February 21, 2008
Demi Moore, Tony Blair, Mr. Mayor
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher wonder, "Will we be billed for this?" when they attend Bet Tzedek's Annual Dinner Gala at the Hyatt Regency in Century City on Jan. 22. The Bet Tzedek supporter to their right is lawyer Bruce Ramer.
Looks like the feud is over, as Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan (a.k.a. "Yaki") embraces former competitors, director Joseph Cedar of "Beaufort" and Israeli actor Uri Gavriel of "The Band's Visit" at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival, which honored Israel's 60th on Jan. 6. The two aforementioned films were vying to represent Israel at the Oscars, but only "Beaufort" has been nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film.
"American Idol," watch out for "Junior Jewish American Ideal," a competition where 11 young voices (ages 7-12) gathered at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles to belt out some Hebrew and Jewish tunes for their proud parents. In the back row (from left) Joseph Schnitzer, Adam Rokah, Maya Rosenman, Rose Lipner, Maya Sherer; front row (from left) Gaby Lazo, Miriam Berman, Batya Lazo, Nathaniel Sawdayi, Amitai Mandel and Hannah Urman.
American Friends of the Israel Museum hit the Beverly Hills Hotel's Rodeo Room on Jan. 28 for the Annual West Coast Gala, which raised $500,000 for the art and archaeology museum in Israel. In attendance are (from left) Adi Nes, Rosette Varda Delug, Stephen S. Lash, Patricia Finkel, Maureen Cogan and James Snyder. Photo by Silvia Mautner
Richard, Rochelle and Amanda Maize proved philanthropy isn't far from flipping burgers: the family served In-N-Out's famous "double-double" burgers to the students at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services to kick off the new year in January.
Tony Blair indicates his expectation for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at American Jewish University's 2008 Public Lecture Series on Jan. 14 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. Photo by Peter Halmagyi
StandWithUs and American Jewish Committee kicked off their "Israel at 60" festivities on Jan.31 with a screening of "Golda's Balcony," a portrait of the nation's esteemed female prime minister, played by Valerie Harper, at the Writer's Guild Theatre. Standing on the balcony are (from left) Seth Brysk, Tony Cacciotti, Jerry Rothstein, Debbie and Naty Saidoff, Valerie Harper, Roz Rothstein, Mireille and Barry Wolfe and Esther Renzer. Photo by Daryl Temkin
Music brought together supporters of The Foundation for Jewish Education on Feb. 3 for a fundraiser to send needy Jewish children to a two-week Jewish summer camp. Angels of music are (from left) Marina Waks, Marlene Kreitenberg, Lior Kaminetsky and his ensemble, Dr. Sheila Solar and Barbara Drotow. Photo by Orly Halevy
Joel Neustaedter is smiling wide because he just landed at Ben-Gurion Airport to make aliyah. A Nefesh B'Nefesh chartered flight transported Joel from Irvine to his new home in Jerusalem. Photo by Sasson Tiram
It was a super Super Sunday, indeed! Bettina Kurowski, L. A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Ryan Yatman are a "super" good-lookin' trio who hit the phones and helped raise $4,501,207 for Jewish causes worldwide. Mazal Tov and Todah Rabah!
Though the times have a-changed, love for the icon remains the same: Myna Herscher, Dennis Holt, Uri Herscher and Skirball architect Moshe Safdie attended the opening of "Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966," organized by the Experience Music Project, at the Skirball Cultural Center on Feb. 5.