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Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Survivor and her Son Reflect

Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Survivor and her Son Reflect

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 70th anniversary of the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News

Rosh Chodesh: A New Month is Born

Rosh Chodesh: A New Month is Born

Rosh Chodesh is the first day of every Jewish month—today, that month is Shevat. Celebrated as a festival in ancient times, Rosh Chodesh was observed when sky watchers would discover the first sliver of a new moon above, designating the new month. Read More »

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reminds Us What We Stand For

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reminds Us What We Stand For

I haven’t seen the movie Selma yet, but I can think of no better way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life than by doing so on MLK Day. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Social Action

We Remember the Paris Victims of Terror

We Remember the Paris Victims of Terror

On Wednesday, January 14th, members of our community came together for a Memorial for Paris Victims of Terror, convened by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and hosted by Sinai Temple. Read More »

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A Day of Purpose and Philanthropy

A Day of Purpose and Philanthropy

Is there a better way to start the year than seeing the impact of The Jewish Federation in person? According to 50 of our most devoted philanthropists, the answer is no. Earlier this month, we saw it for ourselves as part of the Valley Alliance Women’s Board annual retreat. Chaired by Barbara Brilliant, Allison Martini and Jill Namm, the retreat began... Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Missions

Transforming the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Transforming the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

At our final 2014 Board meeting in December, I offered my perspective on the remarkable transformation of our Federation over the past five years. My thoughts were originally published on eJewish Philanthropy yesterday, and I am honored to share them with you today. Thank you for all you have done to make this possible. Your ongoing partnership... Read More »

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

I Am a Border State

I Am a Border State

I recently completed a one-year Kahn Fellowship for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. My aim during the fellowship was to specifically work on engaging the young queer Jewish community. In return, my own personal growth would be nurtured through an additional immersive experience. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Missions, Volunteering, Young Adults

The Impact We Made Together in 2014

The Impact We Made Together in 2014

As our Federation continues the process of transformation we began five years ago, we are more focused than ever on supporting and sustaining our Jewish community and ensuring the Jewish future we share, as we impact Jewish life in L.A., Israel and over 70 countries. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel, Legal Division, Missions, Philanthropy, Volunteering, Young Adults

Entertainment and Honor Brought our Community Together

Entertainment and Honor Brought our Community Together

On Wednesday, November 19th, community members of all ages gathered for a very special Entertainment Division event recognizing our Federation’s longtime partners and friends, Sandy, Larry, and Nina Jacobson. Jewish values are this family’s values and, in the spirit of entertainment, they were honored at Pacific Theatres at the Grove with a private pre-release screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1... Read More »

A Powerful Morning of Connection, Learning & Action

A Powerful Morning of Connection, Learning & Action

On Thursday, December 4th, women from our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy shared a morning of connection, learning and action. We began by sharing our personal Chanukah traditions and stories. Like the Shamash candles on our Chanukiahs... Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Social Action, Volunteering

A Mission to Israel with the Men of our Entertainment Division

A Mission to Israel with the Men of our Entertainment Division

In November 2014, a group of 11 entertainment industry executives went on a Federation-sponsored mission to Israel, led by CAA's Adam Berkowitz and Rain Management's Jonathan Baruch. With a jam-packed six-day itinerary, the group was able to gain an understanding of Israel from... Read More »

A Chanukah Celebration at City Hall

A Chanukah Celebration at City Hall

Last Friday, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held its Annual Chanukah Celebration at Los Angeles City Hall. Read More »

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Turning Thirteen

Turning Thirteen

In my family, turning thirteen was a big deal. Sure, you became an official teenager. You had your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and became a man or woman in G-d’s eyes. But this was all just icing on the cake. The best part about turning thirteen was working the kitchen at Great-Aunt Idabel’s epic Chanukah party. Read More »

In-depth. In person. Inspiring.

In-depth. In person. Inspiring.

On Sunday, November 16, more than 200 members of our local community came together at American Jewish University for Global Jewry: One People, One World. This first-of-its-kind event, hosted by our Federation in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), provided an in-depth look at our impact and the challenges we face. Read More »

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On Shabbat, Our Community Shined Brightly!

On Shabbat, Our Community Shined Brightly!

This past weekend, our community shined as one during our Federation’s 1,000 Shabbat Celebrations. Whether it was at partner organizations and synagogues, at large dinner parties or even small observances with family and friends, thousands of community members took part in this sacred Jewish ritual, from candle lighting on Friday night to lighting the Havdalah candle on Saturday night. Read More »

Our Ezra Network is Helping Impoverished Jews in L.A., And So Can You

Our Ezra Network is Helping Impoverished Jews in L.A., And So Can You

Imagine how you would feel if you lost your job. The bills are stacking up. The checks are bouncing. The cupboards are bare. If you’re one of 50,000 Jews in Los Angeles living in poverty, you don’t have to imagine it—you’re living it. But the good news is our Federation is doing something about it. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Social Action

Graduation Day for our New Leaders Project

Graduation Day for our New Leaders Project

Last week, participants from our Federation’s prestigious New Leaders Project (NLP) gathered at the Bradley Tower at LA City Hall for a special graduation ceremony in their honor. The 25 NLP graduates will join an elite cadre of Jewish civic leaders who have completed the year-long New Leaders Project. Cheered on by friends, family, and NLP alumni, each graduate accepted recognition from elected officials from every level of government. Read More »

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Outrage and Sorrow

Outrage and Sorrow

We are deeply saddened at the horrific act perpetrated this morning in a synagogue in Jerusalem. We believe that this purposeful slaughter of innocent Americans, Israelis and Brits needs to be strongly condemned by world leaders especially the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Israel

Our Community Made a Difference on Mitzvah Day

Our Community Made a Difference on Mitzvah Day

On Sunday, November 2nd The Jewish Federation hosted our 5th Community Service Day of the year in conjunction with Mitzvah Day. Over 130 volunteers participated in a variety of four projects throughout Los Angeles, all of which served different populations. With the diversity of options, there was a project for everyone interested. Read More »

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Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in Hungary

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in Hungary

Hungary is home to the fourth largest Jewish population in Europe and is experiencing a vibrant Jewish cultural renaissance—despite a decimated population following the Holocaust and decades of religious repression under Communist rule. Read More »

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