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Campus Impact Network Gives Students Tools to Combat Anti-Israel Sentiments

Campus Impact Network Gives Students Tools to Combat Anti-Israel Sentiments

As part of our Federation’s comprehensive, high-priority efforts to strengthen Jewish campus life and support students, this past weekend marked the official launch of The Jewish Federation’s Campus Impact Network (CIN), which is made possible by a Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation. This initiative will give Jewish student leaders the tools required to be more effective campus leaders and activists, by building bridges between social justice work and the Jewish community. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Israel, Young Adults

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in Morocco

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in Morocco

Morocco has been a welcome haven for Jews for hundreds of years, but our Federation’s involvement with the JDC in Morocco began in the 1940s, when we provided critical assistance to Jews fleeing Nazi Europe. Today, the country boasts a vibrant Jewish community that is coexisting peacefully with a predominantly Muslim population. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, One People One World

On November 2nd, Perform an Act of Loving Kindness

On November 2nd, Perform an Act of Loving Kindness

The High Holidays are now behind us, but this is a great time for you to start the Jewish year on a high note with acts of kindness. Sign up now to volunteer at our Federation’s upcoming Community Service Day, being held in conjunction with Mitzvah Day, on Sunday, November 2nd! Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Engaging in our Community, Federation Events, Volunteering

Statement on Wednesday’s Tragic Events in Jerusalem

Statement on Wednesday’s Tragic Events in Jerusalem

On behalf of our Los Angeles Jewish community, we join with our brothers and sisters across the Jewish world in mourning the tragic loss of 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun. Read More »

Tags: Jewish News, Israel

Carr and Lieu Square Off at Federation

Carr and Lieu Square Off at Federation

Last night, our Federation hosted a debate between Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr and California State Senator Ted Lieu, who are running to represent California’s 33rd Congressional District, replacing Henry Waxman who is stepping down after 30 years. Topics the candidates were asked to address included their stances on... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation Events

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work with Children and Families in Russia

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work with Children and Families in Russia

In a recent blog post, we highlighted some of our Federation’s initiatives to revitalize Jewish life in Russia. In addition to leadership programs for Jews in their 20s and 30s and financial assistance for Jews in need, our Federation connects families with young children to Jewish life and holiday celebrations. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Jewish News, Missions, One People One World

Watch our Community in Action at Tour de Summer Camps

Watch our Community in Action at Tour de Summer Camps

Our community is still buzzing from our Federation’s Tour de Summer Camps on September 21st. Thanks to 470 riders, more than 200 volunteers, over 50 sponsors and thousands of generous donors for making the event such a huge success. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events

Our Impactful Work in Cuba

Our Impactful Work in Cuba

There may only be 1,400 Jews in Cuba, but that doesn’t mean our Cuban brothers and sisters should have any less access to Jewish life—and it hasn’t stopped our Federation from sparking a vibrant Jewish renaissance on the island. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, One People One World

Meet the Master of Disaster, Ken Feinberg, on November 13th

Meet the Master of Disaster, Ken Feinberg, on November 13th

9/11. Sandy Hook. The Boston Marathon bombing. In the wake of disasters that make headlines, who gets what? Ask the “Master of Disaster” during A Conversation with Ken Feinberg on November 13th. Ken has been repeatedly called upon to provide just compensation to those who have survived the tragedies that haunt our nation. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Federation News

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in Russia

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in Russia

In Russia, decades of Communism hindered the development of Jewish life. In fact, through our Federation’s work with the Russian Jewish community in Los Angeles, we know that many young Jews who immigrated to the U.S. did not know growing up that they were Jewish. But thanks to the generosity of our community, our Federation is revitalizing Jewish life across Russia, educating young Jews about our history, culture and tradition, and developing tomorrow’s Jewish leaders. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Jewish News, One People One World

