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The Circuit

by Norma Zager

March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

A Growing Hunger

Responding to the needs of the hungry, Temple Beth El of San Pedro welcomed Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, to a recent Shabbat service. He spoke about MAZON's 20-year history of raising funds from the Jewish community and distributing them to agencies throughout North America to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

"As the Jewish festival of Passover quickly approaches," said Rabbi Charles Briskin, spiritual leader of Temple Beth El, "we must remember to bring true meaning to the words we recite at our Passover seder tables: 'Let all who are hungry enter and eat.' We bring these words to life by inviting the poor and the hungry to join us at our tables and also by contributing to hunger relief agencies, like MAZON, that are dedicated to reducing hunger in our community."

House of Help

Compassion, righteousness, slowness to anger. These are not qualities most of us automatically connect with practitioners of the legal profession. But for Sandy Samuels, the incoming president of Bet Tzedek, which offers free legal services to all, the connection is obvious. He recently spearheaded a project in which rabbis and members of Bet Tzedek's board of directors spoke at scores of synagogues and churches, using a Torah portion as inspiration.

"The purpose is to acquaint people with our work," Samuels explained. "We'll deliver a drash [a sermon] for Parshat Ki Tisa, the portion containing the attributes of God, and we'll point out that compassion, kindness, and mercy are central to our mission."

Samuels, who serves as the religious vice president of Adat Ari El, addressed his congregation at Saturday Shabbat services. He discussed some of Bet Tzedek's programs, including Nursing Home Advocacy and Holocaust Restoration Projects, and reminded congregants that Judaism introduced the revolutionary concept that "the poor have rights and that members of society -- particularly the more fortunate among us -- have an obligation to care for their welfare."

At the conclusion of services, as everyone filed towards the Kiddush luncheon, three potential volunteers -- a legal nurse investigator and two lawyers -- approached Samuels to volunteer their services. The weekend's mission was surely accomplished. -- Naomi Glauberman, Contributing Writer

A Sweet Deal

Two sweethearts were honored when The Sharon Group of Hadassah celebrated Miriam and Stan Goldin of Long Beach at a festive "sweethearts" luncheon Sunday, March 26 at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach.

Miriam, a 55-year Hadassah member, served as president of the Aviva and Naomi Groups, as well as serving as both membership and education chair for the Sharon Group. She was also president of the Long Beach Chapter of Hadassah, vice president of Hadassah's Southern Pacific Coast Region, on the first cabinet of Hadassah Southern California and was chair on the Long Beach/Orange County Area Resource Center.

In addition to Hadassah, Miriam has been an active member of Women's Division of The Jewish Federation, the JCC, Na'Amat, the Board of the National Council of Jewish Women and was the first president of the Women's Architectural League in Long Beach, an organization for architects' wives. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Stan, also a graduate of UC Berkeley and architect in private practice in Long Beach, is a Hadassah associate and has served as president of Temple Sinai and of the JCC. He served as chair of the Human Relations Commission and the Long Beach Board of Examiners and Appeals, on the board of The Jewish Federation and as president of The Jewish Federation Foundation. He is a recipient of the JCC Presidents Founders Award, the Camp Komaroff Founders Award and the Jewish Federation's Robert Baldwin Service Award.

The Goldins have three children, Beth, David and Jared; and six grandchildren.

Young readers

Third-graders from Los Angeles' Maimonides Academy meet with Joanne Ordano from Cedars-Sinai Hospital at an assembly held to honor students whose efforts helped buy books and dolls for the Jester and Pharley Fund, a charity that aids seriously ill and hospitalized children.

 

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