On Thursday, December 4th, women from our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy shared a morning of connection, learning and action. We began by sharing our personal Chanukah traditions and stories. Like the Shamash candles on our Chanukiahs, we should consider ourselves the flame that lights the way for others, our children, families and friends.
Sherri Kadovitz, Special Projects & Community Outreach Coordinator from our Federation partner Jewish Family Service, spoke to us about the Adopt-a-Family program. The program provides families in need with gift cards, food and clothing during the holiday season. We collected over $1,100 in gift cards for basic needs as well as small health and beauty items, and decorated and filled over 30 gift bags that will be delivered to families and Holocaust survivors for Chanukah.
Randi Grossman, Director of Chai Lifeline, spoke to us about Chai Lifeline, our Federation’s partner organization that alleviates the emotional and financial burdens of families living with pediatric illness. We learned about their trailblazing programs that help hundreds of families live happier, fuller lives despite the presence of illness in their homes. We decorated bags that will be delivered to their families during the holiday season.
Participant Dana Simon shared some of her words with us after the event. “It was a very heartfelt and meaningful morning. I had tears in my eyes the whole time.”
We had a wonderful time working together, creating, giving back and having fun. We look forward to more inspiring events in the coming year to support our Federation’s work caring for Jews in need.
For more information about our Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, please contact Amy Popkin at APopkin@JewishLA.org or (323) 761-8275 (City), or Jenna Fields at JFields@JewishLA.org or (818) 668-2340 (Valley).