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Twinning at 20

Twinning at 20

This is a momentous year for our Federation as we mark the 20th anniversary of our Global Twinning Program. Imagine a program that has connected thousands of students in Greater Los Angeles to their peers in Tel Aviv, Israel and Vilnius, Lithuania. Consider the power of these young people experiencing Jewish life firsthand in these historic and dynamic centers of Jewish life. Read More »

Tags: Blog, From the CEO

Good Deeds Day with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Good Deeds Day with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

On April 2nd, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and its dozens of volunteers across the city took part in our second Community Service Day this year. This day also marked our Federation’s participation in Global Good Deeds Day. This Community Service Day included six projects: volunteers cleaned beaches with Heal the Bay, braided Challah alongside Holocaust survivors with L’Dough V’Dough, danced with senior citizens at their very own “Senior Prom,” worked the land and bonded with animals at Shemesh Farms and Wildlife Waystation, and helped middle schoolers finesse their interviewing skills with YES Scholars. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap , Faces of Federation

My Jewish Mission to India: A Week that Changed My Life

My Jewish Mission to India: A Week that Changed My Life

Reuben Robin is a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC), a six-year leadership development program for the Jewish Federations of North America. This year, Reuben represented the Los Angeles chapter of NYLC on the annual study mission, which sends Cabinet members from different communities across North America to see our work overseas in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Reuben shares with us his experience from his trip to India! Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

Stories from Our Global Teen Twinning Program

Stories from Our Global Teen Twinning Program

We’re celebrating the 20th year of The Jewish Federation's Global Teen Twinning Program! This life-changing program brings Israel education to life by taking it out of the textbook and into the country itself. The only initiative in existence that connects schools in Los Angeles with schools in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Vilnius, Lithuania, this powerful program has supported more than 60,000 middle school and high school students, parents, and faculty through reciprocal student delegation exchanges, jointly prepared curricula, and teacher training. Today, there are 20 participating schools in Los Angeles and 20 participating schools abroad. Check out our interview with paired participants Miki Goldenfeld and Jason Tiger (2008 Program Alumni). Read More »

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Engagement and Building Community

Engagement and Building Community

I was recently interviewed by the Jewish Federations of North America on our Federation’s role in the Los Angeles Jewish community with specific regard to engagement. I spoke about why community involvement is a top priority of ours and what 21st century Jewish life can look like. The interview also highlighted our role in building a strong and long-lasting community. Read More »

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An Interview with Ken Kahan

An Interview with Ken Kahan

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will host our annual Real Estate and Construction (REC) Dinner on Monday, May 8th. The dinner will honor Ken Kahan, Founder and President of California Landmark Group (CLG), a real estate development and investment company. Mr. Kahan is currently a Federation board member and has been philanthropically involved with the community for years. Read our interview with Mr. Kahan, which dives into his dedication to our Federation, the L.A. Jewish community, and more! Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

The FILL Fellowship and My Jewish Identity

The FILL Fellowship and My Jewish Identity

Megan Kanofsky, FILL Fellow and Federation Director of Jewish Campus Life for Young Adult Engagement and Leadership, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad. Read More »

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Honoring and Supporting Holocaust Survivors in Los Angeles and Around the World

Honoring and Supporting Holocaust Survivors in Los Angeles and Around the World

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, when people around the world unite to commemorate the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust and honor the thousands of survivors who live to tell their stories. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is deeply committed to ensuring that Holocaust survivors in Los Angeles and worldwide have access to the resources and care they need to live their lives with dignity. Read More »

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The Power of a Name

The Power of a Name

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers an internal leadership opportunity for young Federation professionals. FILL — Federation Innovation Leadership Lab — is a yearlong program that builds professional development and strengthens leadership skills and culminates in an impactful international travel experience that exposes the FILL Fellows to the Federation’s global work and other like-minded young leaders. The program provides new skills and experiences, adding more excitement and passion to our Los Angeles Jewish community. Aubrey Farkas, FILL Fellow and Federation’s Director of Civic Engagement, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad in Budapest and Israel. Read More »

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A Fantastic Morning at El Cab Playday

