The Impact of the Brawerman Fellowship Guest Blog by Daniel Melnick, Sophomore at UCSD

I attend the University of California, San Diego, where I’m majoring in Ecology and Evolution. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been really passionate about, and the only thing I’ve wanted to study. Being at a top-tier research university gives me access to a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. And the main reason I am able to be here is because of the Brawerman Fellowship. The program has taken a tremendous load off my shoulders because I no longer have to worry so much about financing my education. I can focus more on succeeding and pursuing these new opportunities that are available to me. But while I am greatly appreciative of the financial support, I don’t think it is the most valuable thing Brawerman has given me. Let me explain.

A Sense of Urgency

We really need your help. This has been a difficult year for so many. Unfortunately, we know that 2018 is going to be even more challenging for our most vulnerable. We take responsibility for those among us in the greatest need — frail elderly, Holocaust survivors, those struggling financially, and those facing challenges and barriers in their day-to-day lives.

The Community Internship Experience – Apply Today!

The Community Internship Program (CIP), for rising high school juniors and seniors, combines paid summer internships in dynamic and impactful Jewish non-profit organizations with workshops that develop life skills. Teens will contribute to the diverse ways in which our diverse partner organizations — ranging from summer camps and museums to law firms and advocacy organizations — support our community.

Update on our Federation’s Hurricane Relief Efforts

Our Federation is committed to the well-being of our community in times of crisis, including reaching out to offer our assistance to individuals and Jewish institutions affected by the devastating wildfires throughout our area. In that spirit, I want to thank you again for your generous donation to The Jewish Federation in support of the victims of the hurricanes this fall and provide you with an update on the work we have done, and continue to do, because of your timely act of compassion.

Ha Ha Hanukkah
Infinite Light – Meet Rich Leis

Infinite Light 2017 is NuRoots’ third annual citywide celebration of miracles. Infinite Light is a curated, eight-day festival of experiences that highlights the creative energy of Hanukkah generated by the diversity of the Los Angeles Jewish community. It’s a chance to unite, engage, and inspire thousands of young adults in their 20s and 30s with new ways to experience an ancient tradition.

Making Miracles Together

In just a few days, we will celebrate Chanukah. We will light our menorahs, placing them in our windows for all to see. Unfortunately, as you read this, the image of flames burning brightly has caused tremendous pain and suffering throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. We stand ready to help those who need us because that is an essential Federation value and commitment.

Wildfire Related Health Tips

Many synagogues, Jewish institutions, and members of our community have been directly impacted by the recent fires in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

The wildfires present special health hazards to humans and pets – especially children, the elderly, and those with chronic respiratory problems such as emphysema, asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and others.

Meet the Onward Israel Summer Interns of 2017

Every summer, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles sends 20-25 Jewish college students and young professionals to Tel Aviv for eight weeks to intern with companies and organizations suited to their professional interests. Participants not only gain international job experience, but also bond as a cohort and learn more about Israeli society through touring days across the country, supplemental programming and lectures, and Shabbatons with all Onward cohorts.

Remixing, Reimagining, and Celebrating Infinite Light with NuRoots

As November draws to a close and we enter the final month of the year, the twinkle of Hanukkah candles, the thrill of a spinning dreidel, and the taste of chocolate gelt are just around the corner.

For The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and for hundreds of young adults across the city, this time of year also signifies the launch of Infinite Light, our citywide celebration of miracles.