News & Media

Here are the latest Federation updates— including blogs from our leadership and photos from a host of events, along with press releases and our social media feed.

Featured News

We are thrilled to announce that Governor Newsom has signed a one-time allocation of $23.5 million for Jewish camping. These funds will provide capital outlay…
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Engaging in our Community

Gear Up for Camp Day/Community Service Day

Gear Up for Camp Day 2019 - Group Shot

On Sunday, June 2nd, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held its third Community Service Day of 2019 by continuing the over 20-year tradition of hosting our annual Gear Up for Camp Day. Volunteers, camp staff, and first-time campers and their families trekked to Glendale to enjoy a memorable day at Camp Bob Waldorf.

Our Impact

Onward Israel LA

Onward Israel 2019 - Group Photo

Travel to Israel with other Angelenos to explore your professional interests, build your resume, and experience Israel like a local. Once your internship is over, you’ll come home with valuable new skills and experiences for your resume and some great new L.A. friends.

From the CEO

June Gloom

I have some of my best — and sometimes most challenging — conversations in the grocery store. Last week, a generous supporter of our Federation approached me as I was marveling at the ice creams made from everything but actual milk. She thoughtfully thanked me for my commitment to our Jewish community and asked, “What’s the hardest part of your job?”

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The Impact of our Global Teen Twinning Program

Global Twinning Program - Mayan Benami -2 - Group Photo

The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program (GTTP) is the largest student delegation program in the Jewish world. Every year, 600 students in 6th-10th grades from 30 schools in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program. Mayan Benami, the Global Teen Twinning Coordinator for The Jewish Federation at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, shares his Twinning experience and how the program inspires him every day!

From the CEO

We Send Our Condolences to the Victims of the Horrific Shooting in Poway

Our hearts are heavy after another shooting at a synagogue this past weekend. We stand together with the Jewish community of San Diego and the Chabad of Poway. We mourn the loss of Lori Gilbert-Kaye who was fatally shot trying to save the life of her beloved Rabbi, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, during morning prayers. May her memory be a blessing. We pray for the speedy recovery of those wounded both physically and emotionally.

From the CEO

My Pesach Thoughts

This year, Passover takes on a deeper meaning, which I’m sure will be reflected in the conversations we have around our Seder tables. I’ve often written and spoken about our Federation’s tremendous commitment to building a dynamic, engaging, and open Jewish community for today and for the future. I hope you share my pride in that important work, which is making a profound impact. Today I’m writing to acknowledge the deep concerns we all have about the rise of national and global anti-Semitic acts and hate speech.

From the CEO

We Take Pride in Our Responsibility

I just returned from two very emotional trips. I travelled through India with 200 Jewish philanthropists from 27 communities and experienced the drama of a…
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Federation Events

An Interview with CLI Participant Courtney Brodie

CLI Israel 2018

Courtney Brodie recently participated in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Leadership Institute (CLI) – Real Estate Track. She shares her experience with us! Applications are now open for CLI 2019!

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An Interview with Federation Global Teen Twinning Alumnus Matan Sokolovsky

Matan Sokolovsky participated in The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program as a high school freshman. He shares his experience with us and how the program impacted his life!

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National Young Leadership Cabinet in Birmingham, Alabama

National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC) traveled to Birmingham, Alabama for the Civil Rights Mission with 85 Cabinet members representing 27 Federations. Read about the important and impactful experience and contact ABiener@JewishLA.org to get involved — applications for NYLC are now open!

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An Interview with CLI Participant Elham Makabi

Elham Makabi recently participated in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Leadership Institute (CLI). She shares her experience with us! Applications are now…
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An Interview with CLI Participant Shirley Pakdaman

Shirley Pakdaman recently participated in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Leadership Institute (CLI) and shares her experience with us! Applications are NOW OPEN — apply today!

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An Interview with CLI Participant Ben Feingold

Ben Feingold recently participated in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Leadership Institute (CLI) – Real Estate Track. He shares his experience with us!

From the CEO

Listening and Learning

As we get ready for Shabbat, I am preparing to join nine leaders of our community and 190 Jewish leaders from across North America on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India. You are probably asking, “Why India? And why travel with so many people?” Throughout our history, Jews have lived almost everywhere in the world — from Kiev to Buenos Aires, Paris, Havana, and beyond. As such, wherever I am traveling, I’m always learning about our story and seeing firsthand the challenges that Jews (even in the smallest and most remote areas) face.

