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  • New federation CEOs experimenting with funding models

    July 13, 2011 | 5:09 pm

    A generational changing of the guard throughout North America’s largest Jewish charitable network is opening the door to new chief executives increasingly open to experimenting with changes to the century-old funding model favored by local federations.

    In some communities, boards...

  • ‘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...

  • With the over-abundance of Synagogues in O.C., I had to pick this one!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    For months, my family and I have been looking for the perfect Congregation to join.  Its not easy when you have many needs.  I wanted a place where the Rabbi is young and energetic, and has the patience to work with children.  A Rabbi who stays current on all that is happening in the...

  • Letters to the Editor: Anti-semitism, Israel Independence Day, Barack Obama, bin Laden

    June 1, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Different Kind of Anti-Semitism?

    Danielle Berrin did the Jewish community a great service by showing why Lars von Trier should be singled out as the lone exception from a rogue’s gallery of anti-Semites, including Mel Gibson, Oliver Stone, John Galliano and Charlie Sheen (“Not...

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  • Train Rocks the Jews [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    May 26, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Last night at the tail end of a huge Jewish Federation banquet, at least 2/3 of the 1300 guests had left the cavernous Barker Hanger venue, the night was winding down, and it looked like nothing in the world would bring the dwindling crowd back to life.

    Then Federation President Jay...

  • 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...

  • Israeli community launches its own Jewish Federation

    May 17, 2011 | 10:41 am

    A community in central Israel has founded a philanthropic foundation based on the Jewish Federation model.

    The community of Ramat Hasharon will launch its Takdim –The Ramat Hasharon Community Foundation later this month. Takdim is Hebrew for precedent.

    The foundation will be led...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Anonymous donor leaves $1.5 million to Jewish Federation

    January 5, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    The anonymous woman who left $1.5 million to organizations affiliated with the Jewish Federation wasn’t someone leaders of the organization knew — in fact, she was someone few people knew well at all.

    But those who did know her say that the gift, which is to be divided among...

  • Email OCD and other social media overload!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 20, 2010 | 2:26 pm

    The other day, I started to wonder if anyone else has the same obsessive compulsive behavior when it comes to Facebook, cell phones, Blackberry’s, Blueberry’s, ipods, iphones, ipads and God-knows what else…

    For a long time, I resisted getting a more ‘appropriate’ cell...

  • Federation’s GA offering big name but reaching out to young

    November 1, 2010 | 1:10 pm

    The Jewish federation system is set to kick off its annual General Assembly in New Orleans with an eye toward figuring out how to reach those not typically associated with Jewish federations.

    As always, the annual gathering for the network of 157 Jewish federations and 400...

  • Russian Jewish leader urges textbook pulled

    September 20, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    A Russian Jewish leader urged the head of Moscow State University to take steps to drop a history textbook considered by many to be anti-Semitic.

    Alexander Boroda, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, sent a letter Monday to Viktor Sadovnichy urging the...

  • JFNA, JAFI, JDC agree to continue cooperating

    May 20, 2010 | 11:13 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America and its two overseas partners have agreed to continue working together to try to raise more money for overseas needs and to find a better way to split what they raise.

    JFNA, the Jewish Agency and the American Jewish Joint Distribution...

  • Young Philanthropists Host Haiti Fundraiser

    By Melanie Reynard

    March 16, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    Los Angeles residents Alexis Alagem, 25, and Jackie Winnick, 27, pulled together the support of their social networks at a private back lounge of Bar 210/Plush in Beverly Hills the night of March 12, as a fundraiser for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC)...

  • Financial tsunami shakes Jewish Community Foundation

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:26 am

    The stock market had been hammered for more than a year, but the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) was doing relatively well, David Polak, chair of the JCF's investment committee, told the board of directors early this month.

    The JCF's common investment pool, which manages the...

