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  • Order in the McCourt; Professionally Speaking; Youth and Priviliege

    By Norma Zager

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Order in the McCourt

    Jamie McCourt, Los Angeles Dodgers' president and vice chair, was honored with the prestigious Woman of the Year award at Friendly House's annual luncheon and celebrity stylist, Carrie White, was honored with the Excellent Service Award. They join a...

  • Very fulfilled; Levin on board

    By Norma Zager

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The nonprofit The Fulfillment Fund's STARS 2006 gala honoring Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Tom Rothman, raised $2.3 million to help underserved students graduate high school and attend college.

    Almost 1,000 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and the comedy of Wayne Brady...

  • Readers finally get their say at JBook.com’s Peoples’ Choice Awards

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The people have spoken, and they spake Foer.
     
    "Everything Is Illuminated," Jonathan Safran Foer's tragi-comic tale of a young American Jew's journey through Ukraine in search of his grandfather's roots, is the first winner of JBooks.com's People's Choice Award for the decade's...
  • Shatner Horse Trek; Four of a Kind; Star Bright; Mayor Meets Mayor; Social Justice? Here I Am

    By Norma Zager

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Horse Trek

    William and Elizabeth Shatner made their first U.S. public appearance on behalf of the William and Elizabeth Shatner-Jewish National Fund Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment for Israel last week at "An Evening of Magical Information." The $10 million endowment will...

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  • Pro soccer rookie Bornstein gives small goals a big kick

    By Carin Davis

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    ChivasUSA's Jonathan Bornstein is the top contender for the 2006 Major League Soccer (MLS) Rookie of the Year award. Not bad for the Los Alamitos native who was not invited to the MLS combine and was chosen in the fourth round (of four) of 2006 MLS SuperDraft (37th pick overall).
    ...
  • Circuit

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A for Achievement

    Supporters of the Friends of Sheba Medical Center filled the ballroom at the Four Seasons last week to honor three remarkable women -- Rita and Sue Brucker and Dr. Elizabeth Morgan with their prestigious Women of Achievement Award. Morgan gained national...
  • Media reporters meet community; Karnit Goldwasser appeals for help

    By Norma Zager

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm


     
    A sold-out crowd of close to 450 men and women attended the Women's Alliance for Israel Aug. 8 symposium on "Israel and the Media -- How Fair the Coverage?" The event at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel included panelists Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The...
  • Maher Hathout—partner for peace or anti-Semite in centrist clothing?

    By Marc Ballon

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To progressive Jews, he is a partner for peace and a moderate Muslim in a world darkened by Islamic extremism. To conservative Jews, he is a strident anti-Israel critic, perhaps even a closet anti-Semite, masquerading as a centrist.
     
    Dr. Maher Hathout, like no other local Muslim...
  • Spirit and Chocolate Top Temple Emanuel Installation

    By Norma Zager

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There was chocolate and music last week when Sue Brucker was installed as president of Temple Emanuel's board of directors at Shabbat Unplugged. Amid the singing and Shabbat rituals, Brucker was applauded for her talents as a leader, and her commitment and dedication to getting any...

  • Sky High Fundraiser

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    SKY HIGH FUNDRAISER

    Rod's Day 14 turned out to be a fun and spectacular event. The July 22 fundraiser is named for Rod Fasone, who died from a rare form of colon cancer at age 21, 14 years ago. Rod's Day kicked off with a skydiving exhibition by renowned skydiver Jumpin' Bill and...

  • Cover Story

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    From: "Joel Bellman" Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006
    8:39 AM Subject: An Open Letter to Ramona Ripston
    
    Friends:
    
    I thought you might be interested in seeing the following
    letter, which I sent today.
    
    Joel Bellman
    
    *****************************************
    
    Ramona Ripston, Executive...
  • Jamie McCourt Proves She’s an Artful Dodger President

    By Robert David Jaffee

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bougainvillea and vines curl around a pergola at the Bel Air Hotel's outdoor patio restaurant, a lunch spot for Westside powerbrokers. It's 10:30 a.m., and powerbrokers are scarce at this hour, except for Jamie McCourt, vice chairman and president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who is...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Korn Helps UCLA Growth

    Civic leader and philanthropist Carolbeth Korn donated $200,000 to the UCLA School of Public Health to endow, in perpetuity, an annual $10,000 prize honoring the outstanding graduating student each year. Beginning this May, recipients will be selected by the...

