Noted terrorism expert Steve Emerson was presented with a special proclamation from Beverly Hills by former Mayor Steve Webb.
Emerson, one of the foremost experts on terrorism, works closely with law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community. He has participated in substantial undercover work to expose the threat from within to the security of the United States.
He heads the Investigative Project on Terrorism and is the author of "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us."
According to Emerson, "....This zealous strain of Islam will settle for nothing less than our total subjugation or destruction. It couples its zealotry in pursuit of its goals with patience as to achieving them. An informed American public can confront this threat -- not with anxiety and dread, but with intelligence, honesty and courage."
Women of Vision
The vision was beautiful from every angle at the 2007 Women of Vision Luncheon, honoring Ruth Abramson, Elyssa Kupferberg, Barbara "Bobby" Deane, and Marion Silberberg at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach. Almost 250 women and men attended the luncheon, third in a series of bi-annual affairs in which the Palm Beach Region of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science recognizes women in the community who have made a difference. Guests viewed a video presentation narrated by the four honorees that discussed the influences that propelled them to become community leaders, their passions and the reason why the work of the Weizmann Institute of Science was important to each of them.
Dr. Margaret McKenna, president of Lesley University in Boston, was the keynote speaker and addressed the impact of women in leadership positions. She commented that Weizmann has been selected by scientists at biomedical research institutions as the most outstanding place to work, and that the percentage of women in its graduate degree program, about 50 percent, is almost unheard of in the world of science.
To learn more about the Weizmann Institute, go to www.weizmann-usa.org.
"It's Good to be the Chief"
Sinai Temple was a very safe place to be when the Shomrim Society of Southern California honored Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden for 40 years of dedicated service.
Shomrim Vice President Joe Rosen reflected on his life journey and an impressive group of speakers feted Snowden. Seen nibbling on an array of yummy appetizers, including knishes and egg rolls, were notables like Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad and wife, Lonnie; Ellyn Snowden; Paula Kent Meehan; Ruta Lee; Debbie Reynolds; Mark Egerman and wife, Dr. Lynn, and Eliot and Maxine Finkel.
Ma'alot Honors Ury
Ma'alot Institute of Los Angeles held its annual dinner March 5 honoring a number of local women active in Jewish education, and commemorating the contributions of the late Rabbi Zalman Ury. Ury resided in Los Angeles for over fifty years and was Orthodox consultant to the Bureau of Jewish Education. An ordained rabbi with a doctorate in education from UCLA, he was principal of Hillel Hebrew Academy, then Rambam Torah Institute, and served as rabbi of Young Israel of Beverly Hills.
An activist for Torah education at the local and national levels, he was involved with Torah U'Mesorah and hosted its Principals Conferences, as well as organizing the annual Yom Iyun for teachers and educators working in Orthodox schools throughout Southern California. He also directed the Yeshiva Principals Council locally and was a major force in the development of many schools, yeshivas and institutions here.
Ury was born in Lithuania in the small town of Stoiptz. He studied in a rabbinical school in Kletzk and later in Vilna. During the war, he was forced into slave labor in Siberia and later fled to Asia where he labored and managed to survive in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and Tashkent. He married another European refugee, and after recovering from malnutrition and serious illnesses, he made his way to America after the war. He is survived by his wife, Rebetzin Eva Ury, and by three married daughters living here or in Israel. His son, Dr. Israel Ury, is active with Ma'alot. -- Rabbi Dr. David Fox
And the Winner Is...
It was a night to celebrate youth in cinema when eight talented student filmmakers and three entertainment industry professionals were honored at the 14th Annual Student Filmmakers Pre-Oscar Scholarship Luncheon at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Hosted by KNBC4 anchorman, Chris Schauble, the afternoon was filled with sumptuous food and an array of Academy Award nominees, past Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA) Diversity Awards honorees, various studio executives and corporate and community leaders who gathered to support aspiring filmmakers. Each guest presented the students with scholarship certificates and attended the celebrity silent auction, which took place an hour before the luncheon.
The MMPA selects a group of outstanding student filmmakers each year. This year's MMPA Educational and Development Scholarship recipients primarily hailed from Chapman University and Columbia College, including Ubong Eton, Viktoria Ershova, Michael Flores, Chishan Lin, Isaac Ntokwo, Kasha Stewart, Thabo Wolfaardt, and Daniel Zagayer.