Jewish Journal


September 20, 2013

Moving and Shaking: 9/11 memorial, Dr. Kenneth Bernstein and Michelle Wolf honored


Consul General David Siegel thanking the men of the LAFD Fire Station 88. Courtesy of the Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles.

In honor of 9/11, Israel Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel took part in a private visit to Los Angeles Fire Station 88, where he met with officials from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

“Israel stands with the United States in mourning the lives lost and honoring the heroes of this tragedy,” a statement provided by the local Israeli consulate read. During his visit on Sept. 11, Siegel greeted firefighters and posed for photos. He also left a bouquet of flowers and a card from Jerusalem’s 9/11 Living Memorial at the station’s 9/11 Memorial Fountain.

Based in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles Fire Station 88 houses the first crew from California to be called into action for search and rescue for victims of the 2001 attacks. LAFD assistant fire chief Pat Butler and LAFD Capt. Steve Berkery were among those who met with the consul general.  

A public 9/11 memorial service held that evening at the station drew hundreds of community leaders and members, including L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and L.A. City Council’s Tom LaBonge and Mitch Englander. The gathering was one of several 9/11-memorial services that took place in Los Angeles.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Dr. Kenneth Bernstein. Courtesy of Cedars-Sinai.

Dr. Kenneth Bernstein, a pathologist and scientific researcher at Cedars-Sinai, was named a 2013 Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association (AHA) last month. The award recognizes “significant, original and sustained scientific contributions” related to cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to the AHA Web site.

Bernstein, a New York University School of Medicine graduate, will receive the award in person at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Dallas in November. And by winning this award, Bernstein joins the ranks of 75 leading scientists, researchers and physicians — among them 11 Nobel Prize winners — a statement by Cedars-Sinai said. 

Special-needs parent activist Michelle Wolf. Courtesy of Michelle Wolf.

A special-needs parent activist, nonprofit professional and Jewish Journal blogger (“Jews and Special Needs”), Michelle Wolf was named an Access Award recipient by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky this month.

Wolf’s “outstanding work in the community and commitment to promote equality and improve access for people living with disabilities” won her the honor, according to a statement by the L.A. County Commission on Disabilities (LACCOD).

Wolf’s work on behalf of the special-needs community includes co-founding HaMercaz (“The Center”), a collaborative project of a number of area Jewish organizations, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. It offers a one-stop resource for families with children with special needs. Additionally, she is the former director of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Caring for Jews in Need, a network of programs that benefit the underserved. 

Her Jewish Journal blog — “a big part of the reason I was nominated” for the award, she said — covers a variety of topics of interest to Jews and non-Jews living with disabilities and their families. The diverse range of subject matter covered in her blog posts include the special-needs program at Camp Ramah, how the Jewish community could improve on its inclusivity, the hit television show “Breaking Bad,” which features a main supporting character living with cerebral palsy, and more.

This October, Wolf — a former press secretary for Yaroslavsky — will receive the award in person at the LACCOD’s 22nd annual Access Awards in Los Angeles.

Moving and Shaking acknowledges accomplishments by members of the local Jewish community, including people who start new jobs, leave jobs, win awards and more, as well as local events that featured leaders from the Jewish and Israeli communities. Got a tip? E-mail it to ryant@jewishjournal.com.

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