The Heartbeat of Jewish L.A. | Repairing Jewish L.A. In A Way Only We Can

The Heartbeat of Jewish L.A. | Repairing Jewish L.A. In A Way Only We Can

The Heartbeat of Jewish L.A. | Repairing Jewish L.A. In A Way Only We Can


  • Repairing Jewish L.A. in a Way Only We Can

    Our Federation, as the heartbeat of Jewish L.A., is here while COVID-19 remains a threat to our daily lives and the future of our Jewish community. We are excited to announce $6.2 million toward new programs and amplified partnerships to meet the increased need for food, social services, and meaningful Jewish engagement. We developed this COVID-19 Response Plan based on extensive conversations with our partners and our community. We are proud to play an essential part in rebuilding our beloved Jewish Los Angeles.

  • Ezra Network Wraparound Services

    The Federation’s Ezra Network provides wraparound social services to those in need in our Jewish community, including government benefits applications, short-term counseling, legal services, job search readiness training, and screening for financial assistance via Federation’s Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network. By calling Federation’s Community Call Line at (323) 761-8305, any Jewish community member in need will be connected to the Ezra Network to begin to navigate these FREE services. Learn more here.

  • Community Call Line

    If you or someone you know needs access to social services including financial assistance, please contact The Jewish Federation’s Community Call Line at (323) 761-8305. The Jewish Federation has increased its funding and support of the Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network. This assistance will help Jews whose income has been reduced, hours have been eliminated, or businesses are suffering.

  • No Guarantors Required for Interest-Free Loans

    To cover expenses related to COVID-19, help with free, no-interest loans is one click away. A loan fund has been established to help Jews in need. Additionally, through a new $1 Million COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, the Jewish Free Loan Association will offer a total of one thousand individual loans (no guarantor required) to local community members in need.

  • Food for Those in Need

    Jewish Family Service (JFS) SOVA Community Food & Resource Program is now providing prepackaged bags of food to help minimize the risk to both clients and volunteers. The JFS senior nutrition program is now providing all food via delivery. To receive these services, please call JFS Central Access at (877) 275-4537.

  • Teen Talk

    Do you know a teen who could use peer support to vent, share, or just talk? Tell them about Teen Talk! Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles created the Teen Talk mobile app to provide social and emotional support to teens. Now more than ever, we see Teen Talk as a critical lifeline for teens in Los Angeles and around the world. Read more about the Teen Talk app.

  • Builders of Jewish Education’s (BJE) JKidLA

    BJE’s JKidLA is a longtime partner of Federation and provides an online guide for parents on many diverse opportunities for their children ― both during this COVID-19 summer and beyond. We know these are trying times and want to help you get through it. You’ll find many resources for families, virtual Shabbat programs, online activities, and holiday fun!

  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) Resources Around Racial Justice

    JCPA has compiled racial justice and equity resources across a variety of media — from curricula to podcasts — intended to help educate communities.

  • JFNA Resources Around Racial Justice

    Bigotry takes many forms. As Jews, we have experienced it for centuries and need to better understand the racial struggles across America, which starts by listening and learning. JFNA has launched this resource list of articles, books, movies, and recordings to help.

  • Jewish Communal Organizations: Purchase the Personal Protective Equipment You Need for Reopening!

    In partnership with JFNA’s Jewish Together and available to all Jewish nonprofit organizations across Los Angeles, our Federation is the portal through which non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can now be purchased to prepare for the reopening and safe operation of Jewish communal facilities and offices. As the heartbeat of Jewish L.A., we care for you so you can care for our community.

  • Our Message of Solidarity

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles stands with our neighbors in the African American community in expressing grief over the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery, and countless other victims of police brutality and systemic racism. Read the full statement.

  • Escape to Israel

    We’re Zooming to Israel in a way only we can — and you’re invited! You can still join many of the sessions for this exclusive Virtual Israel Experience, which began earlier this month and goes until August 12th. This series of virtual events features live guided tours through landmarks, enlightening webinars with experts in politics and history, and informative conversations with our Israeli partners. At a time that has proven difficult for us all, we are bringing you the exclusive access and quality programming you have come to expect from a Federation trip. View and register for all upcoming sessions and watch recordings of past sessions here.

