President & CEO Jay Sanderson Moderates JFNA GA Panel
We are excited to present a recent panel of Jewish leaders moderated by our President & CEO Jay Sanderson. The discussion centered on the issues brought on, exacerbated, and highlighted during COVID-19 and how best to collaborate and innovate to create a more inclusive Jewish community — and a better future for all.
Tour de Summer Camps
We are excited to announce that this year The Jewish Federation’s 8th annual Tour de Summer Camps will be VIRTUAL. With the same vibrant energy, we have the same goal as in years past — to send more kids to Jewish summer camp. This time, we’re just taking a slightly different course to get there!
This year, you can create your own route and ride in your neighborhood (or wherever you choose); enjoy a convenient, fast-paced spinning experience from home; or walk, run, or hike while raising money to provide scholarships for kids to have a meaningful camp experience next summer!
Sign up now and we’ll send you a Tour de Summer Camps mask to wear while you’re training.
Sunday, November 1st
Coronavirus Scams — Do You Know the Latest?
As open enrollment for Medical Advantage approaches on October 15th, join our Federation’s Caring for Jews in Need Initiative for an educational presentation that brings awareness about the scams and financial abuses often targeted at seniors and those with diverse abilities who enroll for these and other life-enhancing benefits. Presented by Alisa Anderson, Bet Tzedek Legal Services Elder Abuse Advocate, the discussion and Q&A will provide you with information and resources on how to protect yourself or your loved ones from identity theft and other creative ways that scammers steal personal information and funds. Register Here
Become a Mentor and Make a Difference ― Even Over Zoom
Be a mentor! Guide a teen on a journey of empowerment and self-discovery through The Jewish Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) Julie Beren Platt Teen Innovation Grants Program.
Now more than ever, as the coronavirus is changing our world, we need to empower our teens to make a difference. We need YOUR help to encourage our teens as they create and develop their own unique and impactful projects to help our community and especially those most vulnerable.
We value how teens’ passions and creativity can help shape our Jewish community — and we know that sometimes they need a little help bringing their ideas to fruition. As a mentor, you can have significant impact as a role model and thought partner for our teen recipients. Along with your expertise and life experience, you can bolster them while encouraging them to integrate Jewish values into their projects.
Serve as a thought partner and help teens develop projects between November 2020-May 2021. Together, we can make a difference — even while six feet apart.
For more information, please contact Betty Tochner via email or phone at (323) 761-8333.
Helping Our Community Make Their Voting Plan
Our Federation recognizes the importance of access and participating in the voting process. On August 27th at a webinar convened by our Federation in partnership with the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) and Jewish Family Service, our President & CEO Jay Sanderson facilitated a discussion with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and LAUL President & CEO Michael Lawson. Jay started the event by stating, “We’ve never needed our voices heard more than they need to be heard.” The three leaders then went on to discuss issues pertaining to voter registration, turnout, and the steps being taken to ensure a fair election. Secretary Padilla closed the event by assuring our community that, “Even in this time of physical isolation, we are working hard together to ensure that every person’s voice is heard. So let’s keep leaning on each other. Keep praying for each other. We will get through this.” You can view a recording of the event here.
Community Briefing with Consul General of Israel Hillel Newman — Peace Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates
The Federation held a special webinar briefing with Consul General of Israel Dr. Hillel Newman in conversation with President & CEO of The Jewish Federation Jay Sanderson on the recent peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On August 13, 2020, Israel announced the establishment of a full and formal peace between Israel and the UAE, which includes the mutual opening of embassies, direct flights, and other bilateral agreements. If you missed it, you can watch the recording of the webinar and learn more about the peace deal and what it means for Israel’s future.
NuRoots Experiences for Young Adults (20s and 30s)
NuRoots mobilizes and inspires people in their 20s and 30s to create meaningful Jewish community across Los Angeles. The following experiences are for young adults only.
Introducing Roots Radio, a new intergenerational, community-sourced podcast showcasing the voices, stories, and family histories of the generations that precede us. Listen to our first four episodes here and prepare to be inspired. This project is generously supported by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.
Monthly gatherings for female-identified persons to connect with the ancient Jewish ritual of Rosh Chodesh and harness the power of lunar cycle and the female body. Inspired by At The Well. Reach out to Rabbi Rose to join our NuMoon community and be connected to a circle.
