20 young Angelenos traveled on our Federation’s Inside Jewish Morocco trip, in partnership with American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), this past November. Each year, the Federation partners with JDC Entwine to offer one trip exclusively for Jewish Angelenos in their 20s and 30s. Focusing on humanitarian aid, serving Jews in need, and disaster relief, participants explore the diversity of the global Jewish community while learning about JDC and Federation’s combined efforts to alleviate hunger and hardship and help Jews around the world thrive. Federation’s Ariela Wallace shares her experience with us!
As we begin this new year, I want to share an update on how our Federation responded to the local wildfires that dramatically destroyed and damaged many of our beloved institutions and organizations and impacted individuals and families. We have immense gratitude for the community’s continued support, which has enabled us to respond to crises each and every day. Our flexibility was evidenced, especially over the past few months, by our ability to devote our time and resources to deal with challenges and help those in need. Our Federation continues our steadfast commitment to the safety, care, well-being, and future of our community.
Eric Berger, a Brawerman Fellow, traveled to Israel this past summer on Onward Israel and shared his summer experience with us.
This has been a year of heartbreaking challenges and inspiring successes. As it comes to a close, I want to remind you of the lives we have impacted. And I want to say thank you, because we have done this together. Here are just a few examples of people whose lives you have touched:
The Federation’s Rautenberg New Leaders Project graduated its 2018 cohort on December 12th. 24 graduates and their families and friends gathered in Bradley Tower at City Hall for a celebration marking the completion of the yearlong program. Noah Berkowitz, NLP alum, spoke at the graduation to wish attendees good luck in the future and share some thoughts. Noah shared his remarks with us below.
Infinite Light 2018 was the fourth annual citywide celebration of Hanukkah miracles powered by NuRoots, the Federation’s innovative grassroots initiative engaging young adults in their 20s and 30s in reimagined, creative, and meaningful experiences. This year, over 3,000 young adults connected and experienced Infinite Light over the 10-day festival, which offered 40+ Hanukkah experiences in over 20 neighborhoods across L.A.
Powered by NuRoots, the Federation’s innovative grassroots initiative engaging young adults, Infinite Light 2018 was our fourth annual citywide celebration of Hanukkah miracles. Envisioned, designed, and curated by a blend of local organizations and community members, Infinite Light’s lineup of gatherings highlighted the unique energy of the holiday and reflected Los Angeles’ wildly diverse young adult community. NuRoots community member Tally Sumekh opened up about her Infinite Light experience Discover Your Light, a multi-sensory art installation and storytelling gathering; her go-to L.A. spots; and Hanukkah rituals.
Daniel Like, a junior at USC, participated in Onward Israel Los Angeles last summer with 35 other L.A.-based students. He shares his experience interning at the Marshal Blindness Center and living in Israel.
The Rautenberg New Leaders Project is a premier program of The Jewish Federation that has trained emerging Jewish civic leaders in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. Marisa Glucoft, current NLP participant, shares her experience in the program and about participating in a recent panel about housing in L.A.
Powered by NuRoots, the Federation’s innovative grassroots initiative engaging young adults, Infinite Light 2018 is the fourth annual citywide celebration of Hanukkah miracles. Envisioned, designed, and curated by a blend of local organizations and community members, Infinite Light’s lineup of gatherings highlights the unique energy of the holiday and reflects Los Angeles’ wildly diverse young adult community. NuRoots community members Miriam Wiener and Ethan Lipsitz opened up to us about their Infinite Light Vocal Cleanse experience in The Outernet, go-to L.A. spots, and Hanukkah traditions and rituals.