In a tribute to eight of its members, among them Holocaust survivors, a rabbi and two doctors, the Jewish National Fund will hold a 100th anniversary dinner Sept. 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach. The honorees include:
Miles and Esther Sterling of Aliso Viejo. She is a Holocaust survivor, charter member of Garden Grove's Jewish senior center and regional chair of JNF's Sapphire Society. He a member of JNF's board since 2000.
Joseph and Marjorie Hess have both served in JNF leadership positions. Raised by an English family, Joseph came to England via the Kindertransport, which spirited Jewish children out of Germany prior to World War II. He retired from the U.S. space program.
Longtime members Rabbi Sydney and Eleanor Guthman. He is chaplain of the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center and rabbi emeritus of Long Beach's Temple Beth Zion Sinai.
Drs. Michael B. and Wendy Groner Strauss. He is a retired Naval Reserve captain, expert in undersea medicine and is a Long Beach orthopedic surgeon. She is a hospital pharmacist, consultant to a community clinic and activist in several national Jewish groups.