August 22, 2002
Deborah-utantes Come Out
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual Deborah Awards, honoring women of achievement -- an evening at the Regent Beverly Wilshire emceed by Arianna Huffington.
Important Local Call
Members of Hadassah's Long Beach/Orange County branch donated more than 150 used cellular phones to Denise Brown for the Call to Protect Project at the Nicole Brown Foundation. The phones will be preprogrammed to 911 and will be given free to victims of domestic violence.
In Special Company
Some 35 Hadassah Southern California members participated in the Hadassah National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 21-24. Rhoda Braverman, left, and Carolyn Green, right, at the National Hadassah Convention with Natan Sadaka, the Israeli border policeman who received Israel's highest military honor after preventing the loss of many lives and personally taking in the impact of a bomb at full force.
The Weizmann Way
Ilene and Jeff Nathan hosted a reception at their home for Weizmann Institute President professor Ilan Chet.
With Friends Like These...
The 30th Annual Merchant of Tennis/Monty Hall/Cedars-Sinai Diabetes Tennis Tournament was held this year at the Playboy Mansion. Cal Gross and Jo Shaw chaired the weekend-long event, which raised $300,000 in support of Cedars-Sinai's Anna and Max Webb Diabetes Outpatient Training and Education Center.
Brooke Shields, with chairs Tom and Shari Creed, at the Cedars-Sinai IBD Grassroots support group "Morning in the Market" event, which raised $100,000 for inflammatory bowel disease research. Photo by Thomas Neerken
Aviva Los Zimans!
Aviva Family and Children's Services' annual Triumph of the Spirit Gala honored Daphna Edwards Ziman at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the ubiquitous Monty Hall was master of ceremonies. The evening raised $285,000 toward Aviva's Capital Campaign Building Fund, which will finance a new Aviva High School and renovate Aviva's administrative building on Franklin and La Brea Boulevards.
Greater Los Angeles Political Action Committee (GLAPAC), which promotes U.S.-Israel relations, hosted an evening, which included the attendance of, from left, GLAPAC boardmember Jack Nourafshan; Sen. Mary Landreieu of Louisiana; boardmembers Stanley Treitel and Laura Stein; and Sandra Stein. Photo by Michael Dorf
NA'AMAT USA Western Area Coordinator Alice Howard of Encino recently took part in a fact-finding mission. One of Howard's stops: NA'AMAT Care Peace Center in Jaffa, where Jewish, Arab and Christian children go to learn about each other's cultures.
"When I saw the sign on the door, I could tell that this was no ordinary early childhood center," Howard said.
National Jewish Medical and Research Center honored local attorney Jeffrey Kapor, a shareholder at Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, on July 30.
Marcia Volpert and Loeb & Loeb LLP were honored for their community leadership and contributions at the ninth annual FAMMY Awards Dinner, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFSLA) at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. The evening raised $330,000 for JFSLA-related causes.
Art of the Palate 2002, a fundraiser benefiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, held its kick-off party at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. The hotel, along with the Art of the Palate Committee, co-sponsored the smorgasbord, which featured sushi, finger foods, and martinis galore.
Among the attendees: Lynda and Stewart Resnick
Dahlia and Art Bilger, Toni and Bruce Corwin, Judi and Gordon Davidson, Tom and Judy Beckmen, Lynne and Irwin Deutch,
Brindell and Milton Gottleib, Nancy and Jack Mishkin, Audrey and Arthur Greenberg, Alice and Nahum Lainer, Jane and Marc Nathanson, Sandy and Barry Pressman, Vicki Reynolds and Murray Pepper, Rikki and Frederic Rosen, Judi and Howard Sadowsky,and Judy and Don Simon.
Georgina Rothenberg co-chaired the 2002 event with Judy Henning.
The Art of the Palate fundraising dinners will occur all over Los Angeles on Sept. 26 -28 and over five nights in October. This year's dinners will focus will be on architecture.
Among the featured homes: The Bilgers, Joyce and Saul Brandman, Linda and Maynard Brittan with special guest Frank Ghery, The Corwins, The Davidsons, The Beckmens, The Greenbergs, Michael Bay, Annie Kelly and Tim Streetporter with Diane Keaton, The Lainers, Mark Selwyn with special guest Leonard Nimoy and The Simons.
"We have a lot of architectural gems that we're featuring and a lot of wonderful beautiful art collections," Rothenberg said. "What's special about this year it the gathering at people's homes. The kick-off was really fabulous. It's going to be a real intelligent evening."
For information and reservations, call (323) 857-6182.
That's Rabbi Richard...
Local resident Richard Brody received his master of arts in Hebrew Letters degree and the title of rabbi at the June 9 graduation of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa.
Big Shot Producers
The L.A. stage production of "The Producers," based on Mel Brooks' Oscar-winning classic comedy feature, grossed $2 million in single ticket sales in its first week of box office business. The musical, which will star Martin Short and Jason Alexander, is coming to the Pantages Theatre in May.