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Need money for college, graduate studies or trade school?
Jewish Free Loan Association offers
JFLA is now taking loan applications for
post-high school students enrolled full-time for this fall.
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JEWISH BIG BROTHERS & SISTERS Want to have the opportunity to help shape a child's future? Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) is in great need of caring male volunteers, MENtors. If you're interested in becoming a MENtor, visit to sign up and make a life-changing impact! Questions? Contact Ashley Waterman or 323-456-1155

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP At Beth Chayim Chadashim on Tuesdays; 6090 West Pico Blvd; prior consultation is required; call JHCLA at 310-277-1550 for more details.

Hospice Services:Through relationships with area hospices, the Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles is able to act as a portal to full service hospice care for clients at the appropriate time, while continuing to tend to their spiritual needs without any disruption in care. One call to JHCLA handles all the arrangements for you. Call 310-277-1550

The Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles has a new bereavement group specifically to address the grief experienced by daughters who have recently lost their mothers. Our groups are non-denominational and run by trained grief counselors. For more information, please call 310-277-1550 or email

"Ezra" means help in Hebrew. When it's easy to get, that means everything!

The Ezra Network is an initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in partnership with Jewish Family Service, Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Jewish Vocational Service to provide social services within synagogues.

Through The Ezra Network, a social worker, job counselor and legal counselor are available to serve the Temple Beth Am community – providing guidance and assistance to those in our congregation, as well as non-members in the area. What you talk about with these professionals is totally confidential.

The Ezra Network professionals are available by appointment:
Rochelle Shapiro, Social Worker -- (323) 229-0235
Alan Zenoff, Legal Counselor -- (323) 549-5827
Stephanie Chais, Job Counselor – (310) 728-5567

This is a FREE service to members of our community.

The Ezra Network can help with:
• Aging Parents (first steps, finding good home help, searching board and care facilities)
• Appealing Disability Claims
• Children/adults with Special Needs
• Divorce and Family Issues
• Domestic Violence Resources
• Drugs and Alcohol Addiction Resources
• Eviction
•Family members with Mental Illness
•Grief Counseling
• Home Foreclosure
• Legal Referrals
• Navigating support systems
• Financial Issues
• Emergency Cash Grants
• Other Counseling and Counseling Resources
• Parent Support Referrals (classes, groups, resources)
• Unemployment
• Support Groups (see below)
• Networking and Job Search related workshops
•Job counseling

Through the Ezra Network we also offer the following professionally facilitated support groups in your area:

Caregiver Support Group (focus on memory impairment and Alzheimer's) at Temple Emanuel on Tuesdays (Call Nina Reinis at 323-600-5722 for more info)

Bereavement Support Group at Temple Emanuel on Mondays
(Call Rochelle Shapiro at 323-229-0235 for more info)

For more information, visit

Please join us for an opportunity to share your feelings, develop friendships, receive emotional support, and discuss solutions to common caregiving issues with other family caregivers.
This project is funded, in part, by the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging, State of California Department of Health Care Services and the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
When: 2nd Thursday of each month, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Beth Jacob Congregation
9030 W Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Contact: Lisa Shainberg, MSW, Family Care Navigator
USC Family Caregiver Support Center 213-740-3953

Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries
5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Quick Contacts

Lia Mandelbaum

Titles: Director of Programming and Engagement
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 215

Ariana Shane

Titles: Membership Coordinator, Assistant to the Executive Director
Phone Numbers:
Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 223

Sandra Braun & Rosana Chermisqui
Sisterhood Co- Presidents

Joel Cooper, & Sasha Ezros
Men's Society Co-Presidents


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