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Scene and Heard

by Danielle Berrin

April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

Helen Freeman talks to fifth- and sixth-graders at Echo Horizon School

Holocaust survivor Helen Freeman tells fifth- and sixth-graders at Echo Horizon School in Culver City on March 6 how she met her husband, Joseph Freeman, before being forced into internment at Auschwitz. The couple was reunited when they were wandering the streets of their hometown, but liberation felt new and strange to Helen. "At first I did not believe them. They had to repeat it many times ...'You are free.'"

Front row from left: Diane Gordon; Rita Brucker, Nancy Krasne, Norma Zage, Gloria Seiff. Back row, from left: Lionel Furst, Dr. Debra Judelson, Arnold Seidel, Sonia Berman

The Beverly Hills CPR program officers celebrated 31 years of breathing life into the community and elected new board members.

Pictured, front row from left: Diane Gordon; Rita Brucker, Nancy Krasne, Norma Zage, Gloria Seiff. Back row, from left: Lionel Furst, Dr. Debra Judelson, Arnold Seidel, Sonia Berman.

Herb and Beverly Gelfand (left), TAU President Zvi Galil (center), and Asher Susser (right)

American Friends of Tel Aviv University (TAU) Herb and Beverly Gelfand (left) hosted a reception at their Sunset Boulevard home with TAU President Zvi Galil (center) and Asher Susser (right), director of The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, who spoke about "Israel's Place in the 'New' Middle East."

Valley Beth Shalom Day School students

Valley Beth Shalom Day School students are ecstatic about their new indoor Schall Sport Court, which they celebrated with the Harlem Wizards.

Pictured, from left: Nitzan Bartana, Eliron Cziger, Tomer Lev, Ruth Ornest, Shira Majoni and Michal Beck

Impressed by their Holocaust memorial concert performance at the United Nations two days earlier, Ruth Ornest invited the Adrea and Victor Carter Symphony Orchestra of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University to her Beverly Hills home for a recital and reception on Jan. 30.

Pictured, from left: Nitzan Bartana, Eliron Cziger, Tomer Lev, Ruth Ornest, Shira Majoni and Michal Beck.

Photo by Peter Halmaygi

Arianna Huffington, Paul Begala,Tucker Carlson

Arianna Huffington walked right into the "crossfire" to interview Paul Begala (center) and Tucker Carlson (right) as part of American Jewish University's Public Lecture Series on March 24 at Universal Studios.

Photo �(c) Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio

Lin Arison,Kirk Douglas,Neil Folberg

Lin Arison, widow to the late billionaire Ted Arison, recently visited Los Angeles to launch her new book, "Travels With Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections." During a period of mourning, she traveled through France reimagining and recreating impressionist works in everyday situations and settings. She paid a visit to Kirk Douglas (center) in his L.A. office, accompanied by the book's photographer, Neil Folberg (right).

William Shernoff, Lynne Silbert,Richard Ziman

The American Lawyer wrote that William M. Shernoff is "the attorney insurance companies fear the most," probably because he recently won a multibillion dollar restitution settlement from European life insurance companies on behalf of Holocaust victims and their families. American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) honored the barrister with the Harvey L. Silbert Torch of Learning Award at a gala dinner at The Beverly Hills Hotel on March 12.

Pictured, from left: Honoree William Shernoff; Lynne Silbert, an AFHU Regional board member and daughter of award namesake, Harvey L. Silbert; and Richard Ziman, AFHU Regional Chairman.

Shohreh Soroudi, Jimmy Delshad, Anna Solomon

The great-nieces of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, Sally and Betsy Levin, joined former Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad (center) to salute the efforts of Hadassah Life Members Shohreh Soroudi (left) of Beverly Hills and Anna Solomon (right) of Santa Monica at the group's March 26 Israel@60 celebration and fundraiser.

Elaine Wolfensohn, Richard Ziman, Ruth Ziegler

Israel Philharmonic lovers flowed into the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 11 and raised $1.25 million for the orchestra. From left: Elaine Wolfensohn, Richard Ziman and Ruth Ziegler. Pictured, from left: Marilyn Ziering, Michael Barrett, Jenny and Avner Dorman at the Israel Philharmonic benefit.

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