Written By: Amanda Weisman
2018 Aish Gala Coverage
Aish Los Angeles was proud to “Tap Into Greatness” this year at our annual Gala. On May 8th, we welcomed attendees to the beautiful Taglyan Complex in Hollywood where the room buzzed with excitement, love, and positivity.
This year’s Aish Gala honored Sarah and Peter Weintraub as Partners of the Year for their 30 years of steadfast commitment to Aish LA. We also celebrated the Bel Air class and their teachers for 25 years of dedicated Torah study.
There was never a dull moment during this extraordinary evening. Special features of the Gala included stunning contemporary décor, a champagne reception, a sushi bar, a delicious dinner, guest speakers, a dessert reception, and an after-hours party. Entertainment was top notch, with the program opening with a live tap dance ensemble. Tapping into greatness, indeed!
Notable figures took the stage throughout the program. The event’s emcee was Emmy-nominated television writer David N. Weiss, who captivated the crowd with his contagious energy. Businessman, author, and inspirational speaker Charlie Harary was the gala’s Keynote Speaker. He passionately spoke on how to achieve greatness. A moving piece on Sharon Litwak, a Jewish Women’s Initiative mother, inspired the audience.
Gala attendees, dressed up in their finest, mingled with one another and enjoyed the banquet’s lineup. Their smiling faces can be seen in the photo gallery and video clips below. Aish Los Angeles is so very grateful to each and every person there. This spectacular evening would not have been possible without the ongoing support!
Much of the Gala’s success can be attributed to the team behind it. We are thankful to Sarah Weintraub for producing and directing; to Rabbi Azriel Aharon for organizing; to Candace Weisz for leading design and decoration; and to Sanaz Sazegar for piecing together the details. And, of course, to Aish LA Executive Director Rabbi Aryeh Markman for leading with grace and uniting the Jewish community!
The overwhelming sensations of warmth, love, and encouragement were profoundly felt throughout the Gala. This was certainly an evening for the books. Aish LA is eternally grateful to its donors and members who continue to inspire and play active roles in our community. We had an incredible time celebrating, and look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Aish Gala!