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Interning in Tel Aviv with Onward Israel Los Angeles

Nirel Gidanian, a sophomore at UCLA studying biology, participated in Onward Israel Los Angeles and spent 8 weeks of summer 2018 interning at a dental clinic in Tel Aviv. She shares her experience with us.

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Birthright Israel LA Way with Jared Neutel

Jared Neutel traveled to Israel with Birthright Israel LA Way for an unforgettable, life-changing trip. Read about how the experience impacted him.

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Why Leaders of Jewish Teen Initiatives All Went to See Dear Evan Hansen

As educators working to engage teens in meaningful Jewish experiences, all of us in the Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative know the facts surrounding teen angst and concerns about young people’s mental health. We wring our hands over the impact of social media on our teens, providing “connections” yet ultimately often leading to loneliness and self-loathing. We have read countless articles, watched documentaries, and spoken with mental health professionals. We brainstorm with each other about workshop ideas, potential speakers, and ways to frame the conversation through a Jewish lens.

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My Brawerman Experience

Zoe Krut, a Brawerman Fellow and Junior at Roanoke College in Virginia, shares her experience and impact the Fellowship has had on her life.

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Meet Brawerman Fellow Shachar Cohen-Hodos

Shachar Cohen-Hodos, Senior at List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, shares her experience as a Brawerman Fellow, and the impact the Brawerman Fellowship has had on her life.

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Couscous and Community: Reflections on Jewish Morocco

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!

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Graduation Remarks from NLP Alum Noah Berkowitz

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.

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Infinite Light 2018: 10 Days, 20 Neighborhoods, 40 Events

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.

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Getting to Know Infinite Light Co-Creators & Hosts – Meet Tally!

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.