event to serve as the kick-off to a year-long celebration honoring the Jewish
women’s organization’s 90th anniversary.
include Rabbi Karen Bender, Phil and Kathy Blazer
ANGELES—The San Fernando Valley Council of NA’AMAT USA will host
its 2015 Distinguished Community Leader Award Luncheon on Sunday, October 25th
at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. This year’s event holds special
significance as it will serve as the kick off of a year-long, national
celebration marking NA’AMAT USA’s 90th Anniversary. Other
celebratory, fundraising, membership outreach and community service activities
will be conducted throughout the year by NA’AMAT Chapters nationwide.
2015 Distinguished Community Leader Award Luncheon will honor three inspiring individuals
who have made lasting contributions to Jewish communities in the United States
and Israel.

  • ·    Rabbi Karen Bender is the Skirball Director of
    Spiritual Life and Campus Rabbi at the Los Angeles Jewish Home. A graduate of
    U.C. Berkeley and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she was
    ordained in 1994 and served as a Rabbi in New York for 7 years and Rabbi of
    Temple Judea in Tarzana for 13 years. She has published numerous sermons, poems
    and prayers and has been widely active in social justice causes, including
    racial equality, interreligious dialogue, LGBT rights and women’s rights.
  • ·    Phil and Kathy Blazer have been active as
    professionals, activists and philanthropists in the Jewish community for more
    than five decades. Phil is president
    of Blazer Communications, publisher of The National Jewish News, and creator of
    award-winning Jewish television and radio programs. In 2005, he launched Jewish Life Television, the
    only 24/7 Jewish-themed television network with a reach of 45 million
    households across the United States and Canada.
  • ·     Kathy Blazer is a Clinical Assistant
    Professor in the Department of Population Sciences, Associate Director of the
    Cancer Genetics Program, and a bilingual, licensed genetic counselor with the
    Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics at City of Hope.

 (l to r) Rabbi Karen Bender, Phil Blazer, Kathy Blazer
“Rabbi Bender and Phil and
Kathy Blazer have done remarkable work that has benefitted not only the Jewish
community but society as a whole,” said NA’AMAT San Fernando Council President
Rene Peters. “We are very pleased to recognize their farsighted achievements.”
Rabbi Bender said she was
humbled to be recognized by NA’AMAT. “I
love Israel and I love an organization that is dedicated to Israel and Jewish
values,” she observed. “NA’AMAT is doing wonderful work for women, children and
families in Israel. Their mission is flawless.”
Kathy Blazer said that she and her husband were similarly
honored. “NA’AMAT reminds us, in the simplest terms, the meaning of
community…community with Israel and community with families across America.”
The gala event
will also include other featured speakers and special musical entertainment.
Writer and entertainer Art Verity will serve as master of ceremonies.
from the event will go towards the construction of a new National Project
honoring NA’AMAT USA’s 90th Anniversary: the construction of a new
Women’s Health Center in Sderot, Israel. The Center will promote preventative
measures for female health issues, and offer ob-gyn exams and prenatal care. It
will also provide educational programs for family planning, eating disorders
and healthy nutrition, as well as counseling and support groups for cancer
patients and their families.
in the community of Sderot do not have access to many social and health
services that we take for granted,” said Peters. “The new center will provide
much needed  health services for women
and families, social and mental health counseling, educational support and much
Founded in 1925 (as
Pioneer Women), NA’AMAT USA takes its name from the Hebrew acronym for “A
Movement of Working Women and Volunteers.” The organization strives to enhance
the quality of life for women, children and families in Israel. Part of a
worldwide progressive Jewish women’s organization, NA’AMAT USA works alongside Na
’Amat Israel in providing education and social services including day care
facilities, vocational training, college scholarships, legal aid, immigration
assistance, and domestic violence support. It is also a vigorous advocate for
women’s rights in Israel and worldwide.
WHAT: NA’AMAT USA, San Fernando Valley
Distinguished Community Leader Award Luncheon
             NA’AMAT USA’s 90th
Anniversary Celebration
HONORING:  Rabbi Karen Bender
                       Phil and Kathy
WHEN:  Sunday, October 25, 2015 at
11:30 a.m.
WHERE: American Jewish University
Mullholland Drive
                                Los Angeles, CA
RSVP:   (818) 995-4035
Dietary Laws Observed
NA’AMAT USA is an organization
striving to enhance the quality of life for women, children and families in
Israel. Originally named Pioneer Women, it was founded as a sister movement to NA’AMAT Israel.
NA’AMAT women act locally, nationally and globally in 9 countries. The
organization is actively engaged in a wide range of issues, including religious
pluralism, the status of women at home and in the workplace and the prevention
of domestic violence. 
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