Successful Young CEO, Veteran HR Company Mix and Mingle to Put Angelenos Back to Work At Strictly Business L.A.

Honorees of 18th Annual event Help Achieve the JVS Multiplier Effect

Meet the CEO of one of the city’s most successful residential brokerage firms and tap into the power of networking, all while supporting the life-altering efforts of JVS to put Angelenos back to work!

Michael Nourmand, the second generation CEO of one of the city’s most successful residential brokerage firms, will receive the inaugural Young Leader Award May 7 at the 18th Annual Strictly Business L.A. Luncheon and Networking Event. JVS will present his firm, Nourmand & Associates, with its Corporate Leadership Award. CPEhr will receive the Corporate Partnership Award. The agency’s Inspiration Award video will feature a video telling the stories of JVS clients who have overcome substantial odds to achieve success.

The 18th annual event at The Beverly Hilton highlights the efforts of JVS and its partners in the business community to provide Angelenos with the resources, training and support they need to return to employment.

“A nonprofit like JVS is greatly strengthened by our strategic partnerships within the corporate community,” said JVS President Jim Hausberg who chairs Strictly Business. “Together we are not only putting people back to work, we are enabling them to contribute to their own communities and thereby strengthen the local economy. “We call this the JVS Multiplier Effect.”

Corporate Leadership Award recipient Nourmand & Associates is a highly successful residential brokerage firm. Saeed Nourmand founded Nourmand & Associates in 1976 and transferred the reins to his youngest son, Michael in late 2007. Nourmand & Associates comprise highly respected business leaders, as well as longtime contributors to local charities.

One of the oldest Human Resources Outsourcing and Professional Employer Outsourcing firms in California, CPEhr has a division dedicated specifically to helping nonprofits achieve their goals.

Returning to host Strictly Business for a third consecutive year is award-winning NBC 4 weatherman and comedian Fritz Coleman.

For information and tickets contact Randy H. Lapin at (323) 761-8598,[email protected].

About JVS: Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles helps people of all faiths and backgrounds overcome barriers to employment so they can become self-sufficient. Our clients include recently separated veterans, people living in poverty, at risk, foster and probation youth, the long term unemployed, people with disabilities and mature workers, as well as downsized career professionals. To learn more, visit www.jvsla.org.

April 15, 2015

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]

JVS Los Angeles receives $50,000 grant from S. Mark Taper Foundation

JVS is pleased to announce that the agency has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

The award continues the relationship between the two organizations as well as the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s ongoing support of JVS and its award-winning programs and services designed to help disadvantaged Los Angeles residents who are facing barriers to employment achieve hope and financial independence. The S. Mark Taper Foundation has previously supported several JVS training programs designed to lead clients to stable career paths. These include JVS HealthWorks which assists people to launch careers in the healthcare industry by training them as certified nurse assistants (CNAs).

“We are extremely honored and grateful for the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s support of JVS’s work on behalf of Angelenos in need,” said JVS CEO Vivian Seigel. “We look forward to continuing a long and fruitful partnership between our two agencies.”

January 14, 2015

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]

JVS BankWork$™ Celebrates 50th Graduating Class and Broadens Partnership with Banc of California

January 8, 2015 -- JVS BankWork$™, the award-winning program that prepares individuals for first-step careers in the financial industry, reached a milestone, graduating its 50th class in the program’s nearly eight-year history. At a graduation ceremony held at the L.A. EXPO Center, BankWork$ also welcomed a new partner, Banc of California, and recognized their generous financial commitment to the program.

The 25 students who received their course completion certificates were among the nearly 900 students that have graduated the program. Within these cohorts, more than 700 have been placed in positions at banks and financial institutions throughout Southern California.

“I look at your faces, and I know you’re going to be the next vice presidents and the next regional managers and the next supervisors,” JVS Chief Operating Officer Claudia Finkel told the graduating class. “We have given you all the tools you need to succeed and now it’s up to you to use that information to the best of your ability.”

Under the leadership of Associate Director Lisa Meadows, BankWork$ prepares job seekers for positions as bank tellers as a first step on the career ladder in the financial services industry.  This intensive eight-week program offers job training, job placement assistance and ongoing coaching for career advancement. Immediately following the graduation, the trainees move to a job fair with recruiters from the partnering banks, many of whom have open positions to fill. BankWork$ graduates are often hired on the day of their graduation or shortly thereafter. 