A Fantastic Morning at El Cab Playday

Our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy hosted three exciting and inspiring events last month with Ruth Reichl, culinary icon, author, and Top Chef Judge. The three events took place at Hillcrest Country Club, Brentwood Country Club, and El Caballero Country Club, bringing together over 500 women from the City and the Valley to support our Federation’s impactful work. Read below to learn more about the event at El Caballero Country Club, and contact us to get involved with Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy. Read More »

Tags: Event Recap

Wishing You a Meaningful Pesach

Wishing You a Meaningful Pesach

Tonight, most of us will sit at our Seder tables with our families and our friends to share a powerful experience with Jews and many non-Jews across the globe. Although the story has been told for hundreds of years, the retelling is unique in almost every home. It is a story of our people's redemption from slavery in Egypt and it transcends denominations and nationalities. Read More »

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Inside a Unistream Center: A Community of Dreamers

Inside a Unistream Center: A Community of Dreamers

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles just entered into a strategic partnership with Unistream to create lasting impact on Israeli society by giving Israeli youth the opportunity to dream big and join Israel’s start-up nation. Each Unistream center acts as a hub for its students to learn, experiment, dream and fulfill their potential. Read More »

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Honoring Albert Z. Praw at the 68th Annual Legal Division Dinner

Honoring Albert Z. Praw at the 68th Annual Legal Division Dinner

On March 23rd, over 600 community members gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ 68th Annual Legal Division Dinner honoring Albert Z. Praw. Mr. Praw, the current Vice Chair of the Federation’s Board of Directors and the Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Business Development at KB Home, is the recipient of this year’s Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award, recognizing his long-standing dedication and service to the Jewish and larger community. The night highlighted the Federation’s important work and also Mr. Praw’s vast personal impact on his family and friends. Read More »

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Travel to Israel with us this summer on ISRAEL UNPARALLELED!

Travel to Israel with us this summer on ISRAEL UNPARALLELED!

This June 4-12, join the Federation on Israel Unparalleled – a world-class tour of Israel featuring innovative cuisine, collectible wines, and astounding art. Learn more from our interview below with Harold and Amy Masor, two of the co-chairs of the upcoming trip. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation, Food & Culinary, Israel

Discovering Jewish Values Through PJ Library

Discovering Jewish Values Through PJ Library

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recognizes that a child’s early development is essential to his or her future adult identity. The PJ Library® program in Los Angeles provides children ages six months through eight years with free Jewish-content books and music every month and additional enrichment experiences such as Family Camp. The PJ Library in Los Angeles team ensures the greatest impact to our Los Angeles community. Check out our interview with David Miller, PJ Library subscriber and parent! Read More »

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Our 2017 Major Gifts Evening: A Celebration of Community and Commitment

Our 2017 Major Gifts Evening: A Celebration of Community and Commitment

It was truly a celebration of community and commitment at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ recent 2017 Major Gifts Evening, held at Stephen Wise Temple on March 8th. More than 200 guests joined us to hear from noted political analyst and journalist David Gregory, who flew in from Washington, D.C. to share with us his Jewish journey. Read More »

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The Responsibility of Our Federation

The Responsibility of Our Federation

I want to start by saying thank you. I have been writing these e-mails for several months now and the response has been overwhelming. Over 10,000 of you are reading them and many of you are writing me back. Thank you for reaching out to me. I appreciate all of your responses — even the ones that are critical. Read More »

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Committing to a Day of Service with The Jewish Federation

Committing to a Day of Service with The Jewish Federation

On February 26, volunteers of all ages joined together across Los Angeles for a day of meaningful service as part of our Community Service Days. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Event Recap , Faces of Federation

A Very Special Hineni Society Dinner

A Very Special Hineni Society Dinner

On March 2nd, our Federation’s most generous donors and families joined together to attend our annual Hineni Society Dinner at the Four Seasons. Read More »

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My Experience in the FILL Program

My Experience in the FILL Program

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is proud to announce that we now offer an internal leadership opportunity for young Federation professionals. FILL — Federation Innovation Leadership Lab — is a yearlong program that builds professional development and strengthens leadership skills and culminates in an impactful international travel experience that exposes the FILL Fellows to the Federation’s global work and other like-minded young leaders. The first in this blog series is a personal account from Miriam Maya, FILL Fellow and Director of Caring for Jews in Need & LAJAC (Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center), who shares below her experience in the program. Read More »

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