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A High Holy Days Tradition Kicks Off the Season

A High Holy Days Tradition Kicks Off the Season

What happens when 140 Rabbis from all the streams of Judaism gather together in one place? It’s not the beginning of a joke, but a day of learning and discussion that marks the start of preparations for the upcoming High Holy Days! Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Federation Events, Jewish News

Social Consciousness Takes Root at Valley Alliance Day of Good Deeds

Social Consciousness Takes Root at Valley Alliance Day of Good Deeds

On Sunday, August 10th, The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Women’s Department got down in the dirt for a multi-generational Day of Good Deeds at the Lutheran Social Services Community Garden in Van Nuys. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Social Action

My Fundraising University Journey

My Fundraising University Journey

From July 28th-31st, I was fortunate enough to attend the final sessions of Fundraising University, a program of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) that provides comprehensive training in leadership, setting goals, fundraising strategies and strategic management. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Israel, Social Action

Our Volunteers, Once Again, Brighten Up the Day

Our Volunteers, Once Again, Brighten Up the Day

On Sunday, August 3rd we had our fourth Community Service Day in 2014. We had projects all over Los Angeles, and had over 125 volunteers which was an especially large turnout. As always, these projects are a success because of our dedicated volunteers. Read More »

Tags: Engaging in our Community, Federation Events, Volunteering, Young Adults

My Trip to Israel: Conflicted During the Conflict

My Trip to Israel: Conflicted During the Conflict

Thursday night. I’m out in Jerusalem on Ben Yehuda Street. My Birthright Israel LA Way group is busy dancing and unwinding at Tza’atzua (Toy Bar), purposely led there because it essentially also functions as a bomb shelter—safety is our number one priority. But I head off on my own for a bit, determined to do some personal shopping at my favorite store Mishkan and have my semi-annual mix-in frozen yogurt at Katzefet. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Israel, Young Adults

Shoulder to Shoulder: We Stood Together with Israel

Shoulder to Shoulder: We Stood Together with Israel

Last night, Valley Beth Shalom in Encino was filled to capacity with nearly 1,000 members of our community joining together in solidarity for our Jewish homeland at Shoulder to Shoulder: A Community Gathering in Support of the People of Israel. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Israel, Social Action

In Israel, Those We Assist Are Helping Wounded Soldiers

In Israel, Those We Assist Are Helping Wounded Soldiers

Our Federation is proud to help those with special needs locally and in Israel. And last week, a group of individuals who are normally on the receiving end of our efforts was able to selflessly help others! Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Israel, Social Action

Jewish Campus Life in LA

Jewish Campus Life in LA

If you were a Jewish college student in Los Angeles, how would you express your Jewish identity in a meaningful way? Would you participate in Birthright and join the thousands of young adults who are going to Israel each year for the first time? Read More »

Tags: Community News, Young Adults

We Remember Max Steinberg, San Fernando Valley Native and IDF Soldier Killed in Gaza

We Remember Max Steinberg, San Fernando Valley Native and IDF Soldier Killed in Gaza

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of Max Steinberg (z”l), a San Fernando Valley native and a soldier in the Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was killed Sunday along with 12 other soldiers in the Gaza Strip amidst an Israeli operation to quell rocket fire and destroy underground smuggling tunnels. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Israel

Saving Lives in Moldova

Saving Lives in Moldova

I recently spent two weeks in Israel with two different L.A. Jewish Federation trips. On my last day in Israel, the group was standing on Rothschild Boulevard when our tour guide, Abraham, stopped us abruptly. Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Israel, Social Action, Young Adults

Head of Israel Trauma Coalition Personally Thanks Federation Donors in L.A.

Head of Israel Trauma Coalition Personally Thanks Federation Donors in L.A.

Dr. Talia Levanon, Director of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), which mobilizes over 40 organizations worldwide to prepare for and respond to catastrophes as well as in between crises, met with Federation donors in Los Angeles recently to share insights about her work and to thank them for their generous support. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Conejo Valley, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel

JFNA Statement on Murder Arrests

JFNA Statement on Murder Arrests

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) condemn the brutal murder of 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and is appalled by the heinous nature of this crime. We commend the Israeli Police for the swift arrests, and have full confidence that the Israeli justice system will ensure that those responsible will be punished to the full extent of the law. Read More »

Tags: Jewish News, Israel

Walking in History to See the Future: Major Gifts Mission to Berlin & Vienna

Walking in History to See the Future: Major Gifts Mission to Berlin & Vienna

Our Federation’s Major Gifts Mission to Berlin and Vienna just returned after 8 days filled with incredible stories of survival, renewal, history and passion. We traveled with 32 donors and explored numerous sites rich in culture, tragedy, and inspiration. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Missions

Statement on the murder of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal

Statement on the murder of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal

On behalf of our Los Angeles Jewish community, we join with our brothers and sisters across the Jewish world in mourning the tragic loss of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. Read More »

Tags: Jewish News, Israel

Holy Land Democracy Project Educators Discover the Paradoxes of Israel

Holy Land Democracy Project Educators Discover the Paradoxes of Israel

In our Holy Land Democracy Project’s 10th year of bringing non-Jewish high school teachers to Israel in order to “see it for themselves,” a total of 20 educators traveled with us June 5-15th on our annual trip. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Israel, Missions

Jewish Community Unites at Vigil for Naftali, Gilad and Eyal

Jewish Community Unites at Vigil for Naftali, Gilad and Eyal

Last night in Pan Pacific Park, more than 500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community game together for a candlelight vigil for Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach – the three teenagers who were kidnapped in Israel last week. Families, young adults and children from across the spectrum of our diverse L.A. Jewish community filled the park’s amphitheater to its capacity to show support for the boys and solidarity with Israel. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Israel, Social Action

First-Ever LAPD Jewish Community Forum

First-Ever LAPD Jewish Community Forum

Wednesday night in Tarzana, the LAPD held its first-ever Jewish Community Forum in partnership with our Federation. More than 150 community members from all sectors of the San Fernando Valley came out to Braemar Country Club for an evening of dialogue with captains from the various divisions of the LADP Valley Bureau. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Community Vigil for Kidnapped Israeli Teenagers - Thursday Night at Pan Pacific Park

Community Vigil for Kidnapped Israeli Teenagers - Thursday Night at Pan Pacific Park

Please join us for a Community Candlelight Vigil this Thursday night, June 19th, for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach – the three teenagers who were kidnapped in Israel last week – as the entire L.A. Jewish community comes together at Pan Pacific Park to pray for their immediate release and their safety. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Israel, Social Action

An Evening of Family, Community and Philanthropy

An Evening of Family, Community and Philanthropy

Multiple generations of our Federation’s most generous families—the Hineni Society—came together on Sunday, June 15th for an evening created to thank them for both their philanthropic support of our work and their leadership in our community. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Philanthropy

Statement on Kidnapped Israeli Teenagers

Statement on Kidnapped Israeli Teenagers

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles condemns the kidnapping of Gilad Sha’er, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah. We join with the international Jewish community in demanding their immediate release and offer prayers for their health and safety. Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Jewish News, Israel

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