Moving and Shaking: HUC advantage gala, Schoenberg and IKAR come of age

June 9, 2017 - accent chair

The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s (HUC-JIR) fourth annual advantage gala, hold during a Skirball Cultural Center on May 16, respected Peachy Levy, Rhea Coskey, Rochelle Ginsburg and other women leaders of a Western region.

Levy sits on a house of overseers of a HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. Coskey became concerned with HUC-JIR when her daughter, Laurie, entered rabbinical school, and she went on to coach students and chair a school’s advisory board. Ginsburg is a chair of a HUC-JIR’s inhabitant propagandize of preparation advisory council.

Sally Priesand, an HUC-JIR ordinee who in 1972 became the initial lady rabbi to be consecrated in America, was featured in a ceremonies.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion respected (from left) Peachy Levy, Rhea Coskey and Rochelle Ginsburg during a fourth annual advantage gala. Photo by Edo Tsoar

The some-more than 430 attendees enclosed Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Rabbi Laura Geller; Leo Baeck Temple Rabbi Ken Chasen; Kol Ami Rabbi Denise Eger; Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin and his husband, Temple Akiba Rabbi Zachary Shapiro; Stephen Wise Temple Senior Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback; and Shana Penn, executive executive of a Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

“It was a biggest audience ever,” HUC-JIR Public Affairs Associate Joanne Tolkoff told a Journal.

Proceeds from a eventuality advantage HUC-JIR students and faculty.

Founded in 1875, HUC-JIR is a Reform seminary focused on academic, devout and veteran care development, with campuses in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati and Jerusalem.

“From Generation to Generation,” a village jubilee concert, was hold May 25 during Sinai Temple on a arise of Joseph Schoenberg becoming a bar mitzvah. Approximately 1,200 people attended.

His parents, Pamela and Randol Schoenberg, sponsored a event, that was hold in memory of Joseph’s great-grandfathers, composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl.

Participants in a low-pitched module enclosed conductor Nick Strimple, associate highbrow of choral and dedicated strain during a USC Thornton School of Music and an consultant on a works of composers persecuted by a Nazis. Strimple led a Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. Additional participants were Los Angeles Voices, a BodyTraffic dance company, and London-based pianist and organist Iain Farrington.

BodyTraffic, that enclosed new further Natalie Leibert, achieved to liturgical works for carol and organ by Schoenberg and Zeisl, and a newly consecrated work for carol and organ by composer Samuel Adler.

Randol Schoenberg is an titular executive of a Los Angeles Museum of a Holocaust. He is an profession who has worked to collect design stolen by a Nazis during World War II, as was decorated in a film “Woman in Gold.”

Joseph, whose bar mitzvah was May 27, volunteered with Food Forward, that saves internal furnish that differently would go to waste, heading adult to his bar mitzvah. He donated furnish from his bar mitzvah weekend to hunger-relief agencies and, by a website, had environmentally accessible centerpieces during his luncheon. 

celebration and fundraiser hold in respect of a 13 years given a first of a egalitarian devout village IKAR was hold May 21 during Playa Studios in Culver City.

The “bat mitzvah” eventuality lifted about $370,000 and drew a throng of some-more than 375 founders, members and supporters, including Richard and Ellen Sandler, Marvin and Sandy Schotland, and singer Lisa Edelstein.

The celebration had a 1980s theme, with strain from that decade personification via a event. Attendees noticed a video retrospective on IKAR’s place in a village and were treated to a classical b’nai mitzvah-style candlelighting ceremony.

Attendees dressed in costumes that featured neon tights, blue eye shade and other staples of ’80s fashion, with some guest invoking Ferris Bueller, Madonna and Michael Jackson. Mini Rubik’s Cubes, slap bracelets and centerpieces featuring jellybeans, malted divert balls, Reese’s Pieces and Good Plenty candy ornate a tables. IKAR members Shelley and Steph Altman, who possess Playa Studios, donated use of a venue, and Diana Kramer designed a interior theme, that featured full-size video diversion machines and other era-appropriate décor.

The Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, executive of preaching organizing with PICO National Network, a largest grass-roots, faith-based organizing network in a United States, offering difference of welcome. “History is past, benefaction and destiny all during a same time. We are all one people,” he said.

“It took a lot for us to get this thing off a ground, nothing of it with any declaration of success,” IKAR first Rabbi Sharon Brous said. “Thank we for casting your lot with us. This is about fighting for polite society.”

