December 6, 2007
Briefs: Court nixes Neuwirth suit, Pearl family menorah at White House
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The history of the menorah links it directly to the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl by Islamic extremists in Pakistan.
Just before his decapitation, Pearl told his captors, on video, "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, and I am Jewish."
He then added that there was a street in Israel, in Bnai Brak, that was named after his great-grandfather, Chayim Pearl.
Judea Pearl, a computer science professor at UCLA, told The Journal that Chayim Pearl brought the menorah from Poland in 1924, when he moved to Palestine to found Bnai Brak, a strictly Orthodox community northeast of Tel Aviv.
The menorah was passed on through the generations to Judea Pearl, and will now take its place of honor at the White House.
Jewish Free Loan Announces Inaugural Honorees
The Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) announced last week that it will honor four Los Angeles philanthropists at its inaugural awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel.
On June 4, JFLA will honor Saul Brandman, a local real estate developer who recently helped JFLA start the Brandman Foundation Loan Fund for Nursing Students, with the Mitchell Family Foundation Philanthropy Award; Ruth Ziegler, whose family foundation offers a loan for families of children with autism and other special needs, with the Nathan Shapell Memorial Lifetime Commitment Award; Molly Forrest, CEO of the Jewish Home for the Aging, with the Ben & Anne Werber Communal Service Award; and Stephen Elkind, whose fashion company Lily McNeal benefited from a JFLA small business loan, with the Salter Family Foundation Client Recognition Award.
"This event is a new venture for JFLA, and we hope it will provide a unique opportunity to acknowledge generous philanthropists and community professionals who have made a significant impact on the Jewish community, as well as the general community," CEO Mark Meltzer said.
The 104-year-old nonprofit offers interest-free loans for education, emergencies, small business development, health care and life cycle events.
For more information about "JFLA Celebrates ... An Evening of Visionaries," call (323) 761-8830, ext. 104.
-- Brad A. Greenberg, Senior Writer
1 | 2