Jewish Journal

Webcast: L.A.‘s young Iranian Jews benefit from JVS’s scholarships

by Karmel Melamed

August 8, 2010 | 12:56 pm

The Los Angeles based Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) since 1930 been providing programs and services to various individuals who have been financially struggling. These services include efforts to help countless folks become self-sufficient and even offered scholarships to college students in need who show potential. Last month I attended the JVS’s Scholarship awards night and was surprised to find that a majority of the 100+ scholarship recipients this year were local young Iranian Jews.

JVS’s Scholarship Manager, Cathy Kersh Millstein, spoke with me after the awards night held at Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles about JVS’s need to have more Iranian American Jewish donors for their scholarship program. Even though some financially struggling Iranian Jews in the community benefits from these scholarships, it seems as if those who may be well off have not been exposed to the JVS’s work.

Kersh Millstein discusses the need for more Iranian Jewish donors in this video interview…

In this video interview some of the 2010 Iranian Jewish scholarship recipients discuss the benefits of being awarded a JVS scholarship…


Those individuals looking to become donors to the JVS scholarship program are asked to contact JVS Chief Development Officer,.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information on L.A.’s JVS organization visit: www.jvsla.org/


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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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