— Esther D. Kustanowitz, Contributing Writer

The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) West Region hold village events on May 16 and 18 during a Westside Jewish Community Center.

On May 16, a CIJE Co-Ed Engineering Conference featured SpaceIL co-founder Yonatan Winetraub as a keynote speaker. Addressing approximately 150 teenagers, Winetraub discussed how his classification is aiming to make Israel a fourth nation to land a booster on a moon. Additional speakers enclosed Sari Katz, Western Region executive for Rambam sanatorium in Israel. Katz announced a partnership between Rambam and CIJE that would yield a grant to students who rise an superb biomedical device in 2018.

Students from day schools in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Seattle and Dallas attended.

“Nobody knows precisely what jobs will be around when we all connoisseur from college within a subsequent 8 to 10 years,” CIJE President Jason Cury told a students. “Which is because it’s so critical to rise a skills that will be required, and to be prepared for whatever hurdles and opportunities that benefaction themselves.”

From Tarbut V’Torah in Irvine, students Mika Ben-Ezer, Zeke Levi and Julian Wiese perceived a Award for Innovation for their “Sonic Jacket,” that serves a visually impaired. Harkham-GAON Academy in Los Angeles students Aliza Leichter, Oze Botach and Shani Kassell won a Award of Social Value for conceptualizing a vehicle chair that detects when a child is alone in a vehicle. And a Award for Best Visual Display went to Mendy Sacks, Aryeh Rosenbaum and Daniel Jackson from YULA Boys High School for a digital unstable piano clergyman famous as “Teachapii.”

CIJE Vice President Jane Willoughby gave a shutting remarks.

The May 18 Girls Engineering Conference drew students from YULA Girls High School and Valley Torah Girls High School.

In a keynote address, operative Yvette Edidin discussed how “the opposite fields of engineering need and would advantage from some-more women,” a CIJE press recover said.

Valley Torah’s Adina Ziv, Meital Shafgi and Aviya Gaviel were awarded Project of a Year for their sensor that detects when vehicle drivers are removing exhausted and alerts them regulating a moving device.

At a 2017 ADL Entertainment Industry dinner, “Big Bang Theory” co-creator and ADL honoree Bill Prady (second from left) joins (from left) endowment presenter Wil Wheaton, ADL Regional Director Amanda Susskind and eventuality speaker Joshua Malina. Photo pleasantness of a Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) respected Bill Prady, co-creator and executive writer of “The Big Bang Theory,” during a 2017 ADL Entertainment Industry cooking on May 24 during a Beverly Hilton.

Actor Joshua Malina (“Scandal”) served as master of ceremonies and actor Wil Wheaton, a repeated guest star on “The Big Bang Theory,” presented a endowment to Prady.

“While scheming my remarks for this evening, we emailed Bill and asked him if it will be honest and accurate to tell we that Bill is an outspoken voice for a many exposed among us,” Wheaton said. “And Bill said, ‘There is no judgment that starts with, Bill has been outspoken about — that is not true.’ ”

Prady, in his speech, talked about his childhood in Detroit.

“Anti-Semitism was a flattering epitome idea. we knew what it meant usually from a distance,” he said. “I knew it from a punchline from a Woody Allen movie. Growing adult in my Jewish Detroit suburb, we didn’t know anti-Semitism. And it’s not usually that. For me, injustice was something in amicable studies class. And loathing of immigrants? we never listened of such a thing. My universe was filled with immigrants, so many that we suspicion that when we grow up, we have an accent. But we know all these things now. We hear it on a news, from a politicians, online.”

Prady explained because he is a believer of a ADL, that was determined in 1913 to fight hatred and bigotry.

“After a election, we done a preference to change my personal concentration from politics to a front line. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) was battling a conflict on freedom, and Planned Parenthood was fighting for women reproducing rights, though who was fighting to puncture out a weed of hatred that had taken base in complicated technology? It was a Anti-Defamation League,” Prady said. “So we called them adult and we asked what we can do to help. And they pronounced to do this, and we said, ‘It’s going to be a flattering tedious night.’ So, we called a Barenaked Ladies.”

The Canadian band, that wrote and available “The Big Bang Theory” thesis song, supposing a evening’s entertainment.

Additional speakers enclosed An Nguyen, a daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and an ADL National Youth Leadership delegate.

— Ayala Or-El, Contributing Writer

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