Monthly gatherings for male-identified persons interested in exploring constructs of masculinity within the Jewish community, build breathable community through more connected and open relationships, and develop tools to counter violence and deepen into love. Reach out to Ian Schiffer to join.
Our community of East Side screenwriters meets monthly to discuss new works. Message our East Side Fellow Oren Peleg to get connected.
Want to do a virtual meet-up with a NuRoots team member? Message us to be connected. It’s BYOC — Bring Your Own Coffee!
Enrich your child’s life with the monthly gift of a high-quality book or CD from PJ Library. Membership is free. Learn more and sign up today!
Our PJ Library team offers a virtual activity schedule for L.A. families with young children.
PJ Library in Los Angeles virtual offerings are at 4:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday and can be found here.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 — The Golden Bell
- 4:00 PM — Mold your own golden bell out of a clay pot.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 — On Noah’s Ark
- 4:00 PM — Cut, glue, and paint an animal mask out of repurposed materials and turn yourself into any animal on Noah’s Ark.
Give — Now is the Time
We need you now more than ever. Please keep us strong so we can keep our Jewish community vital and resilient. Donate now.
For those who want to give of their time, we are sharing virtual volunteer opportunities and adjusted in-person volunteer activities available for those who are not high-risk and accounting for proper social distancing.
Deliver Meals with Project Angel Food
Help Project Angel Food deliver free, medically tailored meals to individuals who are fighting critical illness and are alone. For more information and to sign up, email Holly Fishbein.
Volunteer with Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles is looking for a Russian speaking volunteer to help clients at our West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center with paperwork (housing applications, CalFresh, etc.) remotely, via a phone call or Zoom, once a week for about three hours.
Contribute to Homeful.LA’s Back-to-School Drive
Homeful.LA, an initiative of Inner City Law Center, provides opportunities for people to volunteer, donate, and advocate to help end homelessness in L.A. If you are interested in scheduling a drop-off of new and unused school supplies to their Skid Row office location at 1309 E 7th Street, coordinate with Erin Thompson. You can also order supplies via your favorite online vendor and have it delivered to Erin Thompson, Inner City Law Center, 1309 E 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021. An Amazon wish list is available.
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
Jewish Family Service is seeking volunteers who are available for the month of September. Ideally, we ask volunteers to commit to the same day for the month (or longer), if possible. Volunteers will pack grocery bags, restock pantry shelves, and distribute food to clients. Shifts are as follows:
Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 AM-1:30 PM
Fridays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Sundays, 8:30 AM-1:30 PM
To fill out a volunteer application or for more information, email Joyce M. Williams.
Send a Note of Love to the Los Angeles Jewish Home
Whether or not you have a loved one or a friend at the Jewish Home or have been looking to make a difference during this difficult time, sending a Note of Love is a way to say you care. There is no minimum age requirement to send in your “note” and you don’t need to be an artist — adults and kids alike are encouraged to write a note, draw or paint a picture, or make a photo collage. Your Notes of Love will demonstrate to our seniors that they are being thought of with love during this time. Find more information here.
Provide Online Tutoring to Students with Step Up
Step Up Tutoring‘s mission is to provide free online tutoring to students from low-income communities. During the pilot program, we are recruiting volunteers to tutor and mentor 500 5th-6th grade LAUSD students this fall semester. Step Up Tutoring’s primary goal is to improve engagement and academic performance. The secondary goal is to promote understanding, empathy, and trust between people from diverse backgrounds. All tutors are welcome to apply.
COVID-19 Plasma Campaign
Help save lives by donating plasma. Bikur Cholim has partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and community organizations to help identify eligible donors who want to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). To pre-qualify, text HERO to 313131 or call (323) 852-1900.
Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
Check out many different meaningful opportunities to get involved throughout Los Angeles.
Hunger Action Los Angeles
Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA) works to end hunger and promote healthy eating through advocacy, direct service, and organizing. The organization is currently delivering food to vulnerable populations across the county including senior, blind, and disabled individuals. Please send an email if you are interested in more information.
West Valley Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed to receive, sort, and distribute food and to register clients in West Valley Food Pantry’s computer system and assist in the office. Volunteers are asked to wear their own masks, but gloves will be provided. There are both morning and afternoon shifts Monday-Thursday between 8:30 AM and 2:15 PM. Interested volunteers should contact Ruth Denburg.
