April 26, 2011
AJU women to honor filmmaker Mazursky
Filmmaker Paul Mazursky will be honored with the Burning Bush Award by the University Women of the American Jewish University (AJU) at the group’s author-artist luncheon on May 3.
Sharing the stage at the Beverly Hills Hotel will be Marion Goldenfeld, who will receive the Woman of Achievement Award.
The organization was founded in 1963 to support what was then called the University of Judaism and has hosted the luncheons for 45 consecutive years.
The 155 members of University Women raise close to $100,000 each year for scholarships and other AJU needs. They host the annual Young People’s Concert; run an all-volunteer gift shop, information center and bookstore; provide docents for university tours; and involve the community through lectures and classes, said Myrna Margol, the group’s president.
From the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Mazursky’s movies set the standard for social satire, exploration of the nascent sexual revolution and creation of complex Jewish characters.
He received four Oscar nominations for his screenplays and movies, such as “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “Harry and Tonto,” “Next Stop, Greenwich Village,” “Moscow on the Hudson,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Enemies, A Love Story.”
Previous Burning Bush honorees include Isaac Bashevis Singer, Neil Simon, Helen Hayes, Steve Allen, Norman Corwin, and Ariel and Will Durant.
Goldenfeld has served and supported numerous community organizations and institutions throughout Los Angeles, including the American Youth Orchestra, Jewish Home for the Aging, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Friends of Sheba, Anti-Defamation League and University Synagogue.
Barbara Dickson will chair the May 3 luncheon, which starts at 11:45 a.m., preceded by a boutique at 10 a.m. Men are welcome.