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Update: Our Impact in Ukraine

Update: Our Impact in Ukraine

Several months ago, our Federation launched its Ukrainian Jews Relief Fund to provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable Jews in Ukraine whose safety and well-being were in serious peril. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News, Social Action

Hosting My First Seder Just Got Easier

Hosting My First Seder Just Got Easier

Unable to fly to Chicago for Passover with my family this year and too far of a drive to my friends’ annual Seder, I was stricken by the thought of not being able to celebrate my favorite holiday. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News, Young Adults

Playing Games Can Be Serious Business

Playing Games Can Be Serious Business

Last week, Dr. Eric Gordon of Emerson College in Boston gave an unforgettable presentation at our most recent Synagogue Leadership Series workshop. And everyone in attendance had fun! As the Executive Director of the Engagement Lab, his research examines how games and social media can enhance both involvement and engagement – two issues which are highly important to our Jewish community and synagogues. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events, Jewish News

On the Waterfront:  41st Annual Jewish Federation Dinner at Del Rey

On the Waterfront:  41st Annual Jewish Federation Dinner at Del Rey

On Saturday, March 29th, a crescent moon glinted off the water at Del Rey Yacht Club as 130 members gathered for the 41st Annual Jewish Federation Dinner. With everyone dressed in their evening finest, the energy in the room was festive as club members united Read More »

Tags: Federation Events

Cheers for James Burrows at Entertainment Division Event

Cheers for James Burrows at Entertainment Division Event

Legendary director James Burrows was our guest star for an inspiring conversation with Danielle Berrin of The Jewish Journal at the latest event in our Federation’s Entertainment Division Up Close & Personal series. By his own count, Burrows has directed 965 episodes Read More »

Tags: Entertainment Division, Federation Events

Our Community Sprang in to Action

Our Community Sprang in to Action

Last Sunday, Federation volunteers participated in the second Community Service Day of 2014! Over 90 of us joined in service programs across the city that focused on supporting veterans, people with special needs, people experiencing food insecurity and poverty, those living in isolation, as well as protecting our environment. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Social Action, Volunteering

Passover Food for Thought

Passover Food for Thought

Passover is just around the corner, and for many of us, the impending holiday calls to mind the special foods we eat. I’m not talking about gefilte fish, horseradish and charoset. I’m talking about peanut butter and jelly on matzah. Pizza matzah, or as my dad calls it, “patzah.” And my latest find—matzah lasagna. Have I been under a rock all these years? Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News

A Russian-Jewish Journey from the FSU to a Bimah in L.A.

A Russian-Jewish Journey from the FSU to a Bimah in L.A.

When 13 Russian-Jewish adults who grew up in the former Soviet Union were called to the bimah at Kehillat Ma’arav in Santa Monica on March 15th, the only thing more poignant than the shining faces of the men and women was the sound of Cantor Samuel Cohen’s voice as he Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News

A New Way for Jewish Young Adults to Connect in the Conejo

A New Way for Jewish Young Adults to Connect in the Conejo

How do Jewish young adults in the Conejo Valley connect once they graduate from college? And how can we keep them engaged in Jewish life? The answer is simpler than you think. Bring a brilliant concept that’s had success around the world to the Conejo Valley and you get Moishe House Conejo Valley (or as its residents call it, MoHo CV). Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Jewish News, Young Adults

Reflections On Our Emergency Cash Grant Program in the Aftermath of the Great Recession

Reflections On Our Emergency Cash Grant Program in the Aftermath of the Great Recession

When the Great Recession struck over five years ago, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles saw countless Jews in crisis turn to the Jewish community looking for help. Jewish families who were affected by mass layoffs, the burst of the housing bubble, and government cutbacks suddenly found themselves unable to make ends meet, many for the first time in their lives. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News

Building Connected Congregations

Building Connected Congregations

What brought together nearly eighty Los Angeles synagogue leaders from all branches of Judaism to The Jewish Federation this past Monday night? The big draw was the chance to connect with others who are working to strengthen our synagogue community, and the opportunity to hear from renowned Jewish educational consultant Dr. Beth Cousens at the latest event of our Synagogue Leadership Workshop Series. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Jewish News

A Roaring Success:  The Lion of Judah 2014 Luncheon

A Roaring Success:  The Lion of Judah 2014 Luncheon

On February 19th, nearly 450 of L.A.’s most philanthropic women joined together at the Beverly Hills Hotel for The Jewish Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby & Lion of Judah luncheon, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Philanthropy

Two Sides of the Same Coin – Making Inclusion a Reality Year Round

Two Sides of the Same Coin – Making Inclusion a Reality Year Round

Consider this situation – you enter a store looking to purchase an item. Something you have done hundreds of times before. What happens? Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

A Holiday to Dress Up - And Stand Up

A Holiday to Dress Up - And Stand Up

This weekend, Jews throughout the world will be marking the holiday of Purim with a festive celebration, costumes and hamantaschen, carnivals and revelry. There will be Purim Spiels (comedic plays retelling the holiday story), Megillah readings and groggers stamping out the name of Haman, King Ahasuerus’s evil minister, who planned to massacre the Jews of ancient Persia. But there’s more to Purim than just dressing up, rejoicing and making noise. Read More »

Tags: Jewish News

Celebrating Over 1,000 New Books for Nora Sterry Elementary

Celebrating Over 1,000 New Books for Nora Sterry Elementary

KOREH L.A. celebrates its 18th library restocking in partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. to restock Nora Sterry Elementary's library in West Los Angeles! Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News

Federation Hosts World Premiere with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Federation Hosts World Premiere with Prime Minister Netanyahu

On Tuesday night, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted a special evening at Paramount Studios with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Israel

Collaboration is Key for Effectively Strengthening Our Jewish Community

Collaboration is Key for Effectively Strengthening Our Jewish Community

One of our Federation’s top priorities is working closely with partner organizations to facilitate collaboration and growth of the Jewish community. That’s why we recently teamed up with the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) to launch the Big Tent Judaism Professional Cohorts program. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

KDS at the Corner of Broadway & Tzedakah

KDS at the Corner of Broadway & Tzedakah

What happens when 250 of the most generous leaders in our Jewish community come together with two of the most creative people in show business? When those leaders are members of our King David Society (KDS) and Hineni Society, and the special guests are composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and producer Marc Platt, the men behind the hit Broadway musical Wicked, it adds up to nothing less than an evening that changes the world for good. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events

Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall

Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall

When I was one of 58 amazing counselors-in-training at Camp JCA Shalom, we would do everything huddled in a circle. Our happiest moments we always spent in a circle, and we were always guaranteed to learn something new, either about each other or about ourselves. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community News, Inclusion

What is So Jewish About Changing the World?

What is So Jewish About Changing the World?

What is so Jewish about changing the world? This question wasn’t just on the agenda for January 22nd’s TED-style roundtable featuring five of LA's top Jewish minds – it was the sole agenda. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Entertainment Division, Young Adults

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