SAN FRANCISCO -- Some 500 members of the Bay Area community gathered Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) San Francisco Gala and Silicon Valley Gala, both themed “A Night of Heroes,” at the InterContinental Hotel and Hotel Nia, respectively, to salute Israel’s brave men and women in uniform. The FIDF dinners raised a total of $1.5 million for the organization’s well-being and educational programs for Israeli soldiers.

The FIDF events – among the area’s largest Jewish gatherings -- honored Taube Philanthropies, headed by Bay Area business leaders and philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube. Tad Taube is the founder and chairman of the Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization, and is the chairman of Taube Philanthropies.

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, delivered the keynote address at both galas, sharing his views about the importance of a strong US-Israel alliance.

A delegation of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers participated in the galas. The soldiers attending included Staff Sgt. E., who in 2017 helped defend a family from a terror attack at the settlement Halamish (Neveh Tzuf), by shooting and neutralizing the attacker; 2nd Lt. Noam, who served as deputy commander of the Front Medical Company and as an officer in the commanders' course of study at Ba'hd 10; Sgt. Zohar, originally from Australia, who serves as a combat soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade; and Cpl. Eden, a singer in the IDF Musical Ensemble and winner of “The X Factor” Israel Reality TV show, who performed at the events.

Other distinguished guests included FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; FIDF Bay Area Executive Director Jonathan Bernstein; and FIDF Silicon Valley Director of Development Amarelle Green.

“Our annual San Francisco and Silicon Valley galas are a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to come together, meet, and support active-duty IDF soldiers of different backgrounds, all with the same goal of protecting Israel,” said Bernstein. “This year, it was our great pleasure to welcome Ambassador Dermer, and to honor Taube Philanthropies, which is deeply committed to Israel and its soldiers.”


LOS ANGELES -- Museum of Tolerance will film a film by directed by Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Jojo Rabbit is a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Discussion following the screening with Rick Trank, Academy Award®-winning Writer/Director of Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films, Dr. Claudia Wiedeman, Director of Education at the USC Shoah Foundation, and Brian Levin, Esq., Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism and Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino, moderated by Liebe Geft, Director of the Museum of Tolerance.


LOS ANGELES – The General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), Rushmore D. Cervantes, announced that the LA City Council has approved the No-fault Evictions Moratorium Ordinance and has been sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti for approval.  

The No-fault Evictions Moratorium Ordinance (No. 186340), serves as a prelude to the recently passed California Assembly Bill 1482 (AB 1482). The emergency ordinance is a response to the surge on no-fault eviction notices, or threats of evictions.

AB 1482 takes effect January 1, the bill prohibits evictions without “just cause” and owners of residential rental properties from increasing rents each year, restrictions apply. For the City of Los Angeles, this means rent cap for properties not currently protected under the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), approximately 138,000 apartments.

“HCIDLA welcomes the City Council’s effort to assist the already rent-burdened people of the City to prevent further displacement under current challenges the City faces with homelessness and housing shortages,” said Rushmore Cervantes, HCIDLA General Manager, “we will work with tenants and landlords and take precautions to protect tenants from unreasonable rent increases that result in displacement of tenants.”

The No-fault Evictions Moratorium Ordinance is effective October 24, 2019, and will expire on December 31, 2019. HCIDLA will be communicating the emergency ordinance to landlords of properties within the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) promotes livable and prosperous communities through the development and preservation of decent, safe, and affordable housing, neighborhood investment, and social services. For more information, contact HCIDLA Monday through Friday, at (213) 808-8808, or toll-free at (866) 557-7368. More information about HCIDLA programs and services can be found on the HCIDLA website at hcidla.lacity.org.


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