Jewish Journal

Norma Zager

  • Fred Hayman Week in Beverly Hills

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Fred Hayman Feted

    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...
  • Teen power, distinguished student,  defenders of free speech

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Power of teens

    The power of kids helping kids has long been a tool used by Teen Line to aid teenagers in their struggles to break free from abuse and reach their potential.

    Knowing the value of confronting problems head-on, the kids at this peer crisis hot line associated with...
  • Saluting the Alliance; Bully for Binah; Right on, Rifkinds!

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Allies in Education

    Philanthropists Beth and Joshua Friedman and Alliance board of director's president, Raymond R. Michaud Jr., were feted for their charitable endeavors and dedication to education, at the 2007 awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    The upbeat evening...
  • Circuit: LAJFF, Nimoy, Smart

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Festival of Magen Davids

    The second annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) kicked off April 21 at the Writers' Guild of America Theatre in Beverly Hills with the world premiere of Hilary Helstein's "As Seen Through These Eyes." The Maya Angelou-narrated documentary looks at...
  • Lauding Leiweke; Charitable home run; Friedman reappointed

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Lauding Leiweke

    AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke recently received the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Humanitarian Award at the ADL Entertainment Industry Awards. Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton presented the award at Staples Center.

    More than 600 people...
  • Hillcrest Honors ProS; Ancient Digs; Feinstein’s Fanfare

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Hillcrest Honors ProS

    Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California (JCPSC) recently met at Hillcrest Country Club to discuss their upcoming June 5 Annual Awards Banquet. The event will honor professionals in numerous categories for outstanding achievements.

    More than 50...
  • Good friends; Keeping the Covenant; Marvelous Mandy

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Good friends

    The ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire was overflowing with well-wishers there to honor uber-philanthropist Marilyn Ziering and renowned professor Gidi Rechavi at the Friends of Sheba Medical Center dinner March 18. Attendees watched a video chronicling Mordechai Shani...
  • The Circuit

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorist 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...

  • Low down on the high rise

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Low Down on High Rises

    Songwriter Hal David hosted a cocktail reception to celebrate the L.A. launch of "High Rise Low Down" by Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Eunice David and Kathryn Livingston at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel.

    The book gives an inside look at the secrets of New...

  • Dinner of Champions; Really N-Ice Camp

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dinner 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...

  • Good to be the Chief; Get Your Challah On

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Good 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...

  • AJ Congress wowed; Shaare Zedek gets record donation; Koufax in the house

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Woolsey 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...

  • ORT Ovation; Law and Laughter; Stand and Deliver

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    ORT 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...

  • The King of Hearts; Celebrating diversity

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    All About Atidim

    "As Henry VIII told each of his six wives, 'I won't keep you long'," promised Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, as he addressed some 300 guests at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    The Nov. 16 occasion was a benefit for Atidim, an innovative...

  • Circuit

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A 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...

  • Local Couple Secures Pope’s Personal Blessing of Crucifix for Ailing Catholic Friend

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Local Couple Secures Pope's Personal Blessing of Crucifix for Ailing Catholic Friend

    Civic activists and philanthropists Faith and Jonathan Cookler recently returned from an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Leadership Mission led by Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, to...

  • Powerful Trio; House is a Home

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A 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...

  • Circuit

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Starving Students Deliver

    Starving Students, the nation's leading local mover, volunteered its movers and trucks for the SOVA Food Pantry's High Holiday Food Drive. Six Starving Students movers and two trucks helped pick up and deliver donated groceries to the SOVA warehouse where...

  • Order in the McCourt; Professionally Speaking; Youth and Priviliege

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Order 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...

  • Very fulfilled; Levin on board

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The nonprofit The Fulfillment Fund's STARS 2006 gala honoring Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Tom Rothman, raised $2.3 million to help underserved students graduate high school and attend college.

    Almost 1,000 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and the comedy of Wayne Brady...

  • Shatner Horse Trek; Four of a Kind; Star Bright; Mayor Meets Mayor; Social Justice? Here I Am

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Horse Trek

    William and Elizabeth Shatner made their first U.S. public appearance on behalf of the William and Elizabeth Shatner-Jewish National Fund Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment for Israel last week at "An Evening of Magical Information." The $10 million endowment will...

  • Local community refuses to forget 12 missing Persian Jews

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    12 missing Persian Jews: not forgotten
    Nearly 300 members of the Iranian Jewish community and local Persian-language media gathered at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills on Sept. 27 for an event sponsored by the Council of Iranian Jews to discuss the fate of 12 Persian...
  • Power of the Prez; In the wake of war; Children work for a cure

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Power of the Prez

    Century City attorney and Iranian Jewish activist H. David Nahai was elected president of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commission on Sept. 21. The five-person commission unanimously elected Nahai who was originally appointed to the board that overseas...

  • Roast for Richard; A Wish Is Granted; And the World Tastes Good; New Faces X 2

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roast for Richard
    City of Hope honored civic leader and philanthropist Richard S. Ziman at a toast and roast Sept, 14. Ziman was presented with City of Hope's Spirit of Life Award and President's Award for his longstanding commitment to the advancement of science and the care of...
  • Media reporters meet community; Karnit Goldwasser appeals for help

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A sold-out crowd of close to 450 men and women attended the Women's Alliance for Israel Aug. 8 symposium on "Israel and the Media -- How Fair the Coverage?" The event at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel included panelists Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The...
  • Spirit and Chocolate Top Temple Emanuel Installation

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There was chocolate and music last week when Sue Brucker was installed as president of Temple Emanuel's board of directors at Shabbat Unplugged. Amid the singing and Shabbat rituals, Brucker was applauded for her talents as a leader, and her commitment and dedication to getting any...

  • The Circuit 06-30-2006

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • The Circuit

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hoop Dreams
    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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."...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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


  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Victory Call

    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.


  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sasha Sparkles

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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.

    Behind the...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • Fit L.A. - Let’s Take a ‘J-Walk’ Around the Block

    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...

  • The Circuit

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Koufax Honored

    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.


  • The Circuit

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shining Lights

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Art Accolades

    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...

  • The Circuit

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    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.

  • Circuit

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Capturing Gazin

    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...

  • The Circuit

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Pure Inspiration

    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...

  • The Circuit

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Hatred Exposed

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • The Circuit

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    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...

  • The Circuit

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    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...

  • Wiesenthal’s Work Beyond Words

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal devoted his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals, and his life and that effort unfold in a new exhibit at Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance.

    Wiesenthal died last week at 96 at his home in Vienna, and this exhibit was quickly but lovingly put together at the...

  • New Reality Show Is a Shore Thing

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Well-traveled comedian Pauly Shore has taken his act on the reality show highway, and his father, Sammy, a fellow comedian and family patriarch, is riding alongside as his co-star. The new TBS show, "Minding the Store," is an up-close look at Pauly's life and his attempts to recharge...

  • Outspoken Asner’s Activism Is No Act

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Yitzhak Edward Asner vocally opposes the war in Iraq, a position that has probably angered some fans of the 76-year-old actor. But that's nothing new for Asner, whose political activism, years earlier, may have cost him the best acting job he ever had -- the role of journalist Lou...

  • Why Women Stray

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "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...

  • The Circuit

    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...