(l) 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and deported to concentration camps during         

Kristallnacht. (r) Holocaust Survivor Peter Heiman

LOS ANGELES -- In commemoration of Kristallnacht, a display of unique photos from the Simon Wiesenthal Archives offers a rare glimpse into the destruction following the wave of violence that rocked Germany during Kristallnacht on November 9-10, 1938. The historic evidence is corroborated and brought to life by the testimony of Peter Heiman, who experienced Kristallnacht as a young boy in Erfurt, Germany. Peter shares his eyewitness account in a live MOT virtual program on November 10, at 1p.m. (PT.)

Also, the Musuem of Tolerance will host Kristallnacht first-person account from Holocaust Survivor Peter Heiman on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. About 83 years ago, synagogues, Jewish shops, businesses and homes throughout Germany and Austria were destroyed, burned and looted. "Kristallnacht" - the  "Night of the Broken Glass" was a frightening precursor of what was to come.  Hear Holocaust Survivor Peter Heiman, who was an eye witness, share his account.


LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles is a city of belonging, and if there was ever a time in which this was clear, it was during the pandemic. COVID-19 showed us that communities across Los Angeles are united — in a city as vast as ours we still found ways to step up and support each other.  Now, to commemorate our collective experience, we’re launching a 3-day virtual event: Strength and Love, The City of Angels’ COVID-19 Memorial.

The memorial will be held Thursday, November 18, 2021 through November 20, 2021 to:

  • HONOR those who held our city together, including first responders, essential workers, small businesses owners, community organizations, caregivers, neighbors, and families;

  • REMEMBER those we have lost to the pandemic.

  • MOBILIZE to give back to our communities and work together to build a stronger and more resilient city.

This memorial will give us an opportunity to reflect on how we have been impacted, recognize the resiliency within our communities, and find ways to connect and mobilize for a better future. Learn more about the memorial at

                               CONGRESSMAN TO HOST TELEPHONIC TOWN HALL

LOS ANGELES -- As our nation works to end the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has been working to ensure that we not only recover but emerge stronger from this once-in-a-lifetime crisis.  My Congressional colleagues and I have been working to achieve a "Build Back Better" agenda that improves our national infrastructure, creates jobs, protects our environment, cuts taxes for the middle class and lowers costs for working families. With so much at stake, staying informed during this critical moment for our country is vital.

That's why I will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, November 16th starting at 7:00 PM Pacific where we'll discuss the Build Back Better plan, our recovery from COVID-19 and all the critical issues we face together.

To participate, Dial (855) 920-0548 anytime during the event on November 16th.  To RSVP or Submit a Question:
I hope that you will join us on Tuesday, November 16th.


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SANTA MONICA – Four unsuspecting Los Angeles Jewish day school educators have each received the surprise of their careers with the prestigious Jewish Educator Award (JEA) and an individual $15,000 financial prize presented during outdoor all-school assemblies. The annual awards are presented by the Milken Family Foundation (MFF) in partnership with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE). Cheered on by students and colleagues, the 2021 JEA recipients are:

· Dr. Natalie Williams, Principal, YULA High School girls’ division
· Chana Zauderer, Principal General Studies, Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn
· Cherie Friedman, Associate Director, K-8, and Elementary School General Studies, Kadima Day School
· Yoav Ben-Horin, Director of Global Jewish Education, de Toledo High School

“It’s not a job, it’s a passion,” said Cherie Friedman, immediately upon receiving her award presented by MFF Executive Vice President Richard Sandler. “I dedicate this to all my teachers and students who made this possible.”

Learning is one of the Jewish tradition’s highest values. “By surprising educators with their awards before their entire school communities, we say in a very public way that excellence in education should be rewarded,” said Sandler, who has been involved with JEA since the foundation presented the first Awards in 1990. “And by capturing the imagination of students, we hope to encourage our next generation to consider careers in teaching—in particular, to strengthen the vital role of Jewish day schools to develop academic potential and cultivate lifelong respect for the values imparted by their Jewish heritage.”

The 2021 Jewish Educator Award recipients will be celebrated, together with their families and community leaders, during an awards luncheon this spring. The inclusive event brings together leaders across LA’s Jewish community, from the most secular to the most Orthodox.

The Jewish Educator Awards initiative was established by the Milken Family Foundation, in cooperation with BJE: Builders of Jewish Education, to provide public recognition and unrestricted $15,000 cash awards to teachers, administrators and other education professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area who have made significant contributions to excellence in BJE-affiliated day schools.

Award recipients are selected by a committee of educators, professional and lay leaders from the Jewish community, according to the following criteria:

· Exceptional educational talent and promise, as demonstrated by outstanding practices in the classroom, school and community.

· Evidence of originality, dedication and capacity for leadership and self-direction.

· Commitment to influencing policies that affect children, their families and schools.

· Strong long-range potential for even greater contribution to children, the profession and society.

· Distinguished achievement in developing innovative educational curricula, programs and/or teaching methods.

· Outstanding ability to instill in students character and self-confidence.

· Outstanding ability to develop Jewish children’s understanding of the connections between their religion, their classroom activities, and their activities beyond the classroom.

· Commitment to professional development and excellence and the continuing Judaic and/or secular study necessary for it.

· Personal involvement in responding to the needs of the Jewish and secular communities.

· Criteria for administrators also include outstanding ability to attract, support and motivate committed education professionals.



LOS ANGELES --  California State Legislators recently announced $2.5 million in funding to support the expansion of Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, which educates tens of thousands of California students every year about the critical lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring them to stand up against antisemitism, hatred, and bigotry of all forms. This funding will support the construction of a new learning center pavilion and increase access to the museum for students from underserved communities.

Speakers included Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), Chair of the CA Legislative Jewish Caucus, Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Beth Kean, CEO, Holocaust Museum Los Angeles and Eva Nathanson, Holocaust Survivor.  Holocaust Museum is located at 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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