When Janice Lavine went on a strict regimen to eliminate all food allergens from her diet eight years ago, she did so to support one of her daughters, whom medical professionals were struggling to diagnose. While the diet had no effect on her child, the lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom noticed a profound difference in her own health.
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) celebrated its 80th anniversary on Jan. 29 with a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to honor its past board presidents. Among the 500 guests were Stanley Dashew, who received the agency’s Tzedakah Award, and emcee Keith Erickson, a former L.A. Laker and longtime CBS sports broadcaster. Thirteen board presidents attended the event as well as family members representing JVS board presidents who had passed away.
Brooke Burke and Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue Cantor Marcelo Gindlin share the stage during “Hand in Hand,” the synagogue’s April 3 concert fundraiser for children with special needs held at a Malibu home. Photo by Dana Fineman
Jazz composer, cellist and pianist Fred Katz performed during a retrospective of his career at the Skirball Cultural Center on Feb. 20. Honored on the occasion of his 92nd birthday, Katz was joined by his son, flutist Hyman Katz, bassist Richard Simon and saxophonist Dave Koz, as well as the Flying Pisanos, John and Jeanne Pisano.
Dr. Gerald Picus and former L.A. City Councilwoman Joy Picus celebrated the gala opening of the $125 million Valley Performing Arts Center on Jan. 29. The two-hour star-studded event at California State University, Northridge, drew Valley performers, including Jane Kaczmarek, Noah Wyle, Nancy Cartwright, Dave Koz and Cheech Marin, as well as 1,700 guests.
The Jewish Family Service (JFS) Family Violence Project raised funds and awareness on Jan. 27 during its second annual Empowerment Celebration, which honors the birthday of Abby J. Leibman, co-founder of the California Women’s Law Center and newly named CEO of MAZON, and the memory of Nina C. Leibman, who was murdered by her husband in 1995 just after a court order had gone into effect to force him to move out of her home. At the event, JFS recognized former state Sen. Sheila J. Kuehl for her decades of work to help victims of domestic violence.
Matisyahu performed in front of nearly 1,000 people during a concert at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills on Jan. 16.
Topping the marquee names at the gala for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute were founder Steven Spielberg.
CBS senior executives Nina Tassler, David Stapf and Deborah Barak co-hosted A Night of Hope with special guests Geena Davis and Jim Belushi at CBS Radford Studios in Studio City on Oct. 14. The celebration of strength and survival raised more than $220,000 to help the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles’ (JFS) Family Violence Project provide shelter and counseling services to victims of domestic violence.
When comic book artist Neal Adams was 10 years old, he swore he would never get involved in anything related to the Holocaust.
Temple Beth Haverim, an Agoura Hills Conservative congregation hurt by the economic downturn and a declining membership, was unable to extend the forbearance agreement with its property bondholders. The synagogue was scheduled to close on June 30.
UCLA’s Israel Studies Center was renamed the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies last week in honor of the philanthropic couple who found success in Los Angeles after fleeing Iran in the run-up to the 1979 revolution.
“He once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels. He lives vicariously through himself,” a disembodied voice states.
Yoram Gutman, executive director of the Israel Independence Day Festival, is still kvelling about the April 25 Woodley Park weather, which barely hit 80 degrees.
Jewish World Watch drew more than 2,500 people to its fourth annual Walk to End Genocide on April 18, including teams representing synagogues and schools around Southern California. The two-mile Sunday morning walk around Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills raised $175,000 for the people of Darfur, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, an increase of $50,000 over 2009.
Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills is hoping to help shore up Temple Beth Haverim, a Conservative Agoura Hills synagogue in Chapter 11 bankruptcy that is in danger of losing its property. But the assistance being offered isn’t financial, and those involved in the negotiations since Jan. 5 say discussions are focused on an alliance, not a merger.
An amendment approved by the Knesset will advance a bill requiring a referendum on Israeli territorial withdrawal as part of any future peace deals.
Annie Korzen strolls through the open front door of a duplex condo just north of Carthay Square in Los Angeles, leaving her husband to park their Volvo in the chronically congested neighborhood.
The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an alert to all Jewish day schools and synagogues after two men were shot early this morning in the parking lot of Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue.
The Professional Leadership Project (PLP), an initiative established in 2004 to recruit and mentor future Jewish leaders nationwide among Generation Y, announced today it is shutting its doors.
Judea West is for sale, and the West Hills Reform synagogue has already found an interested buyer.
Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Weisz, the Brooklyn-based grand rabbi of the Spinka sect, along with four local associates, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy charges in downtown federal district court Monday.