March 1, 2001
A Wheel of a Deal
The Edelstein Family Charitable Foundation has donated $10,000 to Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles toward the weekend provision of its home-delivered meals program.
A Rosy Future
Everything's coming up roses for 33-year Tournament of Roses volunteer Ronald Okum, a member of Adat Shalom who became a bar mitzvah at B'nai David-Judea Congregation. He's been tapped as president of the 2002 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 113th staging of this beloved Pasadena tradition, themed "Good Times."
Leaders of the Packs
A litter of Cub Scout packs met at Kenneth Hahn Park for a joint interfaith religious service and tree-planting ceremony, followed by lunch and games. Among those in attendance were Cub Scout Pack 848, affiliated with the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, and Cub Scout Pack 36, affiliated with Adat Ari El in Valley Village.
"Our goal is to have fun, introduce our children to others of varying backgrounds, develop relationships and encourage mutual understanding and appreciation of each other's cultures," said Pack 36's cubmaster, Maurice Levin.
Roll Out the Welcome Wagon
Jewish Big Brother/Camp Max Straus held its 85th annual Installation of Officers and Board Recognition Meeting on Feb. 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel. At the gathering, Brad Rosenberg succeeded outgoing board president Karl Sussman ... Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has become scholar in residence at the Jewish Community Centers Association thanks to an endowment established by Syril and Leonard Rubin of Tenafly, N.J.
Trial lawyer/philanthropist Sanford M. Gage will be honored with the Maimonides Torch of Justice Award on March 30, presented by the Legal Services Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles at its 53rd annual gala, to be held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire... Janice and Benjamin Reznik will be honored at the Sixth Annual Circle of Life Award Gala Dinner, sponsored by the Jewish Home for the Aging. The presentation will take place at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino... Beverly Hills-based attorney Barry Friedman, a partner at Friedman, Heller & Enriquez, LLP, was among the recipients of the 2000 Men of Achievement Award from the Century City Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council... American Jewish Congress held its 2001 Tzedek Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Honored at the event: Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer and attorneys Mark Holsher and Richard Myers of O'Melveny and Myers; Brian Sun and Heather Hirsch of O'Neill, Lysaght and Sun; and Nancy Hollander, K.C. Maxwell and John Cline of Freedman, Boyd and Daniels.
Relief for Quake Victims
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles donated $10,000 to CARECEN, a center for Angelenos from Central America, toward relief for victims of the recent El Salvador earthquakes.
Star of Red Magen David
American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI) will be honoring Dr. Yzhar Charuzi a consultant cardiologist in private practice and clinical and a Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine. The ARMDI Humanitarian Award will be given to Charuzi at its gala on March 4 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The cardiologist -- founder of Save a Heart Foundation -- is being honored for his dedication to the enhancement of cardiology to the U.S. and Israel. Co-chairing the event will be Gabriella Bashner and Ruth Flinkman.
"We are proud to be honoring a man of Dr. Charuzi's stature," said Bashner.
"There is a critical need to raise funds now to replace the 51 ambulances damaged or lost in the latest civil unrest in Israel," said Flinkman.
ARMDI is the sole support arm in the U.S. for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's Red Cross and paramedic service.
For more information regarding this event, call (8l8)752-1711.
Pride and Prejudice
More than 200 seventh graders came together at the University of Judaism for the 5th Annual Prejudice Awareness Summit, a forum on race relations. Keynote speaker was Dr. Terence J. Roberts, a member of 1957's Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend a formerly segregated public school in Arkansas.