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  • The Circuit: Jewish Family Service, BJE, Lainer Distinguished Educator Award

    By Adam Wills

    March 1, 2011 | 6:08 pm


    From left: JFS CEO Paul S. Castro, JFS board member Abby Leibman, honoree Sheila J. Kuehl and JFS board president David O. Levine.

    The Jewish Family Service (JFS) Family Violence Project raised funds and awareness on Jan. 27 during its second annual Empowerment Celebration, which...

  • The Circuit: Rahm Emanuel, Anti-Defamation League, John Lloyd Young, Hedva Amrani

    February 22, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    American Friends of The Hebrew University’s (AFHU) Western Region hosted the Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF) at the Skirball Cultural Center on Jan.16, with former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as the keynote speaker.


    From left: Western Region President Mark...

  • Gathering: Matisyahu, Pamela Wank, Tu B’Shevat, Torah for the Ages

    By Adam Wills

    February 15, 2011 | 10:50 am


    Matisyahu performed in front of nearly 1,000 people during a concert at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills on Jan. 16.



    Matisyahu posed with Shomrei Torah’s Rabbi Erez Sherman, left, and Rabbi Richard Camras. 



    Pamela Wank prepares to fill in a letter in the Torah...

  • The Circuit: USC Shoah Foundation Institute, AJC

    By Adam Wills

    February 2, 2011 | 11:59 am

    Topping the marquee names at the gala for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute were founder Steven Spielberg, left, and Ambassador for Humanity honoree Jeffrey Katzenberg, flanking Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Some 650 guests attended the Dec. 9 event in the Grand Ballroom at...

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  • The Circuit: CBS Executives, ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Centennial birthday

    By Adam Wills

    December 15, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    CBS senior executives Nina Tassler, David Stapf and Deborah Barak co-hosted A Night of Hope with special guests Geena Davis and Jim Belushi at CBS Radford Studios in Studio City on Oct. 14. The celebration of strength and survival raised more than $220,000 to help the Jewish Family...

  • ‘Golda’s Girls’ inspire, Riva’s 100th birthday, Maimonides in Manhattan

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    'Golda' Girls

    To honor the spirit of Israel's most famous female, the Four Seasons Hotel rolled out the red carpet on May 3 for this year's Golda Meir Luncheon, sponsored by the Women's Division of State of Israel Bonds. Exemplifying the "Three Faces of Golda" were honorees Judy...

  • 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...
  • Circuit

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Reagan Library was the setting when more than 500 Jewish Republicans gathered to pay tribute to U.S. and Israeli armed forces. RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, and Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) set a powerful model of the necessity for firm resolve at this time of international crises....

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday 22

    Polka gets dotty at the Getty this evening with the last installment of the center's Summer Sessions series. "21st Century Roots" offers "roots music for the new millennium," in the form of three groups: Brave Combo, a polka ensemble that mixes music from Mexico,...

  • Circuit

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the Children

    Emunah of America held a West Coast fundraiser recently to raise money for the residential homes and after-school programs to help Israel's needy children . One of those children, Dvora, attended the elegant buffet dinner and silent art auction at the Bel Age...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Full House of Hope
    It was a full house May 14 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire at the 30th annual Celebration of Life Faces of Hope Benefit gala, honoring the City of Hope's bone marrow transplant (BMT) program, along with the program's director, Dr. Stephen J. Forman. Watching the...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A Song for Ken

    The annual dinner of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles reached its touching climax when Israeli-born European singing sensation, Liel, called veteran music manager (and her own U.S. manager) Ken Kragen on stage to perform with her "We Are the World."...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Doctor in the House

    On Sunday, April 9, American Jewish Congress, StandWithUs and Beth Jacob Congregation welcomed Dr. Raanan Gissin, strategic analyst, international spokesman and senior adviser to Israel's prime minister, to Los Angeles. More than 150 people learned about Israel's...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A World of Food

    World Ethnic Market/KosherWorld Show manager Phyllis Koegel presented a Buyer of the Year Award to Tamara Dorrell, Safeway manager, national categories, ethnic. The World Ethnic Market was held recently at the Anaheim Convention Center.

    L.A. Helps the Gulf

    Four...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Growing Hunger

    Responding to the needs of the hungry, Temple Beth El of San Pedro welcomed Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, to a recent Shabbat service. He spoke about MAZON's 20-year history...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Supercause for Super bowl

    Goodies abounded on Super Bowl Sunday as, for the 20th consecutive year, "Doctor to the Stars" and Fulfillment Fund founder Gary Gitnick, chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA School of Medicine, and his gracious wife, Cherna, opened their home...

  • 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...

  • Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Capturing Gazin

    Shelley Gazin, artist and photojournalist, has been the recipient of four 2005 grants to further her photographic and video documentary study of California's Persian Jewish community. A grant from the California Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Life Is Beautiful

    "Beautiful Music," produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films division, was winner of the best documentary award at the Hollywood Film Festival for director Richard Trank. It tells the story of a blind, autistic Arab girl whose astonishing musical...

  • 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

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hope and Faith

    Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) honored L.A. resident Doron Kochavi, for his participation in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope across America, headed by Lance Armstrong.

    Patients in the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA sent off Kochavi...

  • Bust Bad Behavior on the Circuit

    By Susan Estroff

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ah, the thrill and abandon of early adolescence. Laughing with friends; smacking gum and blowing bubbles; sending your best buddy messages in sign language across a crowded room. And, if you're lucky, the rabbi won't shoot you a dirty look when your behavior interferes with the bar...

  • The Circuit

    By Julie G Fax

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    SHoshanim Celebrates

    Shoshanim, a magazine for Jewish teenage girls, is celebrating its fifth year in publication with a newly designed Web site, new features and an upgraded layout. Based in Los Angeles, the magazine geared for Orthodox teenagers has 5,000 subscribers. It is the...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's 'Theo' Time

    The 80th birthday of actor, singer, Soviet Jewry champion and Yiddish language true believer Theodore Bikel was marked by more than 1,300 well-wishers with the June 6 concert, "Theo! The First 80 Years," at Brentwood's Wadsworth Theater.

    The fluid 90-minute show...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A True Best Friend

    A hero of last fall's destructive brushfires in San Bernardino was 5-year-old Duke, a miniature spaniel trained since 2000 to serve as a "co-therapist." At one evacuation center during the weeklong siege, without prompting, Duke snuggled up to a 10-year-old boy...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Gonna Fly Now!

    Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO)'s music director for life, announced that the orchestra's first performance of its 2003 American tour will be a gala IPO fundraiser at the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles on Dec....

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Master Mined

    The Walt Disney Concert Hall has not opened yet, but, no doubt, you will point out the downtown Los Angeles edifice to your out-of-town visitors when you play tourist guide this summer. That's because the hall's colossal, flowing panoply of flapping pantiles -- based...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Film Fest Fun

    The succession of subtitles onscreen was riveting and jarring: "The biggest singer in France is Israeli.... Mike Brant looked relaxed and beautiful, except his head was lying in a pool of blood."

    The text flashed across the screen during a teaser for "Mike Brant: Laisse...

  • Singer Packs Seniors With Old School Hits

    By Uriel Heilman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Thousands of screaming girls. Packed nightclubs. Love-crazy fans. Ron Gartner has seen it all.

    That is, on television, of course.

    In real life, Gartner is an up-and-coming singer who, while not exactly drawing the sorts of crowds that come to Eminem shows, is packing the social...

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