The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was founded in 1952 to identify and fund a broad range of Jewish social service, educational and humanitarian programs. The Jewish Federation mobilizes and integrates financial, human and organizational resources within the Greater Los Angeles Jewish community to foster a sense of common Jewish purpose; strengthens Jewish constituencies in order to enhance Jewish identity; meets critical human needs in a Jewish context; and deepens bonds with Jewish people worldwide.
KOREH L.A. is a non-sectarian volunteer-run literacy program founded in 1999 with seed money from The Foundation. 'KOREH' is the Hebrew word for read. Originally called the LA Jewish Coalition for Literacy, the program recruits and trains Jewish volunteers to donate one hour per week to read one-on-one with children at an LAUSD elementary school. The program builds children's literacy and self-sufficiency and engage Jewish volunteers in visible, meaningful activity. In its first year, the program recruited and trained Jewish volunteers from 10 L.A. synagogues to provide one-on-one reading for 200 kids at 10 LAUSD schools. Since then, the program has grown dramatically; more than 9,000 KOREH L.A. volunteers have helped 18,500 children at 150 schools increase their reading skills. In addition, KOREH L.A. has helped restock 15 elementary school libraries and trained hundreds of teens, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to be volunteer reading partners, empowering them through the experience of hands-on community service.
Recruit and train Jewish volunteers from 10 L.A. synagogues to provide one-on-one reading tutoring for 200 kids at 10 LAUSD public schools.
The People Concern provides integrated services for individuals experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, veterans, and individuals with severe physical and mental illness or substance abuse.
The Access Center provides individuals experiencing homelessness with daily engagement and consistent, concerted efforts toward housing and self-sufficiency.
Established in 1989, The Rape Foundation raises funds and provides financial support for programs operated by the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at Santa Monica –UCLA Medical Center, including the Stuart House program. The Rape Treatment Center is dedicated to providing expert, comprehensive care and treatment for sexual assault victims – children and adults; prevention education programs to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence; training for police, prosecutors, school personnel and other service providers to enhance the treatment victims receive wherever they turn for help; and other initiatives that increase public understanding about rape, encourage victims to report these crimes, and foster justice and healing.
The Stuart House provides expert, comprehensive, specialized, state-of-the-art services to sexually abused children and their families.
Founded in 2010, The Soldiers Project (TSP) is an independent group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals. It provides free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts. Services are also available to the families and other loved ones of service members. TSP provides help to service members and families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry to civilian life.
The Adopt-A-College program provides volunteer therapists with a series of four training workshops, college faculty and administrators with in-service seminars and workshops, and veterans with counseling and support groups to help them return to college.
Founded in 1973, The Summit Institute rescues and cares for 750 at-risk Israeli children who have been removed from their homes after being severely abused, neglected or orphaned. It offers case management and therapeutic services for foster youth and foster families as well as screening and training for foster families with the goal of securing strong, successful long-term foster placements. It also provides young adults who suffer from mental illnesses with in-community rehabilitation. The Summit Institute works in close partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare to help ensure that the foster youth in its care grow toward a more secure and productive future.
The Warm and Loving Home program places additional at-risk babies and children in safe, supportive home environments in the care of highly trained, compatible foster homes.
Founded in 2011, theatre dybbuk is an arts and education organization and theater company that creates theatrical events based on Jewish folklore, rituals, and history. Its work is steeped in and based around arts, culture, education, and exploring the universal human experience from a Jewish perspective. It combines live performance with educational offerings to engage youth, young adults, and audiences of all ages.
To create a new Jewish theatre company that combines live performance with educational offerings to creatively engage thousands of young adults, by bringing Jewish myths, prayers and texts to life.
Toberman Neighborhood Center was established in 1903 as the Toberman Settlement House. Today, it provides social services and educational tools for low-income individuals and families in the San Pedro, Wilmington, and Harbor City/Gateway areas to achieve self-sufficiency. It aims to move people beyond poverty; create motivated, life-long learners; strengthen respect for the family unit; and cultivate urban peace and interethnic harmony. It provides an after-school program; a family resources program with case management and wrap-around education and employment support; and gang intervention counselors. It serves more than 18,000 clients each year.
The Toberman Gang Intervention Program provides targeted gang members who seek to exit gang life with individualized wrap-around rehabilitative services, including case management, counseling, mentoring, and job preparation in the Harbor/San Pedro area.
Founded in 2005, Todah L’Tzahal works to strengthen the Jewish identity of Israeli soldiers and deepen their connection and commitment to the land of Israel and the Jewish people. Working in cooperation with the education department of the IDF, Todah L’Tzahal operates 3 core programs: Begin at the Base, which provides Jewish identity lectures on army bases; the Jerusalem Experience, which brings soldiers to Jerusalem for lectures, tours and seminars; and the Jerusalem Weekend Experience, which brings officers and officer cadets to Jerusalem to celebrate Shabbat and engage in Jewish learning. Since its inception, Todah L’Tzahal has provided close to 900,000 Jewish identity experiences to 370,000 soldiers.
