A sold-out crowd of close to 450 men and women attended the Women's Alliance for Israel Aug. 8 symposium on "Israel and the Media -- How Fair the Coverage?" The event at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel included panelists Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The Israel Project; David Lauter of the Los Angeles Times; Jay Sanderson, president of Jewish Television Network; and Bill Boyarsky, Pulitzer Prize winner, author and Jewish Journal contributing columnist.
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A Wife's Plea
On Sept. 6, the American Jewish Congress (AJ Congress) sponsored an event at Sinai Temple in Westwood featuring Karnit Goldwasser, wife of kidnapped Israeli soldier, Ehud Goldwasser. Along with her father, Omri Avni, Goldwasser spoke about the plight of her husband held captive in Lebanon by Hezbollah terrorists since July 12.
"I am asking for help from anyone who has the key to show us that Udi is still alive," Goldwasser said.
Both Goldwasser and Avni urged the audience of nearly 200 to pressure U.S. government officials and the International Red Cross to send on a letter sitting in the Red Cross office in Beirut from Karnit for Ehud. Following Goldwasser's pleas for financial help to cover the costs of her travels across the United States and the world, Iranian Jewish businessman John Farahi pledged to pay for the expenses for the next six months. Goldwasser and her father have also visited Chicago, Miami, Houston and Washington, D.C., in order to raise awareness about her husband's captivity (see story page 8).
Gary Ratner, executive director of AJ Congress, said his group would try to get Goldwasser another meeting with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
-- Karmel Melamed, Contributing Writer
Appointment for Prager
President George Bush recently named radio host and Van Nuys resident Dennis Prager to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing body of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The council consists of 55 presidential appointees, in addition to 10 congressional representatives and three ex-officio members from the departments of Education, Interior and State. Prager will complete the remainder of a five-year term that expires in January 2011.
"Dennis Prager's unique moral voice and dedication to the mission of Holocaust education and remembrance make him an ideal candidate to serve on the council, particularly today as we witness rising global anti-Semitism," said council chairman Fred S. Zeidman. "I welcome the talent and enthusiasm he brings to the position and congratulate him on joining the council."
Prager, host of the nationally syndicated "The Dennis Prager Show," is a speaker, author and film producer. In 2003, Simon and Schuster reissued his work on the history of anti-Semitism, "Why the Jews," written with co-author Joseph Telushkin. Deeply involved in interfaith dialog efforts, he is a frequent contributor to national publications and regularly offers commentary on many national TV outlets.
For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.
Clothes for a Cause
Karen Rosenthal, director of Jewish Family Service's (JFS) Family Violence Project spoke about the groups Clothesline Project at a May 12 luncheon fundraiser hosted by the Creative Arts Temple. The temple raised $5,000 for JFS/Family Violence Project, which assists survivors of family violence to regain their dignity and get a new start.
This summer, Angelenos Sherry and Paul Altura attended Hadassah's 92nd National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Both are major supporters of Hadassah projects in Israel; the Altura Lone Soldier's Home is named in their honor. Sherry Altura serves as the fundraising co-chair of Hadassah International.
The was the first convention held in Nashville and drew more than 2,000 to the music capital. In keeping with the musical environment, the theme of the convention was "Step to the Rhythm of Our Lives," and was a celebration of the various stages and passages of a woman's life. Woven into the theme was Hadassah's dual platforms: support for and love of Israel, and advocacy for issues of concern to women and families.
Highlighting this year's convention was the presentation of the Henrietta Szold Award to Blu Greenberg, author and lecturer, and Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Jewish Life/Network/Steinhardt Foundation president. Delegates explored Israel's current economic, military and political life; reflected on the mosaic of American Jewish life; and pondered the religious and political dimensions that guide the many critical policy decisions in the United States today.
For more information, information, visit www.hadassah.org.