November 3, 2005
Clothes That Care
The Family Violence Project of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) launched its first Clothesline Project exhibit in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The exhibit, on view at the Bell Family Gallery of The Jewish Federation at 6505 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, is co-sponsored by JFS, The Jewish Federation and the Gabe Kapler Foundation.
Colorful T-shirts hanging on a clothesline, once a symbol of domesticity, have become an unusual but powerful call to join the fight to end domestic violence. This exhibit is a collection of T-shirts, each designed by a survivor or child-witness of domestic violence, that tell the artists' stories through pictures and words.
The opening reception on Oct. 10, attended by more than 100 people, featured Lisa Kapler, wife of Boston Red Sox player and Los Angeles native Gabe Kapler, who was also in attendance. Lisa Kapler grew up in Southern California and was abused by a violent boyfriend when she was a teenager.
"One of the strongest messages of the Clothesline Project is that this kind of brutality can happen to anyone, anywhere," she said.
The Clothesline Project originated when 31 shirts were displayed on a village green in Hyannis, Mass., in October 1990. Since then, more than 7,000 women and children have created artwork exhibitions worldwide, with exhibits in 41 states and five countries.
The Clothesline Project exhibit will be open to the public until Dec. 31. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sherri Kadovitz at (323) 761-8800, ext. 1250 or visit www.clotheslineproject.org.
The opening night audience sat in awe as multitalented Jason Alexander belted out a comical rendition of "Broadway Roles He Never Played" as the Geffen celebrated its new renovated venue in Westwood. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented a proclamation and virtuoso violinist Hillary Hahn performed a rare, unaccompanied classical solo and a duet with Alexander.
The theater has undergone an 18-month, $17 million renovation and even added a second smaller and more intimate venue, The Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre, in addition to the now even more comfortable and updated original. Celebrities mingled with the crowds nibbling on yummy foods and drinks as Geffen leader and driving force Gil Cates welcomed well-wishers and spoke excitedly about the upcoming season.
For information, call (310) 208-5454.
All those Jewish leaders bemoaning the lack of younger, hipper, Hollywood involvement in the community might want to hop over to the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel Nov. 9 when the Zimmer Children's Museum presents its Discovery Award to Dan and Jenna Adler and Jennifer Cohen. The Zimmer, located on the ground floor of the Jewish Federation building at 6505 Wilshire Boulevard is not a Federation agency, but an independent museum devoted to teaching little minds big ideas of tradition, ethics and identity (and be sure to stop by The Jewish Journal exhibit on community and communication).
The Adlers are raising two young minds of their own while establishing themselves in the entertainment industry. Jenna, a California native and USC graduate, is a music agent at CAA. Dan, former vice president of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, is the founder of Media Eagles, Inc., which integrates talent and technology to launch new businesses for a range of high-profile clients. They support numerous good works outside the Jewish community -- such as building a schoolhouse as part of the Cambodia Rural Schools Project -- and many within it as well, such as Israel Policy Forum.
Cohen, a Zimmer founding board member, is a young community activist and philanthropist, a graduate of USC, mother of five and a leader at the Jewish Federation and Maimonides Academy.
The dinner committee has a who's who of entertainment professionals -- from Sony chair Amy Pascal to Jay Kogen, enshrined in Jewish history as the writer of "Like Father, Like Clown," the Krusty-is-Jewish episode of "The Simpsons."