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  • Q&A with Federation head Jay Sanderson

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    At the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (GA), held this year in National Harbor, Md., Nov. 9-11, thousands of Jewish professional and lay leaders filled a conference center and hotel to listen to famous and powerful Jews, including two Supreme Court...

  • The true value of Birthright Israel

    October 7, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Sitting in a circle in coastal northern Israel, listening to a group of 46 American and Israeli Jews share their coming-out stories — stories of anxiety and relief, shame and pride, heartbreak and celebration — I realized that this trip was going to be different. 

    It was my...

  • Darren Star on Aaron Spelling, his rift with Candace Bushnell and his message for Javier Bardem

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 18, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    For the last year and a half, I've been moderating a salon series with Hollywood creators and executives for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ entertainment division. By and large, the events are geared towards young Federation supporters who work in the entertainment...

  • Moving and Shaking: Inaugural LAPD-Jewish community forum; ADL elects regional board chair

    By Ryan Torok

    June 25, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Operations-Valley Bureau hosted the first-ever Jewish Community Forum on June 18 as part of an ongoing series of dialogues between the department and minority communities.

    More than 100 city...

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  • Sultan’s new Sharia laws prompt Jewish groups to shun Beverly Hills Hotel

    By Jared Sichel

    May 8, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    Some of Southern California’s largest Jewish organizations plan to stay away from the Beverly Hills Hotel, suspending future events at the landmark venue owned by the state-run Brunei Investment Agency.

    Their boycott was spurred by recent Sharia additions to the tiny Muslim...

  • As Netanyahu arrives in L.A. for show premiere, Israeli consulate’s absence is felt

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 9:37 am

    On the morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Los Angeles for the beginning of a three-day trip to California, Israel's Foreign Ministry labor union went on strike to protest its wages, shifting management of Netanyahu’s trip, at the last minute, from the...

  • Birthright the ‘LA way’

    By Julie Bien

    February 12, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    When registration opens Feb. 19, a Birthright trip sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles geared specifically toward entertainment professionals will represent the first time that young adults up to age 29 will be allowed to take part in the free Israel program. ...

  • Who cares for the caretaker?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 16, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Twenty-some years ago, if you gathered a group of Jewish baby-boomer mothers together, it wouldn’t be long before they would be swapping stories of how to help their young children avoid toilet training “accidents,” the best way to get your finicky toddler to consume more healthy...

  • Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    November 11, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    In response to the devastation wreaked on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit land on Nov. 8, killing thousands and obliterating whole towns and villages, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has set up the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.

    The solicitation for...

  • Lorin Fife: Full-time philanthropy

    By Zan Romanoff

    November 6, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    Lorin Fife has essentially had a second career since he retired from his position as senior executive and attorney at the financial services holding company Sun America in 1998, when he was only 45.

    In the years since, he’s served on the boards of various Jewish institutions,...

  • Federation Parent and Me voucher program: As you sow, so shall you reap

    October 23, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Oak Park resident Dina Torgan, who attends a Mommy and Me program at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks with her 9-month-old daughter, is confident that their participation will pay big dividends down the road, laying a strong foundation for a lifetime of Jewish learning.

    “I know...

  • Crisis and opportunity — Reflections on the Pew report

    October 10, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    Full disclosure: I have been thinking about the results of the Pew report for more than a decade. I understand that Pew didn’t release its results until last week, but these statistics and trends have been obvious to some in the Jewish community for a very long time. Four years...

  • Funds needed for Mt. Zion gravesites

    By Jared Sichel

    October 9, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Harry Lenzer’s massive headstone lay flat on his grave, fallen and cracked in three pieces, for who knows how long — maybe years. 

    But as of Oct. 3, Lenzer’s burial site joined the handful of others that have been fixed since June as part of the restoration project at Mount Zion...

  • How to feed the hungry

    By Zan Romanoff

    October 3, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    On the fifth night of Sukkot, a panel gathered in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard headquarters to discuss how to handle hunger both at home and across the country. Rabbi Noah Farkas of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino explained that it was an auspicious...

  • Shutdown may affect Jewish social services

    By Jared Sichel

    October 1, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Congress’ failure to authorize discretionary spending for the new fiscal year won’t only impact about 800,000 federal workers or the Americans looking to visit national parks. It may also affect local Jewish social service organizations that rely in part on federal funding. 

