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  • ‘LaunchBox’ is Next Big Jewish Idea winner

    By Lauren Bottner

    July 5, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced Batsheva Frankel’s “LaunchBox” as the winner of the Next Big Jewish Idea (NBJI) competition on July 6.  Scott Minkow, Federation Vice President of Partnerships & Innovation, delivered the news to Frankel by removing one of...

  • L.A. Synagogues to Take Part in Federation Israel Trip

    June 8, 2011 | 7:20 am

    There are as many reasons to visit Israel as there are people who make the trip. Some want to establish a deeper connection with an ancient homeland; others are excited to explore a unique modern nation.

    As part of a massive trip this fall that is being coordinated by The Jewish...

  • Can L.A. support an Israel Festival?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 17, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    This year, for the first time in decades, Israel Independence Day came and went without a major public celebration in Los Angeles, and local Jewish leaders are vowing that won’t happen again.

    “We are completely committed to having a communitywide celebration for Israel’s...

  • Top 10 Not-So-Big Jewish Ideas

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 4, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles have chosen their 10 finalists for the Next Big Jewish Idea contest and the competition for $100,000 continues.  Nearly 112,000 votes were cast for more than 300 submissions during the first round of voting.  Read more about it at...

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  • Jewish federations see a slight dip in fundraising

    April 28, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    North American Jewish federations generated nearly $2.5 billion for program needs in 2010, according to their umbrella group.

    The Jewish Federations of North America raised about $925 million last year in its 157 federated and 300 network communities, down from the 2009 campaign...

  • Letters to the Editor: Ashot Egiazaryan, Richard Goldstone and Jay Sanderson

    April 12, 2011 | 8:28 am

    Ethnic Armenian Denies Anti-Semitism Charge

    Peter Zalmayev (“Hiding in Beverly Hills,” March 9) suggests I am a racist bigot. Yet he does not present a shred of evidence to support this inflammatory rhetoric for the simple reason that there is none.

    For the record, I condemn...

  • Letters to the Editor: Jay Sanderson’s first year, David Suissa

    April 5, 2011 | 7:02 pm

    Reflecting on Federation CEO’s First Year

    As the chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, I obviously read with great interest the recent article about Jay Sanderson written by Julie Gruenbaum Fax in the April 1 edition of The Jewish Journal (“Jay Sanderson Pushes...

  • UC Irvine students met with Hamas leader

    March 31, 2011 | 8:36 am

    Students from the University of California, Irvine met with a Hamas leader during a student trip to Israel.

    The Institute for Jewish and Community Research said it learned recently that the university’s branch of the Olive Tree Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian peace organization,...

  • Jay Sanderson pushes for change but some lose heart in the face of his leadership style

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 30, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    “I want everyone to be a LeBron James.”

    It’s early January, and Jay Sanderson is talking in his corner office on the 11th floor of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ headquarters about his first year as president of Federation, explaining the versatility and...

  • Tribefest survey: Many attendees were federation first-timers [VIDEO]

    March 15, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    New data shows that Tribefest met its goal of drawing many federation first-timers to the recent Young Leadership conference in Las Vegas, federation officials said.

    “We’re not only satisfied, we’re thrilled,” said Joe Berkofsky, spokesman for the Jewish Federations of North...

  • TribeFest: Las Vegas 2011 - A VideoJew special report [VIDEO]

    By Jay Firestone

    March 9, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    It’s been a while since this many Jews partied in the desert.  Last time it happened, I believe the earth opened up and swallowed them alive.

    But TribeFest is a little different than golden calf worshipping, aside from the heavy dose of temptation…

    Here’s a VideoJew special report on the convention this past week.

  • Tribefest a hit with young federation donors, but reaching unaffiliated still a challenge [VIDEO]

    March 8, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    “Connect, explore and celebrate” was the tagline for Tribefest 2011 held this week in this desert gambling town.

    Drumming imagery aside, the new name for what was a re-branded annual convention of the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federations of North America...

  • Letters to the Editor: Federation, Egypt, Sonenshein, Soros

    February 23, 2011 | 12:16 pm

    Federation Funding Policy Clarified

    Rob Eshman’s opinion piece “Just Say Yes” (Feb. 18) misrepresented a number of key points.



    1) Our Federation’s Funding Policy on Israel Programming was the result of three months’ deliberation by a diverse group of leaders. It was...

  • Jewish fund calls for grant proposals

    By Ryan Torok

    February 22, 2011 | 6:38 pm

    The Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund of Los Angeles (JVPF), in collaboration with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, is currently seeking grant proposals. Any local, national and Israel-based Jewish nonprofit can submit a request for funds.

    Grant proposals are due by 5...

  • Federation adds service to Super Sunday

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 8, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is asking community members to give time and elbow grease in addition to what’s in their pockets.

    On Super Sunday, Feb. 13, the day traditionally set aside for a volunteer-staffed phone-a-thon to kick off Federation’s annual campaign,...

