Founded in 2013, the Pico Union Project is a multi-faith and culture center established to put to action the Jewish principle to "love your neighbor as you want to be loved." Built in the facility of one of Los Angeles's most historic synagogues, it is a space for song and story, theater and dance, ritual and prayer, and community activism.
The Sanctuary @Pico Union is building a vibrant alternative Jewish community in downtown Los Angeles offering experiences related to spiritual discovery, artistic expression and community activism for thousands of Jews across Los Angeles.
Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) opened its storefront youth center in February 2002 in response to an increase in youth violence in Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood. It provides 240 youth, ages 16-24, many of whom are in foster care, with leadership development and community empowerment programs that promote peace, unity and social justice. Services include counseling, case management, leadership development, job preparation, training in computer skills and music production, and community engagement and event organization.
The Gang Prevention & Intervention Program provides individualized, intensive case management services for gang-inclined or involved youth in Santa Monica and Venice.
Founded in 1989, Project Angel Food cooks and delivers over 600,000 nutritious meals each year, free of charge, to the homes of men, women, and children affected by lifethreatening illnesses. Its medically tailored meals and nutritional counseling services help chronically and terminally ill people throughout Los Angeles County who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project Angel Food’s team is continuing to feed its ongoing clientele of over 1,400 people, while also managing an increased demand of an additional 600 people per day. Its team of nutritionists developed emergency food kits to meet each client’s complex medical conditions, ensuring food is nutritious even with COVID19 supply chain disruptions. Contributions towards its COVID-19 response will support emergency meals, health and safety provisions and measures, additional personnel capacity, and its home delivery meal operation.
Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission was founded in 1986 to reduce gang violence in Boyle Heights. Programs provide training, education and social services to low-income, primarily Latino, uninsured immigrants. It provides an emergency shelter, after school academic enrichment for K-12, early education centers, a thrift store, and a community organizing and civic engagement program.
The Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP), provides women and families with rental assistance, motel vouchers, clothing vouchers, and bus tokens.
The Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy was established in 1986 as the educational center of Temple Beth Am located on La Cienega. It house three schools: the Day School, serving more than 360 K-8 students; the Early Childhood Center, serving more than 110 students; and the Religious School, serving more than 100 students. The schools encourage both intellectual growth and social and emotional development, and the classrooms use multiple modes of teaching drawing from language arts, creative arts, math and sciences, and athletics. The schools are affiliated with the Solomon Schechter Day School Association and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles.
The School Kindergarten Expansion project will renovate a 1,700 square foot single-family home to serve as a preschool and reconfigure the main school building in order to connect the two properties.
Based in New York City, with offices in L.A. and San Francisco, Reboot Inc. was founded in 2003 to engage Jewish young adults who are typically not involved in amy formal Jewish institutions. RebootLA provides Jewish young adults with the opportunity to come together, reboot their Jewish identity, and develop creative professional collaborations. The core of Reboot's growing network is comprised of creative opinion leaders in their twenties to early forties, interested in exploring their Jewish identities and creating ways for their peers to do the same. Reboot participants, in an effort to engage their peers in an exploration of what it means to be Jewish today, have developed a new magazine (Guilt & Pleasure), created a Jewish archival record label (Reboot Stereophonic), undertaken national research projects, produced films, written books, and founded spiritual communities such as IKAR, Brooklyn Jews and RituaLab.
The RebootLA program aims to build a city-wide network of 3,000 culturally influential, young 'Rebooters' who engage their peers in intellectually stimulating activities and inspire them to explore their Jewish identity through creative work. To reengage young Jews who may be disconnected from traditional Jewish organizations, RebootLA distributes a biweekly e-letter listing cultural, spiritual and activist events; conducts a weekly variety show to engage writers and performers in Shabbat celebrations and Torah study; organizes monthly salons; offers a quarterly speaking series featuring experts in unrelated fields exploring critical issues in Jewish life; conducts readings, music and film events based on material presented in the magazine Guilt & Pleasure; and offers bus tours with Progressive Jewish Alliance highlighting opportunities for social action.
Engage culturally influential young Jews and their peers, who are typically uninvolved in any Jewish institutions, in intellectual, creative and cultural activities that inspire them to connect to their Jewish identity.
Founded in 2001, Reboot offers intimate and community events, gatherings, and exhibitions along with recordings, books, films, and a wide array of digital participation programs that engage hundreds of thousands of millennial Jews annually in connecting to Jewish life. Founded in 2004, IKAR is a thriving Jewish community focused on ritual and spiritual practice and a deep commitment to social justice.
Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition engages thousands of Jews, primarily in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, in dinner table conversation about death, relationships, and end-of-life questions.
Founded in 2005, Remember Us connects young people in dialogue and collaboration with Holocaust survivors and invites children preparing for b'nai mitzvah to honor the memory of a child lost in the Holocaust.
The Righteous Conversation Project facilitates dialogue with Holocaust survivors. Through its film, art, and music programs, students have the opportunity to carry on the work of the Holocaust remembrance, speak up about issues of conscience, and work toward creating a more humane and dignified world.
Founded in 1993, Reut Sderot sponsors and administers programs in Sderot that promote improvement and progress in its educational systems and social welfare services. Its programs serve over 5,000 children and adults, particularly the residents of Sderot’s economically needy and socially distressed neighborhoods. Reut Sderot provides hundreds of at-risk teens with quality leadership programs, encourages and supports youth to complete their secondary educations, and trains the young population to give back to the community through local volunteerism.