    ...
  • Baking bread as a meetup

    September 3, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    The steamy kitchen was filled with the heady scent of baking bread, while giddy young Jewish professionals stood around in pristine white aprons, drinking from tumblers full of rosy pink pomegranate lemonade. 

    Some seemed at ease among the electric mixers and cutting boards,...

  • New Jew to reopen at former West Hills campus

    By Ryan Torok

    August 7, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    In a way, New Community Jewish High School’s Purim shpiels said it all. For the past several years, students at New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) — founded in 2002 and commonly known as New Jew, for short — would use the opportunity of Purim, when it’s customary to perform...

  • Los Angeles playground will offer fun for everyone

    August 1, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Every day at Friendship Circle Los Angeles is supposed to be fun, but July 21 was full of more smiles than usual during the groundbreaking of My Backyard, a playground for children of all abilities.

    The $255,000 project — much if not all of which planners expect to be completed...

  • Second chances at Beit T’Shuvah’s creative company

    July 24, 2013 | 3:53 pm

    High turnover is typical in the competitive Los Angeles marketing industry, but at BTS Communications, it has little to do with burnout. About 80 percent of interns and staff are hired full time or find work at another creative company after a six- to 12-month stint.

    The other 20...

  • Slavin Library collection dispersal benefits many

    June 6, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    The 10,000 books, games, CDs and DVDs that once lined the walls of the Slavin Children’s Library at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. are on track to once more be made available to the public later this month.

    Four institutions — American Jewish University (AJU), Chabad of Santa Monica, the...

  • $10,000 scholarships awarded to four local grads

    June 6, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    Four local Jewish high school graduates each have each won annual $10,000 college scholarships from the Geri and Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute.

    The fellows are Jason Block of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Chelsea Rapoport of Flintridge Preparatory School in La...

  • Q&A with Natan Sharansky

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 4, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    The Russian-born Israeli Natan Sharansky, 65, a former member of the Knesset and now chair of the Jewish Agency, visited Los Angeles last week, hosted jointly by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills. A refusenik who spent years...

  • Fellows showcase PresenTenseLA projects

    May 29, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    “What if I told you that religious school students were skipping into the classrooms — counting down the days until they come back to school?”

    Those were the words of Johannah Sohn, one of 12 fellows funded by PresenTenseLA who presented their “social entrepreneur” projects to...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2013 | 3:17 pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard. Photo courtesy of Adat Ari El

    The Board of Rabbis of Southern California’s executive committee has elected Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard, senior rabbi of Adat Ari El in Valley Village, as its new president. Bernhard officially began in the...

  • LaunchBox: Federation releases tool kit for Jewish journey

    By Ryan Torok

    December 19, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has released LaunchBox, the winner of its Next Big Jewish Idea contest in 2011, the first in an effort to garner community ideas to strengthen Jewish life. LaunchBox was one of more than 300 submissions to the contest. 

    Federation...

  • Schools amp up safety precautions following Sandy Hook tragedy

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 18, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    When Sarah Shulkind, head of school at Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood, was a child in Winnetka, Ill., a woman walked into the elementary school four blocks from Shulkind’s house and opened fire, killing one student and injuring five, as well as a college student. Shulkind was...

  • Holiday help, Jewish Federation style

    December 12, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to think about others. This year, several events focused on the continuing need to address social issues, especially feeding the hungry and appreciating veterans.

    Imagine a coordinated effort among food distributor executives blanketing...

  • New Fishel Fellowship

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    John Fishel says one of his favorite parts of his 17-year tenure as president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was visiting communities around the world, where he could tap into his background as an anthropologist and social worker to determine how Jews in...

  • Joe Sherwood: Honoring good police work

    By Rachel Heller

    November 20, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    It started with the morning paper. Every day, when Joe Sherwood read the news, he was struck by an imbalance he saw in law-enforcement reporting. 

    “Anytime there was a bad cop, it would be front-page news,” recalled Sherwood, 95. “They never talked about all the good police work...

  • Richard Sandler: A philanthropic life

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 20, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    In 2007, when philanthropist Stanley Gold was asked to become board chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, he knew he would need an effective partner to accomplish the reinvention of Federation he envisioned. 

    Gold met with Richard Sandler, executive vice...

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