Generations of Philanthropy and Friendship

Generations of Philanthropy and Friendship

This year, our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign brought its D2: L’Dor V’Dor annual event all the way to the shore—the Santa Monica shore, that is. On a breezy Wednesday morning, women of all generations gathered at the stunning Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, just steps from the Pacific Ocean, to celebrate our Jewish community and the impact we make together. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Philanthropy

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in the Baltics

Global Jewry: Our Impactful Work in the Baltics

Together with our partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), our Federation is revitalizing Jewish life in over 70 countries around the world—including the Baltic region, where Jewish culture was nearly destroyed by the effects of the Holocaust and communist repression. Our Federation has had a focused partnership with Baltic countries for over a decade, where our work centers on strengthening and renewing Jewish life and supporting Jews in need. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Jewish News, Missions, One People One World

Proyecto Jardin Sukkot and Harvest Festival

Proyecto Jardin Sukkot and Harvest Festival

The hubs of the Jewish and Latino communities in Los Angeles may be miles apart geographically, but their shared vision of social justice and respect for the Earth can create mutual understanding, friendship, and trust despite physical distance. That is exactly what happened when IKAR, a Westside synagogue, and Proyecto Jardin, a sustainable community garden in Boyle Heights, began working together years ago on food justice and Tikun Olam. Read More »

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

Our LA Lions and their Worldwide Sisters Raise the Roof, and $27.2 Million for 2015 Campaign!

Our LA Lions and their Worldwide Sisters Raise the Roof, and $27.2 Million for 2015 Campaign!

In her breakout session at the International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) in New York earlier this month, keynote speaker Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR in Los Angeles was asked to explain how she measures success. She replied that one obvious metric is simply to discern if someone has been inspired to act. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Philanthropy

A New Year I Will Never Forget

A New Year I Will Never Forget

I’m still figuring out who I am as a Jewish person. I love to celebrate Passover, Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah, and have spent countless hours in my kitchen perfecting matzo ball soup, latkes, kishka and kugel. But outside of the High Holidays, services aren’t really my thing, and there is a part of me still questioning, still wondering, especially at this time of year, if praying makes a difference. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Jewish News

Federation Awarded Cutting Edge Grants for New Initiatives

Federation Awarded Cutting Edge Grants for New Initiatives

We are proud to announce that two of our Federation’s innovative new initiatives have been awarded prestigious 2014 Cutting Edge Grants from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. The funding will support the roll-out of a groundbreaking initiative in Jewish teen engagement, as well as providing Jewish college students with the tools to be more effective campus leaders and activists. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Young Adults

Young, Jewish, in L.A.? There’s an app for that.

Young, Jewish, in L.A.? There’s an app for that.

There’s a new app in town, and it’s changing the way Jews in their 20s and 30s find, share and attend local events. Read More »

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

D2: Mothers, Daughters and More at the Shore

D2: Mothers, Daughters and More at the Shore

Where can you connect with other women who share your Jewish values, meet a best-selling author and journalist, and enjoy an elegant brunch in support of our Federation’s impactful work around the globe? D2: L’Dor V’Dor on Wednesday, October 1st at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica! Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Federation Events, Philanthropy

Ensuring the Safety of our Community

Ensuring the Safety of our Community

From Operation Protective Edge in Israel to the devastating terrorist acts carried out by ISIS in Syria, current events have been affecting Jewish communities worldwide and, as an unfortunate result, anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise. Just this summer in Los Angeles, comedian Elon Gold and his family were victims of a hate incident on Shabbat, and flyers with swastikas appeared at a Jewish-owned business near UCLA. Fortunately, our Federation has stepped up to improve safety and security in L.A. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News

The Importance of Jewish Summer Camp in My Life

The Importance of Jewish Summer Camp in My Life

As the proud father of four Jewish summer campers, the husband of a Jewish summer camper and a former Jewish camper myself, I can tell you that camps had a profound impact on my family’s connection to Judaism. While I’m passionate about making sure more kids in our community can attend Jewish summer camps, I also love cycling. That’s why I decided to bring the two together. Read More »

Tags: Federation Events, Jewish News

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