The Paley Center for Media recalled America’s Jewish mother during the Aug. 24 event “Groundbreaker: Remembering Gertrude Berg.” Credited with creating the sitcom “The Goldbergs”— both on radio and television — Berg was also the first recipient of an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series. Between presenting an early episode of “The Goldbergs” and selected clips from Aviva Kempner’s documentary “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg,” producer Gary David Goldberg (“Family Ties,” “Brooklyn Bridge”) led a discussion on Berg’s legacy, with Kempner, author Glenn D. Smith Jr. (“Something on My Own: Gertrude Berg and American Broadcasting 1929-1956”), director Arthur Hiller and actress Charlotte Rae.
The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Major Gifts Group hosted a reception and private tour for its supporters at the new Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park on July 27. E. Randol Schoenberg, ADL board member and museum board president, conducted the tour. Hagy Belzberg, the museum’s architect, spoke about the unique challenges and opportunities presented by designing the museum, the symbolism of various structural components and the state-of-the-art integration of green technology.
Jeffrey Blutinger, an associate professor of history and expert in 19th century Jewish intellectual history, has been named the inaugural Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair for Jewish Studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), for the 2010-11 academic year. The endowed chair is the result of a $1 million donation from Ray and Barbara Alpert to the CSULB Jewish Studies Program in 2008.