Gerald B. Bubis is 88, and he knows there are things he’ll never do again. He’ll never travel to Israel again, for one, and after 46 trips, that’s a tough one to swallow. Then there’s the fact that this author and/or editor of 12 books and 200 articles on serving the Jewish community now has a tremor in his hand that prevents him from putting pen to paper. He also can’t drive anymore, and he can’t stand up long enough to wash dishes.
Marwan Muasher, the first Jordanian ambassador to Israel, delivers the keynote address, “Peace-making in the Changing Middle East,” during an event honoring Gerald Bubis, former national co-chair of Americans for Peace Now. A prelecture dinner and special presentation highlighting Bubis’ work inaugurates what is expected to become an annual event. Mon. 6 p.m. (dinner and presentation), 7:30 p.m. (lecture). Free (lecture). $75 (dinner). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (323) 934-3480. peacenow.org.
I was 10 years old. My father left us and moved to the United States from Winnipeg, leaving my mother, my 6-year-old sister and me destitute. After spending a bitter Canadian winter and spring with friends, we moved into my mother’s parents’ home in Minneapolis.
American Jewish leaders who created the United Jewish Communities (UJC) umbrella organization out of three separate ones in 1999 are largely frustrated and disappointed by the outcome of their labor, with some scoring the missed chance to form a truly representative and forward-looking voice for American Jewry.