The Circuit

Designing Women

Haute couture was en vogue at the Women’s International Zionist Organization Los Angeles annual membership luncheon, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Hanna Rubinstein chaired the event. Following a fashion show by Beverly Hills boutique Votre Nam, keynote speaker and “Sunday’s Silence” author Gina Nahai shared memories of growing up Jewish in Iran.

Birthday at the UJ

Israel Cancer Research Fund celebrated the 90th birthday of “Haven” author Ruth Gruber at the opening of “Haven: The Musical” at the University of Judaism’s Gindi Theatre.

Rabbi Cum Doctor

Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills was awarded a doctor of divinity degree by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for 25 years of service at the commencement exercises of the 126th academic year of the institution.

For Posterity’s Sake

Dr. Tuvia Friling, director of the Ben-Gurion Research Center, has been appointed Israel’s state archivist. Since 1993, Friling has served as director of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev-affiliated Ben-Gurion Research Center and the state-sponsored Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute, both located on the Sede Boqer Campus.

Million Dollar Boost

The Teichman Family Foundation has donated $1 million toward Emek Hebrew Academy’s $6 million expansion. Sol and Ruth Teichman are active supporters of Emek, where their children attended school, and Sol has been serving as chairman of the board for 30 years. Emek, the oldest day school in the San Fernando Valley, opened in 1959.

Afghani Stand Hear Me Now! A Special Donation

Second-year rabbinic student Masha Savitz has donated a Torah cover to the University of Judaism (UJ) in memory of her brother, Jeremy Savitz, who died at the age of 25 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Savitz attends the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the UJ. The cover was created by Savitz’s mother, Renee Savitz of West Caldwell, N.J. “He had an incredible sense of kavanah [devotion],” said Savitz of her sibling.

Missouri State of Mind

Women’s Alliance For Israel held a reception at The Regency Club in Westwood for Sen. Jean Carnahan (D-Mo.).

Fashion Plate

Ilse Metchek, executive director of the California Fashion Association, was honored by Cedars-Sinai Fashion Industries Guild at a banquet at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. More than 600 guests attended the event, which raised money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and other children’s programs at the medical complex.