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  • Students connecting with growing B’nai Mitzvah Revolution

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    June 22, 2016 | 11:29 am

    A revolution doesn’t happen overnight — especially when it involves centuries-old rituals.

    But members of the Union for Reform Judaism’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution have spent the last few years trying to bring relatively quick and drastic change to b’nai mitzvah preparation and the...

  • American Jews stay in the game with Israeli sports

    By Batsheva Pomerantz

    March 4, 2016 | 11:21 am

    Forget all the jokes you’ve heard. On Feb. 25, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted a panel of accomplished Jewish athletes to share stories about competing internationally and, in the process, debunk the myth that Jews can’t jump. 

    Just ask 35-year-old Los Angeles...

  • Callers and donors come through on Super Sunday

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2016 | 4:18 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles raised more than $1.3 million in pledges Feb. 21 at its annual phonathon, Super Sunday, surpassing last year’s total by about $100,000, according to Federation spokesman Mitch Hamerman.

    But despite receiving 2,650 distinct commitments...

  • A plan to make Jewish life flourish on Venice Beach

    February 3, 2016 | 11:42 am

    The stretch of boardwalk in front of the Israel Levin Senior Center is fairly unremarkable. Tourists and locals amble by, the air smelling of sea salt and marijuana smoke. Across the pavement, an emaciated dog dozes on a sand bank, its leash looped around an office chair that has...

  • For anniversary, Limmud FSU finds a host on the West Coast

    January 13, 2016 | 11:51 am

    Limmud FSU — a nonprofit that sets up Jewish learning conferences across the former Soviet Union — is coming to the West Coast later this month for the first time to offer a blend of study sessions, live music and worship for the area’s large Russian-speaking community. 


  • The future of Federation takes the stage

    December 9, 2015 | 3:16 pm

    At 33, London-born Ben Winston, the executive producer of “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” is the youngest showrunner in the history of late-night television. 

    He is charming, quick-witted and has ties to One Direction — the full package. But what keeps things running...

  • Chanukah gets hip

    December 4, 2015 | 10:31 am

    On the night of Dec. 6, the group known as NuRoots is kicking off the Chanukah party to end all Chanukah parties: 35-plus events taking place over eight days all over the Los Angeles region, from Venice to downtown to Woodland Hills. 

    And while there will be latkes and candle...

  • Moving and shaking: AFMDA Humanitarian Award, Tour de Summer Camps and more

    By Ryan Torok

    October 29, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    The Beverly Hilton was filled with laughter and emotion on the evening of Oct. 22 as Jerry Seinfeld emceed the American Friends of Magen David Adom’s (AFMDA) Los Angeles Red Star Ball, which drew 1,100 guests and raised $12 million. 

    Those funds will go toward ambulances, medical...

  • Federation: Water under the bridge, or too little, too late?

    By Ryan Torok

    August 12, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    When The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles sent out a call to action last month, officials hoped the result would be vocal, community-wide opposition against the Iran deal. Instead, the message led to an outcry by some against Federation itself for getting involved in the...

  • Eight events, three days, one love: it’s Tu b’Av

    By Tess Cutler

    August 5, 2015 | 3:50 pm

    On the evening of July 30, 25 young professionals ran to the ocean at Dockweiler Beach and howled at the moon.

    With a bonfire serving as their communal light source, they played a riveting game of “Never Have I Ever” while indulging in artisanal s’mores. Rabbi Lori Shapiro,...

  • Educators get a lesson in early childhood development

    June 10, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    Twelve early childhood educators from local Jewish schools hoping to improve child development within the first 36 months of life came together May 27 as part of a pilot project aiming to bridge the gap between research and practice.

    Known as The First 36 Project, the group is...

  • Moving and shaking: Shimon Peres, Father Patrick Desbois and more

    By Ryan Torok

    February 19, 2015 | 12:39 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Feb. 11 King David Society gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel featured Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister. He appeared in conversation with Sharon Nazarian, an adjunct professor for political...

  • Shimon Peres offers a taste of history, positivity

    By Ryan Torok

    February 18, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister, appeared at a gala for top funders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In an onstage conversation with Federation board member Sharon Nazarian, Peres was...

  • Shimon Peres: A taste of history, thoughts on staying positive

    By Ryan Torok

    February 12, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister, appeared at a gala for top funders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In an onstage conversation with Sharon Nazarian, Peres did not talk about...

