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Special Moments, Special People

Mentalist Entertains
for Heritage Pointe

Heritage Pointe’s 23rd Annual Luncheon & Boutique is Monday, April 22, at the Marriott Fashion Island.  The boutique opens at 9:30 a.m., the luncheon begins at 11:45 and the performance by mentalist Eran Raven starts at 1 p.m.
Raven’s show is “the real deal,” with no cameras, no stooges and nothing preset.  He can read body language, analyze facial expressions and use his psychological techniques, such as subliminal suggestions and cognitive thinking, to predict and read people’s minds and to influence their thoughts.  In this highly interactive show, audience members can even be part of the excitement and action.
Raven, who grew up in New Jersey, began performing at the age of seven, amazing everyone with his mentalist techniques and his ability read people.  He honed his techniques and became an admired and accepted performer, performing around the world, astounding and entertaining millions. Recently, he starred in the hit NBC television show “Phenomenon.”  Every week for the entire season, Raven would put his skills to the test by demonstrating life-threatening feats of mentalism on live TV, in front of 8 million viewers, ranging from avoiding lethal scorpions with Kim Kardashian to playing Russian Roulette with Carmen Electra.
This event benefits a great cause: Heritage Pointe, a non-profit, 200-resident community in Mission Viejo, providing independent, assisted and memory care services for the elderly, while incorporating Jewish traditions and lifestyles.  Heritage Pointe offers seniors specialized social, cultural, religious, educational and recreational activities.
For more information, contact Heritage Pointe at (949) 364-0010.
CBI Gala Honors
Joel Kuperberg

Joel Kuperberg, former board president of Congregation B’nai Israel, will be honored at the congregation’s annual gala on Sunday, April 21, at 5 p.m.  Kuperberg has been a member of CBI since 1984 and a pillar of the Orange County Jewish community, according to the event organizers.
For almost 35 years, Kuperberg has practiced law with Rutan & Tucker in Costa Mesa, finding professional fulfillment in assisting local governmental agencies in developing and defending public policy decisions that provide long-term public benefits.  During his term as president of CBI, he created the CBI endowment fund and completed the first round of funding for it.  He also introduced CBI Coastal, which provides worship services and other programs nearer to the homes of congregants who live in the “coastal areas” of Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Costa Mesa and South Irvine.
Kuperberg attended Pomona College and UCLA Law School, where he met his future wife, Lydia Levin.  They married in 1980 and moved to Orange County to start their practices and their family.   Over the next decade, they became the parents of Ben, Rebecca and Jeremy.  Currently, they have a grandchild.
Shortly after Ben’s birth in 1984, the Kuperberg-Levin family joined CBI without ever having visited the shul, on the strength of recommendations from friends, and ended up serving on the board of directors.  Kuperberg also served on the board of directors for the Jewish Federation of Orange County, now Jewish Federation & Family Services, as well as the Tarbut V’Torah board of directors for almost twenty years, including almost ten years as its president.  He started his two-year term as the CBI president in 2011.  In his very limited spare time, Kuperberg revels in the therapeutic properties of cooking.
Congregation B’nai Israel is at 2111 Bryan Avenue, Tustin.  Tickets are $136 per person before March 29 and $154 thereafter.  Call CBI (714) 730-9693 to reserve tickets.

JCC Presents Kaddish: Voices from the Holocaust

It is not widely known that music played a role during the Shoah. From the ghettos to the death camps, music was composed, sung and played formally and informally. Trained musicians and persons who knew not one note of music sang and played under the direst of circumstances. And what was their purpose?  To ease the soul, to create community, to create resilience for survival.
Mezzo soprano Bonita Nahoum Jaros and pianist Inessa Khurgel Rozenovich will present a stirring musical concert tribute in remembrance of the Holocaust at the Merage Jewish Community Center on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m.  This original concert-show is based on Bonita’s dissertation, “Sounds of Survival and Regeneration,” and her accompanying compact disc, “Kaddish: Voices from the Holocaust.”  The performance shows and tells the story of those who sang and played and the effect it had on them and others in the ghettos and camps.  It is a testament to the human spirit.  It is as heartfelt in spirit as it is international in content.  Songs range from Yiddish to Hungarian, to Russian, to Hebrew to Greek to Ladino, and each one has an accompanying story which will be either explained or played out dramatically.
Previously, these songs have been performed at the concerts at Claremont Graduate University and at Beer Shiva in Israel.  It is a sampling of the over 100 songs Bonita has uncovered in her narrative and archival research.  Now, these songs can be heard in a dramatic two woman show setting.  Dr. Marilyn J. Harran, Professor and Director of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University will introduce the program with a few remarks.
Tickets for the performance are available at the Merage JCC, online at www.jccoc.org , or by phone at (949) 435-4300.  Tickets are $12 for JCC members and $15 for the public.  The Merage Jewish Community Center is located at 1 Federation Way in Irvine.  For additional information contact Yael Brudner, Cultural Arts Director at yaelb@jccoc.org.

ADL Celebrates Centennial with Jurisprudence Awards

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) website, a century ago, in 1913, a visionary attorney from Chicago brought together a group of prominent Jewish leaders to form a mechanism to fight back against the anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry and discrimination then rampant in society.  Thus, with a $200 budget and two desks in his Chicago law office, ADL was born.
Since its modest beginnings in Chicago, the organization has grown in size and influence into a national organization with 30 regional offices.  It has played a leading role in the fight against anti-Semitism, led the charge for stronger hate crimes legislation and brought racists and anti-Semites out of the shadows.
Today, ADL is involved in a wide range of programs and activities — from anti-bias education to law enforcement training; from providing resources on community security to submitting amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on religious freedom issues; from conducting periodic surveys on anti-Semitism in America and in Europe, to promoting interfaith dialogue; and speaking out about in favor of immigration reform – placing it the at forefront of advancing human relations and civil rights for all Americans.
ADL begins its second century knowing that there is much work to be done.  With a centennial year theme of “Imagine a World without Hate™,” ADL remains dedicated to making our country a more inclusive home for all, where being different is not a liability, and diversity is a cherished strength.
On May 2 at 6 p.m., the Orange County-Long Beach chapter of ADL will hold its Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Awards dinner at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  It will honor Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and distinguished professor of the UCI School of Law, and the centennial committee of past Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award winners.
Chemerinsky, who also has a joint appointment in political science, previously taught at Duke Law School for four years and won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006.  Before that he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law and served for four years as director of the Center for Communications Law and Policy.  Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.
Chemerinsky’s areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties and appellate litigation.  He is the author of seven books, most recently, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (October 2010, Simon & Schuster), and nearly 200 articles in top law reviews.  He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.  Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

100 Years in Civil Rights
Anti-Defamation League
Orange County/Long Beach Region
2013 Jurisprudence Awards Dinner & Centennial Celebration of ADL’s
100 Years in Civil Rights
Honoring: Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of UCI School of Law, and the Centennial Committee of past Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award Winners
May 2, 6 p.m.
The Island Hotel,
Newport Beach, California
Tickets: $400; sponsorships available
For more information, or with questions, contact ADL at (714) 953-2860.

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