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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!

From the CEO

Update on Our Wildfire Relief Efforts

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.

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Brawerman & Onward Intersect – Meet Eric Berger

Eric Berger, a Brawerman Fellow, traveled to Israel this past summer on Onward Israel and shared his summer 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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My Experience on Onward Israel

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.

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Meet Miriam & Ethan of
Infinite Light Vocal Cleanse Experience 2018

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.

From the CEO

The Miracle of Light &
The Power of Community

As we celebrate the miracle of light with friends and family this week, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the recent events that have impacted our community, far and wide.

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The Power of Stories and the 2018 Joint Teachers’ Seminar

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 30 schools in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program. Tamar Raff, Director of Judaic Studies at Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School, shares her experience from the 16th Joint Teachers Seminar in Greece and Bulgaria.

From the CEO

Coming Together as a Community

Our Federation is deeply committed to the safety, security, vibrancy, and strength of Jewish Los Angeles. While the past few weeks have tested us —…
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From the CEO

Social Services for Those Impacted by the Wildfires

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is deeply committed to ensuring the safety, care, and well-being of our community and to supporting those who…
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From the CEO

From Our Leadership

The local wildfires have destroyed or damaged many of our beloved Jewish institutions. Impacted organizations include Camp JCA Shalom, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps (Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp), and Ilan Ramon Day School — and sadly, the danger is not over.

From the CEO

We Are Here For You

It’s been a tough few days. Unfortunately, I am writing to you amidst another crisis affecting our community. As you know, wildfires are raging across Los Angeles in the West San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. At this moment, numerous neighborhoods are under mandatory evacuation.

Tour de Summer Camps raises money to provide scholarships to send kids to Jewish summer camp, helping them build lifelong connections to Jewish identity and values. $7 million has been raised over six years, with the last accounting for $1.23 million.

From the CEO

Fight Hate with Love — Stand in Solidarity and Donate

Days have passed, and we are still reeling from the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This horrific attack has broken our hearts, and we must come together to heal with love, compassion, and community.

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The Impact of the Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program Through the Eyes of a Coordinator in the South Bay

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 30 schools in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program. Sabrina Brotons, Global Teen Twinning Coordinator and Assistant Director of Experiential Education at Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay in California shares her experiences from the 16th Joint Teachers Seminar in Greece and Bulgaria.

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The Transformative Power of Adversity in Leadership

The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 15-month program that trains young professionals to be effective leaders of the Jewish community. Learn about Jordan Davidovitz’s experience with CLI on the program’s 10-day group trip to Israel.

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An Experience in the Heartland with CLI

The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 15-month program that trains young professionals to be effective leaders of the Jewish community. Learn about Alisa Kasimova’s amazing experience with CLI on the program’s 10-day group trip to Israel.

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Twinning from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles and Beyond

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 30 schools in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program. Global Teen Twinning Coordinator Anat Margalit shares her experience from the 16th Joint Teachers Seminar in Greece and Bulgaria.

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You Are What You Eat: A Rosh Hashanah Seder

The reviving blasts of the shofar are upon us to remind us to wake up. Growing up as an Iranian-American Jew, I’ve been lucky enough…
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An Interview with Evan Lindenmayer

Evan Lindenmayer joined The Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Committee in January 2018 and first became involved through one of NuRoots’ quarterly newcomers’ brunches.

From the CEO

The Future is Now

Our Federation strives to ensure a strong, vibrant, and dynamic Jewish future in Los Angeles, Israel and around the world. Because our young adults are the foundation of that future, we create exciting, meaningful, and compelling programs for them today so that they will be active and engaged members of our community tomorrow. I’m happy to share a few examples of this important work.

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Reflections of a Global Teen Twinning Program Coordinator

Rachel Kaufman Blog, overhead group photo

Rachel Kaufman is The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program (GTTP) Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Los Angeles Hebrew High School. GTTP is the largest student delegation program in the Jewish world. Every year, hundreds of students in 8th-11th grades from 21 schools in Los Angeles; Tel Aviv; and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program.

Latest Press Releases

Community members, elected officials and over 50 organizations throughout Los Angeles joined together for a special ceremony to honor the memories of the victims and…
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Los Angeles, CA, November 8, 2018 —  The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles aired its 50th episode of Jay’s 4 Questions podcast featuring James…
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LOS ANGELES, CA – On Sunday, October 28th, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted its 6th annual Tour de Summer Camps, the community-wide…
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