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  • A shandah at Mount Zion

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    May 15, 2013 | 11:39 am

    After the Los Angeles Times recently published a piece by Hector Becerra on the deplorable conditions of the Mount Zion Cemetery in East Los Angeles (the subject of a Jewish Journal investigation in the May 10, 2013, issue, as well), I joined with others in the Jewish community to...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    March 29, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    Los Angeles City Hall held its first-ever Passover celebration, which was organized by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The March 19 festivities took place on the City Hall forecourt, adjacent to the Spring Street steps....

  • Local Birthright offerings feature niche trips

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Registration began this week for Taglit-Birthright Israel, the program offering free 10-day trips to Israel for Jews ages 18-26 that was created to connect young people to their heritage. This year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is co-sponsoring a variety of...

  • Israeli economics 101

    January 23, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Ofek Lavian has two passions: business and Israel, his native land.

    What he felt that he was missing when he went to college at the University of Southern California was an opportunity to learn about his home country while interacting with people who shared his same interests in...

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  • Federation re-evaluating Board of Rabbis

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 2, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    When Rabbi Mark Diamond was honored for his 12 years of service to the Board of Rabbis of Southern California during a farewell lunch a few weeks ago, colleagues from synagogues from across the city and spanning denominations hugged and chatted, catching up on everything, both...

  • A focus on special needs

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 15, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    Eliza Wilson’s holy moment in Israel didn’t come at the Western Wall. Sure, the 21-year-old with autism was honored and moved to place a note in the Wall on behalf of the 40 people traveling with her on a mission to learn about Israel’s programs for adults with special needs.

    But...

  • As candidates spar over Israel, Jewish L.A. watches on

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 23, 2012 | 12:41 am

    By the third or fourth time Mitt Romney called the Iranian nuclear threat “the greatest national security threat we face,” a good number of the few dozen youngish Jews who had gathered at Federation headquarters to watch Monday evening’s Presidential debate appeared to have stopped...

  • Federations’ Lions of Judah pledge $27 million at conference

    September 13, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Female donors raised $27 million for Jewish federation causes at the biennial Lions of Judah conference.

    The Lions, a federation sisterhood of sorts for female donors who give at least $5,000 per year to their federations, pledged the money Wednesday at the close of their...

  • Israel Action Network reaches out to 5,000 rabbis

    September 12, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    The Israel Action Network is reaching out to 5,000 rabbis during the High Holy Days season as part of an ongoing campaign to counter the de-legitimization of Israel.

    The network, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the Jewish Council of Public...

  • Who knows who L.A.'s Jews are?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 25, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Susan Goldberg, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, grew up in nearby Echo Park.

    “There were no Jewish families around when I was growing up,” Goldberg, 38, said. Now that these neighborhoods are being gentrified, and a young, creative crowd is moving...

  • After barring anti-Islam activist,  Federation reconsiders events policy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 5, 2012 | 11:44 am

    In the aftermath of its June 24 decision to bar conservative blogger and anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller from delivering a speech at its Wilshire Boulevard headquarters, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is crafting a new policy for non-Federation-sponsored events at the...

  • Former S.F. federation head Brian Lurie becomes NIF chief

    July 2, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Rabbi Brian Lurie, the former CEO of the San Francisco-area Jewish federation, has become president of the New Israel Fund.

    Lurie succeeds Naomi Chazan as head of NIF, a nonprofit that funds liberal Israeli groups as well as a few Israeli Arab organizations.

    Chazan, a former...

  • Letters to the Editor: Young Jewish hipsters, struggling with God

    June 6, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Keeping the Community Young and Vibrant

    We applaud The Jewish Journal and Julie Gruenbaum Fax for the wonderful cover story “Fueling the jFed Generation” (June 1). We commend The Jewish Federation and its leadership for their tireless efforts to engage young adults in Jewish...

  • JDC CEO Steven Schwager stepping down

    May 11, 2012 | 10:38 am

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s CEO is stepping down.

    The JDC announced Friday that Steven Schwager would step down as CEO at the end of June and will retire from the organization in January 2013.

    Schwager has served as CEO since 2002 and has been with the...

  • Biggest federation trip to Israel in years brings more than 700 from Miami

    April 26, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    From afar it appeared to be a luminescent snake, twinkling in the dusk that was just beginning to cloak the desert mountains framing the Dead Sea.

    Upon closer inspection it turned out to be hundreds of Jews from South Florida bearing glow sticks making their way down Masada’s...

