October 23, 2018

Tribe Life Gathering: New West Pops, Gilad Shalit support, Actor Ben Stein

The New West Pops, under conductor Steven Goldstein, debuted at the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sept. 19 with “From Broadway to Hollywood – In Concert,” featuring actress-singer Lorna Luft. From left: Nelson Dodge, executive director of New West Symphony/New West Pops, Bernie Fields, Luft, Blake Ginther, Tobi Foster and Goldstein.  Photo by Jeff Bandy

The Shalom Institute in Malibu hosted its first Jewish County Fair on Oct. 3. The event drew about 3,000 people to the Institute (home to Camp JCA Shalom) for a day of food, fun and unity.  Photo courtesy of David Miller Studios 2010

Jeff Sherden attempts to blow the shofar at Congregation B’nai Emet’s Rosh Hashanah services.

Congregants of Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills gather at Westward Beach for a Tashlich service and Havdalah.

Jacob Finn, 16, and Danielle Starr, 17, speak at a rally in support of Gilad Shalit at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks on Oct. 10. Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was captured by Hamas at age 19 in June 2006, represents all of us, Finn said. “This could happen to anyone.”

Fountainview residents celebrate Sukkot at the Jewish Home’s Eisenberg Village in Reseda.

Ben Stein — actor, Emmy-winning game-show host, financial commentator, lawyer and speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford — spoke at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley for the Reagan Forum on Sept. 21. More than 900 people attended, including former first lady Nancy Reagan.  Photo courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The Bronfman Family JCC in Santa Barbara held a Comedy Night on Oct. 7, featuring, from left, Josh Duvendeck, emcee Louise “Weezy” Palanker, Kayla Simons, Derek Simons and Kira Soltanovich.

The Conejo Valley Chapter of Brandeis National Committee held its annual membership luncheon and boutique on Sept. 22 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, with Rob Eshman, editor-in-chief of TRIBE and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, as its guest speaker. From left: Debra Greene, Roberta Brown, Maddy Wolpa, Eshman, Marsha Shano, Barbara Polisky, Susan Wolff and Sheila Lasky.

Congregation Or Ami members Melinda Pittler and daughter Zoe help children in the local foster care program pick out back-to-school clothes during the synagogue’s annual Back to School Shopping Spree at Kohl’s.  Photo by Jamie Rothstein