The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles partners with JPAC for Capitol Summit, bringing together Jewish community members and allies to advocate for community priorities. The event empowers leaders to engage with lawmakers, practice lobbying, and amplify the voice of California’s Jewish community. The Summit addresses critical issues and includes representatives from six civic partner organizations. Contact Rachel Wallace for involvement opportunities.
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Fighting Antisemitism and Hate in Los Angeles – Since the recent rise in antisemitic incidents, our Federation is dedicated to combating hate and protecting the Jewish community in Los Angeles. We condemn the offensive comments made by Kanye West and urge social media platforms to take action. We also address the placement of antisemitic stickers on billboards and condemn the racist remarks by City Councilmembers. Join us in solidarity at the upcoming Mayoral Forum to discuss important issues impacting our community.
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Rachel Rumstein serves Repair the World’s Service Corps, gaining valuable experience as a volunteer and building meaningful relationships. She has supported organizations like the Met Council and Legal Hand, and currently serves with Arts for LA, advocating for access to the arts and securing funding. Rachel is proud to be part of Repair’s community and grateful for their support.
Discover how Amanda Marks found her passion for creativity through her involvement with Arts For LA and Serve The Moment. Join Serve The Moment’s immersive experience and connect with like-minded individuals while making a difference in your community. Embrace the opportunity to contribute to something meaningful and be a part of a community that truly matters.
Elianna Bernstein tackles food insecurity in Los Angeles through her involvement with Serve The Moment. As a volunteer at the Pico location of SOVA, she helps pack bags of food for clients in need, addressing food insecurity in the city. Through this experience, she forms connections with fellow volunteers and finds fulfillment in giving people access to nutritious food.
Serve the Moment gives Jessie Duke the opportunity to be of service in her community while connecting to the land and her own roots at Shemesh Farms. Volunteering at Shemesh Farms has been fulfilling and nourishing for Jessie’s spirit, while also providing a supportive community of peers. This immersive experience aligns with Jessie’s values of social justice and inspires her to engage more with her community.
Avery Salin & Gisella Farkas, recipients of The Julie Platt Teen Innovation Grants, are tackling youth mental health stigma with their project, Youth Mental Health Awareness (YMHA). YMHA provides wellness kits and resources to youth aged 11-14, sparking conversations about mental health and integrating wellness habits into their lives. The TIG community has provided invaluable support and resources, allowing Avery and Gisella to turn their idea into reality. They have learned the importance of planning, organization, and communication, which they will apply to future endeavors. The Julie Platt Teen Innovation Grants offer an incredible opportunity for teens with ideas, providing funds, support, and mentorship. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, being a TIG recipient has allowed Avery and Gisella to address the mental health issues facing the younger generation and provide guidance through their project.
Meet Joshua Zommick, a Brawerman Fellow and recent UCLA graduate with a major in Material Science Engineering. Discover how the Brawerman Fellowship has empowered him to become a leader in the Jewish community, providing him with invaluable tools and opportunities. Hear about his experiences in Israel and the impactful community outreach activities he participated in.
The Federation’s Y&S Nazarian Initiative has partnered with The Braid to showcase the voices of the Iranian Jewish community through theater. Their continued partnership has inspired the new show, Persian Sunrise, American Sunset, featuring second-generation Iranian Americans. Ora Yashar, the producer, discusses the power of storytelling and the challenges faced during the pandemic. This show aims to amplify the voices of the Iranian community and promote empathy and understanding. The partnership with The Jewish Federation has been instrumental in bringing this show to life.
Join our volunteer and service-learning fellowship to make a difference in L.A. and combat social injustices. Engage in critical racial justice work, tackle food insecurity, and strengthen our education system. Volunteer with local nonprofits virtually or safely in person while learning about social inequities. Applications for our summer cohort are open now!
Yosef Nemanpour, an intern with the Federation’s Nazarian Initiative, shares his experiences and hopes for the Iranian Jewish community in L.A. The Nazarian Initiative aims to engage Persian Jews in their 20s and 30s as leaders in the Jewish community. Yosef emphasizes the importance of teamwork and small touchpoints in making a difference. He hopes for a more inclusive Jewish community in the future.
Discover how the Jewish Federation provided crucial relief during the 2020 pandemic. Through innovative measures and unwavering commitment, our Federation, alongside valued partners, protected and supported the Jewish community in unprecedented ways. With your vital support, we can continue our tireless efforts. Donate today and make a lasting impact.
Serve the Moment at Shemesh Farms offers young adults the chance to make an impact while staying true to Jewish values. Participants volunteer virtually and in person, gaining personal and professional growth. Shemesh Farms, part of the Shalom Institute, provides work experience for individuals with mental health issues and disabilities. Support their amazing enterprise and try their products!
Rojean Kashanchi shares her Jewish journey and involvement with The Jewish Federation, from serving on the YALA board to participating in the Rautenberg New Leaders Project. Join her as she moderates a discussion on Black health disparities in L.A. on October 28th. Learn how the L.A. Jewish community can bridge different communities and make a difference in the world.
Experience the powerful and timeless tradition of the Shofar Wave, as the Greater Los Angeles Jewish community comes together to welcome the New Year. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, synagogues across the city joined forces to create a remarkable display of unity and hope. Join us in celebrating 5781 and the strength of Jewish L.A.
Daniella Kahen interviews her grandfather Mehdi Bobof for NuRoots’ Roots Radio, sharing his incredible journey from Iran to Israel to Los Angeles. Discover the importance of perseverance and hard work, as Mehdi’s story teaches us valuable lessons in navigating life’s challenges. Join NuRoots’ community-sourced podcast to hear more inspiring stories like Mehdi’s.
Join Serve the Moment and make an impact during these unprecedented times. Our LA Summer cohort has concluded, but future cohorts are coming soon. Contact Chelsea at CSnyder@JewishLA.org for more info and apply now! #ServeTheMoment #VolunteerOpportunity #YoungAdults #JewishCommunity #LA
Gracie Evans, a recipient of the Julie Beren Platt Teen Innovation Grant, creates meaningful connections between teens and Holocaust survivors through intergenerational events. With the support of the grant, she held three successful events at the Museum of Tolerance, incorporating dance performances, concerts, and food. Grateful for the funding and resources, Gracie plans to continue organizing events for Holocaust survivors. Learn more about the grant program and how to get involved.
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