The evening began with hors d’oeuvres and networking for the more than 160 attendees, followed by a conversation on strategic philanthropy moderated by Zelikow Director Erik Ludwig and featuring Chip Edelsberg, executive director emeritus of the Jim Joseph Foundation, and Rachel Levin, president of the philanthropic consulting firm Fundamental and executive director of the Righteous Persons Foundation.
The Geller-Gallagher Institute aims to “promote new thinking on topics that support the growth of professionals and lay leadership,” Ludwig said.
Yahav discussed the history of pluralism in Haifa, which has been home to Jews, Arabs, Christians, Bahá’ís, Ethiopians, Russians and others.
Yahav told the audience he works to make everyone in Haifa feel as though they have a stake in the future of the Israeli port city, Missaghieh later told the Journal.
“And comedy is a great way to get to a younger audience. With the political climate, it’s a nice reason to laugh and kind of get out of such seriousness, but also raise money for a good cause.” From left: Michael Gruskoff, Lainie Kazan and Richard Benjamin took the stage July 27 at the Laemmle Royal in West L. following a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year.” Photo by Rob Eshman Hollywood director Richard Benjamin, actors Lainie Kazan and Joseph Bologna, and producer Michael Gruskoff took the stage July 27 at the Laemmle Royal in West Los Angeles for a discussion after the 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year.” The story of a hapless young Jewish comedy writer who must chaperone a wild, drunken film star, played by Peter O’Toole, before that star’s appearance on a live TV program in the 1950s, still had the audience howling.