A Family Affair
More than 600 people attended the Second Annual L.A. Family Housing Awards at Universal Studios' Globe Theatre. The event, hosted by comedian Paul Rodriguez, raised nearly $450,000 for L.A. Family Housing (LAFH), a nonprofit that helps 12,000 homeless individuals rebuild their lives each year.
Sixth District Councilmember Ruth Galanter presented the Family Housing Legacy Award to Venice-based housing developer Jeff Lee, whose firm, the Lee Group, has been involved in the construction of more than 1,000 homes for low- and moderate-income families and seniors. Actor-activist Martin Sheen, President Jed Bartlet on the NBC series "The West Wing," received the organization's Sydney M. Irmas Outstanding Humanitarian Award.
Universal Studios Hollywood President/COO Larry Kurzweil, who developed the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex, was also honored.
LAFH CEO David Grunwald expressed the gratitude of the organization's board members and supporters.
Also in attendance: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles' 13th District councilmember; and Jonathan Kevles, director of Mayor James Hahn's L.A. Business Team.
Going for the Golds
A cross section of the community convened to honor Ilene and Stanley Gold at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's 125th Anniversary Gala.
Delivered From Mount Sinai
Jake Farber, incoming chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, receives a check with a $60,000 donation to the United Jewish Fund from Arnold Saltzman, general manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries.
Rabbis With Attitude
Dec. 4 saw the debut of a new weekly radio program featuring the rabbis of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Project Next Step. Rabbis Yitzchak Etshalom and Yitzchok Adlerstein have brought their exploration of Jewish issues to the airwaves with their show, "Rabbis With Attitude." Etshalom and Adlerstein will explore issues through an enlightened Jewish lens every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on KCSN 88.5 FM. The debut edition's topic: "Harry Potter."