December 12, 2018

The Circuit

Shushan Revisited

Ghostbusters, Little Red Riding Hood and tigers were among the hundreds of guests at the Purim Extravaganza at The Century Club on the holiday eve. “MC Schwartzie” (Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz of the Happy Minyan) hosted the long evening’s festivities, which included hourly Megillah readings, drinking, dancing, and a bevy of entertainers: The Gregg Fisher Band, The Purim Pranskters, Peter Himmelman and comedian Elan Gold, among others, performed.

Fire and Ice

The Jewish Journal and JDate co-hosted a singles event in two suites directly behind the Kings’ goal at Staples Center on Feb. 13, ensuring that the action wasn’t confined exclusively to the ice as the Kings faced off against the Phoenix Coyotes. First-timers had no need for pick-up lines as they pressed the die-hard hockey fans amongst the crowd of more than 200 to explain the rules of the game. The JDate raffle’s top prize: a Caribbean cruise. — Staff Report

Hebrew’s Cool

Los Angeles Hebrew High School (LAHHS) held its annual Chesed Award Celebration at Sinai Temple. More than 380 people attended.

From Friedman to Freemans Bay Teshuvah

Coastal protection group Heal the Bay announced the election of a new leader. Adi Liberman, an executive with the public relations firm Winner and Associates, has been chosen to succeed Tony Pritzker.

Good Deeder

Dr. Arlo Gordin, a Los Angeles-based doctor of chiropractics and nutrition, presented 19-year-old Leslie Medina with a new computer at his Universal City offices. Gordin, in cooperation with, will award a $15,000 Master Deeder Scholarship to a qualifying student who does good deeds.

The Grass Is Greener at IHF

The Israel Humanitarian Foundation (IHF) will hold — or should we say “holed?” — its Third Annual Golf Classic to benefit autistic children. For more information, call (310) 556-8358.

Powell to the People

The Ballina Hills Chapter of Women’s American ORT honored Dr. Bruce Powell at its annual Have a Heart Luncheon at the Skirball Cultural Center. Powell is the head of the New Community High School scheduled to open in the West San Fernando Valley in September 2002.

Larry and his Trophy

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s C.O.A.C.H. (Community Outreach Assistance for Children’s Health) for Kids Mobile Medical Unit held its annual Valentine’s Ball.

Garry Marshall was the master of ceremonies at the event, which attracted California gubernatorial candidate and former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Vanna White, Kelly Preston, Norman Lear, Christian Slater, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Harry Hamlin, Jonathan Silverman and Jane Seymour. The Eagles’ Don Henley performed.

Calling All Doctors!

Amie Karen Cancer Fund for Children, the largest support group for the Pediatric Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, honored Nellie Seddigh and Dr. Bijan Pourat at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood.

Hochman Event Scores Gore

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will honor the late Bruce Hochman at its Legal Services Division banquet scheduled for March 19 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver the keynote speaker address.