Marry the king, save your people and be the queen. Such a deal! It's all in a day's work for Queen Esther -- and would be a pretty good deal for any woman, if she could get it. To celebrate Esther, a team of professional makeup artists gave a dozen lucky women at Jewish Family Service's (JFS) Partners Adult Day Health Care in West Hollywood a complimentary "royal makeover." Queen Esther risked her life to save the Jews of ancient Persia, and the modern makeovers were reminiscent of her pampering with oils, cosmetics and perfumes in the biblical story.
Deborah Gordon and Fay Herzog of Flying Colors, Inc. performed the makeup magic on the women, who ranged in age from 40s to 90s. "No matter what age you are, keeping up appearances can make all the difference in the world," said Faye Sharabi, JFS/Partners ADHC activity director. "A little pampering always helps people feel good about themselves."
The festive makeovers had special meaning for a few women who grew up in the former Soviet Union and could never dress up for Purim.
The program, located in West Hollywood, is available five days a week and provides transportation, meals, and social and therapeutic services. For more information, call (323) 883-0330.
Wonderland for Wilsons
It was a winter wonderland dripping with silver and blue when Jewish Vocational Service honored Beverly Hills couple Chuck and Betty Wilson with its prestigious Lifetime of Service Award at the Beverly Wilshire. More than 400 guests attended the event hosted by Monty Hall. A short film highlighting the Wilson's contributions to the community and JVS, produced by Linda Ellman of Ellman Entertainment, entertained guests as they dined and celebrated the achievements of this philanthropic couple.
The gala was attended by local elected officials and longtime agency supporters, including California State Controller John Chiang and L.A. City Council member Wendy Greuel, Beverly Hills City Council members Barry Brucker and Frank Fenton and Beryl Geber, the associate executive vice president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
For more information on JVS, visit www.jvsla.org.
Life After Nobel
The Southern California Chapter of the American Technion Society hosted a women's luncheon at the Regency Club in Westwood, where their speaker was Judith Hershko, wife of Nobel Laureate professor Avram Hershko. Judith Hershko talked about life after winning the Nobel Prize (2004), from the phone call delivering the news to the grandeur of the awards ceremony.
University Synagogue's Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein was honored recently as a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem. The Hartman Institute is supported by a contribution from The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.
This initiative endeavors to stimulate Jewish renewal by providing American rabbis with the knowledge, tools and vision to redefine the Jewish agenda and become leading educators in the Jewish community. Only 50 participants in North America have been so honored, representing Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist streams of Judaism.
The Hartman Institute's program is an in-depth study program designed to map out the central ideas of the Jewish tradition in the fields of ethics, faith, spirituality and politics. It also develops curricula, methodologies and priorities for both formal and informal education in the synagogue.
WYNGing it for Charity
The annual WYNGS (When You Need Group Support) Fashion in Motion luncheon and fashion show was held recently and featured models in and out of wheelchairs. Designers Sue Wong, Paige Premium Denim, Luna and others donated their work to raise funds for peer counseling for people with spinal cord injuries and their families.