The Circuit

Kadima Kudos

Kadima Hebrew Academy honored its past and its future at an April gala celebrating the school’s 35th anniversary. Rabbi Elijah and Penina Schochet, the school’s founders, were honored alongside Dorit and Shawn Evanheim, the benefactors who enabled the school to purchase and move into the new campus in West Hills.

The purchase of the Evanheim Family Campus on Shoup Avenue marks the first time that Kadima owns its building, and the school is growing into its new facilities of a 55,000-square-foot former hospital set on a lush green campus.

Kadima opened a camp this summer, and next year will mark the inauguration of a new preschool, which already has a waiting list.

For the Earth

Environmentalist of the Year honorees have been named and will be feted at a reception in September featuring former Assembly speaker Robert Hertzberg.

Honorary co-chairs for the event include: former Gov. Gray Davis; Dorothy Green, founding president of Heal the Bay; Pacoima Beautiful’s Marlene Grossman; Assemblyman Lloyd Levine; H. David Nahai; Assemblywoman Fran Pavley; Schwarzenegger Cabinet Secretary Terry Tamminen; and Arden Realty’s Richard S. Ziman.

The Business Environmentalist of the Year award goes to BP America, Inc. The Guardians in Washington Award will be given to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles).

The Interfaith Environmental Council and the City of Los Angeles honor those individuals and corporations that have shown dedication in sustaining our natural resources and caring for the environment. Religious and moral heritage teaches that it is a responsibility to care for creation to provide for our children and grandchildren. Honorees exemplify these teachings and help educate and mobilize the tens of thousands of members that fill the pews in the local faith communities.

Prior honorees have included Tamminen, Grossman, Green, Pavley, Ziman, Natural Resources Defense Council’s Gail Ruderman Feuer, Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, Heal the Bay Executive Director Mark Gold, Emil Lawton and TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis.

Good as Goldrich

On June 26, an L.A. recognition celebration was held by Tel Aviv University American Council at the Peninsula Hotel to honor Jona Goldrich. Professor Itamar Rabinovich, president of Tel Aviv University, and Joel Tauber, national chairman of Tel Aviv University American Council, hosted this event for Goldrich, the western region chairman emeritus; 11 recipients of the President’s Council Award; and to welcome Ruth Singer, the incoming Western Region chair.

Honorees have a long-standing commitment to Tel Aviv University.

Hot Time, Cool Funds

The day was hot and the affair even hotter as the Fulfillment Fund’s annual Summer Splash once again brought devotees out in force to support scholarships for children.

The day featured a Pro Am Tennis Tournament and exhibition, entertainment and swimming. Actors Jessica Biel, Tim Daly and Carrie-Ann Moss served as honorary co-chairs.

The event was held at the Mann residence in Beverly Hills, which features a waterfall and pool, lush grounds and a spectacular view.

Net proceeds from the event will be allocated toward Bright Future Scholarships for promising, but economically disadvantaged, Fulfillment Fund students.

Founded in 1977, the Fulfillment Fund is a nonprofit organization providing long-term mentoring, classroom-based outreach programs, and college counseling to nearly 3,000 economically disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.

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It’s a Miracle

The Miracle Project, a Jewish musical theater children’s program that includes youngsters with disabilities and special needs, is funded in part by a new and innovative grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. The Miracle Project is a program of Breeyah, an organization that specializes in Jewish tradition, spirituality and music. The Foundation awarded the grant for the program’s creative approach of bringing children with special needs and mainstream youth together with their families. The Miracle Project plans to conduct another series of workshops beginning in October 2005.