Various divisions of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated with a slew of functions. The Federation's Ben Gurion Society held a private cocktail reception at Christie's.
The Skirball Cultural Center was the spot for the ACCESS Chanukah party, where scores of singles scored latkes and libations.
The Real Estate and Construction Division hosted a "McLaughlin Group"-style debate of industry analysts, moderated by George Smith, on the very CBS soundstage that is home (fittingly enough) to "The Price is Right." Event chair Michael Brody called the evening "a look at the state of real estate, where it's been and where's it's going. "
The ramifications of Asia's economic crisis on the United States was the topic of Laura D'Andrea Tyson's address to the Fashion Industries Division crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. One of President Clinton's top economic advisors, Tyson traced the economic virus from its beginnings in Thailand and then reassured the handwringers and worrywarts in the audience that, while the country may be in for a slowdown, America should weather the storm without spiraling into deep recession.