  • LAJTI Focus on Teen Wellness Workshops for Teens

    During this time of increased stress and anxiety, conflicts between parents and teens may increase, and friendships — after months of social distance — may feel strained. There is a way through. We invite your teens to participate in How to Talk to Your Parents So You Can Feel Heard and Understood, a dynamic Zoom workshop for anyone between the ages of 15 and 18. Shira Landau, LCSW and Inez Tiger, LMFT will provide strategies for effective listening and communication and diffusing tension. Our experts will also help teen participants discover ways to create more space for meaningful connection in a variety of relationships. Tuesday, August 4th, from 7:30-8:45 PM. Register now.

  • Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Shabbat Experience

    Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy warmly invites you to join us via Zoom for a special camp-themed pre-Shabbat experience! Encourage your children, grandchildren, and other family members to participate as we all wear white, sing some favorite camp songs, and transform our homes into virtual campgrounds. Friday, August 7th, 4:00 PM. RSVP now.

  • An Opportunity to Have Those Difficult Conversations

    Calling all L.A.-area Jewish communities eager to build constructive discussion and learning across political divides! This painful and difficult time has amplified divisions within and across many of our communities. As communities continue to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, a looming presidential election, nationwide protests, and political changes in Israel, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Resetting the Table (RTT) invite Jewish organizations to apply to be part of our second Convener Cohort. Participating institutions will be introduced to RTT’s celebrated approach and practical toolkit for opening welcoming, productive discussion across charged differences.

    Each Convener will select 2-3 team members to participate. Over the course of 10 months, these teams will receive a highly subsidized package of training, consultation, tools, resources, and access to trained facilitators in L.A.

    Eight institutions will be selected to participate in the 2020-21 Convener Cohort. Cost for the program is $500. The program is generously supported by a Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Cohort participation will be virtual and begin after the High Holidays in October 2020.

    Learn more and apply by Friday, August 7th.

  • Reimagining the High Holidays During a Pandemic

    Join The Jewish Federation President & CEO Jay Sanderson in conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rabbi Pini Dunner, Rabbi Dara Frimmer, and Rabbi David Wolpe as they address Preparing for the High Holidays During a Pandemic. This crucial discussion will focus on how our Jewish community is creatively reimagining the upcoming holidays so that these days will be truly transformative and lead us to a strong future together. Tuesday, August 18th, at 1:00 PM. Register today.

  • Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC) Self-Determination Webinar

    Join the Federation’s LAJAC for a workshop led by educator and behavior analyst Claudia Wenger, MS, BCBA to learn and explore the Self-Determination Program (SDP), an alternative to the traditional way of receiving Regional Center services. The program, which will be available to all Regional Center consumers starting in June of 2021, has five guiding principles: Freedom (to plan a good life), Authority (over your personal resources), Support (for building a life in the community), Responsibility (and pride in making your own decisions), and Confirmation (of the important role you play). Wednesday, August 19th, at 11:00 AM. Register now.

  • NuRoots Experiences for Young Adults (20s and 30s)

    NuRoots mobilizes and inspires people in their 20s and 30s to create meaningful Jewish community across Los Angeles. The following experiences are for young adults only.

    American Politics and Anti-Semitism: A Small-Group Community Salon

    How is anti-Semitism showing up in political discourse today? How do you think your personal experiences have impacted your perspectives? And how often do you get to talk about these things? Gather with us for a set of intimate and deep conversations guided by Resetting the Table, an organization dedicated to building productive communication across political and religious differences. Join us to listen, share, and connect with people from many backgrounds. Tuesday, July 28th, at 7:00 PM. Register here.

    Radiate Love: A Tu B’Av Yoga Experience

    On the cusp of Tu B’Av (the Jewish holiday of love), join NuRoots and Open Temple for a restorative pre-Shabbat yoga session. We’ll enter the space with intention to relax and nourish our spirits — stretching and moving our bodies as we reflect, process, and develop tools to radiate care, compassion, and love into the world. Friday, July 31st, at 12.30 PM. Register here.

