GoFundMe – Odelia, Lisa & Gal Shor’s Daughter


When I had need for extra funding for double-eye cataracts surgery, Ari Bussel was a primary contributor. I mention Ari’s generosity because helping to raise funds for his friends’ daughter Odelia to attend IDC Herzliya located in Israel. In checking out the situation the opportunity for Odelia is both educational and cultural relating to building a Jewish heritage connected to the Land of Israel.

 

Be sure to read Ari’s heartfelt promotion for funding an American Jewish gal to Israel, but below is the text from Odelia Shor’s GoFundMe page which I highly encourage readers (especially those that feel a connection to Israel) to visit and donate:

 

My name is Odelia Shor and  I have recently had the privilege of being accepted into a three year BA Program in Communications at one of the finest universities in Israel, Raphael Recanati International School IDC Herzliya. This is an amazing opportunity for me to move forward with my goal of becoming a spokesperson for Israel. Having the experience of living in Israel while studying in this program will provide me with the tools to find positive and creative ways to benefit Israel and other worthy causes.

To pursue this dream is a huge financial undertaking for me and my family, but I believe it will make all the difference in the outcome of my life.  If your heart is inclined towards Israel, as mine is, I humbly ask that you consider sowing seeds of faith towards my endeavors.

From the beginning, my Jewish identity and the Land of Israel have been ingrained into my life and etched in my soul. My name – Odelia – translates from our ancient language, “give thanks to God.” I am so thankful for my faith and rich heritage.


I grew up with an unwavering sense of self in supporting Israel. My parents’ lives revolve around their love and appreciation of Israel. My father is a journalist and the editor of an Israeli newspaper in Los Angeles. My mother works with a non-profit that raises support for the IDF, under-privileged children, victims of terror, as well as encouraging Christian support of Israel.

I love Israeli roots, history, and culture. I stay up to date on what is going on with current events in the arts and entertainment as well as the political situation. I sing, play piano, guitar, and perform Israeli music. One of my favorite things to do is capture footage and edit together short film and I have recently had the privilege of working on the set of a major Israeli TV production in L.A.

Some of the classes that will be available to me at the IDC include Culture and Society, News Media, Digital Storytelling, TV Production, and Radio Broadcasting. With media being a strong force in the future, I will gain the skills to create media content that reflects the beauty and the truth that is the state of Israel.

Currently, I am working as a receptionist at About Space Interior Design in El Segundo and attending classes at my local community college.

If given the opportunity, I will gain the knowledge,  wisdom, and experience that will assist me in playing a part in a bright future and the chance to become an example of Israeli excellence.

With love and appreciation,

Odelia Shor


,
באהבה
אודליה שור

 

https://www.gofundme.com/dreams-of-studying-in-israel

 

JRH 6/25/18

Support Odelia Shor

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GoFundMe – Odelia, Lisa & Gal Shor’s Daughter

 

Sent by Ari Bussel

Sent 6/24/2018 6:04 PM

 

I copied you here first to see and recognize and know, then if you can and would like, to act (and donate).

 

At the very least, I hope it will be an interesting reading, a tiny gift from me to you for having spent the time!

 

In last week’s issue of the Beverly Hill Courier was the insert Summer 2018 Beverly Hills Style.  There, on p. 34, Dina Leads, Bel Air philanthropist, born in Egypt and raised in West Hollywood, who is often seen on the pages of the paper in her role supporting Rabbi Mark Borovitz’s Beit T’Shuvah, is quoted:

 

“When anybody tells you what his or her charity is doing, if you’re human, it’s impossible not to have a heart for it.”

 

Why do we give?  Some (many in our community) give because they need to do so for tax reasons.  Most give for something close to their hearts.

 

There is not a university in Israel, or a hospital or even one of the major museums that does not show the name of a member of the Beverly Hills community.

 

And then, especially (but not only) in Beverly Hills, one gives because her friends ask her to give, and then – as the world turns around – she asks them to give.

 

Most known of all is likely Stanley Black, who along with a group of friends (Max Webb and others) constantly give; so people for very many years became accustomed to going to see them on Sunday morning and pitching for their projects at Cantor’s, the deli on Fairfax.  (Since, members of the group passed away, others moved and the rest are not young any more.  But fear not, money keeps flowing, and SB opens his estate on a regular basis for various charities as well as political endeavors.)

