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The Federation is Everywhere

The Federation is Everywhere

This morning, I was waiting in line at Starbucks. After I ordered my soy matcha green tea latte, I noticed a woman trying to get my attention. She looked familiar, and I decided to walk over to her. As part of my work, I am privileged to meet hundreds of community members at numerous events throughout the year, in addition to spontaneous run-ins throughout Los Angeles. No matter the location, touching lives and building friendships is rooted in the Federation's mission. This is what makes our community a community — and I never take for granted the generosity and deeply held interest and commitment our supporters have for the impactful work of the Federation. 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 »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

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 »

Tags: Blog, Faces of Federation

Lion of Judah

Lion of Judah

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah are an incredible group of philanthropic, committed and dedicated women that are making an impact on our communities, here and abroad. Read our interview with Heidi Bendetson, who recently became a Lion of Judah, and is attending the upcoming International Lion of Judah Conference this month for the first time! Read More »

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We Are Lions, Hear Us Roar!

We Are Lions, Hear Us Roar!

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah are an incredible group of philanthropic, committed and dedicated women that are making an impact on our communities, here and abroad. The International Lion of Judah Conference is taking place September 11-13 in Washington D.C., and will bring Lions together from all over the world. Read our interview with Beverly Sturman, one of the Co-Chairs of the upcoming International Lion of Judah Conference! Read More »

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Celebrating 20 Years! The Tel Aviv/Los Angeles School Twinning Program

Celebrating 20 Years! The Tel Aviv/Los Angeles School Twinning Program

This July, The Jewish Federation’s School Twinning Program held its 15th Joint Teacher Seminar in Budapest, launching the 20th year of the program. The Tel Aviv/Los Angeles School Twinning Program connects schools, students and teachers in Los Angeles with their counterparts in Tel Aviv and Vilnius, ensuring that when it comes to the Jewish future, we all share a common vision. Three of our Los Angeles coordinators shared their reflections and experience in Budapest with us – read more! Read More »

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We Are Proud To Be Different

We Are Proud To Be Different

We are different and we embrace differences. As a Federation, we are a unique organization and different from others across North America. Our purpose is to support, sustain, build and ignite our Jewish community. We identify our greatest challenges and we address them with our partners. When we see a challenge that presents an opportunity for us to respond and bring positive results, we move forward. We don’t hesitate to make an impact. We have a growing number of adults with special needs in Los Angeles. Each one deserves a path to a meaningful and Jewish life in our community, not outside of it. This is a challenge we are facing head on — today. Read More »

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Have you ever met a Lion?

Have you ever met a Lion?

Our Federation’s Lions of Judah are an incredible group of philanthropic, committed and dedicated women that are making an impact on our communities, here and abroad. The International Lion of Judah Conference is taking place September 11-13 in Washington D.C., and will bring Lions together from all over the world. Read our interview with Laura Ozer, who will be attending the Conference for the first time! Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Karmi Monsher!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Karmi Monsher!

This year, we are profiling a few of our riders to find out why they participate in Tour de Summer Camps. Longtime Federation supporter and two-time rider Karmi Monsher shares her Tour de Summer Camps story below. Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Rabbi Richard Camras!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Rabbi Richard Camras!

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. Longtime Federation supporter and veteran rider Rabbi Richard Camras is looking forward to this year’s Tour de Summer Camps. Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Debi Benaron!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Debi Benaron!

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. Read More »

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Love Angeles:  A City-Wide Festival of Love

Love Angeles:  A City-Wide Festival of Love

Every year on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Av, a full moon rises and there’s a little more love in the air. Why? Because it’s Tu B’Av, the Jewish festival of love Read More »

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Thoughts from Deena Eberly, A Leader Who Does it All

Thoughts from Deena Eberly, A Leader Who Does it All

Each year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles awards an exceptional young female lay leader (ages 30-45) with the Young Women’s Leadership Award, an honor that comes with a grant to attend the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly (GA.). We sat down with Deena Eberly, last year’s award recipient, to learn more about her experience with the Federation and at the GA. Read More »

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Nominate a Young Leader!

Nominate a Young Leader!

Each year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles awards an exceptional young male lay leader (ages 30-45) with the Julius M. Ratner Leadership Award, an honor that comes with a grant to attend the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly (GA). We sat down with Alex Weingarten to learn more about his experience with the Federation, what it meant for him to be selected as the Julius M. Ratner Leadership Award recipient last year, and his experience at the GA. Read More »

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Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Interview with Participant Yelena Kogan

Inside Jewish St. Petersburg with JDC Entwine: An Interview with Participant Yelena Kogan

Registered nurse Yelena Kogan recently traveled to Russia with The Jewish Federation and JDC Entwine on the Inside Jewish St. Petersburg trip. Read about her experiences! Read More »

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Why We Do Not Have Time for a Summer Vacation

Why We Do Not Have Time for a Summer Vacation

Last week, I met with one of our community's most generous philanthropists. He assumed that like most of Los Angeles, our Federation slows down during the summer. I explained that because of the depth and breadth of our high-impact work, we work as hard in July as we do in February or October. There is no “summer vacation” for our Federation and our staff and lay leadership. Read More »

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Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Jeffrey Kaplan!

Tour de Summer Camps: Meet Rider Jeffrey Kaplan!

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. Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation

My Day with the King

My Day with the King

“I have one of these in my palace,” said the King, as we walked through the Skirball Cultural Center, pointing to an ancient artifact. This was certainly no ordinary day at the office! Read More »

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