Many of the trainees have overcome multiple barriers to employment including living in extreme poverty as well as limited education and work experience. Several past graduates have come from the foster care system or are single parents struggling to earn an independent living. Others are newly arrived immigrants and have overcome significant language and cultural barriers.  Some trainees commuted more than 100 miles round-trip from as far away as Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga for the eight-week course.

The commute was entirely worth making, said Sharon Hesse of Long Beach who enrolled in BankWork$ seeking to enter the world of finance after spending more than 10 years as a piano teacher.

“BankWork$ is an amazing program,” said Hesse. “It was very condensed and it felt longer than eight weeks in a good way. I have taken classes at Cal State University, Long Beach and at several community colleges. Lisa Meadows was one of the best instructors I have ever had.”

The partnership with Banc of California expands the bank’s strategic relationship with JVS.  In April, Banc of California Chief Executive Officer Steven A. Sugarman was the keynote speaker at JVS 16thAnnual Strictly Business L.A. Awards Luncheon and Networking event.  In the summer of 2014, Banc of California hired its first BankWork$ graduate – Patrice Mayes - and became a strategic partner and sponsor to the program.

“BanksWork$ helps those with barriers to employment secure the tools they need for a meaningful career within our industry,” said Sugarman. “Both Banc of California and JVS seek to bring positive change to the communities we serve. We are very proud to be a program sponsor.”

Krysta Roberto, Banc of California’s Assistant Vice President and Director of Talent Acquisition, spoke at the BankWork$ 50th graduating class ceremony.

“You can tell when candidates are hungry, prepared, and take to heart all the training and education that they receive,” said Roberto, adding, “As Banc of California continues to expand and become California’s bank we will continue to reach out to BankWork$ graduates as they are the type of motivated and smart employee we want on our team.”

In addition to Banc of California, BankWork$ partners include Bank of America, City National Bank, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks/EXPO Center, Continental Currency, the Marcled Foundation, the Michael and Irene Ross Endowment Fund, Pacific Western Bank, the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the State of California Employment Training Panel, the Pfaffinger Foundation, the State of California Employment Development Department, Union Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. 

In 2013, JVS BankWork$ won the Project Collaboration Award at the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards. The Project Collaboration Award recognizes, “a project that encompasses involvement of multiple stakeholders in the community, engagement of the community being served, and innovation in approaching a community problem or issue.”

January 8, 2015

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]

JVS Holds Grand Opening of West Los Angeles WorkSource Center

JVS Holds Grand Opening of West LA WorkSource Center

Celebrating a Decade of Putting L.A. Back to Work

December 15, 2014 -- Jan Perry, General Manager of Economic and Workforce Development for the City of Los Angeles, gave keynote remarks at a Grand Opening Ceremony Monday at the West L.A. WorkSource in Marina del Rey.

The event recognized over a decade of JVS’ life-changing work, helping Angelenos of all backgrounds overcome barriers to employment through job prep, training and placement. The WorkSource Center is now part of the national America’s Job Center Network, announced by President Obama in his State of the Union address earlier this year. To fully integrate services for job seekers and employers, the WorkSource is co-located with a branch of the state Employment Development Department (EDD) and partners closely to meet the changing needs of the workforce.

“JVS is a great organization with a history that goes back to 1931,” said Perry. “I think we’re standing on very solid ground with this organization.”

In addition to offering JVS’ award-winning job training programs, including BankWork$, HealthWorks and ApartmentWorks, the West L.A. WorkSource offers services for recently separated military veterans through Veterans First as well as a range of programs serving disadvantaged youth. The center also houses the innovative Artist in Residence program and, in 2015, will be the site of a joint study conducted by the UCLA Department of Psychology investigating the links between unemployment and social anxiety.

Each year, over 10,000 clients access the center for workshops in resume writing, interview skills and job preparation and to utilize the phones, computers, job listings and exclusive databases.

Monday’s ceremony is part of a citywide initiative instigated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to reinvigorate and repurpose the city’s 17 WorkSource Centers and to celebrate the strategic partnerships between WorkSource Centers and the private sector.

Other speakers at Monday’s Grand Opening included Abigail Marquez, Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for Mayor Eric Garcetti; Carolyn Anderson, Acting Deputy Division Chief for the EDD; Kevin Ober, Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company and Pat Clark of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce who conducted the ribbon cutting. 

