September 25, 2018

Tribe Life Gathering: LA Jewish Home, USYers, New Jew, ADL, Chanukah

Rabbi Yisroel Levine of Chabad of Oak Park and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” star Zachary Gordon lit a 12-foot Chanukah menorah at the Oak Park Shopping Center on Dec. 5. Photo by Bryan Beasley  

L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, far left, looked on as City Councilman Dennis Zine presented a $6,000 check to event chair Shelly Markman, second from left, and Home’s CEO-President Molly Forrest, far right, during the Los Angeles Jewish Home’s annual Walk of Ages. The 5K event drew 800 walkers and runners on Dec. 5 and raised $300,000 to support the Home’s services and programs for seniors.   

Buddha the cow enjoyed some TLC from Aaron Moxness, Clare Williams, Sarah Brownlee and Rabbi Paul Kipnes from Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas. Families from the synagogue’s Mishpacha Family Alternative Learning program recently volunteered at The Gentle Barn, a nonprofit animal rescue, rehabilitation and educational organization/farm in Santa Clarita.   

New Community Jewish High School students performed Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” for the school’s fall drama production. The play was produced and directed by W. Ellen Fleischmann and starred students Daniel York, Dylan Marker, Ann Fogler, Caitlin Fein, Amanda Fein, Daniella Margotta, David Abramovici, Megan Feldman, Josh Kleinberg, Sarah Bergenfeld and Brianna Moldovan.   

About 30 USY students joined together for a Social Action and Tikkun Olam Day with Jewish World Watch at Valley Beth Shalom on Dec. 12. The students learned about the crisis in Congo, discussed different relief projects, made signs for the Walk to End Genocide, recorded video messages to electronics companies urging them to go conflict-free and did other advocacy projects in support of the people in Congo. 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana teamed up to celebrate the 27th annual ADL/El Caballero Golf Tournament on Nov. 17. More than 130 golfers participated and 300 guests attended the dinner to support the honorees and raise more than $215,000 for the ADL. From left: Jonathan and Faith Cookler, honorary co-chairs; honorees Don and Claire Marks; co-chairs Mitch Dunitz and Ron Salter; and Amanda Susskind, ADL’s Pacific Southwest regional director. Photo by Robert Lurie