January 25, 2007
Good to be the Chief; Get Your Challah On
Health care veteran Tim McGlew has been named chief operating officer and vice president of operations for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The Jewish Home is the largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles.
"With the recent dedication of the Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center and many other exciting plans in development, the role of chief operating officer is more important than ever," said Molly Forrest, Jewish Home CEO-president. "We're committed to meeting the increasing demands for quality senior care, and we see Tim as a major contributor as we fulfill that mission."
McGlew has 20 years of experience in acute hospital administration and most recently served as vice president and chief operating officer of San Gabriel Valley Medical Center for more than six years. He has extensive skills in operations, information systems, facility construction, and cost management.
"I'm extremely energized to be joining the Jewish Home at such a pivotal time in its history," McGlew said. "Throughout the health care industry, the Jewish Home is a respected organization, and it's easy to understand why, given its commitment to serve seniors at all stages of need. The home's innovative combination of physical, mental and spiritual programs truly makes it a remarkable organization."
For more information, visit www.jha.org or call (818) 757-4407.
Get Your Challah On
Two years ago, Scripps College senior Eli Winkelman used her now famous recipe for baking challah to create Challah for Hunger as a way to raise money for victims of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Now her program is expanding to campuses across the nation, including Smith College, University of Rochester and University of Texas at Austin, with more to come.
Winkelman and her classmates at Scripps College, just outside of Los Angles, bake the traditional Jewish sweet bread on Thursday evenings, and sell it the next day to the five-college Claremont Consortium community there, with all proceeds -- $20,000 to date -- going to the growing Sudanese refugee population.
"To help stop the genocide, we have to educate people, write letters to elected officials and news outlets, and eat challah," says Winkelman, who is working with Columbia University and the University of Florida to launch Challah for Hunger chapters there.
"I've watched people who knew nothing about Darfur approach our table to buy bread, and then spend half an hour learning about the situation. Everyone sees that we all have to be aware world citizens, and that you can make a difference in the world, even through something as simple as bread."
The organization also encourages advocacy, offering customers a discount if they write a letter or make a phone call to an elected official or media outlet about the situation in the Sudan. So far, Challah for Hunger has sent hundreds of letters to Washington and more than $20,000 to the American Jewish World Service Emergency Appeal for Darfur. The money is used for humanitarian relief efforts, particularly for programs relating to women and children who've been harmed.
"We have a great group of people who get together on Thursday nights, have an amazing time baking, and then, through all the fun, end up raising money to help people in dire need in Sudan," said Amy Mann, Scripps '09, 2006-07 products manager.
For more information about how to get involved, visit www.challahforhunger.org.
Battle Against Bigotry
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reaffirmed its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism, bigotry and prejudice when it recently celebrated with 600 supporters at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel and raised more than $800,000.
Ambassador Rockwell A. Schnabel, chairman of the Sage Group, LLC, and former U.S. ambassador to the European Union and Finland, was presented with the Humanitarian Award by Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles.
International lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg was presented with the jurisprudence Award by federal Judge Stephen Reinhardt. Schoenberg recently recovered Nazi-looted Klimt paintings from Austria in a case that commanded international attention and acclaim.
Keynote speaker Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, addressed the evening's theme -- the ADL vision of "One World" -- a world of peaceful co-existence and harmony and the many threats facing that vision, including militant Islam, neo-Nazis, extremists and racists around the world and in our community.
Foxman confers regularly with elected officials and community leaders here and abroad. In October, he was presented the French Legion of Honor for his lifelong service in the fight against anti-Semitism and prejudice and for working to build bridges of understanding among nations and people.
Seen celebrating at the dinner were Lynn and Laurie Konheim; Los Angeles Councilwoman Wendy Gruehl and husband, Dean Schramm; Faith and Jonathan Cookler; Harriet and Steven Nichols; Anita Green; Michael and Stacey Garfinkel; George and Ruth Moss, and Don Pharaoh, ADL director of major gifts and planned Giving.
For more information visit www.adl.org.
Joy Through Music
Margo and Irwin Winkler welcomed pianist Emanuel Ax to their home recently where he performed for guests and supporters of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). The event was to inform guests about the IPO performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Feb. 5, with Maestro Zubin Mehta, IPO music director for Life, conducting. The event will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.