Edward Chinchilla, a returning veteran who landed a job through his work with JVS Veterans First, lauded JVS’ work on behalf of returning servicemen and women.

“Thank you, JVS, for all the opportunities you provide for veterans and for non-veterans,” said Chinchilla who was hired two years ago on Veteran’s Day at Adams Communication and has since been promoted. “At JVS, they never give up and they will help you get the training you need.”

About JVS:   Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping people achieve economic self-sufficiency. We offer individuals the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVSLA was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and assist European refugees to find jobs and begin new lives. Over eight decades later we are still going strong. To learn more, visit www.jvsla.org.

December 15, 2014

JVS To Hold Grand Opening of West LA WorkSource Center Celebrating a Decade of Putting L.A. Back to Work

December 10, 2014 -- Jan Perry, General Manager of Economic and Workforce Development for the City of Los Angeles, will give keynote remarks at a Grand Opening Ceremony Monday, December 15 at the West L.A. WorkSource in Marina del Rey.

The event recognizes over a decade of JVS’ life-changing work, helping Angelenos of all backgrounds overcome barriers to employment through job preparation, training and placement. The WorkSource Center is now part of the national America’s Job Center Network, announced by President Obama in his State of the Union address earlier this year. To fully integrate services for job seekers and employers, the WorkSource is co-located with a branch of the state Employment Development Department (EDD) and partners closely to meet the changing needs of the workforce.

In addition to offering JVS’ award-winning job training programs, including BankWork$, HealthWorks and ApartmentWorks, the West L.A. WorkSource provides services for recently separated military veterans through Veterans First as well as a range of programs serving disadvantaged youth. The center also houses the innovative Artist in Residence program and, in 2015, will be the site of a joint study conducted by the UCLA Department of Psychology investigating the links between unemployment and social anxiety.

Each year, over10,000 customers access the center for workshops in resume writing, interview skills and job search skills as well as to utilize the phones, computers, job boards and exclusive databases.

Other speakers at Monday’s Grand Opening include Abigail Marquez, Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for Mayor Eric Garcetti; Carolyn Anderson, Deputy Division Chief for the EDD; Kevin Ober, Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company and a representative of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce who will conduct the ribbon cutting. 

The WorkSource will remain open to the public for career services during the ceremony. A continental breakfast reception will follow the program and tours of the facility will also be available.

About JVS:   Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping people achieve economic self-sufficiency. We offer individuals the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVSLA was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and assist European refugees to find jobs and begin new lives. Over eight decades later we are still going strong. To learn more, visitwww.jvsla.org.

December 11, 2014

 

JVS Launches ApartmentWorks

First Group of 12 Certified Apartment Maintenance Technicians Graduate New Training Program. Three are hired at post-graduation job fair

November 20, 2014 -- The newest entry in JVS’ award-winning lineup of training programs got off to a triumphant start this week as the inaugural class of JVS ApartmentWorks received their Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT).

The first class of 12 ApartmentWorks graduates received their certificates during a ceremony at the Westside Pavilion. Immediately following the presentations, the graduates met with representatives from property management associations, many of which had job vacancies available.

Three of the graduates received job offers that same day and will start their careers as apartment maintenance technicians in the next week.

“You will set the standard for what is expected for the classes that will follow you,” JVS COO Claudia Finkel told the graduates.  “You are going to go out and have very long and successful careers in the apartment industry. You will grow to be managers and supervisors and probably come back here and hire other graduates of the program.”

“Let’s show these (employers) what we’ve got,” added graduate Jessie Nacar, addressing a roomful of program sponsors and potential employers. “Let’s show them what we learned!”

Produced in partnership with the National Apartment Association’s (NAA’s) Education Institute, the six-week ApartmentWorks program trains participants in skills ranging from plumbing, electrical, HVAC, tiling and exterior repair. Once certified, the trainees are qualified for first-step careers in the growing field of apartment maintenance. Starting hourly salaries for CAMTs are in the $14-$15 range and employees are eligible for benefits and – in some cases – for on-site housing.

The demand for qualified maintenance technicians is constant, said Melissa Reilly, a recruiter from Equity Residential which hosted ApartmentWorks students at its properties during their training. As she got to know the students, Reilly found them to be hard-working, inquisitive and full of can-do spirit as well as knowledge of how to fix a running toilet or patch drywall.

“I can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate the efforts of JVS and the NAA in putting a program like this together,” Reilly said. “This has become a really viable solution to our need.”