  • ‘We Will Remember Your Story’

    By Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Following is an excerpt from remarks Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered last year as part of a benefit dinner for March of the Living at the Beverly Hilton. Organizers at the event presented the governor with an award for his support.

    I am so honored to receive this award, an...

  • France Honors Quiet Diplomacy of Rabbi

    By Tom Tugend

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Quiet diplomacy rarely makes headlines, but one example of the art received public recognition this month when France bestowed one of its highest honors on Rabbi Gary Greenebaum.

    In conferring the National Order of Merit, France's second highest civilian award, on the Western...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Built to Last

    Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.

    The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Good as Guild

    Lunch and laughter was on the menu when The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild honored two pioneer workers for their service to the Guild and the community. Civic leaders Sooky Goldman, founding president, and Janet Salter, president for the past 10 years, were recipients of...

  • Where in the World Is ‘Paradise’?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversial film "Paradise Now" is introduced at the March 5 Oscars ceremony, the live and television audiences may wonder not just whether it will win, but exactly where it came from.

    In the listing by countries of the five nominees for foreign language film honors, the...

  • Wendy Chronicles—A Personal Memoir

    By Caroline Aaron

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Wendy Wasserstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, died on Jan. 30 in New York of lymphoma. She was 55. This essay was written by her close friend, actress Caroline Aaron.

    I first discovered Wendy Wasserstein at the 92nd St. Y. Known as the off-Broadway playwright of...

  • Disputed Film Draws Muted Response

    By Marc Ballon

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, suicide bombings are the modern-day plague. The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center so condemns these acts of terror that he spoke to the late Pope John Paul II, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the chancellor of Austria to enlist their support in...

  • Oxnard Kosher Dining Is a Sur Thing

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Kosher gourmet" sounds like an oxymoron. And "Oxnard kosher" sounds like the nocturnal ravings of some deluded diner.

    Well, get used to it. Gourmet kosher dining has arrived in the Southern California farming community of Oxnard. Paris, London, New York maybe. But Oxnard? Home of...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    'Paradise' Golden; Weisz Blooms

    The Golden Globe awards, often seen as a curtain raiser and preview of the Oscar ceremonies, picked a tense drama about two Palestinian suicide bombers as best foreign language film on Monday night, while shutting out Steven Spielberg's "Munich."

    ...
  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Koufax Honored

    The annual Professional Baseball Scouts Association Dinner in Beverly Hills is a fundraiser for baseball scouts. It honored Koufax, Barry Bonds and Tommy Lasorda, among others, with Willie Mays, Dennis Gilbert and Jerry Reinsdorf as the featured speakers.

    Masorti...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shining Lights

    The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division put a cool spin on Chanukah with "Latkes and Blackjack" at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. The usually dark alternative music club had a cheery holiday makeover as dreidels and chocolate gelt were spread across...

  • Food for Thought

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The only thing worse than going to most luncheons is having to write about them -- blow-by-blows of well-meaning, well-deserved appreciations and thank yous and speeches that go on too long.

    So on my way over to the Luxe Summit Hotel in Bel-Air last month I decided I wasn't going to...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Art Accolades

    Twenty-five years of great music and great Judaic art were celebrated at the 25th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles. At the opening night concert, festival founder and arts educator Jean Abarbanel revealed how she and co-founder...

  • Temple Israel Honors Its ‘Conscience’

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Dozens of congregants at Temple Israel of Hollywood gathered in the synagogue's aging all-purpose room not long ago to talk about a major expansion of their 79-year-old institution. One by one, members spoke excitedly of overhauling the shul to make room for the future -- a new...

  • Revelation Led Rice to Pen Jesus Novel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Late into the night throughout 1993, Gothic novelist Anne Rice sat in a study in her shadowy New Orleans antebellum mansion, poring over stacks of books on ancient Babylon and Samaria.

    The scene could have been lifted from one of Rice's best-selling novels about erotically charged...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Clothes That Care

    The Family Violence Project of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) launched its first Clothesline Project exhibit in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The exhibit, on view at the Bell Family Gallery of The Jewish Federation at 6505...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    QUEENS OF SHEBA

    Boutiques lined the halls leading to the dining room at the Four Seasons recently, where a crowd shopped before the Women of Achievement Awards event at the Friends of Sheba luncheon. This year's awards honored two distinguished community leaders: Dr. Ellen Klapper...

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