August 17, 2006
Getting in Their Licks
Carvel Ice Cream in the Ralphs center on Pico Boulevard was the scene of an Israeli fundraiser last month. In conjunction with Beth Jacob Youth, the Ice Cream You Scream for Israel event raised more than $900 to help Israeli soldiers and children.
There was also a project station where children wrote letters to soldiers and Israeli children, showing their love and support. Carvel Ice Cream is RCC kosher and adheres strictly to kosher dietary laws.
Center of Everything
The home of Evelyn and Bill Bernstein was filled with supporters when the American Friends of Rabin Medical Center held an informative event on current stem cell research. Guests watched a video highlighting the hospital, its research and new advances.
Dr. Jeff Bronstein professor of neurology and director of movement disorders at the UCLA School of Medicine, and Dr. Dan Oppenheim, CEO of the Rabin Medical Center, Israel's premier medical complex, answered questions and gave updates. Those wishing to donate to the Rabin Medical Center should call (212) 279-2522. For information, call Gail Bershon at (310) 717-9729.
A Splash of Charitable Fun
The fifth annual Summer Splash fundraiser benefiting Bright Future Scholarships for promising Fulfillment Fund students took place on Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Beverly Hills home of Alfred Mann. Cuba Gooding Jr. attended as the honorary chair of the event. He was joined by Dr. Gary Gitnick, Fulfillment Fund founder; Andrea Cockrum, Fulfillment Fund CEO; actress Liza Snyder, who led a live auction; actress Constance Zimmer; singer Michelle Branch; actor Sean Patrick Thomas; and many others in a pool party that featured live music, henna tattoo artists, massages and a host of delicious offerings from local restaurants.
The event honored this year's three Bright Future scholarship winners, Cindy Hernandez, Andy Gomez and Jacob Gutierrez. For more information, visit www.fulfillment.org.
The Hands of Angels
The stars were out when Project Angel Food held its annual fundraiser Angel Awards on Aug. 5 night. Honoree Nathan Lane, who has helped raised copious amounts of money for AIDS-related charities, broke up the crowd when he said he was in town to circumcise Mel Gibson. Superstars Doris Roberts, who was honored in 2005, and Victor Garber joined in the fun to fete Disney for its support and present Lane with his Angel award. Guests roamed about the silent auction and mingled at the well-attended event that raised more than $200,000 for Project Angel Food to feed the hungry. Project Angel Food founder Marianne Williamson touched the crowd with her stirring comments on Project Angel Food's beginnings.
The Way It Is
Nearly 300 members of the Eretz-SIAMAK Cultural Center in Tarzana gathered on Aug. 5 during Saturday services to hear Israel air force Brig. Gen. Relik Shafir speak about Israel's air offensive against Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon.
Shafir, who was also one of the eight pilots that attacked Iraq's Osirak nuclear facility in 1981, said Israel's air force could not take out all of Hezbollah rockets with air strikes and ground troops would eventually have to be sent in to eliminate the threat of attacks on northern Israel.
"Some people ask why we don't wipe out southern Lebanon, it's because we are Jews and care about civilian lives in both Lebanon and Israel," Shafir told the crowd.
Following his speech, the Persian Jewish members of Eretz-SIAMAK individually pledged thousands of dollars in donations to help the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, as well as other hospitals in northern Israel aiding Israeli victims of terror.
-- Karmel Melamed, Contributing Writer