The Friends of Disabled Veterans of Israel Dinner Reception in Beverly Hills drew support for the organization's mission to help 48,000 veterans disabled during wars and acts of terrorism in Israel. For information on supporting Disabled Veterans of Israel, contact Regina Gottried at (212) 689-3220.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held its annual Tikkun L.A. on Dec. 25, at 40 sites throughout Los Angeles. The event attracted more than 600 volunteers.
Party At The Petersen
Etta Israel Center, which serves Jewish youth and adults with special needs, will hold its annual fundraising dinner on Jan. 12 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. This year's gala will support the Center's Group Home for Jewish Women with Special Needs, scheduled to open in February, and the Ner Shoshanna Fund, which will establish a class in September for Jewish girls ages 11-14 with special needs, based at the Bais Yaakov School for Girls in Los Angeles. For information, call (310) 285-0909 or visit www.etta.org.
The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring will hold an opening on Jan. 13 from 5-7 p.m. for artist Masha Schweitzer's "Human Landscapes/Personal Perspectives" show -- a series of expressionistic monotypes and intaglio prints. The exhibit will be on display at A Shenere Velt Gallery, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For information, call (310) 552-2007.
Meet the Mayor
Yavneh Hebrew Academy will hold its Gala Scholarship Banquet on Jan. 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel. Dudley Roski and Donald Travis of Societe Generale and Mark and Stacee Hess, will be honored. Keynote speaker: Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert. For more information, call (323) 931-5909, ext. 107.
Cancer Awareness Comes to Los Angeles
Israel Cancer Research Fund will present an evening of Cancer Awareness on Jan. 16 at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Westwood. "Brain Tumor Therapy in the New Millennium: Immunity and Humanity" will be the discussion topic. For information, call (323) 651-1200.
Jewish Big Brothers/Camp Max Strauss will host its 10th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner and Auction Gala on Jan. 19 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Honored at the event will be James Honore, executive vice president of post-production at Sony's Columbia Pictures. For information, call (323) 761-8675.
Tu B'Shevat Is in the Air...
Adat Shalom of Westwood will hold two major events in one day on Jan. 27: The Men's Club World Wide Tefillin Wrap and the dedication of its new playground. Both events are part of a larger Tu B'Shevat festival.
NBC West Coast President Scott Sassa will be honored by The American Jewish Committee at its Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award Dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on Jan. 31. For information, call (310) 282-8080, ext. 306.
Renovation is underway at Aviva Family and Children's Services' 7120 Franklin Ave. facilities, to be completed in June. To date, the campaign has achieved more than $4.2 million of its nearly $6.66 million goal. A new Aviva High School is part of this refurbishing initiative.
Ivy League Allegiance
Philip Gomperts, director of the U.S. Western Region Division of American Associates of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, reports that Ben Gurion University and Columbia University have signed a commercial cooperation agreement. Ben Gurion University recently raised a fund that will invest $5 million to promote applied research in biotechnology and pharmacology.
Creature Feature Guardians' New Angels
The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging will hold its 2002 Officers and Board of Directors Installation Ceremony on Jan. 31 at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Temple Israel of Hollywood received a $1,000 grant at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations Biennial Convention in Boston for its Celebrations! program. Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge received an honorable mention.
Friends of Sheba Medical Center presented its Humanitarian Award to entertainment industry luminary Merv Adelson and its Lea Rabin Philanthropy Award to Marilyn Ziering and her family. Comedian Howie Mandel, songbird Dionne Warwick and actors Robert Wagner and Richard Crenna were among the entertainers. Monty Hall presented Ziering with the award, and director Arthur Hiller paid tribute to Adelson.
Joy to the World
Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, under the artistic direction of Noreen Green, opened its eighth concert season with "Celebrate Joy" at Beverly Hills High School's K. L. Peters Auditorium. Hollywood Klezmer, Cantor Evan Kent and soprano Ariella Vaccarino appeared as special guest performers.
The Jewish Symphony Association presented its first Founder's Award to Dr. Richard Merkin for his philanthropic work at an Oct. 18 gala at the Beverly Hilton.
Remembering a Master Thespian Make a Date With Thousands of Israelis
Israel's Independence Day Festival has announced the date for its 54th Yom Ha'atzmaut: April 21. Festival chairman Morrie Avidan and its director, Yoram Gutman, are seeking supporters and volunteers for the festival. For more information, call (818) 757-0123.
Veterans Day The Friends of Disabled Veterans of Israel Dinner Reception in Beverly Hills drew support for the organization's mission to help 48,000 veterans disabled during wars and acts of terrorism in Israel. For information on supporting Disabled Veterans of Israel, contact Regina Gottried at (212) 689-3220.
Boy Arise Sir Kingsley
Call him "Sir Ben!" Veteran actor Ben Kingsley was knighted in Queen Elizabeth's annual New Year Honors List.
Kingsley, who is has some Jewish roots, has etched powerful portraits of Jewish characters in "Schindler's List" and in television docudramas on Simon Wiesenthal and Anne Frank. He won a Oscar for best actor in the title role of the 1982 feature "Gandhi."
Also honored was Arnold Schwartzman, who was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker, who received a 1982 Oscar for his Simon Wiesenthal Center documentary "Genocide," was honored for his fealty to the British film industry in the United States. -- Tom Tugend, Contributing Writer