Emek Hebrew Academy held a record-breaking Trustee Dinner on February 25th, raising over half a million dollars for the Shoham Scholarship Fund.
The dinner, held at Cicada Restaurant in downtown LA, was reminiscent of a 1920’s gala with opulent gold and burgundy ornate décor. Emek parent and board member Mr. Nir Weinblut prepared a gastronomical masterpiece with impeccable presentation, complemented by flower arrangements exquisitely designed by Mrs. Gali Studnik.
A beautiful personalized book was presented to Chairman of the Board, Sol and Ruth Teichman, thanking them for their graciousness in hosting Emek staff at their home in November. Rabbi Mordechai Shifman and board president, Mr. Daniel Aharonoff, addressed the attendees, imploring them to maximize their support of Emek. A moving video was presented that included interviews with several families who are currently benefitting from the scholarship fund.
The speeches were perfectly complemented by a nostalgic and heartwarming video of the memorialized honoree, Mr. David Weisman, ob”m. Mr. Lyle Weisman, David’s son, accepted the Legacy Award in recognition of his father’s dedication to Emek in its earliest days. Finally, there was a dedication to the efforts and unwavering loyalty of Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Sue Darrison. Mr. Darrison served on Emek’s Board for 16 years, several of those years as Board President and this was during a tumultuous time in Emek’s history. Mr. and Mrs. Darrison’s steadfast commitment to Emek’s long-term success has greatly contributed to the success of Emek today.
It was a night to remember, as board member Steve Rodin explained, “The event was fabulous, which is not a word I use often!” Most importantly, the purpose of the evening, which was to raise funds to allow Jewish children the opportunity to receive an excellent Jewish education, was realized. $510,000 was raised for the scholarship fund, and due to the beneficence and benevolence of the Teichman Family, an additional $40,000 was raised at the event for new family scholarships.