An Interview with CLI Participant Sarah Frantz

The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 15-month program that trains young professionals how to be effective leaders of the Jewish community. Learn about Sarah Frantz’s amazing experience with CLI and what she has gained along the way.

How We Celebrated Good Deeds Day 2018

On Sunday, April 15th,The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted our 2nd Community Service Day of the year in conjunction with Good Deeds Day. Volunteers of all ages joined to uphold the Jewish commandment of tikkun olam — repair of the world — by participating in six different projects throughout the Los Angeles area.

Finding Love in Israel on our Global Teen Twinning Program

The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program is the largest student delegation program in the Jewish world. Every year, 600 students in 6th-10th grades from 35 schools in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius, Lithuania participate in this transformative program. Learn about the impact of the program on Allie Bloxberg Elbaz’s life and how it led her to find love in Israel!

Collective Escape 2018

Collective Escape is a reimagined Passover, celebrated for the third year at pop-ups throughout L.A. and hosted by NuRoots. An initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, NuRoots mobilizes people in their 20s and 30s to build meaningful community across L.A. inspired by Jewish culture, heritage, and values.

How We Help Jews in Crisis – When They Need it Most

When a member of our community needs help during a crisis, The Jewish Federation wants to do all we can. The Jewish Federation works together with partners to help Jews in need. Learn more about the impact of the Financial Assistance Network (FAN), which was strengthened with a seed gift from the Max Factor Family Foundation (MFFF).

Counting Our Blessings

We are in the time of the Jewish calendar known as the Counting of the Omer, the days between Pesach and Shavuot. During this…
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An Interview with CLI Participant Louis Evans

The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a highly competitive training program for the future leaders of Jewish institutions and non-profit organizations across Los Angeles. An incredible opportunity for young professionals ages 25-40, this 15-month leadership training program provides the tools, knowledge, and connections needed to become an effective leader of the Jewish community. CLI participants attend monthly meetings and workshops, honing their leadership skills, and learning all about Jewish non-profit initiatives in L.A. They travel to Israel with other participants, deepen their connection to the global and local Jewish communities, and cultivate relationships with esteemed leaders of the Jewish community. CLI supports them on their journey to become one of the next great leaders of the Jewish community of L.A.

From LA to Tel Aviv

 Max Levin participated in our Twinning program 10 years ago with De Toledo High School and Tichon Hadash in Tel Aviv. The Twinning program impacted his life in many ways. Today, he is a Junior at Columbia University and will be interning at J.P. Morgan this summer. Read more to learn how Twinning changed his life. Max — todah rabah for your service!

Birthright Israel LA Way: Corey and Chelsea

Birthright Israel LA Way is more than a free trip — it’s finding a sense of community in L.A., Israel, and within yourself. Our LA Way participants know that when they come back from their life-changing trips, the fun, friendships, and connections don’t stop at Ben Gurion! Chelsea and Corey traveled with us on Birthright Israel LA Way a few years ago — and the rest is history! Check out our interview with Chelsea and Corey below!

Inside Jewish Morocco

I initially heard about JDC from one of my Birthright leaders a little over a year ago. When JDC came up again during the Kahn Fellowship I’m part of through the Federation, I decided to do some research on the organization since I had no idea what it was all about. When I learned about the organization’s history and all of the work JDC does for Jews around the world, I knew I wanted to get involved. I chose the Morocco trip because I’ve always been captivated by the culture and wanted to experience a trip that would be completely different from my every day and my recent trip to Israel. Also, my boyfriend Moses is of Moroccan heritage, and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to visit his home country together. He and I thought it would be meaningful to take an educational trip together — especially one that was close to both of our hearts.

Our Exodus Story

More Jews will gather together tonight than on any other night of the year to retell our ancient and increasingly more relevant Exodus story.…
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Learning About Gentrification in L.A. Through NLP

Shira Fine brings a decade of strategic communications experience to her clients at SKDKnickerbocker, where she helped launch the L.A. office. She manages several California public affairs and corporate clients and serves as Chief of Staff. Shira advises top corporations, technology companies, non-profits, and many high-profile individuals. She is a current participant in the Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

Heart to Heart with
Heidi Monkarsh

Heidi Monkarsh recently traveled to Israel on The Jewish Federations of North America’s “Heart to Heart: Empowering, Exhilarating, Extraordinary” mission with National Women’s Philanthropy. Heidi was among the eight women from our Los Angeles community who joined other dedicated women from across the U.S. on an inspiring and emotional tour of the Jewish state. Check out Heidi’s reflections below.

Birthright Israel LA Way

Birthright Israel LA Way is more than a free trip — it’s finding a sense of community in L.A., Israel, and within yourself. Our…
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Thoughts on My Way to Israel

I’m writing to you on my way to Israel, where I’ll meet with our partners and look at how we can make an even greater impact on Israel’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Chailight on our Chai Chair

Inspired by close friends and leaders of our community, Lesley Wolman has been a part of the Federation for many years serving in various Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy roles. Her commitment to Jews in L.A. and around the world as a 2018 Chai Committee Co-Chair is especially inspiring and impactful. Her work is in preparation for our annual Chai/Emerald/Zahav, Ruby and Lion of Judah Luncheon that celebrates women in Los Angeles who have gone above and beyond to support our community and the work of our Federation. 


February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. As part of our Federation’s commitment to inclusion, every week this month we will feature a blog written by either a member of our community, his or her parent, or a volunteer or professional working with one of our partner organizations that serve individuals living with special needs.

NLP Tour of the Union Rescue Mission and Talk with Dr. Raphael Sonenshein of the Pat Brown Institute

Since 1891, The Union Rescue Mission (URM), a private Christian homeless shelter, has brought hope and aid to individuals and families in Los Angeles experiencing homelessness. I recently joined my New Leaders Project (NLP) cohort to visit the URM’s 225,000-square-foot facility in Skid Row for a tour with Mr. Mick Silvers, Volunteer Coordinator.