February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). 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 serves individuals living with special needs.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ major overseas partner, the Israeli nonprofit Unistream, has helped thousands of teenagers living on the socioeconomic fringes of Israeli society reach their potential as young innovators and entrepreneurs.
Our Federation is committed to the well-being of our community in times of crisis, including reaching out to offer our assistance to individuals and Jewish institutions affected by the devastating wildfires throughout our area. In that spirit, I want to thank you again for your generous donation to The Jewish Federation in support of the victims of the hurricanes this fall and provide you with an update on the work we have done, and continue to do, because of your timely act of compassion.
Many synagogues, Jewish institutions, and members of our community have been directly impacted by the recent fires in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
The wildfires present special health hazards to humans and pets – especially children, the elderly, and those with chronic respiratory problems such as emphysema, asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and others.
As November draws to a close and we enter the final month of the year, the twinkle of Hanukkah candles, the thrill of a spinning dreidel, and the taste of chocolate gelt are just around the corner.
For The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and for hundreds of young adults across the city, this time of year also signifies the launch of Infinite Light, our citywide celebration of miracles.
Earlier this year, in partnership with the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, the Federation launched the Y&S Nazarian Iranian Young Leadership Initiative to engage more Persian Jewish young adults in the work of the Federation and the greater Jewish community.
After Hurricane Harvey decimated Houston, 300,000 people were left without food, water or power. The city will be cleaning up the devastation and dealing with millions of dollars in property damage for many years to come.
This latest edition features stories on how our Federation addresses challenges and opportunities in our mission to touch every Jewish life in L.A., in Israel, and around the world.
Our Federation has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of compassion by our Los Angeles Jewish community for the victims of the Hurricane Harvey. To date, we have received significant funds and we will continue to raise more funds for relief, recovery and clean-up efforts.
The entire area that was hit by an unprecedented and catastrophic hurricane is still experiencing heavy rain and flooding. We know the damage will be great, and the entire community needs our help.