JFSLA Celebrates Holocaust Survivor Appreciation Day
On June 1st, JFSLA hosted a special appreciation luncheon to celebrate and honor survivors of the Holocaust, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, KAVOD SHEF, and Seed the Dream Foundation. Members of Café Europa, JFSLA’s social group for survivors of the Holocaust, enjoyed a kosher lunch and live entertainment at the JFS Valley Storefront Community Resource Center.
JFSLA is a 2023 California Nonprofit of the Year Honoree
On June 7th, Jewish Family Service LA was honored in Sacramento for being selected as a 2023 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur. Each year California assembly members and state senators honor a nonprofit in their district for the outstanding contributions they make. Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur, a newly elected member of the California State Assembly, represents District 51, which includes Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.
The Face Behind JFSLA’s GALA: Meet Jasmine Lopez, JFSLA Donor Relations Event Manager
Jasmine Lopez has been working at JFSLA for 13 years. Last year, she was promoted from Donor Relations and Event Coordinator to Donor Relations Event Manager. Although her new position involves most of her previous responsibilities, she took on the role of leading this year’s 30th Annual Gala. Thanks to her leadership and the generosity of donors, JFSLA raised nearly $1.2 million.
UCLA Students Volunteer at JFSLA
For the last two years, students from the University of California Los Angeles have volunteered with JFSLA through a course offered by the UCLA Center for Community Engagement. Through this course, UCLA partners with community organizations such as JFSLA to help undergraduate students build critical thinking skills and develop an awareness of social issues through active participation in the community.
Aging Unbound: A Celebration of Older Americans
The theme of this year’s Older Americans Month is “Aging Unbound,” which offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and promote flexible thinking about aging, and how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent, and included.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and JFSLA is shining a light on our mental health programs which provide critical services to hundreds of Angelenos every year. In the U.S., more than one in five adults live with a mental health condition. Of those, more than half lack access to mental health care.
JFSLA Joins Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel’s Valley Day of Service
On April 30th, JFSLA participated in the Annual Valley Day of Service, hosted by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel at Pierce College. Hundreds of volunteers, community members, and elected local officials joined Assemblymember Gabriel to volunteer with community organizations in the Valley and learn more about their services and the work they do in the community.
The 30th Annual JFSLA Gala Was a Night to Remember
On Wednesday, April 26th, nearly 400 people convened at the Skirball Cultural Center as Jewish Family Service LA hosted its 30th Annual Gala, honoring Nina Tassler with the Susie Forer-Dehrey Spirit of Humanity Award and Sara Cannon with the Anita & Stanley Hirsh Award.
Bank of America Volunteers Deliver Passover Meals to Homebound Seniors
On April 4th, a group of Bank of America employees volunteered with JFSLA’s Senior Nutrition Program to deliver Passover seder plates to homebound seniors living in West Hollywood
Amalia Volunteers in Memory of Her Father
Amalia Polus has volunteered with Cafe Europa, JFSLA’s social group for survivors of the Holocaust, for more than two years. For Amalia, volunteering means honoring the memory of her beloved father, who was a survivor.