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Women Who Roar: The Lion of Judah 2015 Luncheon

Women Who Roar: The Lion of Judah 2015 Luncheon

On February 4th, the luminous ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was graced by nearly 400 of L.A.’s most philanthropic women. The occasion? The Jewish Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah luncheon, a celebration of the women’s unwavering commitment to our Jewish community. Read More »

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

Super Sunday 2015: We Came, We Learned, We Rocked the Phones

Super Sunday 2015: We Came, We Learned, We Rocked the Phones

When our annual community phone-a-thon starts with a rockin’ band and a delicious breakfast you’d think it couldn’t get better. ut with every minute of Super Sunday 2015, the good feeling that comes from reaching out to our generous community members and raising life-changing funds... Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Federation News, Social Action, Volunteering

The Incredible Gift of PJ Library®

The Incredible Gift of PJ Library®

Robyn Sherman Raskin doesn’t remember signing up for PJ Library. But when the first books arrived for her then six-month-old son Daniel, it was one of the best gifts she’d ever received. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News

Inclusion: Creating Social Butterflies and Leaders

Inclusion: Creating Social Butterflies and Leaders

Now my social life is non-stop. Hevrah has great activities. We have visited other temples, gone bowling, played around at Pump it Up and even had concerts with Rick Recht & Craig Taubman. I got to attend Camp Ramah for 12 summers! My mom and dad tease me because I can walk into a restaurant in California... Read More »

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

The Legacy of a Leader Lives On

The Legacy of a Leader Lives On

A few years ago, our community lost a beloved leader, philanthropist, and mensch: Sam Rosenwald. Sam touched so many lives around him, particularly those of the young emerging leaders he took the time and care to mentor. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Philanthropy, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Website Launched

Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Website Launched

Beautifully designed and easy to navigate, the site celebrates the power of Women’s Philanthropy and salutes the philanthropic women who support our Federation’s work. With links to blogs and photos from our past events, and a calendar of upcoming events, it is a gateway to engagement for women of all ages and stages. Read More »

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

Inclusion: Because Everyone Belongs!

Inclusion: Because Everyone Belongs!

I had the opportunity to work as a Ruderman intern at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles this past summer. This was an internship for people with disabilities. Throughout my eighteen weeks with the Federation, I felt very welcomed. I learned a lot of new skills and got better with other ones. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News, Inclusion

The New Year for Trees and 3 Ways You Can Celebrate

The New Year for Trees and 3 Ways You Can Celebrate

Wednesday is the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat. It’s also the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, otherwise known as the “New Year for Trees” or, sometimes, the “Jewish Arbor Day.” If you grew up attending Hebrew school, you might remember planting seeds in paper cups, eating fruit or singing songs about trees to celebrate this holiday. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News

Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Survivor and her Son Reflect

Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Survivor and her Son Reflect

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 70th anniversary of the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated. Read More »

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

Rosh Chodesh: A New Month is Born

Rosh Chodesh: A New Month is Born

Rosh Chodesh is the first day of every Jewish month—today, that month is Shevat. Celebrated as a festival in ancient times, Rosh Chodesh was observed when sky watchers would discover the first sliver of a new moon above, designating the new month. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reminds Us What We Stand For

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reminds Us What We Stand For

I haven’t seen the movie Selma yet, but I can think of no better way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life than by doing so on MLK Day. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Social Action

We Remember the Paris Victims of Terror

We Remember the Paris Victims of Terror

On Wednesday, January 14th, members of our community came together for a Memorial for Paris Victims of Terror, convened by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and hosted by Sinai Temple. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel

A Day of Purpose and Philanthropy

A Day of Purpose and Philanthropy

Is there a better way to start the year than seeing the impact of The Jewish Federation in person? According to 50 of our most devoted philanthropists, the answer is no. Earlier this month, we saw it for ourselves as part of the Valley Alliance Women’s Board annual retreat. Chaired by Barbara Brilliant, Allison Martini and Jill Namm, the retreat began... Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Missions

Transforming the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Transforming the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

At our final 2014 Board meeting in December, I offered my perspective on the remarkable transformation of our Federation over the past five years. My thoughts were originally published on eJewish Philanthropy yesterday, and I am honored to share them with you today. Thank you for all you have done to make this possible. Your ongoing partnership... Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News

I Am a Border State

I Am a Border State

I recently completed a one-year Kahn Fellowship for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. My aim during the fellowship was to specifically work on engaging the young queer Jewish community. In return, my own personal growth would be nurtured through an additional immersive experience. Read More »

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

The Impact We Made Together in 2014

The Impact We Made Together in 2014

As our Federation continues the process of transformation we began five years ago, we are more focused than ever on supporting and sustaining our Jewish community and ensuring the Jewish future we share, as we impact Jewish life in L.A., Israel and over 70 countries. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel, Legal Division, Missions, Philanthropy, Volunteering, Young Adults

Entertainment and Honor Brought our Community Together

Entertainment and Honor Brought our Community Together

On Wednesday, November 19th, community members of all ages gathered for a very special Entertainment Division event recognizing our Federation’s longtime partners and friends, Sandy, Larry, and Nina Jacobson. Jewish values are this family’s values and, in the spirit of entertainment, they were honored at Pacific Theatres at the Grove with a private pre-release screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1... Read More »

A Powerful Morning of Connection, Learning & Action

A Powerful Morning of Connection, Learning & Action

On Thursday, December 4th, women from our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy shared a morning of connection, learning and action. We began by sharing our personal Chanukah traditions and stories. Like the Shamash candles on our Chanukiahs... Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Social Action, Volunteering

A Mission to Israel with the Men of our Entertainment Division

A Mission to Israel with the Men of our Entertainment Division

In November 2014, a group of 11 entertainment industry executives went on a Federation-sponsored mission to Israel, led by CAA's Adam Berkowitz and Rain Management's Jonathan Baruch. With a jam-packed six-day itinerary, the group was able to gain an understanding of Israel from... Read More »

A Chanukah Celebration at City Hall

A Chanukah Celebration at City Hall

Last Friday, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held its Annual Chanukah Celebration at Los Angeles City Hall. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News

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