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Stories from our Global Twinning Program: Bryan & Gal

Stories from our Global Twinning Program: Bryan & Gal

We’re celebrating the 20th year of The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program! This life-changing program brings Israel education to life by taking it out of the textbook and into the country. In honor of the program’s 20th year, we are highlighting alumni through a series of blogs — like this interview with paired participants Bryan Gershkowitz and Gal Dali. They are celebrating 13 years of Twinning friendship! Check out our interview with Bryan and Gal to learn about the impact of their experiences. Read More »

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Meet Our Hiker, Rabbi Bill Kaplan: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

Meet Our Hiker, Rabbi Bill Kaplan: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

On Sunday, October 29th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 5th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling and hiking fundraiser that helps provide scholarships to send more of our kids to Jewish summer camp and helps them build a lifelong connection to Jewish identity and values. This is the first year a hike has been added, bringing even more fun to this family and community-filled day! This year, we are profiling a few of our riders and hikers to find out why they participate in Tour de Summer Camps and what Jewish summer camp means to them. Read More »

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An Interview with YALA Board Member Rachel Grundy

An Interview with YALA Board Member Rachel Grundy

YALA’s Summer Soiree is THIS August 2nd at 7:00 PM — it’s the biggest event of the year! Join YALA and hundreds of other young Jewish Angelenos for an unforgettable night of music, food, drinks, photo booths, and more! We interviewed YALA Board Member Rachel Grundy to find out why she decided to join and support YALA and what she’s doing this summer (aside from counting down the days until the Summer Soiree). Read More »

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Meet Our Rider, Ivan Wolkind: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

Meet Our Rider, Ivan Wolkind: Tour de Summer Camps 2017

On Sunday, October 29th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 5th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling and hiking fundraiser that helps provide scholarships to send more of our kids to Jewish summer camp and help them build a lifelong connection to Jewish identity and values. This is the first year a hike has been added, bringing even more fun to this family and community-filled day! This year, we are profiling a few of our riders and hikers to find out why they participate in Tour de Summer Camps and what Jewish summer camp means to them. Read More »

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A Hungarian Leadership Story

A Hungarian Leadership Story

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. Gamal Palmer, FILL Fellow and Federation’s VP of Leadership Development, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and experiences from abroad. Read More »

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My Experience with NLP and Advocacy Day

My Experience with NLP and Advocacy Day

The Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) is a premier civic leadership training program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and has trained the next generation of LA Jewish leaders for over 25 years. NLP participants recently traveled to Sacramento, California for the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California’s (JPAC) Advocacy Day. Yonit Kovnator, NLP participant, shares her experience with us below! Read More »

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Welcoming the Newest Cohort of Brawerman Fellows

Welcoming the Newest Cohort of Brawerman Fellows

Every year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ prestigious Brawerman Fellowship identifies a select cohort of graduating high school seniors who have shown commitment to leadership, academics, community service, and Jewish life. In addition to receiving a significant college scholarship, these students participate in various retreats, a trip to Israel, and other overseas opportunities. Each of these elements is designed to help students develop their Jewish identities, leadership skills, and overall personal awareness. Congratulations to the following four graduating seniors, each of whom brings his or her own diverse interests and skills to the Brawerman cohort. Read More »

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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 »

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My Experience in India with the National Young Leadership Cabinet

My Experience in India with the National Young Leadership Cabinet

Dr. Robin Polansky is a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC), a six-year leadership development program for the Jewish Federations of North America. This year, Dr. Polansky represented the Los Angeles chapter of NYLC on the annual study mission, which sends Cabinet members from different communities across North America to see our work overseas in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Check out our interview with Dr. Polansky to learn about her experience in India and with our Federation in Los Angeles. Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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My Jewish Mission to India: A Week that Changed My Life

My Jewish Mission to India: A Week that Changed My Life

Reuben Robin is a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC), a six-year leadership development program for the Jewish Federations of North America. This year, Reuben represented the Los Angeles chapter of NYLC on the annual study mission, which sends Cabinet members from different communities across North America to see our work overseas in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Reuben shares with us his experience from his trip to India! Read More »

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Stories from Our Global Teen Twinning Program

Stories from Our Global Teen Twinning Program

We’re celebrating the 20th year of The Jewish Federation's Global Teen Twinning Program! This life-changing program brings Israel education to life by taking it out of the textbook and into the country itself. The only initiative in existence that connects schools in Los Angeles with schools in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Vilnius, Lithuania, this powerful program has supported more than 60,000 middle school and high school students, parents, and faculty through reciprocal student delegation exchanges, jointly prepared curricula, and teacher training. Today, there are 20 participating schools in Los Angeles and 20 participating schools abroad. Check out our interview with paired participants Miki Goldenfeld and Jason Tiger (2008 Program Alumni). Read More »

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An Interview with Ken Kahan

An Interview with Ken Kahan

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will host our annual Real Estate and Construction (REC) Dinner on Monday, May 8th. The dinner will honor Ken Kahan, Founder and President of California Landmark Group (CLG), a real estate development and investment company. Mr. Kahan is currently a Federation board member and has been philanthropically involved with the community for years. Read our interview with Mr. Kahan, which dives into his dedication to our Federation, the L.A. Jewish community, and more! Read More »

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The FILL Fellowship and My Jewish Identity

The FILL Fellowship and My Jewish Identity

Megan Kanofsky, FILL Fellow and Federation Director of Jewish Campus Life for Young Adult Engagement and Leadership, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad. Read More »

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The Power of a Name

The Power of a Name

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. Aubrey Farkas, FILL Fellow and Federation’s Director of Civic Engagement, shares with us the impact of the FILL Fellowship program and her experience abroad in Budapest and Israel. 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 »

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Discovering Jewish Values Through PJ Library

Discovering Jewish Values Through PJ Library

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recognizes that a child’s early development is essential to his or her future adult identity. The PJ Library® program in Los Angeles provides children ages six months through eight years with free Jewish-content books and music every month and additional enrichment experiences such as Family Camp. The PJ Library in Los Angeles team ensures the greatest impact to our Los Angeles community. Check out our interview with David Miller, PJ Library subscriber and parent! Read More »

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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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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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