What is AKLA?
AKLA is a west coast take on the Hebrew word achla, meaning AWESOME!
AKLA is a fellowship to connect Jewish teens of bar and bat-mitzvah age (12-13) to the amazing advances that both the local Los Angeles Jewish community and the Israeli community have made in technology, science, arts, and security.
AKLA was found in Los Angeles as a program of the David and Janet Polak Foundation, whose core values include giving back to and strengthening the Jewish community. created by and within the Jewish community.
How AKLA works
Teens that complete our five-week B’nai mitzvah program, which takes place over the course of five Sundays, will come away with a deeper understanding of the awe inspiring Jewish contributions to the world. AKLA is inspired by the partners it supports in both Los Angeles and Israel. Our program is designed to create the Jewish leaders of tomorrow by giving B’nai mitzvah students the opportunity to see the inner workings of these organizations that are making their own awesome contributions to the Jewish world. We believe the time for a child to focus on their unique heritage is during the preparations for their commitment to the Jewish community: their B’nai mitzvah (religious or non-religious) is a unique time for teens to delve into their Jewish roots and discover when, where and how the Jewish people have made lasting impacts on the world.
How applicants are chosen
Applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in taking a leadership role in the community. All applications are reviewed by an independent panel. All costs are covered The David and Janet Polak Foundation.
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