    All You Need Is Love: A Tu B’Av Happy Hour

    In honor of Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love, join JQ’s Persian Pride Initiative and the Federation’s Y&S Nazarian Initiative for a casual happy hour exploring love for ourselves, our friends and family, our romantic partners, and our broader communities. Through poetry, meditation, and group reflection, we hope to spark some powerful thoughts together on uplifting love in all its forms. Thursday, August 6th, at 6.30 PM. Register here.

    NuRoots Film Club

    Each month, fellow Jewish Angeleno cinephiles get together to talk about our favorite movies. This month we are discussing Pedro Almodovar’s Volver. Watch it on Hulu and then join our conversation about the movie and its surprising connection to the Jewish practice of Teshuvah (“returning / repentance”). Tuesday, August 11th, at 8:00 PM. Register here.

    Roots Radio: An Intergenerational Podcast Project

    Introducing Roots Radio, a new intergenerational, community-sourced podcast showcasing the voices, stories, and family histories of the generations that precede us. If you’re interested in interviewing and recording a parent, grandparent, or other elder in your life, please fill out this brief form, and we’ll send you a list of questions to start with and instructions on how to record your conversations. Questions? Reach out to Nina Carlin. Generously supported by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

    NuMoon Gatherings

    Ongoing monthly gatherings to connect with the ancient Jewish ritual of Rosh Chodesh (the holiday that marks the start of the Hebrew lunar month).

    • NuRoots x JQ International Nonbinary NuMoon Circle
      NuRoots and JQ International are proud to join forces for Pride to present a nonbinary NuMoon Circle for Av, a space for nonbinary and genderqueer Jews to gather, connect, learn, and grow as a community. Wednesday, July 29th, at 6:00 PM. Register here.
    • NuMoon Circles
      Monthly gatherings for female-identified persons to connect with the ancient Jewish ritual of Rosh Chodesh and harness the power of lunar cycle and the female body. Inspired by At The Well. Reach out to Rabbi Rose to join our NuMoon community and be connected to a circle.

    Mensch Work

    Monthly gatherings for male-identified persons interested in exploring constructs of masculinity within the Jewish community, build breathable community through more connected and open relationships, and develop tools to counter violence and deepen into love. Reach out to Ian Schiffer to join.

    Pilot Schmilots

    Our community of East Side screenwriters meets monthly to discuss new works. Message our East Side Fellow Oren Peleg to get connected.

    Virtual Meet-Ups

    Want to do a virtual meet-up with a NuRoots team member? Message us to be connected. It’s BYOC — Bring Your Own Coffee!

  • PJ Library for L.A. Families with Young Children

    Enrich your child’s life with the monthly gift of a high-quality book or CD from PJ Library. Membership is free. Learn more and sign up today!

    Our PJ Library team offers a virtual activity schedule for L.A. families with young children.

    All PJ Library LA offerings can be found here. All PJ Library National offerings can be found here. All listings below are Pacific Daylight Time.

    TUESDAY, JULY 28 — Gabriel’s Horn

    • 4:00 PM — Design a musical instrument out of repurposed materials.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 — A Tree is Nice

    • 4:00 PM — Grow a tree out of cardboard, yarn, and some imagination.

    THURSDAY, JULY 30 — The World Needs Beautiful Things

    • 4:00 PM — In recognition of Tisha B’Av, create something shiny and beautiful out of a plastic bottle.

    FRIDAY, JULY 31 — Ari Goes to School

    • 4:00 PM — Make a decoration for your school backpack out of supplies from around your home.

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 — Weekly Roundup Preview

    Here’s the weekly roundup of what PJ Library in Los Angeles has in store for families this week.

    MONDAY, AUGUST 3 — Are We Still Friends?

    • 4:00 PM — Learn how to create an easy friendship bracelet with Maggy from Red Ted Art.

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 — Someone for Mr. Sussman

    • 4:00 PM — Design a hanging heart decoration out of string and glue for Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday celebrating love.

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 — The Brother’s Promise

    • 4:00 PM — Make a “promise” book out of materials you find around your home.

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 — Harvest Blessings

    • 4:00 PM — Toss up a tasty salad from seasonal veggies.

