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Moving and shaking

by Ryan Torok

February 20, 2014 | 3:31 pm

From left: Incoming WAIPAC President Dvorah Colker; incoming Executive Vice President Julie Munjack; L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; Event Chair Nancy Klemens; WAIPAC Chair Elaine Robinson; and WAIPAC honorary board member Marilyn Ziering. Photo by Orly Halevy.

From left: Incoming WAIPAC President Dvorah Colker; incoming Executive Vice President Julie Munjack; L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; Event Chair Nancy Klemens; WAIPAC Chair Elaine Robinson; and WAIPAC honorary board member Marilyn Ziering. Photo by Orly Halevy.

Milken Community Schools has named Kimberly Schwartz as principal of its upper school campus as of Feb. 4. She had been named to the post on an interim basis on Jan. 1, succeeding Roger Fuller.

“Dr. Schwartz is one of those rare educators who simply ‘gets it,’ ” Gary Weisserman, head of school, wrote in a recent letter to Milken faculty and parents. “She has a keen understanding of curriculum and instruction, knows how to guide and lead students and faculty to achieve their very best, understands our community and our school’s mission and has a profound commitment to making sure Milken is not only the best Jewish day school in the country, but the best school in the country — period.”

Schwartz, who began working at Milken in 2008, also serves as Milken’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, pioneering radical changes to the school’s academic scheduling system. She has also served as a dean of students, assistant principal and associate principal at the institution since joining it more than five years ago.

Kimberly Schwartz, principal of Milken Community School’s upper school campus. Photo by Andrea Smith

A graduate of Stanford University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Jewish studies.

American Friends of the Israel Museum’s (AFIM) West Coast gala took place on Feb 4.

The event at the Beverly Hills Hotel featured Doug Aitken, a multimedia artist who lives and works in Los Angeles and New York, as its guest speaker. Additionally, James Snyder, the Anne and Jerome Fisher director of the Israel Museum, delivered remarks. 

AFIM members Nancy Lainer and Allison Berg co-chaired the event.

The U.S.-based fundraising organization for the Israel Museum, AFIM operates offices in Los Angeles and New York. The organization works to obtain grants and artwork for the museum, which describes itself as Israel’s “largest cultural institution.” It features a collection of art and archaeological works and is home to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The World Alliance for Israel Political Action Committee (WAIPAC), a West Coast-based pro-Israel committee, welcomed its new president, Dvorah Colker, during an installation ceremony on Feb. 9. The event, which drew nearly 100 people, took place at the Beverly Hills home of Marilyn Ziering, an honorary board member of the organization. Colker, who will serve a two-year term, replaces Lee Ziff. WAIPAC, which describes itself as a single-issue, bipartisan organization, welcomed several new members to its 2014 executive board. Julie Munjack, executive director of University Synagogue in Brentwood, was named executive vice president, and Earl Greinetz, a supporter of the Los Angeles Jewish Home and other groups, was named treasurer.

Attendees at the local event included Joanne Helperin, executive director of WAIPAC and a congregant of B’nai David-Judea Congregation. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky served as the evening’s keynote speaker.

According to the WAIPAC Web site, the organization has made political contributions to several elected officials, including Sen. Al Franken and Congressmembers Ed Royce, Nancy Pelosi and Alan Lowenthal.

“Moving and Shaking” highlights events, honors and simchas. Got a tip? E-mail ryant@jewishjournal.com.

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