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What Does Inclusion Mean To You?

What Does Inclusion Mean To You?

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. We recently interviewed Cindy Steinschriber, a Pico-Robertson resident and transformational life coach who specializes in working with caregivers to rediscover their own voice and step into their dreams. Proud mother of daughter Liora and son Yoni, Cindy and her husband Steve have been relentless advocates for Liora, who has special needs. Cindy is actively involved with the Jewish LA Pooled Trust, which is a partner of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and part of the HaMercaz-Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC) Partners Group. Read our interview with Cindy below. Read More »

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Travel to Israel with us on ISRAEL UNPARALLELED!

Travel to Israel with us 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 Ada Horwich, one of the co-chairs of the upcoming trip. Read More »

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The Lasting Impact of My Gap Year in Israel

The Lasting Impact of My Gap Year in Israel

I had just spent nine months in my newfound home away from home, and as I headed to college, my life was changed forever. On the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, a program of Masa Israel Journey, I spent one semester studying and earning academic credits at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and one semester teaching English and volunteering in Yerucham (a small town in the south of Israel). I was able to further my education and gain real life experience — a combination that many other 18-year-olds enter college without. Read More »

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Meet Harlee, a Young Adult Participant of The Miracle Project!

Meet Harlee, a Young Adult Participant of The Miracle Project!

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. We recently interviewed Harlee, a young adult participant of The Miracle Project for the past eight years. The Miracle Project is a Federation partner that provides individuals with autism and other disabilities the tools to build communication, social skills, community, and greater self-esteem through inclusive theater and expressive arts programs. Here is Harlee’s inspirational story. Read More »

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An Interview with Maya Wernick, A Teen Volunteer at OurSpace

An Interview with Maya Wernick, A Teen Volunteer at OurSpace

We recently interviewed Maya Wernick, a teen volunteer at OurSpace. OurSpace is a Federation partner that provides a full spectrum of Jewish experiences for children, teens, and adults with special needs and special abilities. Read our interview with Maya to learn why she is inspired to volunteer! Read More »

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An Interview with Lior Eghbal, a Teen Volunteer at Friendship Circle LA

An Interview with Lior Eghbal, a Teen Volunteer at Friendship Circle LA

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. We recently interviewed Lior Eghbal, a teen volunteer at Friendship Circle LA. Friendship Circle LA is a Federation partner that provides Jewish children who have special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational and Judaic experiences. Read why Lior is inspired to volunteer. Read More »

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Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience The LA Way

Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience The LA Way

Birthright Israel registration is NOW OPEN!! There are a number of incredible, meaningful, and fun trips to Israel for #Angelenos to go the LA Way, and we want to make sure you know about how life-changing a Birthright Israel trip can be! From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, the Negev to the North, the opportunity to experience Israel and form lifelong friendships is one you don't want to miss! Read More »

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Honoring Our Lions: An Interview with Ellen Silverman

Honoring Our Lions: An Interview with Ellen Silverman

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is hosting our annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15th. We will honor Elaine Goldsmith with the Lea Rabin Award, and Ellen Silverman with the Ruby Award. We interviewed Ellen about what motivated her to become involved with the Federation and how her experience as a Lion has impacted her life. Check out the interview below, and stay tuned for our interview with Elaine! Please join us on February 15th at this exciting luncheon! Read More »

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The Impact of the Federation’s Brawerman Fellowship

The Impact of the Federation’s Brawerman Fellowship

Through the Brawerman Fellowship, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles develops and sustains a talent pool of Jewish young leaders for our community in perpetuity. The Fellowship not only provides a $40,000 college scholarship (over four years), but also includes participation in a larger program that builds leadership skills and creates and strengthens a connection to Jewish life through retreats, a trip to Israel, and other overseas opportunities. Leigh Evans, a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and now an AmeriCorps member with City Year in Boston, shares with us the Fellowship’s powerful impact on her college life. Read More »

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My Jewish Involvement, Thanks to the Brawerman Fellowship

My Jewish Involvement, Thanks to the Brawerman Fellowship

Each year, The Jewish Federation selects high school seniors who demonstrate academic strength, and a deep commitment to leadership, community service, and Jewish engagement to become Brawerman Fellows. Josh Cahn, who recently graduated from UC Berkeley, shares his experience as one of The Jewish Federation's Brawerman Fellows. Read more from Josh below! Read More »