  • Taking the Super Sunday pledge plunge with Federation

    By Tess Cutler

    February 11, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    One week after the Super Bowl, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was celebrating its own Super Sunday — its major fundraising event of the year where volunteers sit at banquet-style tables and make cold calls to potential donors. 

    I attended with one goal in mind: to...

  • Embracing inclusion at the Federation through interns

    December 3, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    If you happened to give money to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in recent weeks, you may have received a thank-you call from Chaim Yaakov Abbott. Abbott, 28, is an intern at Federation, one of three Angelenos chosen to participate in the Ruderman Family Foundation...

  • Adolescent angst gets a do-over with ReBar program

    November 19, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    If you could change one thing about your bar or bat mitzvah, what would it be, and why? 

    Reboot, the think tank that aims to imagine ways of modernizing and revitalizing Jewish tradition, sought to answer that question Nov. 15 with its newest program, reBar. It partnered with the...

  • Jewish Federation executive, Jonathan Jacoby, moves to New Israel Fund

    By Jared Sichel

    September 3, 2014 | 11:20 am

    After nearly four years as a senior vice president at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jonathan Jacoby — who helped oversee major changes in the organization’s program planning — will rejoin the New Israel Fund (NIF) decades after serving as one of its founding...

  • Will Jews reject Donald Sterling gifts?

    April 29, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    [UPDATE, May 2] David Suissa's conversation with Donald Sterling

    Recent comments attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was banned for life from the league by the NBA's commissioner on April 29, have been denounced as racist by numerous...

  • Super Sunday raises $1.3 million

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    More than 400 volunteers, including 300 phone bankers, helped The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles raise an excess of $1.3 million this month on Super Sunday, the phone-a-thon that marks the beginning of its annual fundraising campaign. 

    That figure represents a dip from...

  • 5 Jews, 5 opinions

    By Jared Sichel

    January 31, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Before any members of the recent TED-style panel at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles spoke even one word, the expectations for what the panelists would accomplish were great. Emcee Andrew Cushnir, Federation’s executive vice president and chief programming officer,...

  • Zimmer Museum expands to Slavin Center

    By Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Where thousands of books, CDs and DVDs used to rest at the former Slavin Family Children’s Library, rows of empty shelves now stand. And in place of a reading circle, one recent Sunday afternoon, there were dozens of children and parents watching a magic show.

    Welcome to the new...

  • L.A. Federation at G.A. offers ideas for attracting young Jews

    November 13, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Leaders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were in Jerusalem this week to take part in The Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (G.A.). In all, the G.A. — which is held in Israel once every five years — attracted more than 3,000 participants...

  • Federation pension fund struggles

    November 6, 2013 | 3:17 pm

    A retirement plan run by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is more than $25 million underfunded, according to financial statements filed in October. The statements say the pension fund, which holds savings for more than 2,000 employees working for eight different...

  • ChangeMaker Challenge: Change for the better

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2013 | 10:50 am

    A new initiative by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles aims to prove that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a big difference. 

    The ChangeMaker Challenge will award small grants to project proposals that demonstrate the greatest potential to make an impact in the...

  • L.A. City Council passes anti-BDS resolution

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 12, 2013 | 11:41 pm

    Los Angeles’s City Council unanimously approved a resolution on June 12 stating that the city would continue awarding city contracts without considering issues related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    The resolution, sponsored by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitchell Englander,...

  • Federation Shabbat initiative gets grand response

    By Ryan Torok

    October 25, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Last year, on a Friday night, Margy Feldman was in her backyard when she heard her next-door neighbors singing “Shalom Aleichem.” 

    “It was unbelievably moving. It felt like Israel,” said Feldman, vice president of development at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. 


  • Zionism and the three-picture deal

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 1, 2012 | 11:31 am

    At the Golden Globe Awards in January, producer Howard Gordon stepped up to the stage to accept the award for Best Television Series — Drama for co-creating the breakout Showtime hit “Homeland.” In a single season, the show has become a sensation, edging the pay-cable channel...

  • Report: Jewish startup sector resilient

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 14, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    Although Jewish startup organizations may themselves be small, a new report presented at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on June 6 says that the Jewish startup sector attracts nearly $200 million in funding every year and, as a whole, is strong and growing.