The city of Beverly Hills pulled out all the stops recently with a lavish black-tie affair to honor philanthropist, retail legend and Rodeo Drive Committee founder Fred Hayman. City Council members announced the renaming of the street -- between his famed Giorgio...
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April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pmTerrorist Expert Feted
Noted terrorism expert Steve Emerson was presented with a special proclamation from Beverly Hills by former Mayor Steve Webb.
Emerson, one of the foremost experts on terrorism, works closely with law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community. He has...
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February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pmDinner of Champions
Maccabi Team Los Angeles held its gala awards dinner "A Night of Maccabi Champions" on Jan. 20 at the Universal Hilton. Cohosted by the New JCC at Milken, the event honored Jerry Bobrow, Landon Lerner and the outstanding athletes from the 2006 JCC Maccabi...
January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pmGood to be the Chief
Health care veteran Tim McGlew has been named chief operating officer and vice president of operations for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The Jewish Home is the largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles.
"With the recent...
January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pmWoolsey Wows AJC
It was an extraordinary evening when the American Jewish Congress (AJC) honored former director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey at a black-tie gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Dec. 10.
Woolsey received the AJC's Jerusalem Award for his extensive work...
December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pmORT Ovation
Education and life were celebrated at the Beverly Hilton's Rodeo Gallery on Dec. 3 for the L.A. Chapter of American ORT's 26th annual Chanukah Brunch honoring JDate and Sparks Networks founder Joe Shapira. A 1972 graduate of ORT Singalovski Institute of Technology in Tel...
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November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pmA Sense of Israel
The Israel Ministry booth opened with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with Israel's top ministers and Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz. More than 100 people gathered to watch at the 75th annual United Jewish Communities General Assembly as the ministers cut the ribbon...
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November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pmA Powerful Trio
It was a night to acknowledge accomplished women Nov. 1, when 300 people celebrated the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 12th annual Deborah Awards. This year's honorees, Louise Bryson of Lifetime Entertainment, Shelley Freeman of Wells Fargo Bank and Monica Lozano of...
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November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pmOrder in the McCourt
Jamie McCourt, Los Angeles Dodgers' president and vice chair, was honored with the prestigious Woman of the Year award at Friendly House's annual luncheon and celebrity stylist, Carrie White, was honored with the Excellent Service Award. They join a...
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All About Aviva
It was a night of stargazing...and trying unsuccessfully to spot any flaws on the amazing "Desperate Housewife" Teri Hatcher, when Aviva Family and Children's Services presented its annual Triumph of the Spirit Awards Gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. The evening...
June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm
For 16-year-old former Encino resident Marisa Gobuty it's all about basketball.
Throughout the summer, Gobuty, a 5-foot-7 high school junior point guard, who now lives in Israel and plays for Israel's National Basketball Team, will be playing for the Southern...
June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Full House of Hope
It was a full house May 14 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire at the 30th annual Celebration of Life Faces of Hope Benefit gala, honoring the City of Hope's bone marrow transplant (BMT) program, along with the program's director, Dr. Stephen J. Forman. Watching the...
June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm
A Song for Ken
The annual dinner of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles reached its touching climax when Israeli-born European singing sensation, Liel, called veteran music manager (and her own U.S. manager) Ken Kragen on stage to perform with her "We Are the World."...
May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Kudos for Kuh
Los Angeles culinary expert Patric Kuh was honored recently in New York by the James Beard Foundation for his humanitarian efforts during the the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards.
Kuh won kudos in the Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique category for his work...
May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Sober and Proud
A cache of L.A. A-Listers joined attorney Robert Shapiro and his wife Linell to kick-off the first ever observance of Sober Day USA: A Day of Awareness poolside at the Standard Hotel.
"We want to show America that everyone can have fun without artificial enhancements...
May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Doctor in the House
On Sunday, April 9, American Jewish Congress, StandWithUs and Beth Jacob Congregation welcomed Dr. Raanan Gissin, strategic analyst, international spokesman and senior adviser to Israel's prime minister, to Los Angeles. More than 150 people learned about Israel's...
April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm
A World of Food
World Ethnic Market/KosherWorld Show manager Phyllis Koegel presented a Buyer of the Year Award to Tamara Dorrell, Safeway manager, national categories, ethnic. The World Ethnic Market was held recently at the Anaheim Convention Center.
L.A. Helps the Gulf
April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Korn Helps UCLA Growth
Civic leader and philanthropist Carolbeth Korn donated $200,000 to the UCLA School of Public Health to endow, in perpetuity, an annual $10,000 prize honoring the outstanding graduating student each year. Beginning this May, recipients will be selected by the...
April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayal met recently and placed a call to congratulate new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. They, along with Ayal's wife, Anne, extended congratulations on the Kadima Party victory. Photo by Duncan McIntosh.
April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Built to Last
Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.
The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...
March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm
A Growing Hunger
Responding to the needs of the hungry, Temple Beth El of San Pedro welcomed Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, to a recent Shabbat service. He spoke about MAZON's 20-year history...