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 — The Sundown Kid

    • 4:00 PM — Design your own cactus garden out of paper.

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 — Weekly Roundup Preview

    Here’s the weekly roundup of what PJ Library in Los Angeles has in store for families this week.

    MONDAY, AUGUST 10 — Boker Tov

    • 4:00 PM — Cook an easy egg breakfast.

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 — Avi the Ambulance to the Rescue

    • 4:00 PM — Make a rescue vehicle out of repurposed materials
  • Give — Now is the Time

    We need you now more than ever. Please keep us strong so we can keep our Jewish community vital and resilient. Donate now.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    For those who want to give of their time, we are sharing virtual volunteer opportunities and adjusted in-person volunteer activities available for those who are not high-risk and accounting for proper social distancing.

    Jewish Family Service

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles at SOVA seeks volunteers at their food pantry/warehouse in Van Nuys. Volunteers are needed on Sunday-Friday mornings from the very end of July through the month of August to assist with a variety of tasks such as packing food bags, restocking, and passing out food to clients. Shifts times are Mondays-Thursdays from 8:30 AM-1:00 PM, Fridays from 9:00AM-12:00 PM, and Sundays from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. Volunteers must stay for the entire duration of their shift. If you have any questions or are interested, please email Joyce M. Williams.

    COVID-19 Plasma Campaign

    Help save lives by donating plasma. Bikur Cholim has partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and community organizations to help identify eligible donors who want to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). To pre-qualify, text HERO to 313131 or call (323) 852-1900.

    Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Check out many different meaningful opportunities to get involved throughout Los Angeles.

    Hunger Action Los Angeles

    Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA) works to end hunger and promote healthy eating through advocacy, direct service, and organizing. The organization is currently delivering food to vulnerable populations across the county including senior, blind, and disabled individuals. Please send an email if you are interested in more information.


    Make sure you’re being counted in the 2020 Census and help spread the word to make sure your friends and family respond as well. Data from the Census informs funding decisions that are crucial to nonprofit organizations. Assist the 2020 Census via a variety of virtual opportunities to get the word out.

    West Valley Food Pantry

    Volunteers are needed to receive, sort, and distribute food and to register clients in West Valley Food Pantry’s computer system and assist in the office. Volunteers are asked to wear their own masks, but gloves will be provided. There are both morning and afternoon shifts Monday-Thursday between 8:30 AM and 2:15 PM. Interested volunteers should contact Ruth Denburg.

    Khalsa Care Foundation

    In partnership with the Office of the Mayor and the Khalsa Care Foundation, assist in packing 3,500 daily hot meals for the Department of Disability and other at-risk communities. Meals are packed Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Khalsa Care Foundation. Contact Jaspreet Singh for more information.

    Beit T’Shuvah's BTS Thrift Store

    BTS Thrift Store is now accepting donations of clothing, furniture, art, home goods, and more. BTS Thrift Store is located at 10409 Washington Blvd. To arrange a drop off or pick up, call (310) 204-4669.

    NCJW's Council Shop Donation Centers

    The Council Shop Donation Centers have reopened their Studio City and West L.A. locations for donation drop-offs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week. Check out this flyer for more information.


    IsraAID has joined forces with the LA Regional Food Bank and LAUSD to help distribute thousands of boxes of food each week to families in need. They are in desperate need of volunteers on Friday mornings. Get more information or express interest in food distribution.

    Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) Food Bank

    The VBS Food Bank is in urgent need of donations. Check out their Amazon Wishlist and more information here.

    Pico Union Project

    This multifaith cultural arts center currently provides 2,000 families with fresh produce and household items every week. Interested volunteers can complete this intake form or email Caroline. The Pico Union Project also needs donations of food, hygiene items and toys. You can drop off items at any one of the following locations into well-marked bins.

    1. SANTA MONICA — Bins can be found in the parking lot behind 1902 Wilshire Blvd. East side of lot on the island.
    2. BEVERLY GLEN (halfway to Sherman Oaks) — The Glenn Centre, Beverly Glen Blvd. and Beverly Glen Circle. The three bins are accessible from the parking lot.
    3. BEVERLY HILLS — Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. Bins are near Beverly Glen entrance.
    4. DOWNTOWN — Donations accepted on Tuesdays, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM at the Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles 90015. You can also mail/ship to Pico Union at this address.
    5. OR you can always order items online using the Pico Union Project’s Wish List.