Touching the Jewish Spirit strengthens the Jewish identity of 580 secular Israeli students in Southern Israel, through workshops and activities that further students’ understanding of Jewish, texts, traditions and customs; and to promote tolerance and understanding towards Israel’s various religious and racial sectors through a diversity curriculum.
Founded in 2010, Saving Innocence provides rescue and restoration services to commercially sexually trafficked children. It is the only agency approved to respond directly to crisis calls from law enforcement and to deliver immediate intervention services. Since its founding, Saving Innocence has grown alongside LA County’s response to sex trafficking of minors and has helped nearly 700 minors escape sexual exploitation. It provides training on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) awareness, safety planning, victim identification, and intervention techniques for frontline professionals and teaches prevention-intervention workshops to youth in juvenile halls and group homes.
The Case Management program provides intensive first response services and long-term support to child victims of sexual exploitation helping them escape sexual exploitation and live an independent life.
Established in 1976, The Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) is an educational center located in Jerusalem that aims to shape Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Its mission is to 'engage a new generation of Jews, who live within the global marketplace of ideas, and inspire them to develop a commitment to Jewish life and the Jewish people through innovative and creative thinking, gifted and visionary leaders, and transformational education programs.' The Institute houses an advanced research center for more than 50 scholars per year, a high school for boys with more than 350 students, an in-house publications department, international theology and philosophy conferences and centers for training educators, rabbis and lay community leaders.
Be'eri provides a pluralistic resource center for two non-religious high schools to integrate innovative Jewish education and help strength Jewish identity among 4,000 high school students.
Founded in 1980, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America works to enrich the resources, vision, and commitment of the leaders and change agents who shape the future of Jewish life in North America. It works with educational, religious, and community institutions providing text study, peer learning, and interdenominational dialogue.
Hartman Los Angeles: Building Jewish Community engages thousands of rabbis, lay leaders, educators, Jewish professionals, and community members through a strategic, integrated approach of four learning models designed to elevate discourse, educate the community, and build bridges across diverse constituencies, institutions, and ideologies.
Founded in 1951 and located in the Malibu Mountains, the Shalom Institute aims to provide positive Jewish living experiences, skills development, Jewish values development and an appreciation for life and the environment. Through its summer camp and year-round programming, the Institute serves individuals of all ages and stages of life annually. It partners with more than 75 synagogues, day schools, youth groups and community organizations by providing its expertise in experiential Jewish education, environmental programs, leadership training and social action.
The Boys' Side Renovation project will renovate cabins, a meeting space, general landscaping and bathrooms for the boy's side of the camp.
Located in the Malibu Mountains, the mission of Shalom Institute is to provide positive Jewish living experiences, skills development, Jewish values development, and an appreciation for life and the environment. The Institute offers programs throughout the year that target individuals of all ages and stages of life. The campus includes a swimming pool, two outdoor amphitheaters, a conference center, adult housing, archery and sports fields, a rope course, climbing wall, hiking trails, two waterfalls, a nature center, and a dining hall. Approximately 25,000 children and adults participate in the Institute's programs annually.
The Jerry's Place project will renovate and build a state-of-the-art dining hall and a new outdoor patio, benefiting the 25,000 children and adults who participate in programming annually.
Founded in 2006 and located in the Malibu Mountains, the Shalom Institute builds and strengthens Jewish identity by providing experiential Jewish educational opportunities. It focuses on nurturing Jewish values, cultivating leadership, developing community, fostering social awareness, and instilling an appreciation for the environment.
Shemesh Organic Farm Employment Internship Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities is a social enterprise employing Jewish adults of all abilities in developing products for sale in the Jewish community and across Los Angeles.
Founded in 1984 by Mariuma Ben Yosef, who was herself a homeless youth, Shanti House serves as a temporary home and long-term supportive residence for runaway, homeless youth ages 14-21. It cares for youth in imminent danger of physical violence, sexual abuse and prostitution and it also runs a preventive program for youth before they reach this stage. Shanti House operates a home in Tel Aviv and another in the Negev. There are a total of 75-105 youth in both homes on any given day. According to Shanti House, 90% of its youth complete 12 years of study and matriculation exams and enlist in the IDF.
The Therapeutic Horseback Riding program provides therapeutic horseback riding for at-risk youth.
Pico Union ProjectThe Sanctuary@Pico UnionArts & Culture
Pico Youth & Family CenterGang Prevention & Intervention ProgramGang Prevention & Intervention
Project Angel FoodVulnerable Populations
Proyecto PastoralGuadalupe Homeless ProjectEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth AmSchool Kindergarten ExpansionEducation
RebootReboot Jewish Identity Among Creative Young AdultsNext Gen Engagement
Reboot in partnership with IKARDeath over Dinner: Jewish EditionNext Gen Engagement
Remember UsThe Righteous Conversation ProjectYouth
Reut Sderot AssociationTouching the Jewish SpiritJewish Identity
Saving InnocenceCase ManagementHuman Trafficking
Shalom Hartman InstituteBe'eri CarmielJewish Identity
Shalom Hartman Institute of North AmericaHartman Los Angeles: Building Jewish CommunityReligious Life
Shalom InstituteBoys' Side RenovationReligious Life
Shalom InstituteJerry's PlaceReligious Life
Shalom Institute: Camp and Conference CenterShemesh Organic Farm Employment Internship Program for Adults with Developmental DisabilitiesSpecial Needs
Shanti HouseTherapeutic Horseback Riding ProgramAt-Risk Youth