For using his pulpit and pen to advocate for fair housing, civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam war, Rabbi Wolli Kaelter, a rabbi laureate of Long Beach's Temple Israel, will be the recipient of an award by the National Council of Jewish Women on Feb. 18.
The lunch by the Orange County/Long Beach section will benefit a preschool for homeless families and includes a performance of Broadway showtunes and opera for Kaelter, a music lover who attends local concerts regularly.
During 24 years at the congregation, Kaelter initiated its first Hebrew program, a social program for seniors and was instrumental in founding Jewish camps. A native of what is now Gdansk, Poland, Kaelter, 89, left as senior rabbi in 1976.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. at Long Beach's Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 S. Pine Ave. Los Angeles. Tickets are $65. For more information, call (562) 596-6447 or (562) 596-3926. Â