L.A. Jewry’s most prominent women philanthropists gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the luncheon honoring Tishby, arts education advocate and philanthropist Virginia Beutner and the pediatric oncologist, Michal Yalon-Oren, an Israeli medical hero who specializes in pediatric brain cancer. Among those in attendance was the peppy Daphna Ziman and the philanthropic icon Marilyn Ziering, whose daughter Rosanne was luncheon co-chair.
After an emotional documentary highlighting Yalon-Oren’s work at Sheba Medical Center, the actress/model/producer was lavishly praised for her success introducing Israeli content to Hollywood as well as for her outspoken support of Israel.
Having landed her first major theatrical role at age 16, Tishby’s young success led to a television and modeling career. She starred in the hit Israeli drama series “Ramat Aviv Gimmel” about the goings-on in an upscale Tel Aviv neighborhood and has played a handful of minor roles in major Hollywood productions, including the Michael Bay-directed “The Island”. But Tishby is best known for re-packaging the Israeli hit “BeTipul” (“In Therapy”) and selling it to HBO as “In Treatment,” the award winning series starring Gabriel Byrne.
Tishby has made a second career out of Israel advocacy and in 2010 launched the non-profit “Act for Israel.” According to the organization’s Website, its main goal is to become the “number 1 organization representing Israel in the digital media world” using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to share information.
At the podium, Tishby exhibited her entertainment chops by giving her audience some politics to ponder. She talked about the upcoming UN Vote for Palestinian Statehood, and borrowing a lesson from the Arab Spring, emphasized the importance of mobilizing a response online. She also said how humbled she was to be in the company of people like Yalon-Oren and emphasized Israel’s underrepresented accomplishments.