Education in Los Angeles

The Growing Problem of Higher Education in Los Angeles

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is concerned with issues that impact the Jewish people — and we also care deeply about our local community. That’s why we formed our Community Engagement Council (CEC), a gathering place for individuals who are passionate about community, networking Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Education, Engaging in our Community, Social Action

A-WA: Israeli Sisters Show Off their Yeminite Roots in Powerhouse Performance Presented by NuRoots

A-WA: Israeli Sisters Show Off their Yeminite Roots in Powerhouse Performance Presented by NuRoots

Imagine more than 300 young adults dancing in East Los Angeles to the musical grooves of a trio of women singing in Arabic. This may not sound like a typical Jewish event, but it is indicative of the type of programming that our Federation is offering via the pioneering NuRoots initiative. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Young Adults

JCCRT – Jewish Community Crisis Response Team: Who Shows Up After the Ambulance Leaves?

JCCRT – Jewish Community Crisis Response Team: Who Shows Up After the Ambulance Leaves?

When a crisis occurs, after the first responders have stabilized victims and secured the scene, it’s time for the real healing to begin. But where do people turn for help processing the unimaginable? In Los Angeles, cue the second responders: the Jewish Community Crisis Response Team (JCCRT). Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Jewish News, Volunteering

A Brief History of Jews and Chickens

A Brief History of Jews and Chickens

According to an offbeat holiday website, March 19th is Poultry Day! In honor of this lesser-known celebration of all things farmed and feathered, we decided to take a closer look at how chickens have impacted Jewish lives throughout the years. Read More »

Tags: Education, Jewish News

Do Jews “Erin Go Bragh?”

Do Jews “Erin Go Bragh?”

Today, March 17th, marks St. Patrick’s Day, an important celebration for Irish people worldwide. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was kidnapped from Britain and sold into slavery in Ireland when he was just 16 years old. Years later, he returned to spread the word about Catholicism. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Israeli Inventions:  Waze

Israeli Inventions:  Waze

Anybody out there remember tooling around Tinseltown with a booklet full of maps called the Thomas Guide? If you got lost while driving, you just pulled over, fumbled for a light, found the grid of streets you were on and found your way again. From 1915 through the early 2000s when GPS systems were invented, the Thomas Guide Read More »

Tags: Jewish News

More Incredible Jewish Women From U.S. History

More Incredible Jewish Women From U.S. History

Last week, our Federation featured a blog about Women’s History Month to highlight four Jewish women throughout the years who have made an impact on our Jewish community and beyond. This week we are proud to share with you four more extraordinary Jewish women below. Read More »

Tags: Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

Owning Her Jewish Identity:  A Birthright Israel LA Way Story

Owning Her Jewish Identity:  A Birthright Israel LA Way Story

Born in Russia, Sasha Karlova didn’t know she was Jewish until she moved to the U.S. with her parents at just six years old. She attended a Jewish day camp and began celebrating Passover and Rosh Hashanah with her grandparents after they later immigrated to the U.S. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Jewish News, Missions, Young Adults

The Return of LA Couples: An Exclusive Program for Duos in Their 20s and 30s

The Return of LA Couples: An Exclusive Program for Duos in Their 20s and 30s

Young Jewish couples under 40 are all different. Some are planning weddings. Some are planning families. Others are planning vacations. But there’s one thing that unites them all: A desire to be around others who share their stage in life and a connection to the Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Philanthropy, Social Action, Young Adults

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

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