Instructor Jon Quach said that he saw impressive growth in the students over the course of the class. Several came to ApartmentWorks with previous experience in areas of maintenance and construction. Quach said that during the course of the class, some of the students had occasion to put their newly-learned skills to immediate practical use. One student diagnosed and repaired a broken garbage disposal in his own home.

“From the first day of class, I saw the eagerness in every student’s eyes, how they wanted to learn more about apartment maintenance and build a career in this field,” Quach said. “They have set the bar very high for the future CAMT classes.”

As is the case with students in long established JVS training programs BankWork$ and HealthWorks, ApartmentWorks recruits students who have faced significant barriers to employment such as living in extreme poverty, limited education and work experience or long term unemployment. Several have come from the foster care system or are single parents struggling to earn an independent living. Others are newly arrived immigrants who have overcome significant language and cultural barriers.

Since his last full time employment five years ago, Alex Archie had strung together a series of construction and handyman jobs. After learning about ApartmentWorks from the Employment Development Department (EDD), Archie saw the program as a gateway to steady employment.

“I had always wanted to get into the maintenance field, but I didn’t know how,” said Archie. “This program is a big help for me.”

Thanks to the support of its funders, ApartmentWorks is offered free of charge to qualified applicants. Funders include Bank of America, Chase Bank, the Marcled Foundation, the Pfaffinger Foundation and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California.

About JVS: Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles helps people of all faiths and backgrounds overcome barriers to employment so they can become self-sufficient. Our clients include recently separated veterans, people living in poverty, at risk, foster and probation youth, the long term unemployed, people with disabilities and mature workers, as well as downsized career professionals. Our goal is to provide individuals with the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVS Los Angeles was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and help Jewish refugees fleeing the political upheaval in Europe to find jobs and begin new lives. Over eight decades later we are going strong with nearly 30,000 client visits each year. To learn more, visit www.jvsla.org.

November 24, 2014

Two Generations Making a Difference -- JVS Honors The Felsenthal Family

More than 300 people were in attendance at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel as JVS recognized the contributions of one of its most generous long term donors.  

Jerry and Judy Felsenthal were given the JVS Lifetime Achievement Award while their son, Leland, and daughter-in-law Erica received the JVS Champion Award at the agency’s annual fall gala “Two Generations Making a Difference.” The family’s commitment to JVS spans more than a decade and their contributions can be seen throughout the agency.

“JVS is an extremely multi-faceted organization that has impacted the lives of so many people from different walks of lives,” said Leland Felsenthal. “JVS has been helping people create better lives for themselves and their families and building a stronger future for us all. As my 4-year-old daughter Violet would say, the work of JVS is mensch-y.”

“JVS has a very long history of doing the right thing in the community,” added Jerry Felsenthal. “When you engage in what JVS does, you recognize what it means to participate in the things that matter.”

The event raised over $750,000 including a gift of $250,000 to the JVS Scholarship Program.

The photos from the gala can be viewed at http://goo.gl/Pw4kVf

November 24, 2014

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]

JVS Honors The Felsenthal Family

Fall Gala “Two Generations Making a Difference” will be held November 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

November 3, 2014 - The concept of helping a person at the moment in life when he or she is most in need of assistance resonates deeply within two generations of the Felsenthal family. The family’s commitment to JVS spans more than a decade and their contributions can be seen throughout the agency.

JVS will honor Judy and Jerrold Felsenthal, their son Leland and daughter-in-law Erica with the JVS Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the family’s many years of dedication, commitment and generosity to the agency. The fall gala, “Two Generations Making a Difference,” takes place Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The event will be co-chaired by Jeffrey Paul and Rick Powell and will feature a special performance by the California Beach Boys tribute band, Papa Doo Run Run.

“Charity was always a part of my life growing up, and there’s hardly a day goes by that I’m not doing something for one charity or another, whether writing a check or taking food to the westside food coalition or to SOVA or tutoring,” says Judy Felsenthal. “I have been very blessed with a wonderful life, and it makes me feel good if I can make other people feel good and make a change in their lives.”

“We are delighted to honor a family that has been such a devoted and generous friend to JVS for so many years,” says JVS CEO Vivian Seigel. Through their support of our agency’s life-changing mission, Judy, Jerry, Leland and Erica set a shining philanthropic example.”

