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Eddie Cantor:  From Jewish Summer Camp to Comedic Stardom

Eddie Cantor:  From Jewish Summer Camp to Comedic Stardom

National Humor Month is still going strong and our Federation would like to show our support, not only for comedy, but for a Jewish comedian who was himself a strong proponent of both Israel and Jewish summer camp. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Holidays & Celebrations, Jewish History

A-WA: Israeli Sisters Show Off their Yeminite Roots in Powerhouse Performance Presented by NuRoots

A-WA: Israeli Sisters Show Off their Yeminite Roots in Powerhouse Performance Presented by NuRoots

Imagine more than 300 young adults dancing in East Los Angeles to the musical grooves of a trio of women singing in Arabic. This may not sound like a typical Jewish event, but it is indicative of the type of programming that our Federation is offering via the pioneering NuRoots initiative. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Young Adults

Owning Her Jewish Identity:  A Birthright Israel LA Way Story

Owning Her Jewish Identity:  A Birthright Israel LA Way Story

Born in Russia, Sasha Karlova didn’t know she was Jewish until she moved to the U.S. with her parents at just six years old. She attended a Jewish day camp and began celebrating Passover and Rosh Hashanah with her grandparents after they later immigrated to the U.S. Read More »

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

The Return of LA Couples: An Exclusive Program for Duos in Their 20s and 30s

The Return of LA Couples: An Exclusive Program for Duos in Their 20s and 30s

Young Jewish couples under 40 are all different. Some are planning weddings. Some are planning families. Others are planning vacations. But there’s one thing that unites them all: A desire to be around others who share their stage in life and a connection to the Jewish community. Read More »

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

New Experiences for LA Teens

New Experiences for LA Teens

There’s a disturbing trend in many Jewish communities: after becoming a “Jewish adult” on the bima and celebrating with friends and family, a majority of teens disengage from Jewish life. That’s why our Federation created the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative Read More »

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

Look Back and Pay it Forward in 2016

Look Back and Pay it Forward in 2016

As the end of the year approaches, our Federation can proudly look back on a year in which, together, with the generous support of our community, we touched hundreds of thousands of lives in Los Angeles, Israel and the world—starting with yours. Read More »

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

NEI: Building Our Community

NEI: Building Our Community

Federation President & CEO Jay Sanderson kicked off the morning with an address to 40 members of our NEI, underscoring our Federation’s commitment to young adult engagement across the city and to the professionals who work to reach this demographic. Read More »

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

A PJ Library® Weekend Getaway for the Whole Family

A PJ Library® Weekend Getaway for the Whole Family

28 families (almost 60 children) had a wonderful time “unplugging” and enjoying Shabbat at the PJ Library* Family Camp Weekend August 21-23 at the Shalom Institute in Malibu.The theme of the weekend was “Ella Goes to PJ Library Family Camp,” Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Jewish News

A Beautiful Federation Benefit Concert with Lisa Loeb

A Beautiful Federation Benefit Concert with Lisa Loeb

Food and drink to keep us cool on a warm summer morning — all with the laughter and giggles of young children in the background. This was the scene on Sunday, August 30th, where a private benefit concert featuring Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb was held at the gorgeous home of JoJo and Eric Fleiss. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation Events

A Reflection on the Community Internship Program

A Reflection on the Community Internship Program

Please enjoy this submission from one of the 29 high school students who participated in The Jewish Federation’s inaugural Community Internship Program* from June 17th – July 9th. Read More »

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

Former Miss World Captivates at It Takes A Woman Fundraiser

Former Miss World Captivates at It Takes A Woman Fundraiser

In a year celebrating Jewish women around the globe making an impact, former Miss World and Miss Israel Linor Abargil proved to be an especially appropriate choice at the Federation’s annual It Takes A Woman fundraiser at the Skirball last Wednesday, May 20th. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Jewish News, Social Action

From the Negev to the Californian Midbar

From the Negev to the Californian Midbar

As I sat for hours in silence surrounded by the beauty of Death Valley during my trip with Wilderness Torah for their Passover in the Desert festival, I truly felt close to the One. Something I had been searching for in Judaism finally came clear in the humbling reflection of Earth. Read More »

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

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

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