Every year, our Federation selects an outstanding young male lay leader for the Ratner Leadership Award (named for Julius M. Ratner) and a young female leader for the Young Women’s Leadership Award, both of whom have exhibited exemplary leadership and philanthropy in the Los Angeles Jewish community and specifically within The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. We interviewed Aaron Kogan, the 2017 recipient of the Ratner Leadership Award.
Faces of Federation
The Jewish Federation’s Changemaker Challenge searches for projects that will make a positive difference and address some of L.A.’s greatest challenges. Last year’s winners share their thoughts on the program and offer advice for those considering applying for ChangeMaker 2018-2019.
Lia Mandelbaum is the Director of Programming and Engagement at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. She has been a blogger for the Jewish Journal and has also been published in the Jewish Daily Forward; GrokNation; Interfaith Observer; Jewels of Elul, Charter for Compassion; National Association of Social Workers; Boyle Heights Beat; and The Shift Network. She has participated in the NewGround Fellowship and Jeremiah Fellowship with Bend the Arc and is a current participant in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP). She shares with us her experience in the NLP program thus far.
The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program is the largest student delegation program in the Jewish world. Jake Schochet attended Maimonides Academy and participated in the Global Teen Twinning Program in March 2013 when he was in 6th grade. He traveled to Israel and had the time of his life! Read more about his experience.
Daniel Halden is an Angeleno dedicated to serving Los Angeles in various capacities. He currently works for the City of Los Angeles as the Hollywood field deputy for City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District. He is a current participant in the Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP), and shares his recent experience with NLP at JPAC Advocacy Day in Sacramento.
Jonathan Elist, native Angeleno, shares his passion for the community and what inspired him to get involved with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He participated in the Rautenberg New Leaders Project and is now a co-chair of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation Iranian Young Leadership Inactive and a member of LA Couples with his wife Shirin. Check out his interview to learn more!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted the BAR Center at the Beach Groundbreaking Celebration in Venice Beach on June 11th. Formerly known as the Israel Levin Center, the BAR Center at the Beach will be the most compelling and innovative intergenerational destination for Jewish life in Los Angeles.
The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 15-month program that trains young professionals how to be effective leaders of the Jewish community. Learn about Sarah Frantz’s amazing experience with CLI and what she has gained along the way.
On Sunday, April 15th,The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted our 2nd Community Service Day of the year in conjunction with Good Deeds Day. Volunteers of all ages joined to uphold the Jewish commandment of tikkun olam — repair of the world — by participating in six different projects throughout the Los Angeles area.
The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program is the largest student delegation program in the Jewish world. Every year, 600 students in 6th-10th grades from 35 schools in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program. Learn about the impact of the program on Allie Bloxberg Elbaz’s life and how it led her to find love in Israel!