Challah if You Need Me
Last month The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' ACCESS program along with The Brandeis-Bardin Institute and numerous L.A. area singles organizations co-sponsored the Shabbat at Sunset Communitywide Dinner. The event may have been the follow-up to last year's successful "Shabbat by the Sea," but what really made the occasion special was that it heralded the arrival of New York Rabbi David Woznica, who has brought East Coast flair to The Federation fold as the executive vice president of Jewish Affairs. Weaving jokes into his sermon, Woznica --previously of the 92nd Street YMCA in Manhattan, where he facilitated a lecture series graced by Alan Dershowitz and Elie Wiesel -- gave the 200 unattached in attendance a heart-to-heart on staying afloat in Bachelorville and Bacheloretteville.
The Concours on Rodeo fundraiser raised $7,000 for The Amie Karen Cancer Fund for Children (AKCF) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which treats cancer, leukemia, sickle cell disease and AIDS-related illnesses. AKCF also funds Camp Rainbow, a sleep-away camp for critically ill children and their siblings.
Con at Cannes
The Circuit attended a private screening -- cast members and friends only -- of "Festival in Cannes," hosted by Henry Jaglom.
Shot on location during the 1999 Cannes International Film Festival, the film is his most accessible and entertaining movie yet.
"Festival" -- starring Greta Scacchi, Ron Silver, Anouk Aimée and Maximilian Schell -- uncovers desperation and duplicity in the entertainment industry. Stealing the movie is Zack Norman (born Howard Zuker) as a charming con man who wheels and deals up and down La Croisette. "Festival" marks Jaglom's fifth collaboration with Norman."It's always delicious working with Henry," Norman said.
A "Festival" highlight: Schell -- after a prolonged, enthusiastic reunion with William Shatner (as himself) -- walks away asking, "Who was that man I was just hugging?"
"That encounter was real," Jaglom said. "They had played together in 'Judgment at Nuremberg.' Maximilian, in his brilliance, improvised that line."
"Festival in Cannes" screens Nov 3, 7:30 p.m., AFI Film Institute Festival 2001, Pacific Theatre, 6443 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
Affair of the Heart
Philanthropist Marshall Ezralow was honored by The Heart Fund at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Mark Litman, Heart Fund chairman and Dana Carvey, the evening's host, graced the gala, which took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ezralow, who was elated to be honored, believes now is a paramount time to support research in this area.
"We are three or four years away from solving 90 percent of heart-related problems," Ezaralow told The Circuit.
Producer Fred Wolf threw a grand opening reception for his Aries Gallery, at the Fred Wolf Films building in North Hollywood.
Victor Haboush, Robert Reagan, Nola Figen Perla, and Wolf, whose paintings chronicle the lonely life of a cartoony, yellow-colored milquetoast of a man, rang in the NoHo gallery with a show of their works. Perla's work is based on snapshots of her family, of Ukranian-Jewish heritage.
Exhibit runs through Nov. 30. For information, call (818) 846-0611.
Free For All
Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The grant will go toward the JFLA's community-wide, non-sectarian Kopelove Family Short-term Home Healthcare Loan Fund, which makes available interest-free loans of up to $5,000 to patients in need of home healthcare while recovering from illness, injury or surgery. In addition to the grant, the program has received.