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  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Hatred Exposed

    StandWithUs premiered its documentary, "Tolerating Intolerance: Hate Speech on Campus," to more than 400 community leaders and students recently at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. The film exposes allegedly extremist speakers, such as Abdel Malik Ali, who...

  • The Circuit

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Meltzer the Mensch

    When Mark Meltzer became executive director of the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) 25 years ago, the agency had three employees, $800,000 in total assets and mostly made interest-free loans for groceries, car repairs and other such emergencies. The organization...

  • The Circuit

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Shidduch Of Substance

    Alon Carmel has had a hand in making thousands of matches. Yet, there is one shidduch of which Carmel, the Israeli-born founder of JDate, the Jewish online dating phenomenon, is especially proud.

    It's a pairing between the New York-based B'nai Zion Foundation...

  • Circuit

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    A Touch of Humanity

    On Feb. 24, The Blue Ribbon and the Fraternity of Friends hosted a gallery opening reception and book signing for Frederic Roberts' "Humanitas" (Hylas Publishing) at the Peter Fetterman Gallery at the Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica. "Humanitas"...

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  • Circuit

    By Kelly Hartog

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tu B'Shevat, Israeli Style

    At the Jewish National Fund's (JNF) third annual Tu B'Shevat seder on Feb. 5, the evening's theme – development of the Negev Desert – was apropos for the Jewish equivalent of Earth Day.

    Emcee Doron Nesher held court at the Scottish Rite Temple...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Aviva Way

    The Aviva Platinum Associates held its second annual luncheon in Beverly Hills on Nov. 3 at the home of board member Susan Casden.

    The Platinum Associates is a group of dynamic L.A. women dedicated to helping change lives of Aviva High School's at-risk teens. Each of...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    85 Years Young

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman is the rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth Am and a veritable Los Angeles institution himself. In addition to serving Beth Am as rabbi, Pressman was also influential in founding the University of Judaism, Brandeis-Bardin Institute, Akiba Academy, Herzl...

  • The Circuit

    By The Circuit

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Last Mitzvah

    About 50 kids and their families had the rare opportunity of fulfilling the 613th mitzvah of completing a Torah and Megillah scroll on Sunday, May 23, at the West Coast Torah Center and Sephardic Magen David of Beverly Hills.

    Both boys and girls participated in...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Business as Usual

    Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) packed 600 people into the Beverly Hilton on May 20 for its seventh annual "Strictly Business" luncheon. At the event, L.A. biomedical entrepreneur and philanthropist Alfred E. Mann received JVS' Business Leader and Humanitarian of...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Industry Honors

    The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding held a Tinseltown-filled benefit June 23 at the Brentwood home of Stanley and Betty Sheinbaum, chaired by hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and foundation founder Rabbi Marc Schneier. The night honored Clarence Avant, the...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Out of Town Honors

    Some prominent Angelenos were recently honored for their contributions to the community.

    On May 20, Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner received the Steven S. Ross Humanitarian Award, the highest tribute of the UJA-Federation of New York.

    The same day,...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Valentine to Dena

    The University of Judaism (UJ) raised $60,000 in one night at its $500-a-plate tribute to Dena Schechter, outgoing UJ board chair. Schechter said the event, which was held May 20 in a UJ parking lot, fulfilled her main requirement that it not be yet another...

  • The Circuit

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    West Coast Museum Fever

    Two-hundred members of the American Friends of the Israel Museum (AFIM) gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 27 for the 2004 West Coast Annual Dinner.

    At the dinner, co-chairs Helgard and Irwin Field and Ada and Jim Horwich welcomed guests and...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Fit for Kings

    Big donors to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were treated to a performance by legendary entertainer Tony Bennett at the March 4 King David Society dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The evening raised $3 million for the Federation's United Jewish Fund...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Standing Proud

    A day after StandWithUs, the L.A.-based pro-Israel grass-roots organization, and CAMERA (the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) held their March 21 joint advocacy conference, "Making Israel's Case," organizers and attendees certainly had...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Churgel Mulls Move

    The first third of Michael Churgel's three-year contract as assistant rabbi of Aliso Viejo's Temple Beth El proved a personal and professional test. He started two months prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which redoubled interfaith efforts by Beth El's...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Who Wrote the bible?

    At a luncheon recently sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Education, Inc., which provides scholarships for unaffiliated needy children ages 5-13 to attend a Jewish day school, Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei from Sinai Temple spoke on the topic "Who Wrote the...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Big Brothers Bash

    Hollywood producer Mark Canton received the Sydney J. Rosenberg Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters/Camp Max Straus 12th annual Dinner and Auction Gala on Jan. 24 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

    Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters is an...

  • The Circuit

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    El Salvador Salvation

    Seven Los Angeles rabbinical students went to El Salvador last month to examine how liberation theology could be incorporated in the mission of tikkun olam, or repairing the world.

    Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion rabbinical students Anne...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Justices on Justice

    Justice Alex Kozinski, a Reagan-appointed conservative on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, joined Justice Stephen Reinhardt, a Carter-appointed liberal also on the 9th Circuit, for a lively discussion of recent Supreme Court precedents at the The Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    J.A.M.min' It

    If you're Jewish and at UCLA these days, then you have probably run across the Ashreinu Learning Network's Jewish Awareness Movement (J.A.M.) -- one of the most successful college outreach organizations in the country. Lead by the charming, gregarious and indefatigable...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Sweet Sounds of Israel

    Was it the venue or the artists that made the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's (IPO) performance at Walk Disney Concert Hall so breathtaking? Probably both.

    Under heightened security, with double lines snaked outside Frank Gehry's stunning downtown structure,...

  • The Circuit

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Honoring Service

    Florence Dann is to receive a service award from the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, where she has served for four years as an officer of its western region. A member of Irvine's University Synagogue since 1990, Dann has served several times on its board, helped...

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