Khalsa Care Foundation
In partnership with the Office of the Mayor and the Khalsa Care Foundation, assist in packing 3,500 daily hot meals for the Department of Disability and other at-risk communities. Meals are packed Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Khalsa Care Foundation. Contact Jaspreet Singh for more information.
Beit T’Shuvah's BTS Thrift Store
BTS Thrift Store is now accepting donations of clothing, furniture, art, home goods, and more. BTS Thrift Store is located at 10409 Washington Blvd. To arrange a drop off or pick up, call (310) 204-4669.
NCJW's Council Shop Donation Centers
The Council Shop Donation Centers have reopened their Studio City and West L.A. locations for donation drop-offs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week. Check out this flyer for more information.
IsraAID has joined forces with the LA Regional Food Bank and LAUSD to help distribute thousands of boxes of food each week to families in need. They are in desperate need of volunteers on Friday mornings. Get more information or express interest in food distribution.
Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) Food Bank
Pico Union Project
This multifaith cultural arts center currently provides 2,000 families with fresh produce and household items every week. Interested volunteers can complete this intake form or email Caroline. The Pico Union Project also needs donations of food, hygiene items and toys. You can drop off items at any one of the following locations into well-marked bins.
- SANTA MONICA — Bins can be found in the parking lot behind 1902 Wilshire Blvd. East side of lot on the island.
- BEVERLY GLEN (halfway to Sherman Oaks) — The Glenn Centre, Beverly Glen Blvd. and Beverly Glen Circle. The three bins are accessible from the parking lot.
- BEVERLY HILLS — Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. Bins are near Beverly Glen entrance.
- DOWNTOWN — Donations accepted on Tuesdays, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM at the Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles 90015. You can also mail/ship to Pico Union at this address.
- OR you can always order items online using the Pico Union Project’s Wish List.
Simply add the requested items to your cart and they will be automatically shipped to the Pico Union Project.
SOVA in Van Nuys is open and has opportunities for volunteers. Shifts run Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on Sunday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Volunteers must stay for the entire duration of the shift. There are also a few Friday and Sunday shifts that are two to three hours long.
At this time, SOVA is booked with volunteers to assist them through June. If individuals are interested in exploring available and open dates, contact Jewish Family Service SOVA volunteer coordinator Felice Resnick, who can describe the job in more detail and schedule individuals for a shift(s).
Join their #VirtualVolunteerism campaign to support deployed troops, National Guardsmen, first responders, and emergency medical personnel on the front lines. Opportunities include letter writing and emailing words of encouragement, and hand making items for care packages and “survival” bracelets.
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)
With the impact of coronavirus, we are seeing increasing need to support the most vulnerable in our community. Check out PATH’s remote volunteer opportunities.
St. Joseph Center
Help deliver weekly groceries to St. Joseph Center Food Pantry clients. Volunteers pick up groceries from the Food Pantry and deliver to individual clients’ front doors. Interested parties should contact Shelly Aydin, Volunteer Relations Manager.
Union Rescue Mission
Assist with a variety of needs at the Mission including disinfecting and painting (allowing for physical distancing) and daily meal service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Medical personnel volunteers are needed as well. Interested volunteers should contact Lisette Moreno. You can also send encouragement cards, care packages, and/or small bulletin board messages of positivity for their frontline workers directly to Lisette Moreno, Union Rescue Mission, 545 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.
All L.A. Works non-essential volunteer opportunities have been suspended; however, many essential services still need to continue and need your help. If you are healthy and have the time and resources to be able to do so, volunteering both in person and virtually to address critical needs in the community is extremely important. The hungry still need food. The isolated still need companionship. Nonprofits are facing drastic cuts in resources at a time when demands are rising significantly. Here’s our Top 5 List of suggestions on how to come together (figuratively!) to support Los Angeles.
Join the #MillionMaskChallengeLA and sew protective face masks for those who need them most — medical workers, the elderly, and more.
Volunteer to help with Operation Family Fun & Care Packages. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unhoused and recently housed families are experiencing added stress and uncertainty as they navigate the demands of work, education, children, services, and more. Every day, families are asking for resources related to family fun and basic needs.
The Karsh Center
The Karsh Center is currently hosting amazing volunteers to help us pack hundreds of grocery bags for distribution in the community each week, pick up donations and food supplies, sort produce, and (in a very limited way) assist with distributing food at our Sunday food pantry. To do this as safely as possible, we have a very limited number of volunteers active at one time on a lean shift schedule. We are currently inviting individuals who have submitted a special application to volunteer for shifts on an as-needed basis. So far, our pool of applicants is meeting our weekly needs, but we know the needs will continue to grow and change, so we welcome new applications.
