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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 »

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

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

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

Reflecting on Reconnection: My National Young Leadership Summer Trip

Reflecting on Reconnection: My National Young Leadership Summer Trip

If I had to sum up my Federation journey in one word, it would be “reconnect.” Israel was a huge part of my identity growing up – I had gone twice, once with my mother and grandmother, who was a Holocaust survivor; and once to study in Jerusalem during high school. Read More »

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

The Trip of a Lifetime: Birthright Israel the LA Way

The Trip of a Lifetime: Birthright Israel the LA Way

Over the years, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Taglit-Birthright Israel have given the gift of a free trip to Israel to thousands of young L.A.-area Jews between the ages of 18 and 26. Our Federation’s unique LA Way trips provide added value to the typical Birthright Israel trip, as we bring together local participants for an experience that begins in Israel and continues with meaningful programming when they return home. Read More »

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

From Generation to Generation with The Hebrew Mamita

From Generation to Generation with The Hebrew Mamita

This year’s L’Dor V’Dor invitation brightened mailboxes across Los Angeles with a vibrant shade of pink and an exciting new logo, which perfectly complements the launch of our new D2: L’Dor V’Dor event for women of all generations—an entertaining brunch on October 1st featuring “The Hebrew Mamita!” Read More »

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”Birthright Israel Was Amazing…”: But Now What?

”Birthright Israel Was Amazing…”: But Now What?

Taglit-Birthright Israel began in 1999 to serve as an intense, impactful Jewish experience that exposed young Jews to Israel and Judaism in a way that would make them crave more. But once Birthright Israel had increased the appetite of these hundreds of thousands of participants, what could the American Jewish community provide— locally and globally—that would satisfy them? Read More »

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

Update from Ashalim

Update from Ashalim

So far, the Ayalim program is a lot better than I expected. The staff is incredible and all of the participants are friendly and fun to be around with. Our tour guide, Eran, is very knowledgeable about Israel’s present and future challenges for those living outside of the major population centers. He did a good job in sparking my interest in learning more about the Jewish state Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Israel, Missions, Young Adults

Ride for the Jewish Future!

Ride for the Jewish Future!

On Sunday, October 27th, join us for The Jewish Federation’s first annual Tour de Summer Camps, a community cycling event that will raise funds for scholarships to help give more kids that magical connection to Judaism that only Jewish summer camps can provide. Read More »

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Our Extended Family in the Baltics

Our Extended Family in the Baltics

Camp Olameinu is a Jewish summer camp we recently visited in the Baltics. There are about 160 kids, ages 7 to 12, who, without the assistance of the JDC and our Federation’s funding, would probably not express their Judaism as strong as they do, if at all. Read More »

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From Memory to Identity: Reclaiming Jewish History in Vilnius

From Memory to Identity: Reclaiming Jewish History in Vilnius

The Joint Teachers Seminar has been a key element of the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles School Twinning Program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the last 12 years. It is the only twinning activity at which all schools are represented at the same time, fostering the development of a shared language for the examination of significant Jewish themes. Read More »

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Introducing our Fishel Fellow: Brianna Fischer

Introducing our Fishel Fellow: Brianna Fischer

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles proudly announces Brianna Fischer of Oak Park, California as our inaugural Fishel Fellow. The two-year, paid Fishel Fellowship will provide Brianna with the opportunity to gain practical experience in both international and local settings in order to become an informed catalyst for change within the global Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Social Action, Young Adults

Introducing our 2013 Brawerman Fellows

Introducing our 2013 Brawerman Fellows

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles proudly announces its 2013 Brawerman Fellows. Each of this year’s four Fellows, select graduating high school seniors residing in the Los Angeles area, will receive a $10,000 annual college scholarship. The Brawerman Fellows were chosen based upon demonstrating academic strength, financial need and a commitment to leadership, community service and Jewish engagement. During their college years, the Fellows will participate in The Geri & Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute, building leadership skills and deepening their connection to Jewish life. Read More »

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Launch Night Inspires Our Community!

Launch Night Inspires Our Community!

If you weren’t at The Jewish Federation’s PresenTenseLA Launch Night on Wednesday, you’ve probably heard about it because the 300+ people in attendance are still buzzing and spreading the word throughout our community! The Writer’s Boot Camp space at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station was filled with a lively and diverse crowd who were there to celebrate the innovative collaboration between dreamers and doers. Read More »

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