  • Jewish Community Foundation announces $1.6 million in grants to ‘Cutting Edge’ orgs

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 12, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    The largest recipients of the Jewish Community Foundation's (JCF) Cutting Edge Grants, announced this week and totaling $1.6 million, were three programs promoting Jewish identity and connection with Israel through art, music and community leadership; another that prepares children...
  • Judge declares mistrial in Seattle Jewish Federation shooting case

    June 6, 2008 | 11:21 am

    SEATTLE (JTA)—A judge declared a mistrial in the case of the gunman who shot up the offices of this city’s Jewish federation.

    The King County prosecutor vowed to retry Naveed Haq, 32, who claimed he was not guilty by reason of insanity.

    The jury said it could not agree on all but...

  • Rags for richies, LOL

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rags To Righteousness
    Jay Firestone, JewishJournal.com video and fashion maven, covers the sweat-shop free fashion show
    An assortment of sweatshop-free clothing made its way down the runway Sunday night, Nov. 4, at the Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica. Sponsored by IKAR and the...
  • Briefs: New chairman at Jewish Federation, AskMusa reaches out to Muslims

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Federation to Tap Gold as Next Board Chair

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' board was expected to approve on Thursday, Sept. 20, the selection of Stanley P. Gold as its next chair. Gold, the president of Shamrock Holdings and chairman of the board of trustees at USC,...

  • Milken JCC bustling despite pool uncertainty

    By Jane Ulman

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saul H. Jacobs, 73, works up a sweat on one of the fitness center's treadmills (photo below) at the New JCC at Milken. It's something he does three days a week.

    Across the hall, instructor Flo Schulman teaches tap dancing routines to members of Tapmania, a group of 10 women, ages 59...

  • Nice helpers, ADL Achievers and Young Leaders

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    BearY Nice Helpers

    The Help Group's Teddy Bear Picnic lived up to its cuddly moniker on June 12 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel with lots of warm, feel-good moments. More than 450 people attended the 30th annual spring luncheon benefiting children with special needs, which began with a...
  • Craig Prizant, philanthropreneurship and evangelicals

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Prizant

    As a former fundraising professional at the Jewish Federation, I read with interest your story about the firing of Craig Prizant (a gentleman I do not know) ("Federation May Face Lawsuit Over Fundraiser Prizant's Firing," Feb. 27).

    There has been a revolving door of...

  • Super Sunday volunteers hope to ring up big bucks

    By Marc Ballon

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Hamburger's impressive record of having attended nearly every Super Sunday since the megafundraiser's inception in 1979 looked as though it would come to an end four years ago.

    Sporting a broken wrist and a sprained ankle from a slip-and-fall accident at home, the Westwood...

  • Barbara “Bobbi” Asimow, Former Jewish Federation Women’s Campaign Director, 63

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara "Bobbi" Asimow, former Woman's Campaign director for The Jewish Federation died Aug. 22 of cancer at 63.

    Bobbi was born in Brooklyn in 1943 and came to Los Angeles as a teenager, attending Fairfax High School. She received an masters in psychology from San Francisco State...

  • L.A. Visit Excites Shoah Survivors

    By Karin Kloosterman

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    For Israeli Shifra Fyne, 83, this week’s journey to Los Angeles will be her first time leaving Israel in 56 years, and her first trip ever on an airplane.
    Yehuda Goldstein is making the same trip. He hopes to reconnect with John Gordon, an L.A. resident he met last year in...

  • The Nation and The World

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Accessible Ark
    On April 3, B’nai David-Judea synagogue dedicated its newly renovated building, the Rabbi Philip Schroit Sanctuary. Shirley Kotlar and family named the building in honor of Schroit, who died three years ago and was at the helm of the shul for nearly 50 years.
    The...

  • The Shame of Famine Is in Not Ending It

    By H. Eric Schockman

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    This is a unique moment in history, when God has given us the means to dramatically reduce hunger and poverty.

    The pangs of hunger can be

    so painful and physiologically destructive, especially for children. Yet hunger also produces a more intangible pang -- that of stigma and...

  • Federation Faces Underfunded Pension

    By Marc Ballon

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Faced with a pension shortfall of $20 million, the organized Jewish community's largest philanthropy finds itself forced to divert millions of donor dollars to employee retirement benefits, rather than to needed social services.

    To cover the underfunded pension, The Jewish...

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