The Heritage Lectures, Jerusalem Experience, Jerusalem Shabbat Experience provide Jewish identity programming to 250,000 soldiers through army base lectures and Jerusalem experiences.
Established in 1997, Tzohar aims to bridge the gap between religious and secular Jews in Israel. It is dedicated to ensuring the Jewish future of Israel and to enriching Israeli culture by providing Jewish content in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Tzohar focuses its work in three areas: 1) Training moderate Zionist rabbinic leadership to reach out to secular Jews and create inclusive, pluralistic Jewish rituals and programming; 2) Facilitating meaningful Jewish ritual experiences in the areas of marriage, holidays, and prayer; and 3) Initiating public policy efforts that inform the media and public leaders about Jewish pluralism. Tzohar’s initiatives bring Jews of different backgrounds and observation levels together and make Judaism accessible for all.
The Professional Development for Community Rabbis program provides professional development for Orthodox rabbis in diverse geographic regions in Israel, utilizing online and in-person courses, conferences, and trainings to bridge the secular-religious divide.
Founded in 1873, the Union for Reform Judaism is the membership umbrella for Reform congregations with vision, leadership, and programmatic resources designed to strengthen and expand Reform congregational life.
6 Points Sports Academy, California is the first Jewish overnight sports camp in Southern California that integrates high-caliber sports programming with a transformative Reform Jewish camping experience for youth ages nine to sixteen.
Founded in 1979, United Friends of the Children (UFC) empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care. UFC’s work is based on basic principles of developing trusting relationships with youth, high expectations for youth achievement, removing barriers to progress, and consistent long-term commitment and support. UFC offers housing and education programs serving more than 1,400 current and former L.A. County foster youth annually.
The College Readiness Program and College Sponsorship Program provides foster youth with the long-term, one-on-one support needed from middle school through college to prepare them to graduate high school and succeed in college.
Founded in 1992, U.S. VETS facilitates the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. The organization provides comprehensive services to war veterans, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, and counseling. At its facilities, veterans progress through a continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.
Outside the Wire provides veterans at community colleges and service members at the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) who suffer from mental health related issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression with direct counseling and support.
Founded in 2006, headquartered in San Francisco with a hub in Chicago, UpStart's mission is to inspire and advance innovative ideas that contribute to the continued growth and vitality of Jewish life.
Upstart LA will bring a tested model to Los Angeles that helps Jewish organizations and leaders succeed in creating innovative, sustainable, and impactful organizations that serve the needs of the Jewish community.
Founded in 1975, the USC Davis School of Gerontology comprises the first school and research institution devoted entirely to aging. The school's mission is to increase the quality of life for older adults through research, service, and education.
Dor Vodor: Sharing the Wisdom of Elders celebrates the life stories of Jewish elders and provides a vehicle for elders to share their wisdom with young adults and teens, transforming everyone in the process.
Founded in 1970, Venice Family Clinic (VFC) was founded provides free, quality health care to people in need and has grown into the largest free clinic in the nation. It provides comprehensive primary health care, dental care, mental health services, health education and child development services, as well as public insurance enrollment. It provides 100,000 visits for more than 23,000 patients, including 5,800 children, annually.
The Mental Health Services and Early Head Start programs provide uninsured, low-income and homeless families with rental assistance, car repair assistance, transportation vouchers and clothing vouchers.
Founded in 1908, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services serves the changing needs of all children and families in the community by offering high-quality treatment programs for children with significant emotional, social, learning, and developmental disabilities.
Nes Gadol prepares children with special needs for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah by offering expressive art therapy-based classes, working with rabbis, pairing children with special needs with mentors, and arranging the ceremonies.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los AngelesKOREH L.A.Education
The People ConcernAccess CenterAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
The Rape FoundationStuart HouseDomestic & Sexual Violence Prevention and Support
The Soldiers ProjectAdopt-A-CollegeFinancial Literacy and Veterans
The Summit InstituteWarm and Loving HomeAt-Risk Youth
theatre dybbuktheatre dybbukArts & Culture
Toberman Neighborhood CenterToberman Gang Intervention ProgramGang Prevention & Intervention
Todah L'Tzahal (Thank Israel Soldiers)Heritage Lectures, Jerusalem Experience, Jerusalem Shabbat ExperienceJewish Identity
TzoharProfessional Development for Community Rabbis
Union for Reform Judaism6 Points Sports Academy CaliforniaYouth
United Friends of the ChildrenCollege Readiness Program and College Sponsorship ProgramFoster Youth: College Access & Career Readiness
United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS)Outside the WireFinancial Literacy and Veterans
USC Davis School of GerontologyDor Vodor: Sharing the Wisdom of EldersSeniors
Venice Family ClinicMental Health Services & Early Head StartEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
Vista Del Mar Child & Family ServicesNes GadolSpecial Needs