 

Let us turn to the case on hand.  My very dear friend and the editor of the largest circulation Hebrew paper in Greater LA and his wife are struggling to send their second daughter to college.  The first left a year ago to Israel to study at the IDC [See Also HERE], and now her sister is following suit.

 

Although the daughters are extraordinarily nice young women, full of the joy of life and passion and enthusiasm, they are part of a generation that is accustomed to getting everything, a generation that expects everything and is willing to assume little if any responsibility.

 

I come from a generation that had to do with what it had, had to work hard for everything it earned and knew to tighten the belt and to do with less, as circumstances may have dictated.

 

We also had dreams and aspirations, and as children we wanted a lot; more than our parents could afford.

 

I remember my greatest disappointment, when I could not go with a group of students from Beverly to the trip to Europe with Mickey Freedman and Dr. Henry Dersch of blessed memory.  It was 1985 and the group went to the Soviet Union.  One of the students was the daughter of the personal assistant to Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum.  (We all know the Oxy building in Westwood, with the top double glass-floor and the Armand Hammer Museum at the bottom.)

 

Hammer was the only person in the West who had complete access to the Soviet Union, having years earlier spent his money to send ships full of grain to the starving Soviets.

 

And thus, the students and teachers were treated to some places that only a handful of people ever saw or visited before, and that the chances that any of us would see in our life time was de minimis at best.  Who could have foreseen, who could have expected that not even a decade later the Soviet Union will collapse, and that the places visited would become accessible to all?!?

 

Life laughed with me about a dream that did not materialize, yet an opportunity that has not vanished!

 

Life; a most interesting concept.  I and others blind copied on this e-mail, dedicated two decades of our lives to serving in an organization founded by the late Gen. Shimon Erem, the Israel Christian Nexus.  After millennia of persecution, after the Destruction of the Temple, the Expulsion from the Holy Land, the Inquisition and dispersal throughout the Ottoman Empire, and most recently the Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations were strained.

 

We, the Jewish People, murdered the Son of God, and for some two thousand years we suffered as a result of the notion that we were responsible; that we deserve punishment.

 

It is in this framework that Israelis and Jews on one side and Christians on the other did not trust one another, and still have deep feelings and issues.

 

In the midst rose a branch of Evangelical Christians who love, support and bless Israel and the Jewish People.  They believe in God and Country, family values and integrity and honesty.  They subscribe to the notation of what God wants from us:

 

Micah Chapter 6 מִיכָה

 

ח  הִגִּיד לְךָ אָדָם, מַה-טּוֹב; וּמָה-יְהוָה דּוֹרֵשׁ מִמְּךָ, כִּי אִם-עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד, וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת, עִם-אֱלֹהֶיךָ.  {ס} 8 It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the LORD doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. {S}

 

Into an unchartered territory came in a knight on a white horse.  A very stubborn and determined knight, one of the founders of the modern Jewish State of Israel.  Of course – he was Jewish, and the Jews have a tendency to be a very stubborn and stiff-necked people.

 

Shimon Erem established, long before Pastor John Hagee of CUFI (Christians United For Israel) and others more known today, an organization that set out to build bridges between Jews and Christians, for we must stand united.

 

It was Gal’s mother-in-law, Polly Pauline Grimes, who introduced Shimon z”l to the idea of working with the Christians.  We were all the beneficiaries, humble servants in this great army of people determined to work together, determined to protect and safeguard the tiny Jewish county, the fate of the 14 million Jewish people in the entire world.

 

Genesis Chapter 12 בְּרֵאשִׁית

 

ג  וַאֲבָרְכָה, מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ, אָאֹר; וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ, כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה. 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’

 

So now we close a circle.  Mrs. Grimes’ daughter converted to Judaism, together with her husband Gal they had two daughters, the youngest who is 20 just completed her first year at the Interdisciplinary Center IDC Herzliya (sister city of Beverly Hills).  Now her older sister wants to do the same.

 

Not everything in life happens as we plan, wish or want; but in this case, we can all do our part to help.

