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Going for the Gold with Aly Raisman at It Takes A Woman 2017

Going for the Gold with Aly Raisman at It Takes A Woman 2017

This year, Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy went for the gold at our annual It Takes A Woman luncheon, held on May 10th, 2017, at Skirball Cultural Center. Nearly 400 women showed their support for our Federation at our annual event featuring keynote speaker Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman. Aly charmed the crowd as she shared personal stories about growing up in a tight-knit Jewish family, how she deals with social media pressure, and of course, her experiences performing on the U.S. Gymnastics Team in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics! Read More »

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The Six Day War Project, Video 2

The Six Day War Project, Video 2

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967) between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries. We are excited to share the 12-part series with you, entitled “Countdown to the Six Day War Project.” The second video of this mini-series sets the stage for war. Egyptian President Nasser makes aggressive moves, sending tens of thousands of troops to Israel’s border and ordering the UN peacekeeping force to leave. Follow the story as it unfolds in video #2 of the Countdown to the Six Day War Project. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

My Experience as a FILL Fellow

My Experience as a FILL Fellow

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. Shira Feinstein, FILL Fellow and Federation’s Senior Development Director of Strategic Philanthropy, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

The 6-Day War Project

The 6-Day War Project

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967) between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries. We are excited to share the first of the 12-part series with you, which describes the regional atmosphere in 1967 and the events that precipitated the breakout of war. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

Committing to Ensuring Success Beyond Graduation with Unistream

Committing to Ensuring Success Beyond Graduation with Unistream

Through its partnership with the Israeli nonprofit Unistream, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is committed to the success and empowerment of Israeli students living in the socioeconomic and geographic peripheries of Israel. This multifaceted commitment, which includes an expansion of Unistream’s infrastructure and curriculum, extends far beyond participants’ high school graduation. Unistream’s programming caters to high school students, but is designed to instill a lifelong skillset that will be applicable to their future careers and aspirations. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

The Impact of the FILL Fellowship

The Impact of the FILL Fellowship

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. Shannon Pournazarian Rahbarpour, FILL Fellow and Federation’s Director of Leadership Development, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

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 »

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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

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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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

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 »

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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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A Partnership With Unistream For Lasting Socioeconomic Change in Israel

A Partnership With Unistream For Lasting Socioeconomic Change in Israel

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently announced a strategic partnership with Unistream to close socioeconomic gaps in Israel and make the “Start-Up dream” a reality for all Israeli youth. Together, the Federation and Unistream will empower youth through hands-on and intensive entrepreneurship education. Read More »

Tags: Blog, Israel

A Celebration of the Richard S. Ziman Tzedakah Box Collection

A Celebration of the Richard S. Ziman Tzedakah Box Collection

On March 5th, community members joined to commemorate Richard S. Ziman’s generous gift to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles — his Tzedakah Box Collection, now on permanent display at the Federation’s Goldsmith Center. Comprised of over 250 historic tzedakah boxes originating from countries all across the Jewish world, this collection will serve as a continuous symbol of our shared heritage, the Jewish value of tzedakah — charity — and community. Read More »

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Top 5 Reasons to Travel with Us on Israel Unparalleled this summer!

Top 5 Reasons to Travel with Us on Israel Unparalleled this summer!

This summer, join The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles as we embark on a one-of-a-kind journey through the Jewish homeland June 4-12! See Israel as you have never seen it before, through a high-end and specially curated wine and art tour. Check out the top 5 reasons to join us! Read More »

Tags: Blog, Food & Culinary, Israel

Federation Leadership in Matters of Security

Federation Leadership in Matters of Security

When it comes to security, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is a leader in our community and within the Federation system. Here in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m., we are holding a Security Response Town Hall at 6505 Wilshire so community members can hear directly from Chief of Police, LAPD Chief Beck, and other senior members of local and national law enforcement on how they are working with Federation’s Community Service Initiative (CSI) to prepare for and respond to threats to the safety of Jewish Los Angeles. Read More »

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PJ Library Family Camp: A Muddy and Meaningful Getaway

PJ Library Family Camp: A Muddy and Meaningful Getaway

Complete with a petting zoo, bubble pool, and colorful challah, PJ Library Family Camp appears on the surface to be pure fun. But add a Tu B’shevat seder, quality family time, and new friendships for everyone involved, and it becomes something much more. Read More »

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