The Reform leadership organization Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) honored 33 CCAR rabbis who have performed 50 years of service in the rabbinate. Among the honorees are Rabbis Harvey Fields of Wilshire Boulevard Temple; Hillel Cohn of Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino; Haim Asa of Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton; and Jerrold Goldstein, former Hillel rabbi at California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Valley College. A ceremony for the rabbis, who were members of the 1963 graduating class of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, took place during the annual CCAR convention in Long Beach on March 4. Cleveland’s Rabbi Richard Block was installed as the new president of CCAR, while Rabbi Denise Eger of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood was elected president-elect and is slated to become president of the conference in two years.
The Jewish Journal was honored at Los Angeles City Hall on Feb. 22. L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz presented the award to the Journal’s editorial staff on behalf of the City of Los Angeles, recognizing the community newspaper’s leadership, reportage, service and the annual Mensch list, which profiles volunteers who do great work on behalf of others. Members of Los Angeles City Council, the Journal’s Rob Eshman, Susan Freudenheim, Ryan Smith and Daniel Kacvinski and honorees from the Journal’s 2013 Mensch List were in attendance at the ceremony, which took place in the council’s chambers.
Former Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles President Lawrence Rauch has been named chair of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’ board of trustees. A manager of charitable assets and a leader in planned-giving solutions for Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists, the foundation announced the election of Rauch, who succeeds Lorin Fife on Feb. 20.
American Friends of the Hebrew University honored George Shultz, former secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan, and litigation attorney Patricia Glaser on March 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Truman Peace Prize was awarded to Shultz for his facilitation of peace initiatives around the world. American Friends’ National Scopus Award recognized Glaser’s commitment to humanitarianism.
State and city officials — including California State Assembly Speaker John Perez; Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Steve Zimmer; Eric Bauman, chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party; and L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz — joined representatives of Jewish organizations such as Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles at a reception at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard headquarters on Feb. 28. The Federation held the event as a way for staff and lay leaders of Jewish organizations to connect with elected officials in a relaxed atmosphere, according to Debbie Dyner Harris, director of community engagement programs at The Federation.
Pro-Israel student activists from the University of Southern California received the AIPAC Duke Rudman Leadership award, the highest honor that the Israel lobby awards to universities, on March 4, during the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. The award was presented to Sara Sax, president of Hillel at USC’s Trojans for Israel.