Monday, January 25, 2021



New Jewish Dating App Basheret Allows Users to Play Matchmaker, Re-Define Online Dating

Los Angeles native Asher Naghi never really used dating apps. After witnessing his friends put themselves out there only to remain single, Naghi, 24,...

UnReal (Covid-Era) Success

When Jenny Goldfarb pitched her vegan corned beef on ABC’s reality show “Shark Tank”, her revenues topped only $10,000. This great-granddaughter of New York...

Violins of Hope Debuts Virtual Musical and Theatrical Performances

The long-awaited Violins of Hope concert celebrating instruments rescued from the Holocaust and restored by father and son Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein will finally take place virtually Jan. 14.

First Orthodox Jewish Girl Earns the Rank of Eagle Scout

After earning badges for soil conservation, robotics and pioneering, and creating a COVID-19 guide for her community, Gabbi Stein has made history.

Teen Talk App Expands Its Reach

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) announced on Jan. 6 that their updated Teen Talk mental health shared platform can now...

Holocaust Survivor Receives One of the First Moderna Vaccines at LA Jewish Home

Los Angeles Jewish Home resident and Holocaust survivor Edith Frankie was one of the first to receive her first dose of the Moderna vaccine...

How the Jewish Federation Provided Relief During the Pandemic

This year has been devastating for the world and for the Jewish community of Los Angeles. COVID-19 closed summer camp, synagogues and businesses. It...

Jewish Community Foundation Awards $3 million in COVID-19 Relief to 19 L.A. Groups

The distributions are part of the foundation’s effort to sustain local Jewish non-profits experiencing economic hardship because of the pandemic.

Urban Voices Project’s Skid Row Choir Releases First Single ‘A Holiday Called Home’

The song and music video feature the voices of 26 UVP Choir members living on Skid Row.

RespectAbility Launches Jewish Disability Speakers Bureau

Speakers include Jewish lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, rabbis, filmmakers and comedians.

Local Philanthropist Giving Back to Israelis in Need

Ruth Brandt, a Los Angeles-based philanthropist, started an urgent appeal in partnership with the Giving Group Community to raise emergency funds for families in Arad, Ashkelon and Dimona.

Milken Foundation Gifts UCLA with Center for Music of American Jewish Experience

UCLA announced on Dec. 3 the opening of its first permanent academic home for the study of American Jewish music.

Temple Ramat Zion Hanukkah ‘Car-nival’ Gets Turnout of 200 People

Around 200 people in 80 cars gathered at Temple Ramat Zion’s parking lot in Northridge, Calif. to celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah on...

Hanukkah “Maccabees” Story Reenacted at Drive-Thru

The 30-minute drive-thru blended education, family-friendly theater and only slightly irritating bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Jewish Agency Emissaries Light Hanukkah Candles In Front of Hollywood Sign

This was part of a worldwide campaign to counter the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic by amplifying the lights of Hanukkah.

Z3 Conference Aims to Bring Diaspora Together During Hanukkah

From Dec. 10 to Dec. 17, the event is aligning with the eight days of Hanukkah.

Stephen Wise Temple Hosts Drive-Thru ‘LIT Hanukkah’ Light Show Experience

The light spectacle spans the entire Stephen Wise campus and is put on through The Lam Media Center.

Skirball Cultural Center Presents Virtual Hanukkah Celebration

Rather than gathering in person to celebrate the festival of lights, the center is putting on a virtual Hanukkah celebration on Zoom and Youtube.

NuRoots to Reach Young Adults Safely with Hanukkah Infinite Lights Program

Jewish Federation initiative NuRoots is making Hanukkah less lonely this year by providing virtual community experiences for young people in a COVID-friendly way.

Legacy Charitable Foundation Distributes 162 Food Boxes for Thanksgiving

The annual Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade looked a little different this year.

Power of Youth LA Kicks Off Hanukkah with Maccabee Drive Thru Experience

Rabbi JJ and Frumie Duchman, founders of the non-profit the Power of Youth LA (POY), know that Hanukkah tends to be an afterthought during...

Violins Rescued from the Holocaust Will Be Played in Online Concert

Celebrating instruments rescued from the Holocaust and lovingly restored by Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein at their workshop in Tel Aviv, the traveling multi-format Violins...

AJU’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus Inviting Families to Holiday Retreats

Following the success of its Sukkot weekend getaways, AJU Brandeis-Bardin is inviting families in the area to join them for COVID-friendly retreats for Thanksgiving...

GM Howard Kaplan Announces Retirement from Mount Sinai Memorial Parks

Howard Kaplan, general manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, is set to retire on June 30, 2021. Chief Executive Officer of Jewish...

Jewish Apparel Founder on Wearing Your Judaism with Pride

It’s not even December and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. It’s hard to compete with a holiday that...

AJU Announces Business School Dedicated to Management and Social Impact

American Jewish University (AJU) announced Nov. 11 that it is creating its first business school to teach students about management and ethical business models. Named...

Joshua Kirshbaum’s Plan to Change the World

Joshua Kirshbaum has a passion: to make the world a better place. The 30-year-old Los Angeles native runs a non-profit organization in New York...

More than 40,000 People Send Flowers for Shabbat to COVID Heroes

Thousands of flower bouquets were delivered in time for Shabbat last Friday through the Shabbat Project as part of their COVID-19 Shabbat initiative. More than...

University Synagogue, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Announce a Merger

The University Synagogue Board of Trustees and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) Board of Trustees have made the decision to merge the Los Angeles...

March of the Living Remembers Kristallnacht in Illuminated Campaign

Nov. 9 marks the anniversary of of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass. It was Nov. 9, 1938, where Nazis instigated a two-day pogrom...

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