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An Interview with Danit Grill, Community Service Chair and Board Member for YALA

An Interview with Danit Grill, Community Service Chair and Board Member for YALA

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers many opportunities – social, professional, volunteer and leadership – through YALA, Young Adults of Los Angeles. We recently interviewed Danit Grill, a YALA Board Member and the Community Service Chair for YALA. Through her position, Danit has been able to combine her passion for community service and social action with YALA and the Jewish community. Read our interview with Danit to find out why YOU should join her in making a difference! Read More »

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MainStage 2016: Interview with Eric Fihman

MainStage 2016: Interview with Eric Fihman

MainStage – Be Inspired, Be Social, Be Generous! The Jewish Federation’s annual young adult fundraiser is taking place on November 29th at the Avalon Hollywood. The event invites leading innovators and influencers to the stage to inspire, connect and entertain. Last year, young professionals brought in over $1 million to help the Federation, and MainStage contributed to that! The night promises to be one full of food, talent, drinks and more! Read More »

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MainStage 2016: Interview with Zev Opos

MainStage 2016: Interview with Zev Opos

The Jewish Federation’s annual young adult fundraiser is taking place on November 29th at the Avalon Hollywood. The event invites leading innovators and influencers to the stage to inspire, connect and entertain. Check out our interview with Zev Opos, a MainStage Committee member and read why YOU should just us at Mainstage 2016! Read More »

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MainStage: Be Inspired, Be Social, Be Generous!

MainStage: Be Inspired, Be Social, Be Generous!

The Jewish Federation’s annual young adult fundraiser is taking place on November 29th at the Avalon Hollywood. The event invites leading innovators and influencers to the stage to inspire, connect and entertain. Check out our interview with Clare Koppel, a MainStage Committee member and current participant in CLI (the Community Leadership Institute, a premier leadership program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles). Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps – Meet Rider Jonathan Ahdoot

Tour de Summer Camps – Meet Rider Jonathan Ahdoot

On Sunday, October 30th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 4th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling 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. We interviewed Jonathan Ahdoot, who will be riding 18 miles on October 30th! Read more about why Jonathan is involved! Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Adar Broekman!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Adar Broekman!

On Sunday, October 30th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will proudly hold our 4th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide cycling 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. We interviewed Adar Broekman, who is participating this year as a virtual rider, to help send more kids to summer camp. Read about why Adar chose TdSC as his Mitzvah project, in honor of his upcoming Bar Mitzvah! Read More »

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Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience!

Birthright Israel: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience!

Birthright Israel registration is now open! There are a number of incredible, meaningful and fun trips to Israel for #Angelenos to go the LA Way, and we want to make sure you know about how life-changing a Birthright Israel trip can be! From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, the Negev to the North, the opportunity to experience Israel and form lifelong friendships is one you don’t want to miss! We interviewed Josh, a recent LA Way Birthright Israel participant, about why he decided to travel to Israel with the Federation on Birthright Israel, and how the experience impacted him. Read More »

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Mother and Daughter Lions

Mother and Daughter Lions

The International Lion of Judah Conference is an exciting opportunity to hear world-class speakers on local and global Jewish issues. The Conference brings together women — Lions — from all over the world who are passionate about making their voices heard and making a difference. Read our interview with Marcia Shulman and Lisa Dick, an inspiring mother-daughter Lion duo, who will be attending the International Lion of Judah Conference together! Read More »

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What It Means To Be A Lion

What It Means To Be A Lion

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah is an incredible group of strong, philanthropic, generous and dedicated women. These women are committed to helping us make this world a better place and supporting the impactful work of our Federation. Ronna Elbaz became a Lion this year and is attending the International Lion of Judah Conference for the first time this month! We sat down with Ronna to learn about what inspired her to become a Lion and what she looks forward to at the Conference. Read More »

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Proud to be a Lion

Proud to be a Lion

Lions are powerful and strong. Lions are leaders and take responsibility for their families and communities. Keeping this in mind, it is clear why this group of committed, philanthropic, dedicated, and generous women of our Federation is called the Lion of Judah. We sat down with Kathi Mangel to talk about what it means to be a Lion of Judah and why she can’t wait to go to Washington, D.C., this month to attend her first International Lion of Judah Conference. Read More »

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