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Israel Does it Right

Israel Does it Right

Today, April 22nd, marks the Israeli holiday of Yom Hazikaron—a Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism. Observed since 1963, this holiday officially begins around 8 pm the night prior, when a siren is sounded through the country. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Federation News, Jewish News

How CLI Brought Federation into My Life

How CLI Brought Federation into My Life

During my time with CLI, I learned much more about the Federation’s life-changing work. I met with staff members and lay leaders in different departments who really let their passion for the Jewish community shine through and gave me a deeper understanding of what the Federation is trying to achieve. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Legal Division, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Annual Soviet Exodus Passover Seder Unites Russian Jewish Young Adults

Annual Soviet Exodus Passover Seder Unites Russian Jewish Young Adults

Last Friday, April 10th, 74 members of RuJuLA (L.A.’s Russian-speaking Jewish young adult network) gathered for the second time at Maxim Restaurant for a Soviet Exodus Passover Seder. A celebration of freedom, this special evening brought the Passover story to life for young professionals in their 20s and 30s... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Young Adults

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Story

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Story

Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place on Thursday, April 16th. In honor of this significant day in our people’s history, we asked Rebecca Schalit-Newman, Intermediate Campaign Associate with our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy, to share her family’s story. Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

CLI 2015 Application Launch

CLI 2015 Application Launch

Applications are now open for our Federation’s Community Leadership Institute, the top-tier program that provides young professionals with the skills, training, development and networks to launch into a lifetime of success. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Leaders Unite for a Community Passover Seder

Leaders Unite for a Community Passover Seder

On April 1st, our Federation’s Community Engagement Strategic Initiative hosted our third annual Community Passover Seder at the historic Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights. A once vibrant Jewish neighborhood, it was the perfect setting for this yearly event that brings together local leaders... Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Philanthropy, Young Adults

A Kahn Fellow Reflects on His Life-Changing Experience

A Kahn Fellow Reflects on His Life-Changing Experience

In the summer of 2014 during the middle of Operation Protective Edge, I embarked on my first journey to Israel. At 24, I finally had the great honor and pleasure of participating in a Birthright Israel LA Way trip with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Entertainment Division, Federation News, Jewish News, Young Adults

March Community Service Day Update

March Community Service Day Update

On Sunday, March 29th, our Federation held our second Community Service Day of this year, where a total of 150 volunteers participated in five diverse projects, making an impact on our community at various sites throughout Los Angeles. Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Federation Events, Federation News, Jewish News, Real Estate & Construction Division, Volunteering, Young Adults

Questions for Passover

Questions for Passover

Each year at Passover, families gather together around the table to recall the story of our ancestors’ slavery in Egypt. As part of the seder, we ask and answer many questions to gain a better understanding of why we honor this annual tradition and celebrate our freedom. Read More »

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Reflections on the JFNA/KDS Mission to China

Reflections on the JFNA/KDS Mission to China

Our first excursion was to Beijing’s Chabad House. The rabbinitz runs both a kosher restaurant and a Jewish day school that goes up to 6th or 7th grade depending upon the population need. Some of the students, for sure the rabbinitz’s children, go off to Israel for secondary school. Read More »

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

Women’s Philanthropy Gains Tools to Promote Israel Advocacy

Women’s Philanthropy Gains Tools to Promote Israel Advocacy

In our roundtable discussion, we were joined by Robert Oliver, Program Coordinator for Campus Impact Network, and Gamal Palmer, Senior Director of Leadership and Development, to gain a better understanding of the reality that our children are facing and determine our short- and long-term goals. Read More »

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

Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Update from a PresenTenseLA Fellow

Innovation, creativity, and collaboration are just three ideas I have learned to adopt and embrace throughout PresenTenseLA. Each week, we meet with mentors, successful social entrepreneurs, and most importantly, our fellow peers. We explore, dream, and collaborate with one another, while learning how to navigate this new world of social entrepreneurship. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Inclusion, Social Action, Volunteering, Young Adults

Community Leadership Institute Graduates Reflect on Their Experience

Community Leadership Institute Graduates Reflect on Their Experience

Graduation from our Federation’s Community Leadership Institute (CLI) was Sunday, March 15th. Over the past 15 months, 66 leaders-in-training attended workshops, met with mentors and developed the skills they need to succeed as effective leaders in the Jewish community—and beyond. Here’s what one CLI graduate had to say: Read More »

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February Community Security Forum

February Community Security Forum

Presented by the Los Angeles Police Department and our Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI), this forum brought together a dozen uniformed LAPD officers, as well as 80 rabbis and administrators from local Jewish schools and synagogues, for a timely and informative presentation about terrorism and active shooter incidents. Read More »

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Campus Impact Network Empowers Student Leaders at February Training

Campus Impact Network Empowers Student Leaders at February Training

Our day-long workshop took place at UCLA Hillel and was facilitated by Reinvent Communications. Instructors from this communications and leadership development firm guided the students through several exercises, including goal setting and networking, culminating in the creation of... Read More »

Tags: Community News, Engaging in our Community, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Volunteering, Young Adults

Channeling Esther this Purim

Channeling Esther this Purim

In the Purim story, Esther stands up against Haman, turning him in to King Ahashuerus so he cannot carry out his cruel plans. But with growing numbers of Hamans in France, one person simply cannot challenge them all. And we’re here in L.A., so how can we let our French Jewish brothers and sisters know that they are not alone? Read More »

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Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address to the United States Congress. Leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America were in attendance. Read More »

Breaking Through: A Day of Celebration for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Breaking Through: A Day of Celebration for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

The steady rain didn’t dampen the high spirits of families at Camp Max Straus in Glendale last Sunday during The Jewish Federation’s Community Service Day. More than 200 children, teens and adults with special needs, along with their siblings, parents and volunteers came together for an afternoon of celebration for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Read More »

Tags: Caring for Jews in Need, Community Events, Community News, Education, Federation Events, Federation News, Inclusion, Social Action, Young Adults

Inclusion: Jojo and his Favorite Place

Inclusion: Jojo and his Favorite Place

One of the things I like most about the Friendship Circle is the teen volunteers. When I was younger, I always looked up to them. When I would see them around my neighborhood, they would always welcome me and say “Hi, Jojo” to make me feel special. Read More »

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

Milk & Honey:  An L.A. Girl in Israel

Milk & Honey:  An L.A. Girl in Israel

On a typical slumpy Tuesday in my quarter-life-crisis year of 26, a business associate came into my office and casually started talking about Birthright Israel. “I’m too old, too busy and by most religious people’s standards, not even considered a real Jew,” I grumbled at him. With an Ashkenazi Jewish father and African-American mother, others often tried to tell me who I was and who I was not. Read More »

Tags: Community News, Education, Engaging in our Community, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel, Social Action, Volunteering, Young Adults

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