  • $20 million gift to L.A. Federation is its largest ever

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 18, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has received its largest gift ever — a $20 million bequest from Geri Brawerman to create a scholarship and fellowship program for needy Jewish college students from Los Angeles. Brawerman is a Westwood resident who, along with her late...

  • Security group asks U.S. Jewish groups to be on alert

    March 19, 2012 | 10:38 am

    The security arm of the U.S. Jewish federations asked Jewish officials to remain vigilant in the wake of a deadly attack on a French Jewish school, citing the possibility of copycat attacks.

    “While this event initially appears to be localized, we are always concerned about the...

  • Louisville federation launches fundraising drive for tornado victims

    March 6, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Louisville has opened a fund to help victims of tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest.

    Federation officials said they were eager to help donors who wanted to help those affected by the storms, which claimed dozens of lives and cut a path of destruction...

  • Hundreds of volunteers help Federation kick off ‘Super Week’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 15, 2012 | 5:38 pm

    On Feb. 12, more than 700 volunteers convened at sites from Manhattan Beach to the Conejo Valley for a day of community service projects and fundraising to support The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    But unlike last year, when at the close of Super Sunday, Federation knew...

  • Milken JCC to close in June

    By JewishJournal

    February 3, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    The JCC at Milken in West Hills announced this week that it will shut its doors permanently as of June 30. The 42-year-old center will also close its Early Childhood Center, which has 80 preschoolers, on June 15.

    In a Feb. 1 e-mail, Milken JCC chair Steven V. Rheuban announced that...

  • Israeli parody of Taglit-Birthright Trips [VIDEO]

    February 1, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    This season of “Eretz Nehederet,” Israel’s version of “Saturday Night Live,” features a running parody of a Birthright trip to Israel that mocks American Jews for their enthusiasm and naivite (and obesity and JAPpiness, of course) and Israelis for their gold-digging and trigger fingers. Chuckle along:

  • Opinion: Time to write a check to Federation

    November 9, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    The period from the end of the Jewish holidays (i.e. now) till the end of December (the end of the tax year) is peak season for non-profits raising money. That’s no less true for Hazon than anyone else: we’re doing important work on a relatively shoe-string budget, and we need...

  • New York’s UJA-Federation sets event fundraising record

    November 9, 2011 | 1:39 pm

    A record $44 million was pledged at the inaugural event of UJA-Federation of New York’s 2012 annual campaign.

    “In a time of great economic uncertainty, such loyalty and generosity is astonishing and inspiring,” Jerry Levin, president of UJA-Federation, said at Monday’s launch...

  • Federation’s Sanderson one of few L.A. Jews on Forward 50 List

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 9, 2011 | 11:56 am

    Jay Sanderson, president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, made it onto this year’s The Forward 50, an annual list of sometimes unexpected people who the judges believe most helped shape the past Jewish year. The list represents “a snapshot in time, an...

  • L.A. Jews connect in Israel

    November 2, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    JERUSALEM — Of the 400 Jewish community members who traveled to Israel on a week-long trip in late October to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, many had already visited the country dozens of times, although some had never set foot on...

  • The stones of our faith

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 27, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    I’m the dry-eyed one in the family.  I’m the one who gives the eulogies at funerals because I can get through them without breaking down, the one who doesn’t need tissues to watch “Beaches” or “Terms of Endearment”.  I come from a family who buys stock in Kleenex, going...

  • Netanyahu cancels GA appearance

    October 24, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to address the Jewish federations’ annual General Assembly.

    “The Prime Minister hoped to go to the GA, but unfortunately he will have to be in Israel during that week,” the Jewish Federations of North America said in a...

  • San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys Federation launches cultural arts program

    October 12, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    Synagogues and Jewish community centers are among the traditional paths to connect with the Jewish community. But The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys is taking a different approach to outreach to local Jews with the launch of its new Cultural Arts...

  • Federation centennial spawns 100 home Shabbats

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 31, 2011 | 10:23 am

    As part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ yearlong centennial anniversary, 100 community members were asked to host a Shabbat dinner for a Night of 100 Shabbat Celebrations. To date, 550 hosts have registered with Federation to participate in the Sept. 9 event; they...

  • Is Tel Aviv/L.A. partnership still working?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    August 2, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    It’s one of those visions that becomes so natural in its realization it’s easy to forget just how cutting-edge it once was.

    In 1995, leaders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles sought to establish a connection with a community in Israel that would be based on...

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