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Volunteers
Join the CaliforniansForAll service initiative and find ways you can help in your area.
Keck School of Medicine of USC
The Keck School of Medicine at USC is asking for volunteers for food distribution. Volunteer today.
The Jewish Home
Send email messages/cards, make calls, and offer to virtually visit seniors. Email Stacy Orbach for more information.
Repairing Jewish L.A. in a Way Only We Can
Our Federation, as the heartbeat of Jewish L.A., is here while COVID-19 remains a threat to our daily lives and the future of our Jewish community. We are excited to announce $6.2 million toward new programs and amplified partnerships to meet the increased need for food, social services, and meaningful Jewish engagement. We developed this COVID-19 Response Plan based on extensive conversations with our partners and our community. We are proud to play an essential part in rebuilding our beloved Jewish Los Angeles.
Ezra Network Wrap-around Services
The Federation’s Ezra Network provides wraparound social services to those in need in our Jewish community, including government benefits applications, short-term counseling, legal services, job search readiness training, and screening for financial assistance via Federation’s Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network. By calling Federation’s Community Call Line at (323) 761-8305, any Jewish community member in need will be connected to the Ezra Network to begin to navigate these FREE services. Learn more here.
JVS SoCal is Here to Help
JVS SoCal helps people prepare for and find employment opportunities through a variety of services including employment readiness, no cost job skills training, mentoring, career counseling, Veterans’ services, and job fairs. Thanks to The Jewish Federation, JVS SoCal has special programs designed for the Jewish community including comprehensive career counseling, individualized work with a job search coach through the Ezra Network, and an academic scholarship program for students. For more information, contact JVS SoCal at (323) 761-8888 or see the website.
Community Call Line
If you or someone you know needs access to social services including financial assistance, please contact The Jewish Federation’s Community Call Line at (323) 761-8305. The Jewish Federation has increased its funding and support of the Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network. This assistance will help Jews whose income has been reduced, hours have been eliminated, or businesses are suffering.
No Guarantors Required for $1,000 Interest-Free Loans
To cover expenses related to COVID-19, help with free, no-interest loans is one click away. A loan fund has been established to help Jews in need. Additionally, through a new $1 Million COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, the Jewish Free Loan Association will offer a total of one thousand individual loans (no guarantor required) to local community members in need.
Food for Those in Need
Jewish Family Service (JFS) SOVA Community Food & Resource Program is now providing prepackaged bags of food to help minimize the risk to both clients and volunteers. The JFS senior nutrition program is now providing all food via delivery. To receive these services, please call JFS Central Access at (877) 275-4537.
Do you know a teen who could use peer support to vent, share, or just talk? Tell them about Teen Talk! Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles created the Teen Talk mobile app to provide social and emotional support to teens. Now more than ever, we see Teen Talk as a critical lifeline for teens in Los Angeles and around the world. Read more about the Teen Talk app.
Builders of Jewish Education’s (BJE) JKidLA
BJE’s JKidLA is a longtime partner of Federation and provides an online guide for parents on many diverse opportunities for their children ― both during this COVID-19 summer and beyond. We know these are trying times and want to help you get through it. You’ll find many resources for families, virtual Shabbat programs, online activities, and holiday fun!
JFNA Resources Around Racial Justice
Bigotry takes many forms. As Jews, we have experienced it for centuries and need to better understand the racial struggles across America, which starts by listening and learning. JFNA has launched this resource list of articles, books, movies, and recordings to help.
Jewish Communal Organizations: Purchase the Personal Protective Equipment You Need for Reopening!
In partnership with JFNA’s Jewish Together and available to all Jewish nonprofit organizations across Los Angeles, our Federation is the portal through which non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can now be purchased to prepare for the reopening and safe operation of Jewish communal facilities and offices. As the heartbeat of Jewish L.A., we care for you so you can care for our community.
Community Calendar on JewishLA.org
Our calendar is back! Check it out to view up-to-date virtual offerings from our Federation and partner organizations. Partners can now submit events as usual.
In an effort to keep you, our community, informed and connected and to support our partner experiencing physical distribution challenges, we are sharing this digital edition of the Jewish Journal with you.