Jewish Journal

The Circuit

by Norma Zager

Posted on Nov. 17, 2005 at 7:00 pm

Hatred Exposed

StandWithUs premiered its documentary, "Tolerating Intolerance: Hate Speech on Campus," to more than 400 community leaders and students recently at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. The film exposes allegedly extremist speakers, such as Abdel Malik Ali, who tour campuses and explores the impact of toxic speech on students and administrators.

All About the Music

The Beverly Hilton was awash with sparkle and shine recently when the Young Musicians Foundation honored entertainer Merv Griffin, fashion icon Fred Hayman and his wife, Betty.

The young and extremely talented musicians wowed the audience and the foundation reaped the benefits, enabling it to continue its good works, including bringing glorious music into the world. The new Merv Griffin Rose was unveiled, sales of which will benefit the group.

A Women's World

Valley Jewish Career Women, a grass-roots networking group launched by the Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance, is dedicated to advancing the growth of women in business and connecting women who work or live in the Valley with the greater Jewish community through networking opportunities, educational and informative programs and ongoing communication.

For more information, contact Arden Taubman at (818) 464-3221 or ataubman@jewishla.org.

Home at Last

A Place Called Home, the groundbreaking youth enrichment center for at-risk kids in South Central Los Angeles, held its 12th annual Gala for the Children at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. UPN President Dawn Ostroff, private investor Bruce Newberg and actor/musician LL COOL J were honored for their efforts in making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.

Doctors in the House

Three UCLA faculty members, representing the School of Public Health, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA College of Letters and Science, were named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

"This prestigious recognition for three members of our faculty Jared Diamond, Robert Kaplan and Jeanne Miranda demonstrates the great success that can be achieved when an interdisciplinary approach is applied to teaching and research," said UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale. "This is one of the highest honors bestowed in the medical sciences, health care and public health. We extend our congratulations to the UCLA recipients and our appreciation to the Institute of Medicine for acknowledging them."

Props for Pascal

The mood was upbeat and positive on Nov. 3 as the American Jewish Committee honored Amy Pascal with its Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

Actor Sean Penn introduced Pascal, the vice chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, singing her praises and accomplishments, but it was Pascal herself who bowled the audience over with her amazing grace and Jewish pride. The Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award commemorates their legacy for community involvement. It is given to outstanding leaders in the entertainment and communications industry, whose professional and civic endeavors have helped to promote understanding and cooperation. The evening was hosted by producer and Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth.

LazAroff Has Spirit

Barbara Lazaroff was honored recently with the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award when the annual Preview the Design House and Landscape Gardens at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills held its gourmet hors d'oeuvres, champagne cocktail party.

Greystone Estate was recognized as a historic landmark and placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1976. Proceeds from this event went towards the restoration of Greystone Estate.

Beverly Hills Mayor Linda Briskman presented Lazaroff with the award and praised her for her numerous contributions to charitable causes and continuous community support.

"It was such an honor to present Barbara with the city's award of excellence for her community service," Briskman said. "She truly has the spirit that makes Beverly Hills so special."

Czech Torah Connection

University Synagogue members were treated to an informative and touching lecture Sunday when Czech Torah Network Advisory Board member Michael Heppner visited to inform them about their Czech Torah scroll connection. According to Susan Boyer, American director of Czech Torah, "over the last 40 years more than 60 Holocaust 'survivors' [Torah scrolls] joined synagogues and religious institutions in the Los Angeles area, and in too many of these synagogues, these survivors have become forgotten members of their new congregations. They have been used as relics and display objects looked at and not talked about. Their stories have not been told."

Boyer encourages everyone to learn where their congregation's scroll came from, who once prayed with it and, if possible, visit that town in Central Europe. "You will not only learn about your scroll's life before the Holocaust, but it will be the nearest thing that represents your own story and spiritual roots."

For more information, visit www.czechtorah.org


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