May 3, 2007
Lauding Leiweke; Charitable home run; Friedman reappointed
AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke recently received the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Humanitarian Award at the ADL Entertainment Industry Awards. Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton presented the award at Staples Center.
More than 600 people -- including many entertainment industry luminaries, -- attended the sold-out event, which raised more than $1 million to help ADL fight bigotry, prejudice and anti-Semitism. American Idol judge Randy Jackson hosted while a laughter slam dunk was handily delivered by comedian Bill Engvall.
Leiweke referred to "our obligation to give our kids a better world," saying "hopefully ADL will help us do this."
AEG is a leading presenter of global sports and entertainment programming. As president, Leiweke has formed alliances with more than 40 divisions and companies to produce global live sports and music events in AEG-owned facilities and other venues. He is also president of Staples Center and of the Los Angeles Kings and serves on the Los Angeles Lakers board of directors.
Leiweke formed and directs the Kings Care Foundation, which was awarded the 1999 Pro Team Community Award. Specially designed T-shirts were given in goody bags to stress the importance of ADL's commitment to battle hatred.
Also attending were Leah Mendelsohn, who with Nancy Parris Moskowitz will co-chair the upcoming ADL Deborah Awards dinner on June 5.
Charitable Home Run
More than 350 charity-minded women gathered recently at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the Sports Spectacular Women's Luncheon. The luncheon is the annual kick-off event for the upcoming 22nd annual Sports Spectacular dinner gala, which raises funds for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Genetics Institute.
Luncheon sponsor, De Beers, treated guests to a stunning fashion show, featuring the fashions of Monique Lhuillier. One lucky winner went home with a pair of 'wildflower' diamond earrings, valued at more than $10,000, courtesy of De Beers.
Attorney Andrew Friedman has been reappointed as Judicial Procedures Commissioner for the County of Los Angeles. Friedman has been in private law practice for the past 35 years and is currently serving as Fire Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles and Hearing Officer for the Civil Service Commission. He is President of Congregation Bais Naftoli and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.
Winners of the inagural Larry Schulner International Social Justice Award, created by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPS) in memory of Lawrence M. Schulner, were feted recently.
Schulner was a resident of the Los "Angeles area and a longtime advocate for Reform Judaism, Reform Zionism, social justice, religious pluralism, philanthropic vision and tikkun olam. The award honors his memory by recognizing individuals or congregations for activities or programs that raise awareness of and support social justice, religious pluralism, or tikkun olam outside of North America.
The 2007 winners are: Wilshire Boulevard Temple of Los Angeles and Rabbi Haim Asa, rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton.
The awards were presented at the Union for Reform Judaism's Regional Biennial in Costa Mesa by Mandy Eisner, regional director of the WUPS, and Rabbi Joel Oseran, WUPS vice president.
The WUPS is the umbrella organization of the worldwide Reform movement.
Chabad of Bel Air used the occasion of its 22nd Anniversary "spreading Judaism with a smile" in the Bel Air area to honor Roz and Jerry Rothstein for their impressive legacy of dedication and service to the Jewish community. During their Black Tie/Masquerade Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Chabad of Bel Air honored the Rothsteins for their tremendous work for Israel through StandWithUs. Rabbi Chaim Mentz applauded their dedication and commitment to the Jewish Community and its needs.
Chabad of Bel Air is well known for their energetic Friday Night Services and Torah Entertainment for Shabbat Morning.
For more information, go to StandWithUs.com or ChabadofBelAir.org.
A stellar cast of luminaries delivered an evening of humor at the expense of the legal profession when the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) Entertainment Law Section honored Barry L. Hirsch, of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman, as their Entertainment Lawyer of the Year at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Comedian Rob Schneider led a hilarious -- albeit brutal -- attack on such icons as Steven Bochco, Bernie Mac and Richard Gere, but there was no humor in the praise heaped on Hirsh as an attorney, friend and advocate for his impressive client list.
Hirsh, feted for ardently serving his clients as both friend and legal adviser, has been a mainstay in entertainment law for many years. He said his love of cinema led him to his calling, and recounted how proud he was as a young lawyer to represent Bette Davis, after growing up in awe of her talent.
Surrounded by family members, Hirsh greeted friends with his grandson, (who he obviously dotes upon) by his side. Uber-tax attorney Robert Jason said he has always been impressed by Hirsh's consideration and effective advocacy for his clients. Proceeds from the event benefit the BHBA's education and community outreach programs.