 

Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 קֹהֶלֶת

 

א  שַׁלַּח לַחְמְךָ, עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם:  כִּי-בְרֹב הַיָּמִים, תִּמְצָאֶנּוּ. 1 Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days.

 

Not every dream should [be]come a reality, so easily just for the asking.  I have seen firsthand how an American young woman, who speaks very little Hebrew is flourishing and changing as a result of being and studying in Israel.

 

During my generation, instilling a Jewish and Israeli identity happened by serving in the IDF.  The entire Lone Soldiers framework was recreated as a result of collaboration between a Minister of Defense (Rabin z”l), a local Consular Consul (Moshe Peer [?]), a colonel in charge of recruiting in the IDF (Tziko Oren) and a local father (my father, Dr. Bussel).  I was the test case.

 

Not enough went to Israel, and so American Jewry (not including Orthodox Jews) managed to lose the next generation.  They do not speak, read or write Hebrew.  They do not really know what to do in a synagogue.  They celebrate some of the holidays, and mix them with the culture around.  They intermarry.  And most regrettably, they do not see Israel as crucial to their existence any more.

 

Little do they understand that without a Jewish homeland in the Land of Israel, the Holocaust is bound to repeat itself.  That no Jew is safe anywhere around the world; current comforting appearances to the contrary.

 

Then came a program called Birthright Taglit, that exposes young Jews to the notion and meaning, beauty and existence of Israel.  It has successfully exposed Israel to this generation that has otherwise disconnected itself from Israel.

 

Living in Israel, be it for school or otherwise, makes one dedicated to Israel; and then that person continues serving this tiny-mighty country, the only Jewish Homeland in the world – our home and shelter and very essence – for the rest of one’s life.

 

So if you can, and if you are so inclined, be it at a most modest or a more substantial amount, or in some other manner, in a prayer or a blessing, please join and help:

 

https://www.gofundme.com/dreams-of-studying-in-israel  

 

SHALOM!

 

Always,

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com
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Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets and links hopefully providing clarity are by the Editor.

 

© Ari Bussel

Cedars-Sinai’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program – 4/11/2018


Yesterday at 10:00 AM Israel-time entire Jewish communities stopped what they were doing no matter where or what they were doing to remember that Hitler’s Nazi regime murdered about 6,000,000 MILLION Jews for no other reason than Aryan supremacist beliefs that Germans are a superior race and Jews are among the most evil sub-species of humans on earth. THE BELIEF IS JEW-HATRED POPPYCOCK!

 

Here is an excerpt from the Times of Israel including a two-minute video of the occasion:

 

Israel came to a standstill at 10 a.m. Thursday as sirens wailed throughout the country in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

 

Buses and cars halted on streets and highways as Israelis stepped out of their vehicles and stood with heads bowed.

 

The sirens were followed by ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in schools, public institutions and army bases. …

VIDEO: https://content.jwplatform.com/players/JDTAPW6g-U4CTA3JQ.html

In the wee hours of yesterday morning, Ari Bussel shared an email of his remembrance of the Holocaust.

JRH 4/13/18

Please Support NCCR

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Cedars-Sinai’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program – 4/11/2018

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 4/12/2018 1:00 AM

 

I am the son of Holocaust Survivors, but this story is not about my parents, rather about their generation, about those who survived the Holocaust.

 

My father’s mother left one day, and did not come back.  One of the Polish neighbors informed the authorities.  The Poles did not only “follow orders;” the atrocities were not perpetrated only by the Nazis and at their direction.  The Poles were willing and often eager participants.  If I were in Poland today, such pronouncements would be punishable by law, for according to the new law, the Poles were themselves just innocent victims of the Nazis, nothing more.

 

Display of Holocaust Era Family Photo

 

On this Remembrance Day to the Holocaust and the Bravery (as it is called in Israel), we remember my grandmother on my father’s side (both seen in the picture above), my grandfather on my mother’s side and the entire extended family who perished during the Holocaust.

 

Yesterday you received from me a reminder of Cedars-Sinai’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program that took place today, April 11th, 2018.

