Philanthropist and art benefactor Sir Arthur Gilbert died at his Beverly Hills home Sunday of a heart attack. He was 88 and had struggled with cancer and diabetes. The Journal had slated the following profile of Gilbert, a leading philanthropist, art collector and businessman, to run in this issue. Anita Chabria met with him last week.
Sir Arthur Gilbert was one of Los Angeles' few resident knights, having been honored by the Queen of England two years ago, but he was best-known here as a philanthropist and real estate entrepreneur who helped shape his adopted city.
Despite a tough economic year that prompted more than $550 million in line-item vetoes by Governor Gray Davis, the new California state budget allocates almost $10 million dollars to Jewish organizations.
As Los Angeles housing prices continue their upward climb, members of Orthodox and Conservative communities are having a tougher time finding affordable houses to buy within walking distance of their synagogues -- a must for observant Jews who don't drive on Shabbat.