G’mar Chatimah Tovah for the Entire Jewish Community – Return to Jewish Values and Unity. As Yom Kippur approaches, let us reflect on the importance of returning to Jewish values that have guided us for generations. In these divisive times, let us remember our shared history and culture, finding common ground and strengthening our community. May we all be inscribed and sealed for a year of health, prosperity, merit, and peace.
Discover how Amanda Marks found her passion for creativity through her involvement with Arts For LA and Serve The Moment. Join Serve The Moment’s immersive experience and connect with like-minded individuals while making a difference in your community. Embrace the opportunity to contribute to something meaningful and be a part of a community that truly matters.
Elianna Bernstein tackles food insecurity in Los Angeles through her involvement with Serve The Moment. As a volunteer at the Pico location of SOVA, she helps pack bags of food for clients in need, addressing food insecurity in the city. Through this experience, she forms connections with fellow volunteers and finds fulfillment in giving people access to nutritious food.
Clara Davidson, founder of Q.T. Wellness, shares their experience as a recipient of the Julie Platt Teen Innovation Grants (TIG). These grants empower teens to explore their passions and turn their ideas into reality. With the support of TIG, Clara plans to develop Q.T. Wellness into a larger organization and break the stigma around self-care. The TIG program offers opportunities for young, creative, Jewish teens to create safe spaces and explore their Jewish roots. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, being a TIG recipient has allowed Clara to aid other teens experiencing social isolation and develop new tools for their health and wellness.
Discover the transformative impact of the Brawerman Fellowship program on recent Georgetown University graduate, Rachel Harris. With a $10,000 annual scholarship, leadership development, and a supportive community, the Fellowship has empowered Rachel to become a confident, perceptive, and community-minded Jewish leader. Learn how the Fellowship fosters growth, connection, and tikkun olam in non-Jewish spaces.
Serve the Moment at Shemesh Farms offers young adults the chance to make an impact while staying true to Jewish values. Participants volunteer virtually and in person, gaining personal and professional growth. Shemesh Farms, part of the Shalom Institute, provides work experience for individuals with mental health issues and disabilities. Support their amazing enterprise and try their products!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles partners with prestigious institutions to bring the nationally recognized Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute-Los Angeles (JECELI-LA) to the city. This program aims to inspire and empower early childhood educators, enhancing Jewish early childhood centers and building lasting relationships within the community. Supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation.
Our Federation’s proactive work promotes the well-being of every citizen in every community. Through the Rautenberg New Leaders Project, we train the next generation of civic and political leaders, informed by Jewish values. Graduates include State Senators Ben Allen and Henry Stern, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin, and former Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein.
Discover the incredible Community Leadership Institute (CLI) training program in Los Angeles, designed for young professionals aged 25-40. This 15-month program offers leadership skills, connections, and a deeper understanding of Jewish non-profit initiatives. Attend monthly meetings and workshops, travel to Israel, and receive one-on-one support from esteemed Jewish leaders. Become a future leader of the Jewish community with CLI.
Apply for the Brawerman Fellowship at UCLA and redefine your Jewish journey as a student. With connections, leadership development, and $40,000 in college scholarships, this program offers incredible opportunities to get involved in the Jewish community and build valuable skills. Don’t miss out on this chance to become a future Jewish leader. Apply now at www.JewishLA.org/Brawerman.
In historic Salem, Massachusetts, I am deeply thankful to be part of a dynamic, passionate, and philanthropic community. Our Federation, supported by our Jewish community, impacts lives around the world. On this Thanksgiving, I express my gratitude for your support in ensuring the Jewish future for generations to come. Thank you.
Join us on October 29th for the 5th annual Tour de Summer Camps, a community-wide cycling and hiking fundraiser that helps send kids to Jewish summer camp. Meet Julia Hubner, a four-time rider who loves the camaraderie and the opportunity to give back to the Federation. Sign up now at tourdesummercamps.org.
Join Rabbi Bill Kaplan and the Camp JCA Shalom team for the 5th annual Tour de Summer Camps on October 29th. Hike 6 miles and help raise funds for scholarships to send children to Jewish summer camp. Experience the magic of Jewish camp and make lifelong connections while supporting a great cause. Sign up at tourdesummercamps.org.
YALA, Young Adults of Los Angeles, offers social, professional, volunteer, and leadership opportunities for Jews in their 20s and 30s. Danit Grill, a YALA Board Member and Community Service Chair, discusses her involvement with the Federation and the impact it has had on her. Join YALA in making a difference through community service and social action.
Interview with Ethiopian Israeli Oshra Friedman: Learn about her experience living in Ethiopia, her Jewish values, and her work with the Rashi Foundation. Discover how she has touched thousands of lives and why she is proud to be Israeli. Find out why she believes in creating programs that benefit the entire Israeli society.
Experience the unique blend of traditional Yemenite tunes and modern beats with A-WA, the Israeli sisters taking the world music scene by storm. Presented by NuRoots, their recent gig in Los Angeles drew in a diverse crowd of young Jews eager to witness their powerhouse performance. Don’t miss their viral hit “Habib Galbi” and be part of their journey before they become global superstars.
Volunteers made a difference at our February Community Service Day. Families, YALA volunteers, and members of our Jewish community came together to give back in various ways, from assisting the elderly and homeless to participating in inclusive activities. Join us for our upcoming Community Service Days and learn more about our program by contacting Alana Schwartz.
Join our Super Sunday Superhero Squad and be a community superhero! Volunteer a few hours of your day on Sunday, February 21st to make calls in support of our Federation’s life-changing work. No special skills required, just bring your dialing finger, cell phone, and giant heart. Sign up now and get a free breakfast or lunch!
PresenTenseLA 2015 Fellows will be unveiling their Jewish lens ventures at PresenTenseLA Launch Night. Edward Pakdaman’s Process Green Giving raises funds for nonprofit organizations through credit card processing services. Marissa Nuckels’ The Homestead is a Jewish Urban Farm and Spirituality Center that promotes sustainable lifestyles rooted in Jewish values. Donna Maher’s You Are Beautiful program empowers teenage girls through self-esteem workshops, addressing issues of body image and self-compassion. These ventures embody the Jewish value of tikkun olam, or repairing the world.
Super Sunday 2015 was a huge success, raising over $1.2 million for our Federation. With a rockin’ band and delicious breakfast, the event was filled with positive energy. We heard inspiring stories about how our Federation’s initiatives are making a difference in our community, and celebrated the dedication of our volunteers and community members.