December 17, 2018

The Circuit: Mazon, LEAP and ADL, NCJW-LA, Bais Naftoli

Cantor Ilan Davidson, executive and artistic director of KindredSPIRITS, presented Joel E. Jacob, chair for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, with a $30,000 check during an Aug. 9 luncheon at Spago in Beverly Hills, hosted by Barbara Lazaroff. MAZON received half of the net proceeds from the June 13 KindredSPIRITS concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Standing, from left: Lori Skoll, KindredSPIRITS foundation chair; Jodi Davidson; Cantor Ilan Davidson; Joel E. Jacob; Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, MAZON board member; Rosalie Licht, MAZON project coordinator. Seated, from left: Julie Orlov, past KindredSPIRITS foundation chair; Barbara Bergen, acting MAZON president; and restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff. Photo by Innocentia Riker/MAZON

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) young professionals gathered with young professionals representing Asian communities for a special evening on July 29 at the Japanese American National Museum. More than 80 people attended the event, hosted by ADL’s Asian Jewish Initiative (AJI), which advances alliances and partnerships between Asian and Jewish communities through constructive dialogue, exploration of common ground, joint community projects and coalition building.
From left: Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Inc. (LEAP) president and CEO J.D. Hokoyama; ADL board member Faith Cookler; Karin Wang, vice president of programs for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Japanese American National Museum President/CEO Akemi Kikumura Yano; AJI co-chair Seth Gerber; Korean American Coalition Executive Director Grace Yoo; AJI co-chair Asha Greenberg; and ADL Regional Director Amanda Susskind.

Rabbinic dignitaries as well as state, county and city officials turned up to celebrate Congregation Bais Naftoli’s 18th annual Breakfast on July 25. Standing, from left: City Councilman Tom LaBonge, honoree Rabbi Chaim Friedman, City Councilman Paul Koretz, honoree Dr. Gabriel Rubanenko, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Fire Commissioner Andrew Friedman and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. Sitting, from left: Sheriff Lee Baca, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and District Attorney Steve Cooley.

From left: Writer-producer Amy Toomin Straus (“Friends,” “Grounded for Life” and “Ned & Stacey”) and retired educator Ruth Zeitzew were named co-presidents of the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles’ board of directors.

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