October 18, 2018

Moving and Shaking: ‘Ed Edelman Day’ declared, Milken Knights win Los Angeles regional FIRST, more


L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz and Mari Edelman, filmmaker and wife of Ed Edelman. Photo by Paul Michael Neuman

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz saluted the new PBS documentary, “The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman: An Untold Story of Leadership in Los Angeles,” during a ceremony honoring Edelman on March 27 at City Hall. A segment of the film — a retrospective on the career of the former city councilman and county supervisor — was screened at the event. Approving a motion by Koretz, the City Council declared April 4, 2013, to be “Ed Edelman Day.” That’s when the documentary was aired on PBS SoCal/KOCE. Mari Edelman, who produced, wrote and directed the film, was present, but her 82-year-old husband, who is suffering from atypical Parkinson’s, did not attend.

Educator Sheindy Gross has been hired as the principal of Torah studies for the girls division at Valley Torah High School. Gross, a ninth-grade teacher at Bnos Devorah High School, an Orthodox school for girls in Los Angeles, starts at Valley Torah this August. Located in Valley Village, Valley Torah is the only Orthodox high school in the San Fernando Valley with separate campuses for boys and girls.


Shirley Friedman and L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Lee Baca’s office

A few days before Passover, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca met with volunteer chaplain Shirley Friedman at his office in Monterey Park. Friedman briefed Baca on how the needs of inmates, who put in requests for special food for Passover, were being met countywide. Working in L.A. County prisons, Friedman helped coordinate the delivery of kosher-for-Passover food for approximately 50 inmates this year. In celebration of Passover, Jewish inmates were given seder foods, matzah and other appropriate edibles — allowing them to observe Passover’s dietary restrictions for the entire holiday, according to Scott Svonkin, senior adviser to Baca.


Members of the Milken Knights, the Milken Community High School robotics team. Photo courtesy of Milken Community High School

The Milken Knights, the Milken Community High School robotics team, won the Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The competition was held March 22-23 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Next up, the team will compete in the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, to be held April 24-27. The team’s leadership includes Roger Kassebaum, a science and physics teacher at Milken and director of Milken’s Mitchell Academy of Science and Technology, which provides science opportunities to students; Milken 12th-grader and team captain Jonathan Zur; and team mentor Harold Schloss, vice president of Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management in Beverly Hills.

Approximately 100 seniors and their family members attended a seder held at the Jewish Family Service Israel Levin Senior Center on March 28. Located on the boardwalk of Venice Beach, the Israel Levin Senior Center provides a home away from home for older adults and hosts a variety of activities, such as peer discussion groups, fitness classes, and Shabbat and holiday celebrations. This was the seventh consecutive year that the seder, established in memory of former senior center member Frieda Schwartz, has taken place. “We thought this was a nice way to give back to the community that she loved,” said Schwartz’s daughter, Shoshi Wilchfort.

Moving and Shaking acknowledges accomplishments by members of the local Jewish community, including people who start new jobs, leave jobs, win awards and more. Got a tip? E-mail it to ryant@jewishjournal.com.