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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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

Inclusion: My Understanding and Acceptance of My Superpowers

Inclusion: My Understanding and Acceptance of My Superpowers

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. As part of our Federation’s commitment to inclusion, every week this month we will feature a blog written by a member of our community with a disability. Read More »

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Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, a national effort to ensure that all Jews, regardless of their abilities, have access to Jewish life and a place within our Jewish community. It is also an opportunity for our Federation to raise awareness about members of our Los Angeles Jewish Read More »

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Thoughts on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thoughts on Holocaust Remembrance Day

As the son and grandson of Holocaust survivors (and the relative of many more who did not survive), I grew up thinking the following: how awful humans can be to one another; how resilient the survivors that I knew (and, I’m sure, countless other survivors and other victims who did not survive) were Read More »

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Yiddish You May Not Know You Know

Yiddish You May Not Know You Know

Yiddish originated in Central Europe and became the designated language of Ashkenazi Jews. A mishmash of other languages, including German and Hebrew, Yiddish was spoken by more than 10 million European Jews at its height. Those who migrated to New York City at the turn of the century had their pick Read More »

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

Lions of Judah: The Most Philanthropic and Influential Women in Jewish L.A.

Lions of Judah: The Most Philanthropic and Influential Women in Jewish L.A.

Did you know that there are Lions in L.A.? We’re not talking about those beautiful creatures at the zoo or the ones often spotted in the mountains of Griffith Park. We’re talking about some of our Federation’s most dedicated female philanthropists, the Lions of Judah. Read More »

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Lesser-Known Words of the Great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lesser-Known Words of the Great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 18th, our Federation offices will be closed as we honor and celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A visionary civil rights activist, Dr. King marched alongside people of all races and religions in his unwavering efforts to ensure that all people were treated as equals. Read More »

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Knowledge is Power: An Exclusive Workshop Series from LAJAC

Knowledge is Power: An Exclusive Workshop Series from LAJAC

Launched in 2015, our Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC) is making an unbelievable impact on the lives of adults with special needs and their caregivers in Los Angeles. As part of our Federation’s commitment to inclusion Read More »

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