WEST COAST REGION

Past events

Our 2016 Gala recognized Dr. Sharon Cermak, a professor at the USC Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. Click here to read more about Dr. Cermak.

BIS - aerial view - Oct 2015

Soulcycle

On May 12, 2016, West Coast Board Members Shani and Seth Fisher hosted a spinning class at Soulcycle Beverly Hills.  Nearly 50 friends and colleagues attended and learned more about Beit Issie Shapiro.  All who attended agreed it was a great workout!  Thank you Shani and Seth! Click here to read about more previous events.

Meet Harel Rush

12304006_10153804199916202_2549592421264778644_oHarel Rush is a student at the University of Maryland who attended the “Positive Exposure” Exhibit and Reception at the Museum of Tolerance on January 12.

Harel first got to know Beit Issie about ten years ago when he was a Bar Mitzvah, and he has worked to fundraise on several occasions since then.

Click here to read our full interview with Harel.

AFOBIS West Coast Region’s 13th Annual Gala

More than 200 people gathered November 8, 2015 at Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles for the 13th Annual American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro West Coast Region Gala. Klara and Martin Shandling were the recipients of the Excellence in Leadership Award and Dr. Ernest R. Katz received the Humanitarian Award. Dr. Mark Goldenberg was the Gala’s emcee and Beit Issie’s iAbility: Advanced Technology program was featured, with special remarks from Jean Judes, Executive Director of Beit Issie Shapiro.

Benjy Maor, Director, International Resource Department; Honorees Klara & Martin Shandling; Errol Fine, West Coast Region Board Chair; Jean Judes, Executive Director; Frieda and Honoree Dr. Ernest Katz.
Frieda & Honoree Dr. Ernest Katz (center) with children (left to right) David & Eva Glettner; Jacob Katz and Noah & Alicia Katz.
Honorees Klara & Martin Shandling, (center), with son Danny Shandling, (left), and son and daughter-in-law Ari & Ariella Shandling, (right).
Gala Dinner Chair Myra Monk (left) with Laura Fuhrman, West Coast Development Director
Klara & Martin Shandling (left) being presented the Excellence in Leadership award by Errol Fine
Errol Fine, right, presents the Humanitarian Award to Dr. Ernest Katz

POSITIVE EXPOSURE: SEE HOW YOU SEE, SEE HOW YOU CHANGE

In Association with the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles

More than 50 friends and associates of American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro, West Coast Region gathered January 12, 2016 at the Museum of Tolerance to view a special exhibition by famed photographer Rick Guidotti. An award winning photographer known for his work on the famed fashion runways in Europe and the US, Rick has spent the last 15 years working internationally with advocacy groups, medical schools and universities to effect societal change in attitudes toward individuals living with disabilities and genetic differences. The event, Chaired by Karen Winnick with Co-Chair Dr. Ernest R. Katz, included a private viewing of the Exhibit, Reception hosted by Pat’s Catering and an inspirational presentation by Rick Guidotti.

Rick Guidotti, Susan Gilboa North
Karen Winnick; Keren Greenberg
Dr. Ernest R. Katz, center, with guests
Board Members Uri Blackman and Shani Smith Fisher with guest Nechama Chernotsky