    Simply add the requested items to your cart and they will be automatically shipped to the Pico Union Project.


    SOVA in Van Nuys is open and has opportunities for volunteers. Shifts run Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on Sunday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Volunteers must stay for the entire duration of the shift. There are also a few Friday and Sunday shifts that are two to three hours long.

    At this time, SOVA is booked with volunteers to assist them through June. If individuals are interested in exploring available and open dates, contact Jewish Family Service SOVA volunteer coordinator Felice Resnick, who can describe the job in more detail and schedule individuals for a shift(s).

    Operation Gratitude

    Join their #VirtualVolunteerism campaign to support deployed troops, National Guardsmen, first responders, and emergency medical personnel on the front lines. Opportunities include letter writing and emailing words of encouragement, and hand making items for care packages and “survival” bracelets.

    People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)

    With the impact of coronavirus, we are seeing increasing need to support the most vulnerable in our community. Check out PATH’s remote volunteer opportunities.

    St. Joseph Center

    Help deliver weekly groceries to St. Joseph Center Food Pantry clients. Volunteers pick up groceries from the Food Pantry and deliver to individual clients’ front doors. Interested parties should contact Shelly Aydin, Volunteer Relations Manager.

    Union Rescue Mission

    Assist with a variety of needs at the Mission including disinfecting and painting (allowing for physical distancing) and daily meal service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Medical personnel volunteers are needed as well. Interested volunteers should contact Lisette Moreno. You can also send encouragement cards, care packages, and/or small bulletin board messages of positivity for their frontline workers directly to Lisette Moreno, Union Rescue Mission, 545 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

    L.A. Works

    All L.A. Works non-essential volunteer opportunities have been suspended; however, many essential services still need to continue and need your help. If you are healthy and have the time and resources to be able to do so, volunteering both in person and virtually to address critical needs in the community is extremely important. The hungry still need food. The isolated still need companionship. Nonprofits are facing drastic cuts in resources at a time when demands are rising significantly. Here’s our Top 5 List of suggestions on how to come together (figuratively!) to support Los Angeles.


    Join the #MillionMaskChallengeLA and sew protective face masks for those who need them most — medical workers, the elderly, and more.


    Volunteer to help with Operation Family Fun & Care Packages. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unhoused and recently housed families are experiencing added stress and uncertainty as they navigate the demands of work, education, children, services, and more. Every day, families are asking for resources related to family fun and basic needs.

    The Karsh Center

    The Karsh Center is currently hosting amazing volunteers to help us pack hundreds of grocery bags for distribution in the community each week, pick up donations and food supplies, sort produce, and (in a very limited way) assist with distributing food at our Sunday food pantry. To do this as safely as possible, we have a very limited number of volunteers active at one time on a lean shift schedule. We are currently inviting individuals who have submitted a special application to volunteer for shifts on an as-needed basis. So far, our pool of applicants is meeting our weekly needs, but we know the needs will continue to grow and change, so we welcome new applications.

    Governor Gavin Newsom’s Volunteers

    Join the CaliforniansForAll service initiative and find ways you can help in your area.

    Keck School of Medicine of USC

    The Keck School of Medicine at USC is asking for volunteers for food distribution. Volunteer today.

    The Jewish Home

    Send email messages/cards, make calls, and offer to virtually visit seniors. Email Stacy Orbach for more information.

    The Red Cross

    The Red Cross is in severe need of blood and assistance in distributing meals. Get more information or express interest in blood donation and sign up for daily opportunities to assist with distributing meals.

  • Community Calendar on

    Our calendar is back! Check it out to view up-to-date virtual offerings from our Federation and partner organizations. Partners can now submit events as usual.

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Episode #085 / 01.15.2020

World-renowned Israeli chef and spice master Lior Lev Sercarz joins Jay’s 4 Questions for a riveting discussion on the important role chefs play in bridging societal gaps and how cooking with the right combination of spices can enhance your life.