 

I wrote that to me, Dr. Joel Geiderman’s 34th annual program is likely the most significant of all.  Doctors (MDs), nurses, staff, the general public and Holocaust Survivors gather year after year, for three and a half decades, to hear a lecture, have a box lunch, witness Survivors lighting six candles commemorating the Six Million Jews who perished during the Holocaust in WWII (1939-1945) – among which were more than one million children – and hear the recitation of Kadish [aka Kaddish] and El Maleh Rachamim (“God Full of Mercy”) prayers.

 

Dr. Geiderman graciously gives credit to others, but it is his program, and the generosity of an enduring gift by the Feintech family that enables this program.  Will it survive after Dr. Geiderman?  What will happen when there will be no more Survivors still living among us?

 

Today, Dr. Guiderman asked the children of Holocaust Survivors to stand up.  We stood and looked around – there were many of us; as many as the number of Survivors when I started attending this program so many years ago.

 

We gathered to bear witness, promising “Never Forger; Never Again.”

 

Yom Ha’Shoah 2018 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

 

Beverly Hills, Jerusalem of Gold and Holocaust Survivor Max Webb

 

Prior to the start of the program, members of the Jerusalem of Gold Committee (the official celebration in 2017 of “The City of Angels Saluting the City of God” marking 50 years of the Reunification of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital) presented a proclamation issued by the City of Beverly Hills to Max Webb, a Holocaust Survivor.

 

The City Council headed by (then Mayor) Lili Bosse issued 100 individual proclamations to 100 Holocaust Survivors who were still alive at that time, vowing and promising “We Will Never Forget You!

 

Max Webb, who was unable to attend at that time, received his Proclamation today.

 

Holocaust Survivor Max Webb received his Proclamation 2018

 

Members of the Jerusalem of Gold Committee:

 

(Standing) Dr. Pablo Nankin, Susanne Reyto, Marina Waks, Zohreh Mizrahi (Seated) Ari Bussel, Max Webb, Shahla Javdan

 

Max Webb is either the last or one of only two or three surviving members of the 1939 Club.  Years ago, when Pastor John Hagee (the most famous Evangelical Christian supporter of Israel and the Jewish people, founder of CUFI) was still not known, the Israel Christian Nexus hosted his visit to Los Angeles.  We had three events scheduled in his honor.  A morning event, followed by a meeting with the Board of Rabbis at the Jewish Federation of Greater LA (where Rabbi Kravitz, the father, of Jews for Judaism, asked Pastor Hagee about proselytization attempts; Pastor Hagee did not blink as he replied:  “Teach your young ones; and then nothing will succeed to sway them from their beliefs” and added unequivocally “we support you, no strings attached; we do not want to proselytize your children”).  From there we continued to the Hillcrest Club, where the 1939 Club hosted a reception for Mrs. and Pastor Hagee.

 

I remember as we arrived with the guests and entered the hall where the reception took place, the members of the 1939 Club were already waiting for us.  The picture in my mind is of “small” and frail people, who were already “old” at that time, very old.  Alas, memories of a young man.

 

Max Webb, as you can see from the pictures, looks fantastic, although he has passed the 100 year mark either a year or two years ago!

 

In Israel, in each university, there is at least one building with his and his wife’s name on it.  He has always given most generously.  As he told Shlomo z”l and Frida Rosenblatt long ago:  “I have, so I am giving.”

 

This spirit of given has not diminished.  Its meaning is magnified when one learns (as I did from Mrs. Rosenblatt, herself and her late husband both Holocaust Survivors) that at home, before WWII, Max Webb’s family was extremely poor.  When he was walking to the Cheder (place of learning, the equivalent of elementary school), as he was lifting one foot after another, the water was pouring out from the bottom of the shoes (I am not sure if they even had soles).

 

Nate Shapell z”l

 

As a kid, I knew of Nate (Nathan) Shapell, for he used to underwrite the State of Israel Independence Day official Consulate reception in the Beverly Hills Hotel.

 

He and brother David (also deceased) have supported Israel in numerous ways.  The Beverly Hills annual extravagance was not even the cherry at the top; it was simply something they most generously did.

 

For members of the Israeli community, it was the most coveted invitation at that time, likely similar to receiving an invitation to the Oscars today.  I was fortunate to accompany my father year after year (as my mother shies away from such events).

