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Our Community Sprang in to Action

Our Community Sprang in to Action

Last Sunday, Federation volunteers participated in the second Community Service Day of 2014! Over 90 of us joined in service programs across the city that focused on supporting veterans, people with special needs, people experiencing food insecurity and poverty, those living in isolation, as well as protecting our environment. Read More »

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

Passover Food for Thought

Passover Food for Thought

Passover is just around the corner, and for many of us, the impending holiday calls to mind the special foods we eat. I’m not talking about gefilte fish, horseradish and charoset. I’m talking about peanut butter and jelly on matzah. Pizza matzah, or as my dad calls it, “patzah.” And my latest find—matzah lasagna. Have I been under a rock all these years? Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News

A Russian-Jewish Journey from the FSU to a Bimah in L.A.

A Russian-Jewish Journey from the FSU to a Bimah in L.A.

When 13 Russian-Jewish adults who grew up in the former Soviet Union were called to the bimah at Kehillat Ma’arav in Santa Monica on March 15th, the only thing more poignant than the shining faces of the men and women was the sound of Cantor Samuel Cohen’s voice as he Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News

A New Way for Jewish Young Adults to Connect in the Conejo

A New Way for Jewish Young Adults to Connect in the Conejo

How do Jewish young adults in the Conejo Valley connect once they graduate from college? And how can we keep them engaged in Jewish life? The answer is simpler than you think. Bring a brilliant concept that’s had success around the world to the Conejo Valley and you get Moishe House Conejo Valley (or as its residents call it, MoHo CV). Read More »

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

Reflections On Our Emergency Cash Grant Program in the Aftermath of the Great Recession

Reflections On Our Emergency Cash Grant Program in the Aftermath of the Great Recession

When the Great Recession struck over five years ago, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles saw countless Jews in crisis turn to the Jewish community looking for help. Jewish families who were affected by mass layoffs, the burst of the housing bubble, and government cutbacks suddenly found themselves unable to make ends meet, many for the first time in their lives. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News

Building Connected Congregations

Building Connected Congregations

What brought together nearly eighty Los Angeles synagogue leaders from all branches of Judaism to The Jewish Federation this past Monday night? The big draw was the chance to connect with others who are working to strengthen our synagogue community, and the opportunity to hear from renowned Jewish educational consultant Dr. Beth Cousens at the latest event of our Synagogue Leadership Workshop Series. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Jewish News

A Roaring Success:  The Lion of Judah 2014 Luncheon

A Roaring Success:  The Lion of Judah 2014 Luncheon

On February 19th, nearly 450 of L.A.’s most philanthropic women joined together at the Beverly Hills Hotel for The Jewish Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah luncheon, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Philanthropy

Two Sides of the Same Coin – Making Inclusion a Reality Year Round

Two Sides of the Same Coin – Making Inclusion a Reality Year Round

Consider this situation – you enter a store looking to purchase an item. Something you have done hundreds of times before. What happens? Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

A Holiday to Dress Up - And Stand Up

A Holiday to Dress Up - And Stand Up

This weekend, Jews throughout the world will be marking the holiday of Purim with a festive celebration, costumes and hamantaschen, carnivals and revelry. There will be Purim Spiels (comedic plays retelling the holiday story), Megillah readings and groggers stamping out the name of Haman, King Ahasuerus’s evil minister, who planned to massacre the Jews of ancient Persia. But there’s more to Purim than just dressing up, rejoicing and making noise. Read More »

Tags: Jewish News

Celebrating Over 1,000 New Books for Nora Sterry Elementary

Celebrating Over 1,000 New Books for Nora Sterry Elementary

KOREH L.A. celebrates its 18th library restocking in partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. to restock Nora Sterry Elementary's library in West Los Angeles! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News

Federation Hosts World Premiere with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Federation Hosts World Premiere with Prime Minister Netanyahu

On Tuesday night, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted a special evening at Paramount Studios with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Israel

Collaboration is Key for Effectively Strengthening Our Jewish Community

Collaboration is Key for Effectively Strengthening Our Jewish Community

One of our Federation’s top priorities is working closely with partner organizations to facilitate collaboration and growth of the Jewish community. That’s why we recently teamed up with the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) to launch the Big Tent Judaism Professional Cohorts program. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

KDS at the Corner of Broadway & Tzedakah

KDS at the Corner of Broadway & Tzedakah

What happens when 250 of the most generous leaders in our Jewish community come together with two of the most creative people in show business? When those leaders are members of our King David Society (KDS) and Hineni Society, and the special guests are composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and producer Marc Platt, the men behind the hit Broadway musical Wicked, it adds up to nothing less than an evening that changes the world for good. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events

Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall

Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall

When I was one of 58 amazing counselors-in-training at Camp JCA Shalom, we would do everything huddled in a circle. Our happiest moments we always spent in a circle, and we were always guaranteed to learn something new, either about each other or about ourselves. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

What is So Jewish About Changing the World?

What is So Jewish About Changing the World?

What is so Jewish about changing the world? This question wasn’t just on the agenda for January 22nd’s TED-style roundtable featuring five of LA's top Jewish minds – it was the sole agenda. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Entertainment Division, Young Adults

Fishel Fellow Update from Berlin

Fishel Fellow Update from Berlin

Last week marked my five-month anniversary of being in Berlin, which means I am about halfway through with my time here as part of our Federation’s Fishel Fellowship, which started with my journey to Mumbai. I’ve learned so much about German Jewry and have finally reached a point where I feel that I have an understanding of this diverse, thriving community. Read More »

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

My Name is Emily and I Love to be Me

My Name is Emily and I Love to be Me

This post is part of a series written in recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month by members of our community with a disability highlighting each of their visions for inclusion in our community. My name is Emily and I love to be me. Who am I? I love pasta, playing soccer, and I want to be a psychologist when I grow up. And I have learning disabilities. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

The True Impact of a Birthright Israel Mifgash

The True Impact of a Birthright Israel Mifgash

A critical component of today’s Taglit-Birthright Israel trips is a mifgash (encounter) with Israeli peers. On most trips, Israeli soldiers and college students, ages 18-26 (depending on the age of the American participants on that bus), spend five days together with Americans. They travel together, form relationships, and experience a cross-cultural exchange that is part of what makes Taglit so impactful. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Israel, Young Adults

Super Sunday Was Better Together

Super Sunday Was Better Together

Yesterday’s Super Sunday was a big success! We brought together volunteers from the entire Jewish community, in a single location for the first time, in support of our Federation’s life-changing work. More than 300 came out to the Skirball Cultural Center with their cell phones in hand, smiles on their faces, and passion in their hearts. Together, we raised $1,300,900 from 1,568 donors! Read More »

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

Making Our Community More Inclusive

Making Our Community More Inclusive

It’s February, which means its Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) all across the country. Throughout this month, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, in conjunction with our partners, is celebrating people of all abilities here in our Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

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