May 30, 2002
Youth Panel at USC A panel dubbed "Peace in the Mideast:
Youth Speak Out" will be held at USC on June 5. The roundtable discussion, moderated by KCRW's "Which Way L.A."'s Warren Olney, will feature 10 young adults from throughout Southern California high schools and universities to discuss their feelings about the Middle East conflict. The participating youth will represent various ethnicities and religions.
The event will also be filmed as a part of a documentary, "Internal Exile," directed by Jason Gurvitz, which will examine how violence and politics in the Middle East are shaping the lives of Israeli and Palestinian youth.
"Peace in the Mideast: Youth Speak Out," June 5, 7-9 p.m., USC Davidson Conference Center, 3415 S. Figueroa St. $7.
-- Michael Aushenker, Staff Writer
South Bay Solidarity Rally
An Israel solidarity rally will be held in South Bay on June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Menorah of Redondo Beach. The event is being organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Colonel Miri Eisin, one of only 11 female colonels in the Israel Defense Forces, will speak. Originally from California, Eisin, a member of the new combat intelligence corps, is the official spokesperson for the Israeli army and its ongoing operations in the West Bank and Gaza.
South Bay Solidarity Rally, June 5, 7:30 p.m., at Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. For more information, contact The Jewish Federation at (323) 761-8000. -- MA
Classy Party for a Good Cause
Visions: The Next Generation, the newest division of Israel Cancer Research Fund's (ICRF) L.A. chapter, will hold its Jazz Night social mixer at the Skirball Cultural Center on June 6. If the evening is anything like last fall's Monte Carlo Night at the Park Plaza, Jazz Night will be another packed, swanky occasion where singles can meet.
Visions has been successful in attracting a lot of young professionals predominantly in their 20s and 30s into the ICRF fold via a variety of classy affairs. Orna Shifren, a local songstress of South African-Jewish upbringing, should give the proceedings some "Peter Gunn"-style ambiance. Dr. Harry Saperstein will offer some concise, practical advice for those seeking to decrease skin cancer risk. Michael Simon will chair the evening along with Alain Bonavida, Jeff Polak and Jill Gild.
"We're aware that a lot of European countries are not funding Israeli researchers," says Simon, 41. "There's a strong brain trust there, especially among the Russian immigrants, that need to be supported so that cures and/or treatment can be found."
For information on ICRF's Jazz Night, call (323) 651-1200. -- MA
Simon Shows Support for Israel Gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon
was the guest speaker at Congregation Bais Naftoli's 10th anniversary breakfast on Sunday, May 26. The California Republican candidate discussed his support for Israel, telling the crowd "I assert to you this morning that any democracy attacked by terrorism has a moral right to defend itself, and Israel is exercising that right."
The bulk of Simon's speech was devoted to decrying anti-Semitism and political intolerance in California. "When Jewish students rallying in support of Israel have to be placed under police protection, when they are subjected to the most vile slurs, that's not legitimate debate -- it's just hate, pure and simple," he said.
Approximately 350 men and 100 women attended the event at the orthodox synagogue, according to congregation president Andrew Friedman. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Sheriff Lee Baca and Israeli Consul Yehoshua Avigdor were among the other dignitaries in attendance at the event. -- Mike Levy, Staff Writer