 

Shapell continued to underwrite the reception until Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a world-wide directive to all its diplomatic missions prohibiting individual sponsorships of official events.

 

Several years ago, one of the leaders of the local Israeli community passed away.  General Shimon Erem founded and headed to his last day the Israel Christian Nexus, on whose founding board I had the privilege of serving (until Gen. Erem’s death).

 

Shimon’s wife Danielle, who will be 98 on September 22, 2018, has given me much of Shimon’s very extensive library, which we distributed among Jewish and Christian community- and religious leaders.

 

Among the books were two copies (second printing, 1974) of “Witness to the Truth” by Nate Shapell.

 

1974 2nd Printing Witness to the Truth by Nate Shapell

 

Here is an excerpt from the jacket to the book:

 

Nathan Shapell was 17yo when he Germans occupied his hometown in Poland.  Ordinary life vanished from the face of Europe; there was only survival and horror or death to choose between.  Shapell fought with every weapon at his command – his ingenuity, his resourcefulness, and his incredible courage – not for himself but for the lives of his family and friends.

 

After managing to outwit the Nazis hour by hour with his fellow Jews in the ghettoes, he was taken at last to Auschwitz, and from the summer of 1943 on, he endured was two few lived to tell.  He survived Auschwitz, death marches, and two more concentration camps.  Then his story, and Witness to the Truth, begins.

 

The book tells that story, and it also conveys a vote of thanks to those ordinary American soldiers and officers who found themselves in an unexpected role.  He bears witness to their humanity and decency; he also bears witness to eh survivors and to the silent dead.  Finally, he reaches out to all people, especially young Americans, to show them that a man can go through the worst hell imaginable, survive it, still love his fellow men, and even go on to become a part of what is now called “the establishment.”

 

Nate Shapell’s daughter, Vera Guerin, participates in the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Program, until this year as the Chair of Cedars-Sinai board of directors.  So today I brought a copy of the book to her.  I suspected she has many copies at home, but she was grateful to have it.

 

Her aunt (Nate’s sister) was Max Webb’s wife.  Nate z”l and Max are brothers-in-law.  A small world indeed.

 

[Dr. Geiderman:  I do not have Vera’s or Max’s e-mail addresses; kindly please forward this to them.]

 

This is the story of One Proclamation, One Book and a ceremony in its 34th year, a commitment that keeps on going.  It seems that by design, they are all connected.  Likewise, in life, we – the Jewish People – are all connected; and we – the Saturday and Sunday People, Jews and Christians – are all connected.  We are one, all created in the image of our God the Almighty.

 

Always,
Ari Bussel
bussel@me.com

Ellie and Dr. Pablo Nankin, Dr. Nepune Mizrahi, Esther Hezghian

 

Susanne Reyto, Janet Kirt

 

Beverly Hills Synagogue (YINBH) Cantor Nati Baram singing El Maleh Rachamim 

 

Lighting Six Candles [Representing 6,000,000 Murdered Jews], remembering the Six Million Jews who perished during the Holocaust [1 & 2]

 

 

Suzee and her mother, Holocaust Survivor Lili Markowitz

 

 

Esther Blaugrund, Zohreh Mizrahi and Shahla Javdan, a prominent leader of the Jewish Iranian community

 

 

Zohreh Mizrahi, Cantor Nati Baram, Dr. Pablo and Ellie Nankin

 

 

Below picture is from March 2, 2017, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Los Angeles Dinner “What You Do Matters:  Celebrating Max Webb’s 100th Birthday with a special tribute”

 

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Minor editing by John R. Houk

Source links are by the Editor embedded for non-Jewish understanding.

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel Bio via BeverlyHills.org

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA in Applied Mathematics and in Economics with a specialization in Computing.

 

Mr. Bussel was an avid runner who completed the 2005 and 2006 Los Angeles Marathon.

 

Mr. Bussel divides his time between Israel and the United States, writing about the social, political, military and foreign policy fabrics of the two countries. Mr. Bussel is a member of the foreign press corps in Israel. Since 2008, Mr. Bussel has cooperated with award winning investigative journalist and author in a series of essays “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” and since 2011 in a series of radio broadcasts “Conversations Eye to Eye.”