Jewish Journal


December 11, 2008

Walking for the ages; Scholarships for immigrants


Walk Raises Funds for Jewish Home

The eighth annual Wells Fargo Walk of Ages attracted nearly 1,000 participants and raised approximately $500,000 for Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, the largest single-source provider of senior housing in the city.

The walk, held on Sunday, Dec. 7, began and ended at the Jewish Home's Eisenberg Village Campus in Reseda and included participants of all ages. Nearly 50 local businesses showed their support by sponsoring the event.

The Jewish Home is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 2,000 seniors each year. Services include independent-living accommodations, residential care, skilled nursing care, psychiatric care, and Alzheimer's disease and dementia care.

Scholarships for Immigrants

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has announced its 2009 scholarship competition. HIAS-assisted refugees who immigrated to the United States after Jan. 1, 1992 and are high school seniors or have attended an American post-secondary institution for at least one year are eligible to apply. The HIAS scholarship program, which has been in place since 1974, helped more than 100 students last year. This year the scholarship is worth $2,000; applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic excellence, participation in community service and financial need. The application can be found at http://www.hias.org/scholarships and is due on Feb. 24. Those interested may contact Roberta Elliott at (212) 613-1350.

Big Sunday Volunteer Opportunities

Big Sunday -- sponsor of the largest annual citywide community service event in America -- is offering up suggestions on how to help Southern Californians in need this holiday season, without necessarily writing a check.

Big Sunday's annual "Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunity List" includes 60 projects from more than 50 nonprofits going on from now until New Year's Day. Whether it involves sending packages to troops, giving gifts to the homeless or visiting seniors on Chanukah, volunteer opportunities abound.

In addition, Big Sunday has launched a year-round community calendar that features informal gatherings, volunteer opportunities and nonprofit events of interest to the Los Angeles community.

David Levinson started Big Sunday 10 years ago with only 300 volunteers as part of Temple Israel of Hollywood's Mitzvah Day program.

This year's Big Sunday event in the spring attracted approximately 50,000 volunteers from all over the Los Angeles area.

More information about Big Sunday's "Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunity List" and other events is available at http://www.bigsunday.org.

Early Childhood Conference Slots Open

The Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles is now accepting registration for its annual early childhood education conference for teachers, parents, school administrators and researchers involved in the field.

This year the conference's theme is "Valuing Our Children: Imparting Our Values" and will feature workshops, presentations and poster sessions.

Speakers include Lilian G. Katz, professor emeritus of early childhood education at the University of Illinois, who will speak about "Teaching Strategies for Promoting Social Development in Young Children."

Miriam Feinberg of Gratz College will present "Tell Me a Jewish Story: Integrating Jewish Legends into Children's Lives," and Mia Elfenbaum of Red River College will talk about "Nurturing Care and Early Brain Development."

The conference, presented by the Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute, will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills, from 8 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

The cost of the conference is $100, and the deadline to register is Jan. 16.

For more information, call (323) 761-8605 or visit http://www.bjela.org.

Winter Camp for Kids With Special Needs

The Friendship Circle of Los Angeles is giving Jewish children with special needs the opportunity for a midwinter camp break.

A four-day winter camp will feature a variety of activities, including games, sports and special field trips. Dedicated volunteers will be on hand to assist the children throughout the day.

Children ages 5-18 are welcome to register.

The camp will be held from Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 29-31, and Friday, Jan. 2, but will be closed on New Year's Day. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the camp will close at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2.

The cost is $300 a week or $75 a day. Scholarships are available through the Jewish Federation and Ha-Mercaz.

For more information or to register your child, call (310) 277-3252 or e-mail info@fcla.org.

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