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April Federation Highlights

April Federation Highlights

Take a look at how community members’ generosity made a difference throughout L.A. this April in each of our Federation’s areas of work. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Legal Division, Missions, Volunteering, Young Adults

Bearing Witness with March of the Living

Bearing Witness with March of the Living

This year, I had the privilege of accompanying roughly 200 Jewish teenagers and six Holocaust survivors on an incredible two-week journey to Poland and Israel as a staff member for the Los Angeles delegation of March of the Living (MOTL). The March of the Living is an annual educational trip that brings together student delegations from all over the world to examine... Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel, Young Adults

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

We are family! For Federation donors at The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Major Gifts Dinner April 22nd in Tarzana, this line from an 1980s pop song became an irrefutable fact when author A.J. Jacobs, revealed how many in the room were actually cousins! Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Conejo Valley, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, Legal Division, Philanthropy, Young Adults

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Story

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Story

Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place on Thursday, April 16th. In honor of this significant day in our people’s history, we asked Rebecca Schalit-Newman, Intermediate Campaign Associate with our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy, to share her family’s story. Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

March Community Service Day Update

March Community Service Day Update

On Sunday, March 29th, our Federation held our second Community Service Day of this year, where a total of 150 volunteers participated in five diverse projects, making an impact on our community at various sites throughout Los Angeles. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Volunteering, Young Adults

Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Innovation, creativity, and collaboration are just three ideas I have learned to adopt and embrace throughout PresenTenseLA. Each week, we meet with mentors, successful social entrepreneurs, and most importantly, our fellow peers. We explore, dream, and collaborate with one another, while learning how to navigate this new world of social entrepreneurship. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Inclusion, Social Action, Volunteering, Young Adults

Campus Impact Network Empowers Student Leaders at February Training

Campus Impact Network Empowers Student Leaders at February Training

Our day-long workshop took place at UCLA Hillel and was facilitated by Reinvent Communications. Instructors from this communications and leadership development firm guided the students through several exercises, including goal setting and networking, culminating in the creation of... Read More »

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

The Incredible Gift of PJ Library®

The Incredible Gift of PJ Library®

Robyn Sherman Raskin doesn’t remember signing up for PJ Library. But when the first books arrived for her then six-month-old son Daniel, it was one of the best gifts she’d ever received. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News

Inclusion: Creating Social Butterflies and Leaders

Inclusion: Creating Social Butterflies and Leaders

Now my social life is non-stop. Hevrah has great activities. We have visited other temples, gone bowling, played around at Pump it Up and even had concerts with Rick Recht & Craig Taubman. I got to attend Camp Ramah for 12 summers! My mom and dad tease me because I can walk into a restaurant in California... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Inclusion, Young Adults

The Legacy of a Leader Lives On

The Legacy of a Leader Lives On

A few years ago, our community lost a beloved leader, philanthropist, and mensch: Sam Rosenwald. Sam touched so many lives around him, particularly those of the young emerging leaders he took the time and care to mentor. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Philanthropy, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Transforming the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Transforming the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

At our final 2014 Board meeting in December, I offered my perspective on the remarkable transformation of our Federation over the past five years. My thoughts were originally published on eJewish Philanthropy yesterday, and I am honored to share them with you today. Thank you for all you have done to make this possible. Your ongoing partnership... Read More »

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The Impact We Made Together in 2014

The Impact We Made Together in 2014

As our Federation continues the process of transformation we began five years ago, we are more focused than ever on supporting and sustaining our Jewish community and ensuring the Jewish future we share, as we impact Jewish life in L.A., Israel and over 70 countries. Read More »

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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

Announcing Our 2014 Brawerman Fellows

Announcing Our 2014 Brawerman Fellows

One of The Jewish Federation’s top priorities is engaging students and young adults in ways that are relevant, innovative and meaningful, in order to ensure a strong, vibrant Jewish future. That’s why we are thrilled to announce our 2014 Brawerman Fellows. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, 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 »

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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

Resolve to Get More Involved in 2014

Resolve to Get More Involved in 2014

The New Year is in full swing, and we hope you’ve stuck with your resolutions so far. Whether you’re trying to get a handle on some love handles or simply do your part to change the world, we encourage you to make a resolution to get more involved with the Jewish community during 2014! Of course, “getting involved” means different things to different people. That’s why we have lots of upcoming choices for you. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community Events, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation Events, Federation News, Volunteering, Young Adults

What We Accomplish Together With Your Generosity

What We Accomplish Together With Your Generosity

As 2013 rapidly comes to an end, it’s common to reflect on the past 12 months and think about what we’ve all accomplished. What did we do? How did we make a difference? Could we have done more—and will we strive to do more next year? Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Philanthropy, Volunteering

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 »

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