The family’s involvement with the agency began in 2004 when Judy was brought to tears listening to the story of a JVS Scholarship student and decided she needed to be involved in this donor-directed program. Judy joined the agency’s Board of Directors and ultimately chaired the JVS Scholarship Committee. She and her husband Jerry have since sponsored multiple scholarship recipients. Their abiding interest in education was shared by their eldest son, Leland, and his wife Erica, who have also sponsored a number of scholarship students and are Circle of Honor donors to the JVS Scholarship Endowment Fund. Leland, who currently serves as a vice president on the JVS Board, follows directly in his mother’s footsteps, as the JVS Scholarship Committee for 2015.

Dr. Erica Felsenthal, a practicing clinical psychologist, has helped develop training manuals for JVS’ Assessment and Disability clients, and is a member of the JVS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), a donor directed group dedicated to supporting JVS’ diverse range of programs which assist women in crisis and transition.

The Felsenthals’ work for JVS is a small part of a life replete with business and charitable endeavors. Jerry Felsenthal operates a successful industrial real estate development, investment and management company. He served on the Beverly Hills Planning Commission for seven years including a term as the commission’s chair, and he currently serves on the city’s Public Works Commission.  

Judy Felsenthal has devoted her time and resources to such organizations as the Amie Karen Cancer Fund, Otis College of Art and Design, the Los Angeles Music Center, Cedars-Sinai Hospital Board of Governors, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Sinai Temple and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

Leland is the CEO and president of Public Identity, a licensing and brand management corporation that he founded in his early 20s. Erica is an active volunteer who serves as a vice president of the Parent Association Board at Wilshire Boulevard Temple's preschool. She and Leland are the parents of daughters Violet and Zoey.

“Volunteering and doing work on behalf of different causes is part of how we define ourselves as a family,” says Leland. “We have good fortune and that’s a lucky place to be. It’s very important we share that with others.”

For more information about the gala, contact Randy H. Lapin, JVS Chief Philanthropy Officer, (323) 761-8598, [email protected].

About JVS: Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles helps people of all faiths and backgrounds overcome barriers to employment so they can become self-sufficient. Our clients include recently separated veterans, people living in poverty, at risk, foster and probation youth, the long term unemployed, people with disabilities and mature workers, as well as downsized career professionals. Our goal is to provide individuals with the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVS Los Angeles was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and help Jewish refugees fleeing the political upheaval in Europe to find jobs and begin new lives. Over eight decades later we are going strong with nearly 30,000 client visits each year. To learn more, visit www.jvsla.org.

November 6, 2014

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]

Woman to Woman Conference is a Success at the Skirball

Pictured: (L-R) Los Angeleis City Councilmember Nury Martinez and screenwriter-producer Janis Hirsc

An enthusiastic group of supporters filled the Skirball Cultural Center in support of JVS programs for women.

The second annual JVS Woman to Woman conference featured inspirational guest speakers Hon. Nury Martinez, the L.A. City Councilwoman representing the 6th District, Janis Hirsch, TV and film writer-producer (Will & GraceL.A. Law), Rachael Worby, internationally renowned conductor and former First Lady of West Virginia, Erin Stein, Executive Director of A Woman’s Nation, and Margaret Bhola, business leader, consultant and author of Women I Want to Grow Old With.

For a second year, a panel of eminent women physicians from Cedars Sinai Medical Center discussed their careers and experiences. The panel was moderated by Sarah J. Kilpatrick MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Associate Dean of Faculty Development at Cedars-Sinai, with panelistsKimberly D. GregoryMD, MPH, Vice Chair of Women's Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement and the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Adrienne Youdim, MD, Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Weight Loss.

The conference was produced by the JVS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), a donor support group for all of JVS’ programs serving women in crisis or transition. The WLN focuses on WoMentoring, an innovative career mentoring program that matches women in career transition with professional women in established careers. Founded in 1998, the program supports women with a clear career direction as they work to advance their professional goals and personal development. Successful mentees are encouraged to return to the program as mentors, and the program is developing a component to serve women veterans. Thanks to donor support, the program is free of charge to all participants.

"Part of my life's journey is committed to empowering women, so this is a cause that I had to support, especially sitting in that room filled with such amazing women!" said conference attendee Amanda Daniels, aheart coach, advocate and television host.

September 21, 2014

  • Diane Shapiro, WoMentoring Program Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd., #200
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323) 761-8888, ext. 8662

    Email: [email protected]

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]

JVS in the News - Programs and Services from Marina del Rey and Antelope Valley Featured in Local Publications

Two local news outlets have featured JVS programs, services and clients in recent publications.

