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Michael Aushenker

Vista Del Mar’s Grand Dame

Ruth Shuken\’s backyard is a floral wonderland. Shuken, who turns 94 on July 4, strolls through aisles of roses, lilacs and azaleas. Her green thumb has also served her well in cultivating a garden of mitzvahs.\n\nShuken\’s Beverlywood manor, which she has called home for 55 years, is a short drive from Vista Del Mar, the place she has served for more than five decades. Vista Del Mar operates on a $32 million annual budget to assist teens from troubled backgrounds.

Fred Kort

Fred Kort, Holocaust survivor, philanthropist and founder/CEO of Imperial Toy Corporation, died on Sept. 6. He was 80.\n

Building the Perfect Painting

For local artist Rebecca Levy, building a body of work literally begins with the building. "Each one is different and has a charm of its own,"

Ethiopian Pied Piper Rocks Heartstrings

This Rosh Hashanah, the dreadlocked Santa Monica resident will showcase his talents at B\’nai Horin, the Culver City shul he has been performing at since 1997. Alula Tzadik will play the kirar, a harp-like instrument dating back to King David\’s time.

The Circuit

Community members turned out in full force when Geoffrey Gee, former Israel Humanitarian Foundation Chair and University Synagogue president, was honored at a Cure Familial Dysautonomia fundraiser at University Synagogue in Westwood.

Valley Festival Draws Thousands

\”More booths, more vendors, more of everything\” is how festival co-chair Nancy Parris Moskowitz described this year\’s Los Angeles Jewish Festival.

The Circuit

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Fred Kort

Fred Kort, Holocaust survivor, philanthropist and founder/CEO of Imperial Toy Corporation, died on Sept. 6 at the age of 80.\n\nKort, like fellow philanthropists Jona Goldrich and Max Webb, survived the Holocaust to become one of Jewish Los Angeles\’ most prominent and impassioned supporters, as well as a big giver to secular humanitarian organizations. Kort gave millions to dozens of Jewish causes, including Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, the Anti-Defamation League and Israel Bonds. He was a founding donor of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and contributed to Goldrich\’s L.A. Holocaust Memorial.


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