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Rabbi Sarah Hronsky “Introduces” Local Leaders to Jethro

Rabbi Sarah Hronsky “Introduces” Local Leaders to Jethro

What can we learn about leadership from our in-laws? If we’re Moshe Rabbeinu—Moses, our most famous biblical leader—it turns out, quite a lot. On November 13, acclaimed teacher and spiritual leader Rabbi Sarah Hronsky, senior rabbi of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, “introduced” a group of Jewish Federation staff and her fellow rabbis to... Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Federation Events

How our Federation is leading the Jewish world

How our Federation is leading the Jewish world

I just got back from a week in Israel, where I had the opportunity to visit and check in on many of the programs you make possible through your support of our Federation. However, the primary purpose of my trip was to attend and represent our Los Angeles Jewish community at the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (GA). Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Israel

2013 NLP Graduates Ready to Lead Los Angeles

2013 NLP Graduates Ready to Lead Los Angeles

Back in January, a new class of our Federation’s New Leaders Project (NLP) participants began their yearlong leadership training by learning about Los Angeles history, particularly the story of Jews in L.A. And so it was only fitting that last Tuesday night, the graduating NLP Class of 2013 stood in the majestic Bradley Tower on the top floor of City Hall to reflect on the city’s future, and the role that Jews – and these new Jewish leaders – can play. Read More »

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

10TH Annual HLDP Student Awards Ceremony:  Israel Fusion at the Pico Union Project

10TH Annual HLDP Student Awards Ceremony:  Israel Fusion at the Pico Union Project

This past Sunday, the 10th Annual Holy Land Democracy Project Student Awards Ceremony took place in a church which was once was a temple – and is now both. Read More »

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

TLV Talks: An Evening with Israel’s Social and Technological Innovators

TLV Talks: An Evening with Israel’s Social and Technological Innovators

By now, most people know that Israel is the “Start-Up Nation” and has a booming hi-tech industry. That’s why The Jewish Federation, the Israeli American Council’s BINA, and Israel 21c are proud to launch TLV Talks, a community initiative created to highlight Israel’s social and technological innovators. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Israel

Federation Staff Commemorates Kristallnacht

Federation Staff Commemorates Kristallnacht

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht this week, the staff of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles took part in a special program featuring a Holocaust survivor who lived through that dreadful night. On the evening of November 9th, 1938, the Nazis raided and destroyed thousands of Jewish homes, shops, and synagogues across Europe. The “night of broken glass” is named Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Jewish News, Philanthropy

Federation Volunteers Give of Themselves and Bring Light to Greater Los Angeles

Federation Volunteers Give of Themselves and Bring Light to Greater Los Angeles

On November 3, Federation volunteers participated in the fifth Community Service Day of 2013! In anticipation of Thanksgivukah (when Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap – once every 79,043 years!), over 100 of us participated in projects across the city and brought light to a spectrum of issues including environmental sustainability, Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Volunteering

Third Time’s Just as Charming on Federation Men’s Mission

Third Time’s Just as Charming on Federation Men’s Mission

I couldn’t have been more proud to lead a group of 11 men from our community as we traveled together on a Federation Mission for the third time – this time to New York City. Read More »

Tags: Federation News, Missions, Social Action

Together, We Made Los Angeles Even Brighter

Together, We Made Los Angeles Even Brighter

Last Friday night, October 25th, thousands of community members of all ages participated in our Federation’s third annual 1,000 Shabbat Celebrations! All across Los Angeles, families and friends lit candles, said blessings, enjoyed challah and wine, ate lovely meals, had wonderful conversations and shared in one of our most cherished Jewish traditions. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Tour de Summer Camps - A Huge Success

Tour de Summer Camps - A Huge Success

Our Federation’s Tour de Summer Camps on Sunday, Oct. 27th, was an enormous success! This first-ever fundraising cycling event brought our entire community together in support of our Federation’s work ensuring the Jewish future. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Action Alert: Urge State Department to send Iraqi Jewish artifacts to the Iraqi Jewish community

Action Alert: Urge State Department to send Iraqi Jewish artifacts to the Iraqi Jewish community

The National Archives in Washington, D.C. currently features a magnificent display of historic communal and religious artifacts that once belonged to the Iraqi Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Jewish News, Israel, Social Action

Southern California Rabbis study the disappearing boundaries of Jewish identity

Southern California Rabbis study the disappearing boundaries of Jewish identity

Board of Rabbis members kicked off the Shalom Hartman Institute Beit Midrash Series for 5774 on October 16 with a lively exchange on the vanishing boundaries between Jews and non-Jews – especially in America. Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Jewish News

Inez Gelfand:  The Impact of a KOREH L.A. Reading Partner

Inez Gelfand:  The Impact of a KOREH L.A. Reading Partner

When Troy Wilkins was just four years old, instructors at the summer camp he was attending were certain he’d never learn to read. Luckily, he was paired with KOREH L.A. volunteer and long-time Federation leader Inez Gelfand in 2000—a partnership that would ultimately change both of their lives. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community

Leaders on Leadership Series Focuses on “The Journey”

Leaders on Leadership Series Focuses on “The Journey”

On Monday, October 07, The Jewish Federation’s Board of Rabbis hosted its monthly luncheon as part of its “Leaders on Leadership” series, which provides a space for the professionals and lay leadership of the Federation to explore Jewish themes that impact our work and the community. Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Federation Events

Crisis and Opportunity: Reflections on the Pew Report

Crisis and Opportunity: Reflections on the Pew Report

I have been thinking about the results of the Pew report for over decade. I understand that Pew didn’t release the results until last week, but these statistics and trends have been obvious to some in the Jewish community for a very long time. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News

Learning to Lead After Birthright Israel

Learning to Lead After Birthright Israel

After the High Holidays, a group of 14 LA Way Birthright Israel recent participants and madrichim (bus staff) gathered at the Jewish Federation, spending their Sunday sharing their Jewish identity journeys and forming the foundation for twelve months of Jewish leadership . Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation Events, Israel, Young Adults

A L’Dor V’Dor Celebration to Remember

A L’Dor V’Dor Celebration to Remember

The sun was shining and the view was stunning as the women of L’Dor V’Dor, from generation to generation, arrived at the Beverly Hills home of Jeanne and Tony Pritzker on October 1st for our 2013 D2: L’Dor V’Dor Brunch. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Federation’s Fishel Fellow Reports From Mumbai and Berlin

Federation’s Fishel Fellow Reports From Mumbai and Berlin

It’s Yom Kippur, and I’m sitting in a tiny Sephardic synagogue in Berlin. The service is conducted in German and Russian, so I have no idea what’s going on. The little old lady sitting next to me keeps poking me and saying things in Russian, and when I look confused, she laughs. Read More »

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

We Celebrated Sukkot In Two Meaningful Ways

We Celebrated Sukkot In Two Meaningful Ways

Last week, The Jewish Federation’s Community Engagement Strategic Initiative hosted two special events in celebration of Sukkot. One sharing our traditions with L.A. civic leaders, and the other highlighting food justice issues. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation Events, Social Action

Young Angelenos Build Meaningful Relationships with Israel this Summer

Young Angelenos Build Meaningful Relationships with Israel this Summer

This summer, a diverse group of eleven young Angelenos experienced Israel as they never had before. Through a partnership between the Ayalim Association and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, they helped build communities in the desert and formed relationships with Israel – as a place and as a people. Read More »

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

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