March 11, 2009
Scene & Heard: Global Festival Honors Schulweis, JVS Recognizes Four
Mad About Miley
Dr. Michael Kamiel, a Culver City endocrinologist, is making every pre-teen girl in town jealous: the good doctor ran into Miley Cyrus during her “Miles to Go” book signing on Mar. 7 at the Grove and snagged this lucky snapshot with the tween superstar.
The Beverly Hills Performing Arts Center is getting a brand new name. Cheryl and Haim Saban have promised a $5 million donation that will benefit the theater’s restoration. To honor their gift, a snazzy new marquis that reads “The Saban Theatre” is scheduled to be unveiled in the fall.
“Cheryl and I are thrilled to support the restoration and continued life of such an important Los Angeles landmark,” said Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group.
The historic landmark belongs to the League of Historic American Theatres and the Los Angeles Conservancy. Located on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, it is home to an array of community programs — Broadway shows, films, stand-up comedy and Hollywood’s favorite house of worship, Temple of the Arts.
Cheryl Saban added: “Our gift underscores our belief in the richness and beauty the arts bring to all of our lives, as well as the important role the Temple of the Arts plays in the Jewish community.”
“You are the great chain of Jewish being,” Rabbi Harold Schulweis told the teeming crowd of 600 guests — 125 of whom were children — gathered for Jewish World Watch’s (JWW) Global Soul festival at the Skirball Cultural Center on Feb. 26.
Africa met Los Angeles during JWW’s fifth anniversary celebration, which featured cultural displays from countries that have suffered through genocide, including raucous drumming, storytelling, music and a decadent African buffet.
The sold-out event celebrated the spirit of global activism and the moral vision inspired by its founder, Schulweis — who, when not saving the world, can be found at Valley Beth Shalom. He delivered a stirring address that was both a call to action and a celebration of Jewish altruism.
“There are no Jews in Chad, no Jews in Darfur. They are people of different skin color, of different liturgy, of different language. But with Jewish ancient eyes we see no race or creed or religion,” he said.
“Your children will not have to ask, ‘Where were you in all this human catastrophe?’ For your children hear and know we Jews are in this world, here and now. We are morally mandated, ‘Be relevant to the world. Bind its wounds. Make whole its shattered lives.’”
Schulweis also recognized the Armenian and Cambodian communities of Los Angeles, many of whom were in attendance and have partnered with JWW to crusade against genocides around the world.
More than 60 Los Angeles synagogues of every denomination support JWW, and Schulweis paid homage to them all. He also thanked the JWW staff, especially co-founder and president, Janice Kaminer-Reznik, whom he praised as the “hidden compass” and “conscience” of Jewish World Watch.
To the crowd, he concluded: “You link our spiritual past and our aspiration of the future with the powerful clasp of the present. You bring the Bible to life.”
Elliott Broidy, chairman of Markstone Capital Partners, a private equity fund, was recently appointed to the Simon Wiesenthal Center Board of Trustees. Broidy brings impressive financial acumen and international affairs experience to the board.
At Markstone Capital Partners, he oversees the fund’s investments, which are heavily distributed to companies in Israel. He also runs his own private equity firm, Broidy Capital Management. His much respected financial prowess (he serves on the board of advisers for the USC Marshall School’s Center for Investment Studies) is equaled only by his civic service. Broidy was appointed by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to serve on the department’s advisory council, Future Terrorism Task Force and New Technology Task Force.
For a little color, he includes culture among his many civic and philanthropic interests. President George W. Bush appointed him to the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) honored Adrienne and Elliott Horwitch and Linda and Jim Hausberg for their continued support during its annual Art of Giving Gala in January.
When she joined JVS 25 years ago, Adrienne Horwitch became the second woman to serve on its board of directors and later the organization’s first female president, serving from 1998-2000. Her husband, a real estate broker, serves on the homeowners associations at both their Beverly Hills and Malibu Colony residences.
Jim Hausberg is managing director of Presidio Wealth Management and is involved in a number of charities, including, The Friends of Disabled Veterans of Israel. Linda Hausberg, a business entrepreneur, was famously lauded by The New York Times for her frozen food business, Linda’s Gourmet Latkes, called the best frozen latkes around.