March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Superskater and silver Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen lit up the runway recently at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style event in Beverly Hills. It was a night of chowing down on yummy foods and stargazing as the Rodeo Drive Committee celebrated the illustrious careers of...
March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Choirs Rock the House
Temple Emanuel was rockin' recently when it hosted the Temple Bryant A.M.E. Church Choir that performed with Emanuel's choir at a Shabbat Shira Service. The entire congregation and guests were on their feet singing and clapping in joyous rapture.
March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Speak Up, Speak Out
Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills hosted an overflow crowd of 600 guests for a community conversation about Jihad, the riots in France and the threats to Israel posed by Hamas and Iran. Sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition L.A. Chapter and the Israel...
March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Good as Guild
Lunch and laughter was on the menu when The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild honored two pioneer workers for their service to the Guild and the community. Civic leaders Sooky Goldman, founding president, and Janet Salter, president for the past 10 years, were recipients of...
February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Cleaning Up With Care
Long time L.A. drycleaner Barry Gershenson was named one of four national spokespersons for the FabriCare Foundation.
Gershenson, a third-generation dry cleaning veteran has more than 40 years experience as owner of Sterling Fine Cleaning in Los Angeles. As a...
February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Supercause for Super bowl
Goodies abounded on Super Bowl Sunday as, for the 20th consecutive year, "Doctor to the Stars" and Fulfillment Fund founder Gary Gitnick, chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA School of Medicine, and his gracious wife, Cherna, opened their home...
January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Leaving a Legacy
Fariba Nourfshan of Beverly Hills and Holli Rabishaw of Tarzana were among 22 young women selected to participate in Hadassah's recent Young Women's Legacy Mission to Poland and Israel. The program was designed to connect young women with their Israeli heritage and...
January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm
I enjoy walking if it's through a store during a sale or to show off a grandchild. But walking for the pure fun of it isn't fun for me. The last time I exercised was when Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles, and I jumped up and down in the living room as they played.
Enter the Neshoma...
January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm
The annual Professional Baseball Scouts Association Dinner in Beverly Hills is a fundraiser for baseball scouts. It honored Koufax, Barry Bonds and Tommy Lasorda, among others, with Willie Mays, Dennis Gilbert and Jerry Reinsdorf as the featured speakers.
January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm
The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division put a cool spin on Chanukah with "Latkes and Blackjack" at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. The usually dark alternative music club had a cheery holiday makeover as dreidels and chocolate gelt were spread across...
December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm
ADL Celebrates Family
More than 800 people showed up to celebrate the work of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) last week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where more than $400,000 was raised for ADL's battle against anti-Semitism, hate and bigotry.
The event lived up to its theme, "We...
December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Twenty-five years of great music and great Judaic art were celebrated at the 25th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles. At the opening night concert, festival founder and arts educator Jean Abarbanel revealed how she and co-founder...
December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm
SOCK AND SACK
Temple Emanuel celebrated its annual Mitzvah Day last month, with the Beverly Hills congregation coming together to perform benevolent activities focusing on those in need. One event, the Sock and Sack Day, was held at the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles....
December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Shelley Gazin, artist and photojournalist, has been the recipient of four 2005 grants to further her photographic and video documentary study of California's Persian Jewish community. A grant from the California Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the...
November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Jewish Book Month in November kicked off with the 2005 Harold U. Ribalow Prize to Jenna Blum, author of "Those Who Save Us" (Harcourt, 2004). Administered by the award-winning Hadassah Magazine, the Ribalow Prize is given annually to an author who has created an...
November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm
StandWithUs premiered its documentary, "Tolerating Intolerance: Hate Speech on Campus," to more than 400 community leaders and students recently at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. The film exposes allegedly extremist speakers, such as Abdel Malik Ali, who...
November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Life Is Beautiful
"Beautiful Music," produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films division, was winner of the best documentary award at the Hollywood Film Festival for director Richard Trank. It tells the story of a blind, autistic Arab girl whose astonishing musical...
November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Clothes That Care
The Family Violence Project of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) launched its first Clothesline Project exhibit in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The exhibit, on view at the Bell Family Gallery of The Jewish Federation at 6505...
October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm
QUEENS OF SHEBA
Boutiques lined the halls leading to the dining room at the Four Seasons recently, where a crowd shopped before the Women of Achievement Awards event at the Friends of Sheba luncheon. This year's awards honored two distinguished community leaders: Dr. Ellen Klapper...
October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm
REASON TO SMILE
The room sparkled with celebrities and supporters as Operation Smile honored Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), at its annual gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Roma Downey, Annette Bening, Warren Beatty and Larry David watched as the Children of the...
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"Undressing Infidelity: Why More Wives Are Unfaithful" (Adam Media Corp, $14.95)
Diane Shader Smith is a fearless Jewish mother, or would that be redundant? Smith, with her new, hot-selling book, "Undressing Infidelity: Why More Wives Are Unfaithful" has gone where very few have...
May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Help: A Laughing Matter
Laughter and love marked the occasion of the annual Laughing Matters luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel to benefit the L.A. Free Clinic. Celebrities and civic notables coifed and dressed to the nines were on hand to lend their humor and presence to the...