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Two Los Angeles leaders, Federation Chief Program Officer Becky Sobelman-Stern and Federation Board Member Daniel Gryczman, traveled from the Ethiopian cities of Addis Ababa and Gondar to Israel to witness the reunification of 3,000 Ethiopian Jews with family members who previously made aliyah and had already started to be absorbed into Israeli society.
Watch as members of Federation’s Rautenberg New Leaders Project, or NLP, traveled to our state’s capital alongside JPAC (the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California) to advocate on critical issues to the Jewish community.
After two years of virtual Passovers, NuRoots is going back to basics for this year’s Collective Escape.
It’s powerful and important for us to build bridges with non-Jewish communities. This week, as we welcome Passover, our video focuses on working together towards positive change.
Our Federation is deeply committed to our Jewish family in Ukraine and has mobilized to help them. Federation leadership, including President and CEO Rabbi Noah Farkas and General Campaign Chair Lynn Bider, traveled to the Ukrainian border to support the humanitarian effort.
Our President & CEO Rabbi Noah Farkas and General Campaign Chair Lynn Bider joined our partners for a special briefing on their recent journey to Ukraine’s border in Poland. Together they shared firsthand accounts of the heartbreaking and inspiring stories they saw there and how funds we've raised are having a major impact helping refugees.
Even in Los Angeles, it's not difficult to identify with the pain of the Ukrainian people. For Jews, the Russian invasion is all too familiar and at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, fundraising efforts to help refugees have already brought in over $1.5 million.
This week, I focused on how our Federation and our partners care for our entire Jewish community. Across town or around the world, if Jews need help, we are there.
At home and abroad, the Federation cares for those in need and lifts up Jews of all backgrounds and abilities. Check out what I’m up to this week — and take a look inside our partnerships here in L.A.
There are so many people in Southern California with loved ones in the conflict zone. Some, like Anastasia Shostak, have family in both Russia and Ukraine.
Several hours after Odessa awoke to explosions Thursday morning, Avraham Wolff, the city’s chief rabbi, got a call from a nearly 90-year-old Holocaust survivor. The man was so distressed he could barely speak.
Just six days into his new job as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Rabbi Noah Farkas had found some time to make his office his own: Along with 30 still-packed boxes of books, the Plano, Texas, native made room for a Dallas Cowboys mini-helmet, a baseball he caught at a Dodgers game and a rock decorated by one of his kids to read “Abba rocks 2015.”
In the last few years, Jason Dice has been to more than 180 synagogues across Los Angeles. Dice recently scoped out a congregation in Beverly Hills.
After last weekend’s hostage standoff at a synagogue in Texas, local and federal authorities held a news conference Friday morning in Los Angeles to address safety concerns for local synagogues.
The events this past weekend at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas are a sobering reminder that antisemitism continues to plague Jewish communities here in Los Angeles and around the world. I am so incredibly grateful for the vital work of law enforcement officials, first responders, and community organizations who ensured that Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and the other hostages were able to return home safely.
Today I join the more than 130 employees who dedicate themselves to support a kind, protected, and flourishing Jewish community here in Los Angeles and Israel. Since I came on board two months ago, I’ve had nearly 90 individual conversations with staff, leaders, and stakeholders and attended more than 20 events. I’d like to share with you some of what I have learned.
Over 15 months, from spring '22 through summer '23, this highly selective leadership program for passionate Jewish individuals will provide huge opportunities to grow skills through a mix of curated curriculum, hands-on experiential learning, mentorship, high-access professional networking, and an immersive trip to Israel. Participants will graduate with a deep understanding of how to lead systemic change in Jewish L.A. through philanthropy, nonprofit board service, and community partnerships.
NLP provides opportunities and training to elevate the next class of outstanding Jewish civic leaders, empowering participants to hone leadership skills and gain a deep understanding of L.A. Kicking off with a retreat in March '22, NLP continues with an advocacy trip to Sacramento and monthly sessions throughout the year where participants meet and learn from elected, civic, and community leaders and build relationships with peers.
Each year, we select eligible high school seniors to comprise and sustain a talent pool of Jewish young leaders for our community in perpetuity. The Brawerman Fellowship provides an annual $10,000 college scholarship — a total of $40,000 over four years — and participation in a larger program that builds leadership skills and further strengthens Fellows’ connection to Jewish life through retreats, a trip to Israel, and other overseas opportunities.
We stood strong and answered the call and now we are asking you to do the same.