Founded in 2007, HaShomer HaChadash works to ensure a stronger Jewish presence in the Negev and the Galilee, promote a sense of mutual responsibility among the Jewish people, and uphold the Zionist ideals on which the State of Israel was founded. Through its pre-army program, volunteer guardsmen live on agricultural lands and patrol it from observation posts, preventing fires, theft, physical violence, and slaughtering of herds. Other programs include an agricultural volunteerism program for visitors from around the world, and a post-army program placing young Israelis with jobs in the agricultural sector. Today, HaShomer HaChadash engages over 38,500 volunteers working throughout 190,000 acres of land at 70 locations in the Negev and Galilee.
The Youth Leadership Program enhances participants' Jewish-Israeli identity, civic responsibility, and connection to the land of Israel through volunteering, training, seminars, and instructions.
Founded in 1991, Hillel – The Right to Choose helps thousands of Yotzim – those who leave ultra-Orthodox communities to integrate into wider Israeli society. Its services, which serve approximately 600 individuals per year include: a hotline and drop-in centers; transitional housing; counseling and support services; academic support including tuition aid and career consultation; employment programs; assistance to Yotzim in the military; programming for single-mothers; aid in accessing social services; and community building and peer networking activities.
The Workforce Integration and Facilitation program trains and facilitates full integration of approximately 1,000 Yotzim, ages 18-35, into the Israeli workforce and modern Israeli society.
Founded in 1960, Hillel 818 serves students at CSUN, Pierce College, and Los Angeles Valley College. Its mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
The Jewish Identity Project lays the groundwork for the next generation of diverse Jewish leaders by scaling up its program to engage hundreds of Jewish Russian, Persian, and Israeli college students in Jewish life through culturally specific social, religious, and educational programming.
Founded in 1988, Homeboy Industries aims to break the cycle of incarceration and violence by providing men and women who were formerly incarcerated or gang-involved with services and opportunities to re-enter mainstream society and become productive members of the Los Angeles community. Its wraparound services include education and workforce development, intensive case management, legal services, mental health, substance abuse support, tattoo removal, and domestic violence support. In addition to providing direct services, Homeboy Industries operates ten social enterprises that provide job training and employment opportunities for its clients. It works with over 250 trainees each year through its job training program and over 5,500 community members through its classes and other services.
Therapeutic Community and Social Enterprise Re-Entry Program (Core Program) provides paid on-the-job training in its social enterprises and comprehensive wraparound services to men and women, with the goal of breaking the cycle of unemployment, incarceration, and violence.
Founded in 2014, Honeymoon Israel provides immersive trips to Israel for locally based cohorts of couples that have at least one Jewish partner, early in their committed relationship, creating communities of couples who are building families with deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life and the Jewish people.
Honeymoon Israel Los Angeles engages youth couples, primarily interfaith, LGBTQ, and those on the outskirts of Jewish life through social, educational, and cultural programming designed to foster a positive connection to Judaism and a desire to raise a Jewish family.
Founded in 1999, Hut HaMeshulash was established to provide programming, shelter and support to at-risk youth and young adults (ages 14-25) in Jerusalem so that they may reintegrate into society as confident and capable individuals. It runs 3 major programs: a Drop-in Center serving hundreds of alienated at-risk youth 7 days a week; a Residential Home for Young Women, including expectant mothers; and a Residential Home for Young Men for at-risk and homeless men. Specialized services include occupational rehabilitation, therapy, enrichment courses, and basic needs support. Over the past 16 years, 10,000+ youth and young adults have benefitted from Hut HaMeshulash’s programs, and thousands have gone on to lead independent, stable lives.
Inspired Living: Renewing Jewish Identity will provide hundreds of at-risk youth and young adults with a strengthened Jewish identity through engagement with: Jewish text learning, art, music, creative writing, Shabbat ahd holiday-based activities.
Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts (ICA) provides elementary, middle and high school students, many from LA’s poorest neighborhoods, with arts classes taught by professionals in state-of-the-art studio environments. The art classes, provided in partnership with the school district, local charter and parochial schools, are often the only arts instructions students will access during the school day. ICA also offers after-school and weekend programs. Classes are designed to strengthen language development, develop critical thinking skills, promote literacy and improve overall learning outcomes.
The Summer Arts Program is a three-week program in ceramics, drama, dance, visual arts, and digital photography for inner-city children, ages 5-15 experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Founded in 2002, InterfaithFamily supports interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities through educational content and connections to welcoming organizations and programs and provides resources and trainings for program providers and clergy.
InterfaithFamily/Los Angeles provides a comprehensive range of resources, services, and programs to engage interfaith couples and families in Los Angeles in Jewish life and connect them with Jewish communities.
Incorporated in 2013 with its first office opened in San Francisco in 2016, IsraAID US financially supports IsraAID in Israel, builds bridges between Americans and Israelis, and promotes the humanitarian work of the organization worldwide. IsraAID was established in 2001 to provide emergency relief for populations around the world affected by natural disasters, epidemics, and post conflict situations.
