April 24, 2008
Local students go to lobby in D.C., seniors party at ‘senior prom’
Local Students Lobby at the Capitol|
A group of University Synagogue religious school students paid a springtime visit to Washington, D.C., where they lobbied senior staff members of Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles). The class of confirmands was led by Rabbi Morley Feinstein and rabbinic intern Joel Simonds, who accompanied the students as they learned about Judaism and social justice issues and visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
WAIPAC Waxes Political for Young Leaders
Nickie and Joe Shapira, founders of online Jewish dating service JDate, hosted Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Northbrook) at their home on April 13 during a World Alliance for Israel Political Action Committee (WAIPAC) young leadership brunch. WAIPAC is working hard to engender political interest among young Jewish professionals by creating intimate parlor sessions with members of Congress where young people can engage their politicians on topical issues concerning their generation.
Senior Prom for Senior Citizens
Senior prom isn't only for high school students -- in fact, University of Southern California students organized an April 13 "senior" prom for residents at Belmont Village, an assisted-living community in Hollywood, where spunky seniors proved they still have hot moves on the dance floor. Morty Jacobs emerged as this party's prom king when the longtime pianist and conductor, who accompanied George Burns for many years, enraptured students and seniors with his prodigious musical talent.
Federation Fetes Hollywood Lawyer
Jewish concern for justice prompted roughly 800 members of the legal and entertainment community to raise more than $1 million for The Jewish Federation at their Legal Division dinner on April 9. The crowd included some of Hollywood's most powerful players, like Warner Bros. general counsel John Schulman, who was feted with the Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award. The funds raised will benefit The Federation's social, education and humanitarian services.
SoCal's Conservative Lay Leaders Dominate Conference
Los Angeles lay leaders comprised a formidable presence at the North American Association of Synagogue Executives' (NAASE) annual national conference held in Philadelphia in March. Out of 150 synagogue executive directors nationwide, Southern California's Conservative congregations were well represented by Sandy Klein of Congregation B'nai Israel; Joanne Klein of Adat Ari El, Sheryl Goldman of Temple Beth Am; Kathie Rose of Kehillat Maarav; Joel Baker of the Pacific Southwest Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; Malcolm Katz of Valley Beth Shalom; and Eric Shatzkin of Temple Ner Tamid.
Los Angeles Free Clinic Gets a Jewish Renaming
To honor the contribution of Cheryl and Haim Saban's $10 million endowment for The Los Angeles Free Clinic, the affordable health care facility has been renamed The Saban Free Clinic. To add some icing to the honor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger along with some of Los Angeles' top officials, including County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and former Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad, attended the April 21 ceremony to fete the philanthropists. For more than 40 years, the clinic has provided low-cost, quality health care for underserved families throughout Los Angeles.
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