April 11, 2002
Busy Bees at USC
USC Hillel Foundation has been active in various endeavors. Among the organization's recent activities: the third annual Jewish Student Film Festival, an alternative spring break trip to Uruguay and a trip to Sacramento to lobby state lawmakers.
What Hoop Dreams May Come
Basketball players from Hancock Park's Yavneh Hebrew Academy received a Sportsmanship Award from the Delpic League, a citywide junior high basketball league in Los Angeles.
Helping People Breathe Easier
The Real Estate Industry Breath of Life Golf Classic was held, benefiting the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, a leading facility for respiratory diseases such as asthma. Stephen Gregerson and David Sonnenblick chaired the event at Valencia Country Club.
The Women's Health Center at Hadassah University Hospital in Israel will be the beneficiary of this year's Hadassah Southern California luncheon. The fourth annual Spring and Fashion Show, to be held at Sheraton Universal Hotel on April 14, is themed, "Women Growing Healthy Together."
Dolphinarium Bombing Victims Remembered
The Milken Family Foundation dedicated a state-of-the-art library and technology center at Tel Aviv's Shevach Moffet High School for Science and Technology in honor of the 22 Israeli students murdered in a terrorist bombing at the Dolphinarium disco in Tel Aviv on June 1, 2001.
Wine, Pizmon and Song
Westwood Village Synagogue (WVS) held its "DS l2" Shabbat event -- a day of davening, singing, learning and lunch. Pizmon, an a cappella group of Jewish students from Columbia University, performed. The Pizmon appearance was coordinated by Rachel Rosenbaum, a WVS congregant and Columbia student. After the performance, WVS Rabbi Mel Gottlieb and Rabbi Daniel Bouskila of Sephardic Tifereth Israel Temple discussed pluralism.
Robin Kramer of the California Community Foundation will be honored by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs. Other honorees include California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and the Rev. Cecil Murray of the First AME Church. The gala luncheon will be held at the Millennium Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles on April 25.
The Big 3-0!
Beth Chayim Chadashim will throw a garden party, featuring live jazz, in honor of the synagogue's 30th anniversary. The reception will be held at the Hancock Park home of Dean Hansell and Jason Murakawa on June 2. For information, call (323) 391-7023.
Tour of Beauty
Sculptures by artists Magdalena Abakanowicz ("Sitting Figure on a Short Bench") and Alexander Liberman ("Sisyphus") have been added to the Beverly Hills Civic Center Public Art Walking Tour. For more information on the hour-long tour, which is offered at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through September, call (310) 288-2201.
Walking The Media Line
Journalists Michael and Felice Friedson visited from their Jaffa Street television studios in Jerusalem to talk about their venture The Media Line, which produces news segments to help counter anti-Israel bias presented in the world media. The Bel Air Crest Clubhouse dessert reception was hosted by the L.A. chapter of WIZO International, under the auspices of Dr. Jose and Sarita Spiwak.
Camp Ramah will hold its 2002 Academy Series from April 26-28 in the nature-blessed environment of the camp's 96-acre Ojai property. Singer Neshama Carlebach and author Stuart Schoffman, who will discuss "Jewish Identity: From Hollywood to Jerusalem," are two of this year's featured speakers.
It's Miller Time!
Paula Miller of West Hills will graduate with high honors from California State University Northridge on May 30. She will be receiving three gold medallions for outstanding achievement in the field of health education, including a medallion from the Gold Key Honor Society, of which she is a member. Miller was also awarded the 2002 Seagram American Legion Scholarship by the school.
The Americanization of Emma
Author-speaker Dolly Sloan will present "Emma Goldman and Immigrant Women" as the fourth in a salon series on "Great Jewish Women: From the Middle Ages to the 20th Century" on April 14 at 2 p.m. at The Workmen's Circle in Los Angeles. Sloan will be joined by four women sharing their own immigrant experiences: Eleanor Brodsky from Eastern Europe, Penina Meghnagi Solomon from Libya, Miriam Benchatrit Creamer from Morocco, and Elli Ezzati from Iran. Refreshments will follow. For further information, call (310) 552-2007 or (310) 396-8188.
Giving Grossman a Hand
Alshuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP partner Marshall Grossman will be honored by the American Jewish Committee at its 23rd annual Learned Hand Award Dinner. Jules Kroll, Kroll Inc.'s chairman of the board, will serve as keynote speaker at the April 24 gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will hold its annual gala preview of the Los Angeles Antiques Show, benefiting the Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai. The honorary chairs of this year's preview, scheduled for May 2 at Santa Monica Air Center's Barker Hangar, are Susan and Harold Becker and Cindra and Alan Ladd, Jr. For more information, call (310) 423-3667.
Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge recently received a visit from Sylvia Heschel, wife of the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. She spent the afternoon at the school visiting with elementary and middle school students. She answered questions and toured the school's classrooms, computer labs, Beit Midrash and library. During her talk with the students, she said: "This is such an extraordinary world we live in. Don't waste a moment. Make of your life a work of art."