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April Federation Highlights

April Federation Highlights

Take a look at how community members’ generosity made a difference throughout L.A. this April in each of our Federation’s areas of work. Read More »

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

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 1

PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows View Their Ventures Through a Jewish Lens: Part 1

This post is a part of a series highlighting the social entrepreneurial ventures that each of the 2015 PresenTenseLA Fellows will be unveiling at PresenTenseLA Launch Night on June 9th. The Fellows were given the prompt “What’s so Jewish about your project?” and over the course of the series we will be sharing their answers and exploring the nature of Jewish change-making. Read More »

Bearing Witness with March of the Living

Bearing Witness with March of the Living

This year, I had the privilege of accompanying roughly 200 Jewish teenagers and six Holocaust survivors on an incredible two-week journey to Poland and Israel as a staff member for the Los Angeles delegation of March of the Living (MOTL). The March of the Living is an annual educational trip that brings together student delegations from all over the world to examine... Read More »

Tags: Board of Rabbis, Community News, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Jewish News, Israel, Young Adults

The NextGen Engagement Initiative – More than Networking

The NextGen Engagement Initiative – More than Networking

I have been involved with The Jewish Federation’s NextGen Engagement Initiative—affectionately called NEI—for over four years, essentially from its inception. Over time, this gathering of Jewish professionals who work in the young adult space has evolved from a place to engage in constructive conversation over bagels & coffee... Read More »

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

CSI Safety & Security Conference

CSI Safety & Security Conference

On Thursday, April 30th, our Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI) held its third annual Safety and Security Conference and Front Line Responders Workshop. This program brought together a host of professionals from both the Jewish community and the law enforcement sector. Read More »

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

CLI Connections Bring Passion Project to Life

CLI Connections Bring Passion Project to Life

As part of my organizational landscape project, I met Asher Gellis, the Executive Director of JQ International, a local nonprofit that builds and strengthens a community that nurtures a healthy fusion of LGBTQ and Jewish identities. Asher, who was able to launch JQ International through the Federation’s PresenTenseLA fellowship, Read More »

Tags: Community News, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, PresenTense LA, Real Estate & Construction Division, Young Adults

Magic in the Night: Honoring Rodney Freeman

Magic in the Night: Honoring Rodney Freeman

On April 30th, the Century Plaza Hyatt was the place to be for individuals working in real estate and construction. A record 1,500 community leaders, real estate professionals, colleagues, friends and family turned out for our largest-ever Real Estate & Construction (REC) dinner, showing their support for our honoree, Rodney Freeman, and our Federation. Read More »

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

Jewish Guilt and Mother’s Day

Jewish Guilt and Mother’s Day

Nearly every Jewish person has experienced it at some point: a mother or a bubbe’s subtle twist of words that somehow always get you to do something you haven’t planned—Jewish guilt. Stereotype or not, for many of us, this is an inherent truth. Read More »

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

Why Federation:  General Campaign Chair Julie Platt Shares Her Story

Why Federation:  General Campaign Chair Julie Platt Shares Her Story

My life and the lives of my husband and children are enriched by our dedication to the Jewish community. Shared values and shared traditions have sweetened our days and each of our five children, as well as our son-in-law, are finding meaning through their involvement in our community. Read More »

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

A New Sense of Purpose for Recent CLI Grad

A New Sense of Purpose for Recent CLI Grad

My project was on Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Through my meetings with the organization’s leaders, I learned that Mazon has many initiatives that advocate for the hungry and address the growing problem of food insecurity among such groups as military and low-income families, seniors, rural communities and more. Read More »

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

Jews, Tacos and Cinco de Mayo

Jews, Tacos and Cinco de Mayo

As Angelenos, we are familiar with Cinco de Mayo, though many of us know only that it’s celebrated with tacos and beer. So, how many of us know the real story behind this holiday? And how many of us are aware that we have an extended Jewish family of up to 50,000 living in Mexico? Read More »

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

Spreading the Joy of Reading: Restocking Walgrove Avenue Elementary School’s Library

Spreading the Joy of Reading: Restocking Walgrove Avenue Elementary School’s Library

In partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., we donated 1,200 new books to restock the library at Walgrove Avenue Elementary School! Read More »

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

How CLI Changed My Priorities: A Recent Grad Reflects

How CLI Changed My Priorities: A Recent Grad Reflects

Because of my involvement and what I learned about organizations within our community, I became very invested in both The Jewish Federation and Jewish LA. I now sit on the RuJuLA steering committee, where I am actively recruiting young Russian Jewish families to participate in our monthly events. Read More »

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

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

“I Got All My Cousins with Me” at Federation Major Gifts Dinner

We are family! For Federation donors at The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Major Gifts Dinner April 22nd in Tarzana, this line from an 1980s pop song became an irrefutable fact when author A.J. Jacobs, revealed how many in the room were actually cousins! Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Conejo Valley, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Entertainment Division, Jewish News, Legal Division, Philanthropy, Young Adults

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

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