The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles launches Campus Impact Network to address antisemitism on college campuses. The program aims to support Jewish college students in LA, empower student leaders, promote a positive view of Israel, and strengthen advocacy efforts. Micro-grants will be provided for campus programs. Contact AFGoldberg@JewishLA.org for more information.
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.
Reflections on Our Important Trip to Israel: Discover the crucial role Federations play in connecting Israel to the Diaspora. Amidst protests and political crisis, both sides express their love for Israel and fight for reform. Learn about the evolving Israeli mindset and the growing need for engagement from the global Jewish community. Join us in supporting Israel through education and advocacy.
Join the Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) and make a difference in your community. With a focus on civic engagement and social responsibility, NLP empowers participants to become effective leaders. Learn more at www.YAJewishLA.org/NLP or email NLP@JewishLA.org. Elevate your leadership skills and help address critical challenges in Los Angeles.
February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Our Federation is committed to inclusion and will feature a blog each week written by community members, parents, volunteers, or professionals working with special needs individuals. To kick off JDAIM, we are sharing tips on how to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. Read and share these tips to inspire inclusion.
Apply for the Brawerman Fellowship at UCLA and redefine your Jewish journey as a student. With connections, leadership development, and $40,000 in college scholarships, this program offers incredible opportunities to get involved in the Jewish community and build valuable skills. Don’t miss out on this chance to become a future Jewish leader. Apply now at www.JewishLA.org/Brawerman.
Discover the meaning of inclusion and its importance in society for individuals with special needs. Gain insights from an interview with Cindy Steinschriber, a life coach and advocate for inclusivity. Learn about the Jewish LA Pooled Trust, which provides financial security for children and adults with disabilities. Challenge perceptions and celebrate the unique strengths and contributions of individuals with special needs.
The Federation’s Israel Office, along with Israeli organizations Beit Issie Shapiro and Israel Elwyn, created The National Self-Advocacy Project for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Israel. This program empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to have their voices heard and access their rights. The roundtable discussion highlighted the importance of full inclusion for citizens with disabilities in society.
Creating an inclusive community for people with disabilities is a top priority for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. They believe that all people deserve equal access and opportunities in society. Two recent initiatives, a Self-Advocacy Conference in Jerusalem and a workshop in Los Angeles, highlight the importance of empowering individuals with disabilities and promoting change. By transforming attitudes and removing barriers, inclusive communities can be created year-round.
Thanks to our Federation’s advocacy efforts, the Los Angeles City Council passed a landmark resolution against the anti-Israel BDS movement. This victory ends any future attempts by BDS in Los Angeles. The resolution ensures that the City will make contracting decisions based on the best interests of its residents and businesses, with no consideration for issues related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Contact CommunityEngagement@JewishLA.org for more information.
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Last week, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and other Jewish organizations advocated for legislative issues in Sacramento. They met with high-ranking officials to discuss the future of the state and budget. They also advocated for supporting bills on insurance transparency, maintaining social service funding, and increasing assistance for victims of human trafficking and cyber bullying. Join them next year for JPAC Advocacy Day. For more information, contact Debbie Dyner Harris at DDynerHarris@JewishLA.org.
The Better Together Inclusion Conference brought together professionals and lay leaders from various Jewish organizations to discuss and implement methods of inclusion within their institutions and the community. Keynote speaker, Shelly Christensen, emphasized the importance of meaningful participation and engagement for people with disabilities. Jacob Artson shared his personal experiences and called for a more inclusive Jewish community.
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SEO Excerpt: Join Michelle K. Wolf on her journey of advocating for inclusion and accessibility in the Jewish community for children with special needs. Discover her vision of every synagogue having an Inclusion Committee and religious schools actively recruiting families raising children with disabilities. Learn more about Inclusion Awareness Month, an effort to raise awareness about welcoming all people in the Los Angeles Jewish community.