  • Federations launch $5.5 million campaign for Ethiopian aliyah

    January 24, 2011 | 10:32 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America is launching a $5.5 million fundraising campaign for Ethiopian immigration to Israel.

    The campaign comes at the behest of the Israeli government, which agreed last November to bring up to 7,846 additional Ethiopians to Israel. Like Israel’s...

  • Children’s library in jeopardy

    By Rachel Heller

    December 15, 2010 | 10:21 am

    Dozens of children (and their parents) flocked to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles building on a recent Sunday, drawn to a cheerful corner of the first floor where two performers led a tambourine-studded sing-along about barnyard animals.

    Kids settled onto the carpet or...

  • Foundation gives teachers respect

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 15, 2010 | 10:16 am

    The Milken Family Foundation and BJE (Builders of Jewish Education) awarded four Jewish day school educators $15,000 prizes at their annual Jewish Educator Awards Luncheon last week, a feel-good event that brings out the Jewish community’s top brass and a wide swath of the...

  • Forward’s salary rankings: Men got more money, better raises

    December 13, 2010 | 10:03 am

    The Forward’s second annual survey of 74 major Jewish national organizations found that in the past year, women lost ground in leadership, continued to lag behind men in pay and did not experience the same increases in salary that a majority of the men enjoyed despite these...

  • In the lions’ den: Federation women cap week in the Big Easy

    November 16, 2010 | 10:12 am

    Just down the road from where the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America had concluded a day earlier, more than a thousand of the federation system’s most generous women found a philanthropic sanctuary of their own.

    At the Hilton Hotel here, the International...

  • New Orleans’ Other Lesson

    By Rob Eshman

    November 10, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Except for one unfortunate metaphor, it was a brilliant idea to host the annual meetings of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans.

    Here’s the metaphor: My cab driver from the airport told me how he will often pick up revelers in the French Quarter so drunk they...

  • 10 Tips from Value Investor Howard Marks

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 13, 2010 | 11:22 am

    “Never forget the six-foot-tall man who drowned crossing the stream that was five feet deep on average,” (1) said Howard Marks in an aphorism-filled speech he gave last night. Organized by the Federation’s recently relaunched Finance & Investment Division, 150 men and women...

  • Events Highlight Assembly Speaker’s Jewish Ties

    By Ryan Torok

    March 16, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    Three events last week celebrated the inauguration of John Pérez as the California Assembly’s new speaker while also emphasizing his connection to Judaism. Although he is not Jewish, Pérez, the first openly LGBT person to be elected to one of the state’s most powerful...

  • Jay Sanderson Named New Federation President

    By Rob Eshman

    September 16, 2009 | 5:29 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has named as its next president Jay Sanderson, CEO and executive producer of Jewish Television Network (JTN), a nonprofit producer and distributor of Jewish-themed television programming.

    Sanderson, 52, replaces John Fishel, who served 17...

  • New Fed Prez by Tonight?? **Pre-Shabbat Update**

    By Rob Eshman

    September 10, 2009 | 9:49 pm


    Don’t be alarmed if you see three puffs of smoke coming from the Federation building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. tomorrow.  Our sources say that the committee that will select the next president of the Jewish Federation will meet tonight—either at Fed headquarters or at the home of...

  • Phoenix Rises - Milken JCC Readies for Big Splash

    By Tom Tugend

    March 25, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    The New JCC at Milken in West Hills, which was damaged but not destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, has survived another peril and is looking toward a brighter future and a recovery of lost members.

    Negotiators for the Jewish Community Center at the Bernard Milken Community...

  • Report: Communities Must Do More to Attract Birthright Alums

    March 23, 2009 | 3:29 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—Nearly 160,000 young Jews from North America have taken part in Taglit-Birthright Israel, a 10-day free Israel trip aimed at revving up their Jewish identities.

    Of those no longer in college, only half have attended any Jewish event since their return.

    That’s...

  • L.A. Receives Emergency Grant, Sinai Head Appointed, Composer Wins Soup Contest

    March 18, 2009 | 5:09 am

    L.A. Receives Emergency Grant to Pay for Jewish Education

    Five communities, including Los Angeles, will split an $11 million emergency grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation for day school and Jewish camp tuition assistance over the next two years. The San Francisco-based foundation...

  • L.A.’s Jewish Community Library Likely to Move

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 15, 2009 | 5:23 am

    A coalition of Jewish Community Library supporters say leaders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles have spurned their efforts to create an independent library and to stop a proposed merger with the American Jewish University.

    Since March 2008, leaders of Federation,...

  • LIVE VIDEO - Survival of a Jewish Nonprofit

    By Jay Firestone

    February 19, 2009 | 4:09 am

    On Thursday morning, Feb. 19, JewishJournal.com will broadcast LIVE from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Tune in at 8:30 a.m. to watch “The Lean Years: Strategies for Survival,” a conference dedicated to creating a greater conversation about surviving the economic...

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