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Heart to Heart with
Heidi Monkarsh

Heidi Monkarsh recently traveled to Israel on The Jewish Federations of North America’s “Heart to Heart: Empowering, Exhilarating, Extraordinary” mission with National Women’s Philanthropy. Heidi was among the eight women from our Los Angeles community who joined other dedicated women from across the U.S. on an inspiring and emotional tour of the Jewish state. Check out Heidi’s reflections below.

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Birthright Israel LA Way

Birthright Israel LA Way is more than a free trip — it’s finding a sense of community in L.A., Israel, and within yourself. Our LA…
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From the CEO

Thoughts on My Way to Israel

I’m writing to you on my way to Israel, where I’ll meet with our partners and look at how we can make an even greater impact on Israel’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

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Chailight on our Chai Chair

Inspired by close friends and leaders of our community, Lesley Wolman has been a part of the Federation for many years serving in various Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy roles. Her commitment to Jews in L.A. and around the world as a 2018 Chai Committee Co-Chair is especially inspiring and impactful. Her work is in preparation for our annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby and Lion of Judah Luncheon that celebrates women in Los Angeles who have gone above and beyond to support our community and the work of our Federation. 

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February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. As part of our Federation’s commitment to inclusion, every week this month we will feature a blog written by either a member of our community, his or her parent, or a volunteer or professional working with one of our partner organizations that serve individuals living with special needs.

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NLP Tour of the Union Rescue Mission and Talk with Dr. Raphael Sonenshein of the Pat Brown Institute

Since 1891, The Union Rescue Mission (URM), a private Christian homeless shelter, has brought hope and aid to individuals and families in Los Angeles experiencing homelessness. I recently joined my New Leaders Project (NLP) cohort to visit the URM’s 225,000-square-foot facility in Skid Row for a tour with Mr. Mick Silvers, Volunteer Coordinator.

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An Interview with Michelle Cait, Director of Shemesh Enterprises

We recently interviewed Michelle Cait, a community member and the director of Shemesh Enterprises, a program at Federation’s partner organization, Shalom Institute. Shemesh Enterprises is a social enterprise that employs young adults with diverse abilities to work on their farm, package their produce, and sell their products at farmers’ markets or online. Cait received her master’s degree in art therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She is married to comedian and voice-over artist Robert Cait, and together they have three children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, and writing screenplays.

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An Interview with Judy Rosen

Our Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy is a diverse community of compassionate and committed Jewish women connected by Jewish values. Judy Rosen, a Lion of Judah and active member of our Los Angeles Jewish community, shares her story with us — why she became a Lion, the impact of the Federation on her life, and her relationship with her mother.