In a story published in the August 14 edition of The Argonaut titled "Volunteering 101," reporter Allie Teaze interviews Warren Mullisen a 70-year-old volunteer who helps clients at the America's Job Center at the Marina del Rey prepare for job interviews.

"When someone comes back and says 'I got a job,' and in some way I was able to help them, it's a feel-good experience all the way around," Mullisen says.

The article also lists the Marina del Rey AJC's contact information for others interested in volunteering.

The Lancaster General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW) program in Lancaster has been highlighted in the Antelope Valley Press for a partnership to a partnership with Seattle-based Icicle Seafoods which hired 75 local clients to work on fishing boats in Alaska over the summer for the salmon season.

"They have done such a great job. The vessel manager is so pleased," Icicle Seafoods Director of Recruitment Ann-Marie Todd tells thePress's Business Editor James Skeen. "They have taken pride in their jobs. They have brought an excitement to the boat... We want them back. We would like to continue that relationship."

Read the full articles in the links below.

"Volunteering 101" - The Argonaut

"Valley Residents Find Work in Alaska" - Antelope Valley Press

August 20, 2014

Woman to Woman Conference 2014 Coming to Skirball September 18

2nd Annual Conference and Networking Event to benefit

JVS Programs for  Women

photo of Rachael Worby

After taking participants around the world and into the hopes and dreams of aspiring women and their mentors in 2013, Woman to Woman is back for a second year and the program promises to be bigger and better than ever.

A stellar lineup of inspirational guest speakers will take the stage September 18 at the Skirball Cultural Center for the 2nd Annual Woman to Woman: Living Your Authentic Life Conference. The event is sponsored by the JVS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) and benefits WoMentoring – a career mentoring program for women - as well as other JVS programs serving girls and women in need. Debbie Powell and Judy F. Rosenberg are the event co-chairs.

Featured speakers include: Hon. Nury Martinez, the L.A. City Councilwoman representing the 6th District, Janis Hirsch, TV and film writer-producer (Will & GraceL.A. Law), Rachael Worby, internationally renowned conductor and former First Lady of West Virginia, Erin Stein, Executive Director of A Woman’s Nation, and Margaret Bhola, business leader, consultant and author of Women I Want to Grow Old With.

For a second year, a panel of eminent women physicians from Cedars Sinai Medical Center will discuss their careers and experiences. The panel will be moderated by Sarah J. Kilpatrick MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Associate Dean of Faculty Development at Cedars-Sinai, with panelistsKimberly D. GregoryMD, MPH, Vice Chair of Women's Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement and the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Adrienne Youdim, MD, Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Weight Loss.

Kiki Elrod, former Miss North Carolina and second runner up to Miss America, will serve as event host and moderator.

“Our speakers are accessible, highly accomplished women who have become successful on their own terms,” says Debbie Powell. “I have no doubt that all of our attendees will find their stories both touching and motivating.”

In 2013, the inaugural Woman to Woman Conference drew a capacity crowd of over 200 guests. The stellar line up of speakers included producer Amy Ziering, author Lisa See, photojournalist Dana Gluckstein and the Cedars-Sinai physician panel of Drs. Sarah Kilpatrick, Puja Mehta and Ilana Cass.    

In putting together the 2014 event, organizers planned for growth and hoped to build on their initial success.  

“Our hope is that this conference becomes an event that women of all ages feel that it is important to attend,” says Judy F. Rosenberg. “It’s not just an opportunity to learn, but also to see friends, to network and to have a great day. By attending Woman to Woman, you are supporting an incredible JVS program that helps women and their families.” 

The conference is produced by the JVS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), a donor support group for all of JVS’ programs serving girls and women in crisis or transition. The WLN focuses on WoMentoring, an innovative career mentoring program that matches women in career transition with professional women in established careers. Founded in 1998, the program supports women with a clear career direction as they work to advance their professional goals and personal development. Successful mentees are encouraged to return to the program as mentors, and the program is developing a component to serve women veterans. Thanks to donor support, the program is free of charge to all participants.

