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Naomi Strongin in Jewish Journal: Directing Philanthropy in the Shadow of Oct. 7

By cfs_bridget | June 6, 2024 | Comments Off on Naomi Strongin in Jewish Journal: Directing Philanthropy in the Shadow of Oct. 7

We’re pleased to share a new article by Naomi Strongin, Vice President of the Center for Designed Philanthropy, entitled “Directing Philanthropy in the Shadow of October 7” published June 6, 2024 in the Jewish Journal. Naomi says “Each one of us has the individual capacity to make a difference, turn tragedy into action, and, in…

2024 Emergency Grants to Combat Local Antisemitism – Standing Up for Jewish Students on Campus

By Shira Liff-Grieff | April 26, 2024 | Comments Off on 2024 Emergency Grants to Combat Local Antisemitism – Standing Up for Jewish Students on Campus

Colleges and universities have seen an alarming increase in antisemitic incidents, causing Jewish students across the country to feel unsafe and seek security within their Jewish organizations on campus. Columbia University, Yale University, and New York University have made national headlines, and our local students are also facing a threatening environment – with antisemitism and…

2024 Passover Grants in LA and Israel

By cfs_bridget | April 18, 2024 | Comments Off on 2024 Passover Grants in LA and Israel

“Kol dichfin yeitei v’yeichol”—let all who are hungry, come and eat At the Passover Seder, we re-tell the Exodus story and declare, “Ha lahma anya,” including the cornerstone phrase, “Kol dichfin yeitei v’yeichol”—let all who are hungry, come and eat. It is a core Jewish value that everyone deserves to celebrate being free at Passover…

“Giving to Israel: What’s Next?” A webinar with Offi Zisser

By cfs_bridget | April 18, 2024 | Comments Off on “Giving to Israel: What’s Next?” A webinar with Offi Zisser

“May we always remember our solidarity with the Jewish community of the diaspora. And, may we be more optimistic for a better, more peaceful, Middle East.” – Offi Zisser Last week, The Foundation’s Israel-based philanthropy consultant, Offi Zisser, offered a sobering account of the major challenges facing Israel six months after October 7. Looking back,…

Reflections from President & CEO Rabbi Aaron Lerner

By cfs_bridget | April 18, 2024 | Comments Off on Reflections from President & CEO Rabbi Aaron Lerner

Israel Today: Bearing Witness To understand the difficulties facing Israel today, you must visit the country. That’s why I participated in a recent Foundation-Jewish Federation mission to Israel so capably led by Federation Chair Orna Wolens. It was sobering and shocking, yet gave me hope for the future. We saw ongoing pain and trauma, including…

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $1.1 Million to address Infant and Maternal health

By cfs_bridget | January 18, 2024 | Comments Off on Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $1.1 Million to address Infant and Maternal health

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) today announced that it has awarded a total of $1.1 million to seven local nonprofits addressing infant and maternal health, mainly focused on racial disparities in maternal health care for Black families in Los Angeles.

Reflections from President & CEO Rabbi Aaron Lerner: Our Hearts Are Aching

By cfs_bridget | December 4, 2023 | Comments Off on Reflections from President & CEO Rabbi Aaron Lerner: Our Hearts Are Aching

Israel has profoundly touched so many of our lives. For me, my time b’aretz (in Israel) changed the direction of my life at least twice. My first encounter with our Jewish homeland was on a Birthright trip with Hillel. The experience solidified my identity as I committed to living a fuller Jewish life. There was…

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $2 Million in Cutting Edge Grants

By cfs_bridget | November 30, 2023 | Comments Off on Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $2 Million in Cutting Edge Grants

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) today announced that it awarded $2 million in Cutting Edge Grants to eight organizations focused on seeding and growing innovative programs in the Los Angeles Jewish community. The programs receiving funding address high-priority issues and are particularly pertinent during this time of crisis, including combatting antisemitism…

Naomi Strongin in eJewish Philanthropy: “Tips for giving effectively to a country in crisis”

By cfs_bridget | November 9, 2023 | Comments Off on Naomi Strongin in eJewish Philanthropy: “Tips for giving effectively to a country in crisis”

by Naomi Strongin, Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy This article was originally published in eJewish Philanthropy. Click here to view the article on their website. Since the barbaric terror attack perpetrated by Hamas on Israel in the early morning hours of Oct. 7, the collective response and support both domestically and around the world has…

Dr. Bruce Powell for the Jewish Journal: We Are What We Believe In

By cfs_bridget | September 26, 2023 | Comments Off on Dr. Bruce Powell for the Jewish Journal: We Are What We Believe In

This article was originally published in the Jewish Journal. Click here to read the original article. Earlier this month, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles presented the inaugural Marvin Schotland Leadership Award to Dr. Bruce Powell. Presently dean of the School for Jewish Education and Leadership at American Jewish University, Dr. Powell helped found…


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