September 25, 2018

The Circuit: Saul and Joyce Brandman Foundation, Beth Chayim Chadishim, JFS president, Harkham Hill

L.A. philanthropist Joyce Brandman, president of The Saul & Joyce Brandman Foundation, has donated $8 million to name a new teaching laboratory building at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Edmond J. Safra campus in Givat Ram, Israel. The Saul (z”l) and Joyce Brandman Science Laboratories will provide cutting-edge research facilities for the study of chemistry, biology, physics and pharmacology at the university.

Joyce Brandman at the Benefactor’s Wall ceremony in June at the Mount Scopus campus with Hebrew University President Menahem Ben-Sasson. Photo courtesy Hebrew University

Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) broke ground for its new synagogue building at 6090 W. Pico Blvd. on Aug. 15. From left: Karl Kreutziger, Howard CDM executive vice president; Ira Dankberg, BCC project manager; City Councilman Herb Wesson; Brett Trueman, capital campaign co-chair; Rabbi Lisa Edwards; Cantor Juval Porat; BCC President Bruce Maxwell; Marc Schoeplein and Toni Lewis of Lewis-Schoeplein Architects; Rabbi Linda Bertenthal, Union of Reform Judaism; and BCC board members Allison Diamant and Lauren Schlau.

David O. Levine was installed as Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles’ (JFS) board president in a ceremony conducted by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on July 12. Laura Trejo, general manager of the L.A. City Department of Aging, presented the evening’s keynote address. Levine has extensive involvement with civic and philanthropic causes. A member of the JFS board since 2004, he previously chaired the JFS Facilities and Public Policy Committees.

From left: L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, JFS Board President David O. Levine and JFS CEO Paul S. Castro. Photo by Melody Vargas, Jewish Family Service

Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy’s early childhood education department earned reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which sets professional standards for early childhood education. Although other Jewish schools in the Los Angeles area have NAEYC accreditation, Harkham Hillel remains the area’s only Orthodox school to meet the group’s standards.

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