by Ryan Torok
From left: Friends of Sheba Medical Center honorees Stuart and Evie Steinberg, with Sue and Barry Brucker, the latter accepting Sheba’s Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Barry’s aunt, 108-year-old Marion Brucker, at the organization’s Nov. 15 gala in Beverly Hills. Photo by Orly Halevy
Friends of Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer held its 45th anniversary gala, “Honoring Our Heroes,” at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Nov. 15. The event, hosted by actor Jason Alexander, honored local heroes, Sheba doctors and their patients, and raised more than $2 million.
From left: Friends of Sheba Medical Center President Parham Zar; wife and board member Shoshana Zar; and honoree Zeev Rotstein, director general and CEO of Sheba Medical Center; come together at the organization’sNov. 15 gala in Beverly Hills. Photo by Orly Halevy
In his remarks, Alexander told the 600 guests that Sheba is responsible for “the long-term rehabilitation and tertiary care of 100 percent of wounded Israeli soldiers.” He added that Sheba sends medical relief to disaster locations worldwide.
Marion Brucker, who at 108 is Sheba’s oldest and most longstanding donor, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Her nephew, former Beverly Hills mayor Barry Brucker, and his wife, Sue, accepted the award on her behalf.
Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel and his wife, Myra Clark-Siegel, presented the Valor and Courage Award to Evie and Stuart Steinberg, in memory and honor of their son Max Steinberg, an L.A. native and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier who was killed in Gaza during 2014’s Operation Protective Shield.
Rosanne Ziering and Steve Hitter co-chaired the evening; the Siegels served as honorary chairs. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) presented a flag that had flown over the United States Capitol toMargie Pressman.
Additional honorees included doctors and patients from Sheba Medical Center: Dr. Eyal Winkler, chief of the Plastic Surgery Department and Burn Center; director general and CEO Zeev Rotstein; and IDF Deputy General Shai Siman Tov, who was paralyzed from the neck down on a mission in Gaza in 2014.
— Esther D. Kustanowitz, Contributing Writer