Woman to Woman is sponsored by the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Bloomingdale's, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, he El Camino Group, LLC, Tina Elowitt, Hold the Date, Anita Mann Kohl, Barbara & Tom Leanse, Linda's Gourmet Latkes, Luna, Robert Mahar, La Tavola, Nancy & Jeff Paul, O.P.I, Debbie & Rick Powell, Joyce & Larry Powell, Pressed Juicery, Public Identity, Susan W. Robertson, Trader Joe's, Westfield and Wells Fargo.

The Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), chaired by Debbie Powell and Eileen Coskey Fracchia, is comprised of established women professionals and leaders in their industries and communities, retired executives and philanthropists who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of girls and women in need.

The Woman to Woman Conference begins with a Networking Breakfast at 8 a.m. with the Program kicking off at 9 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles. Tickets to attend the conference are $150 and include lunch. Contact Judy Werner, [email protected], (323) 761-8888, ext. 8891 for more information and sponsorship opportunities or click here.

Full bios on all speakers at http://www.jvsla.org/node/5609

About JVS:

Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles helps people of all faiths and backgrounds overcome barriers to employment so they can become self-sufficient. From recently released veterans to at risk, foster and probation youth, the long term unemployed and people with disabilities, our goal is to provide individuals with the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVS Los Angeles was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and assist immigrants and job seekers impacted by the Great Depression. Over eight decades later we are going strong – with nearly 30,000 client visits each year.

August 14, 2014

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]

JVS Joins Michelle Obama at Unite for Veterans Symposium

July 16, 2014-- JVS CEO Vivian Seigel and the team from our award-winning Veterans First program were in attendance at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza at the Unite for Veterans symposium today where First Lady Michelle Obama urged the nation to end unemployment and homelessness for U.S. servicemen and women both in Los Angeles and throughout the nation. The First Lady applauded the work of strong local partnerships and the leadership of Mayor Eric Garcetti.

JVS’ 17th Annual Strictly Business L.A. Awards Luncheon Features Keynote Address by Banc of California President & CEO Steven A. Sugarman

Los Angeles- April 24, 2014 – Businessman and entrepreneur Steven A. Sugarman, will deliver the keynote address at the 17th annual JVS L.A. Strictly Business L.A. Awards Luncheon and Networking event May 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. NBC 4 Weatherman Fritz Coleman will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

JVS’ 17th Annual Strictly Business L.A. Awards Luncheon Highlights Successful Efforts to Bridge the “Skills Gap” in Los Angeles

Los Angeles- April 17, 2014 -- As the nation moves through the economic recovery and the overhaul of its job training programs, friends and supporters of JVS LA will celebrate the agency, its award-winning training initiatives and efforts to close the “skills gap” one client, one job at a time.

JVS Los Angeles Receives Highest Ranking from Charity Navigator

April 3, 2014 - For the seventh consecutive year, JVS Los Angeles has received a 4-Star ranking from Charity Navigator, the leading charity rating organization in the country. Only 2% of the nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluated have earned this prestigious recognition for seven consecutive years.

The ranking can be viewed on Charity Navigator’s website here.

In a letter to JVS CEO Vivian Seigel, Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger writes: “Only 2% of the charities we rate have received at least 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.

Read the full text of Ken Berger’s letter here.

Charity Navigator’s goal is to provide donors with the essential information they need to make informed choices in their charitable giving. Ratings are based on good governance, sound fiscal management, commitment to accountability, transparency and use of best practices. The organization estimates that last year Charity Navigator influenced approximately $10 billion in charitable gifts.

“While we appreciate and value this wonderful acknowledgement of our agency’s commitment to excellence, our work at JVS is far from done,” said JVS CEO Vivian Seigel. “Every day, the entire agency strives to meet the needs of our clients - the job seekers of all ages, faiths and backgrounds who see the services we provide as a lifeline.  We are able to accomplish our central mission - to improve lives, one job at a time – thanks to the generous support of our donors and corporate partners without whose assistance we would be unable to impact those in greatest need.”

Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles helps people of all faiths and backgrounds overcome barriers to employment so they can become self-sufficient. From recently released veterans to at risk, foster and probation youth, women in crisis, refugees and immigrants, the long term unemployed and people with disabilities, our goal is to provide individuals with the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support.

Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVS Los Angeles was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and to help Jewish refugees fleeing the political upheaval in Europe to find jobs and begin new lives. Over eight decades later, we are going strong – serving nearly 30,000 people each year.


April 4, 2014

  • Evan Henerson, Media Relations Manager

    6505 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90048 
    Phone: (323)761-8888 x8866

    Email: [email protected]