September 28, 2006
Happy Rosh Hashanah: swastika flags fly over SoCal, Florida highways
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-- Amy Klein, Religion Editor
Chesed Connection Fundraiser Nets $30,000
Another hip, fun fundraiser also raised thousands of dollars for Israel. The Sept. 13 event at the Hamilton Gallery in Santa Monica raised $30,000 for the Israel in Crisis fund. The event was put on by the L.A. Chesed Connection, a new effort to bring Jews together for good deeds.
Started by Lew Groner, Aron Abecassis, Lori Pietruszka and Dubby Teichman in April, the organization is geared to single Jews in their 30s and 40s. At first, it simply hosted Shabbat dinners but has also donated the proceeds to local charitable organizations, such as Tomchei Shabbos and Hatzolah. The September event, which featured a raffle and a silent auction, was attended by about 200 people, with tickets priced $25 and $36.
The group is also accepting donations through the holidays, hoping to reach the $50,000 donation mark.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to Beth Jacob Chevra Mikra by Oct 15.
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