IsraAID Humanitarian Professional Network introduces Los Angeles Jews to IsraAID and trains young Jewish professionals to deploy on its international aid missions, where they can carry out their Jewish values and engage with Israel through providing emergency relief around the world. Through this process, IsraAID builds a community of like-minded individuals interested in global humanitarian awareness.
Founded in 1984, Israel Elwyn (IE) works to provide individuals with disabilities the means to achieve independence, inclusion in the community and dignity. It offers early intervention, employment, supported living, consultation services and professional training programs for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities throughout Israel. Its goal is to provide individuals with the necessary tools to make decisions about their own lives and to gain greater independence, using the principal of inclusion in all of its work. IE partners in a wide range of round tables focused on determining government policies related to people with disabilities. Through its programs, IE serves more than 3,000 individuals each year.
The Supported Employment Program trains and places an additional 300 individuals with intellectual, physical, sensory, learning and medical disabilities into the workplace and increase the participating pool of employers by 500 over 3 years.
The Founded in 2007, the Israeli-American Council (IAC) works to build an engaged and united Israel-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of the next generations, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the people of the United States and the State of Israel.
The IAC Care program provides an online database that engages 10,000 LA Jewish and Israeli-Americans in volunteerism and matches them with Jewish as well as non-Jewish community organizations in need of support. Volunteers commit to a minimum of 4 volunteer hours and receive rewards and incentives for their participation.
Founded in 2007, the Israeli-American Council works to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of the next generations, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the people of the United States and the State of Israel.
IAC Center Engage implements grassroots programming for all ages at IAC's new Shepher Israeli-American Community Center with the goal of deepening engagement for hundreds of Israeli-Americans in Jewish life and community.
Established by Cisco in 2006 as part of their corporate responsibility effort, IT Works seeks to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment for Israelis living in underserved areas. To this end, it provides the training and technological skills required for employment. Its programs include 1) WEP: employment assistance for women; 2) STAR: employment assistance for men and women and; 3) WorkIT: IT courses for high-school age Druze students. IT Works' curriculum and instruction are based on Cisco's 'Networking Academy,' a program that has been vetted for President Obama's 'Workforce Retraining Initiative'.
Women Empowerment Program provides a minimum of 80 women over two years with technology training to integrate into skilled entry-level employment in the Israeli labor market.
Established in 1982, The Jaffa Institute is a multi-service social agency that provides educational, recreational and social enrichment programs to disadvantaged children and their families. It aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty in the greater Jaffa community. The Jaffa Institute has developed 30 initiatives which include a daycare center, an educational center, a cafeteria, a limited health care facility and a center for Ethiopian and Russian immigrant families to convene and integrate into Israeli society. These initiatives serve 4,000 Israelis annually.
Welfare to Wellbeing provides 120 disadvantaged, welfare-dependent women with training to qualify for sustainable employment through the 'skills for work' program, which includes computer courses, job placement services, meetings with a social worker and tutorial sessions.
Founded in 2002, JConnect works to provide opportunities for meaningful, inspiring, and inclusive Jewish community experiences. Recent projects include Shabbat Tent festival, hospitality tents around the country, and Camp Neshama, a summer camp for young adults.
Create an annual cycle of four festivals in music, culture and service (Camp Jewlicious; TikkunFest; Jewlicious Music; Arts, and Cultural Festival; and LA Sephardic Jewish Music Festival) that will enable thousands of young adults to connect to their Jewish identity through Jewish immersion experiences that showcase young Jewish filmmakers, musicians and artists.
HaShomer HaChadashYouth Leadership ProgramJewish Identity
Hillel - The Right To ChooseWorkforce Integration and FacilitationEconomic Development
Hillel 818Jewish Identity ProjectNext Gen Engagement
Homeboy IndustriesTherapeutic Community and Social Enterprise Re-Entry Program (Core Program)Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Honeymoon IsraelHoneymoon Israel Los AngelesNext Gen Engagement
Hut HaMeshulashInspired Living: Renewing Jewish IdentityJewish Identity
Inner-City ArtsSummer Arts ProgramEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
InterfaithFamilyInterfaithFamily/Los AngelesVulnerable Populations
IsraAID USIsraAID Humanitarian Professional NetworkIsrael Advocacy
Israel ElwynSupported Employment ProgramEconomic Development
Israel Venture NetworkBringing Best Management Practices to Local MunicipalitiesHuman Services
Israeli American CouncilIAC CareIsrael Advocacy
Israeli-American CouncilIAC Center EngageIsrael Advocacy
IT WorksWomen Empowerment ProgramEconomic Development
Jaffa InstituteWelfare to WellbeingEconomic Development
JConnect LACommunity Experiences for Jewish Young AdultsNext Gen Engagement