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It’s Lesley’s Party!

When Lesley Gore, ( yes, that “It’s My Party” Lesley ) refers  to Riff Markowitz ( he is the “The Follies Man” of the Palm Springs Follies ) as “Mr. Remarkowitz,” she speaks from her heart.  This is Lesley Gore’s command performance at the Follies, now in its 22nd  season, where she once again belts out her songs that defined the 1960s, from “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” to “You Don’t Own Me.”

“I was shot out of a cannon,” said Gore on how her singing career was launched in 1963 while she was still in highschool.

Gore recently was the  guest of Jean Carrus, her aunt, at a cocktail reception in Rancho Mirage, arranged by Jewish Family Service of the Desert.  This singer and songwriter radiates with the charisma and charm that has made her a class act then and now.

It was a blast to the past with an Academy Award nominated singer and songwriter who brings the audience to a standing ovation at The Follies exactly fifty years after her debut at age sixteen in New York.

Renee Glickman Is a Star

March 25 was a star studded day for Renee Glickman when she was honored with the 354th Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.  As a humanitarian, teacher and  Palm Springs resident, she was joined  by family and friends for the occasion.  “Michelle Manstadt, director of Jewish Family Services of the Desert, said “Rene has supported emergency services for people in need, recently served as a house captain for our annual home and garden tour and is always there when we need her.”  During her 34-year career as an educator with the Los Angeles Unified School District, she specialized in as a counselor “helping to ensure students with physical disabilities to be  educated with  non-disabled peers.”

How fortunate she retired to the desert where she continues her philanthropic work.  She is a familiar face with the Opera Showcase of the Desert, the Palm Springs Art Museum and currently as a vice president of the Palm Springs Opera Guild board.

You’ll find her a volunteer for Jewish Family Service of the Desert and on the auxiliary board of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.  Visit Glickman’s star at 100 South Palm Canyon Drive, downtown Palm Springs.  For the record, the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was founded in 1992.  Honorees share a few  things in common, such as contributing to the “charm,  worldwide prominence and name recognition of greater Palm Springs.”  Glickman earns an “A” in all catagories.

IDF Friends Raise $325,000

One hundred friends of the 2013 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) gathered at the residence of Jill and Barry Golden, event hosts, at their Rancho Mirage residence, successfully raising $325,000 in scholarship funds for IDF soldiers, at this one-night-only event.

Two speakers shared their stories with guests.  Lt. Amanda Tzalmon, originally from New Jersey, currently manages 1,000 soldiers, caring for them at the Jerusalem IDF recruitment office.  Dmitry Halperin, currently a student at Ben Gurion  University, moved to Israel from Ukraine, enlisting in the IDF.  Following the completion of his  service, he was awarded a four-year scholarship from the IDF IMPACT! Program.

Event committee members were Katherine and Judd Malkin, Sue and Larry Hochberg, Marcia and Michael Berke, Myra and Maurice Sanderman, Rose Grossinger and Sid Feiger, Stephen and Marjorie Kulp and Lois Zoller and Jim Mills.

The weather was perfect, the buffet elegant and the message left by Lt. Tsalmon and Halperin reinforced the ongoing work of the IDF in  supporting educational  opportunities available  for them.  This paves the way for success,” said  Helen  Varon, who attended the event with Jean and David  Himy .

Pam Price is also the travel editor for the


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