Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vision creates video for Humanitarian Awards Brunch BCC on the Walk of Fame

230 BCC members, family, and friends gathered on Sunday, May 23 at the elegant new W Hotel at Hollywood and Vine, just steps from the Walk of Fame. Honoring three highly deserving BCC members for their selfless devotion to BCC and the larger community, this year’s Humanitarian Awards Brunch raised $140,000 to support BCC’s ongoing programs and services, including $24,000 from the silent auction. All of these numbers are BCC record breakers!
Following welcoming remarks by Brunch co-chairs Lauren Schlau and Mark Farber, the formal program began with our own Rabbi Lisa Edwards as emcee. She joked that she overcame her fears of serving in this role by realizing that she serves as an emcee for God
on Friday nights! BCC Cantor Juval Porat and member Tamara Kline-Rivera also entertained us with renditions of “The Climb” by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe (sung by Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana) and “Because” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The first award of the day was presented by BCC President Bruce Maxwell to Wells Fargo Bank in recognition of its outstanding commitment to diversity and philanthropic support of non-profit organizations. Wells Fargo is the largest corporate donor to non-profits in Los Angeles and among the top five in the U.S., and has provided assistance to BCC in the purchase and Honorees Kenna Love, Bill Resnick, Hannah Theile Larry Nathenson reconstruction of our new building above and beyond normal banking services. The award was accepted by Senior Vice President Jan Upton. Next came the presentation of this year’s Presidents Award to Hannah Theile and Kenna Love.
This year’s recipient, Dr. Bill Resnick, was introduced by Harriet Rossetto, CEO of Beit T’shuvah, a congregation and residential treatment center for those suffering from addiction and their families. Drawing a parallel between BCC and Beit T’shuvah as communities serving Jews who have not always been welcome in the mainstream Jewish community, she proudly described Bill’s past leadership role in Beit T’shuvah and looked forward to his future service as president of its Board of Directors.

A BCC member since 1999, Bill lives in West Hollywood with his partner Doug Cordell. In addition to his professional work as a psychiatrist, he serves as co-chair of BCC’s Capital Campaign Committee for our new building and has also devoted countless hours as a leader and volunteer with other organizations including the Venice Family Clinic, the Menninger Clinic, the Advance Equality Fund of the Liberty Hill Foundation, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, and the Courage Campaign for the marriage equality movement. In his acceptance remarks, Bill modestly said that he is surrounded by humanitarians and owes much of his success to the fact that he has chosen leaders well. On a more personal note, he recalled that his first exposure to BCC was when he was 14 years old and lived in Culver City near Temple Akiba, which BCC then rented for High Holidays. While walking his dog, he met some BCC members who “looked normal,” and he formed a good impression even before coming out. Bill kept his remarks short on the advice of his young goddaughter Jessica, and played back her phone message telling
him to “thank people” and “not talk too long so people won’t get bored.”
Rounding out the event was the premiere of a short film by BCC members Pam Postrel and Jacob Omer Bar-Sadeh from Vision - Film and Television Production about BCC’s history, featuring many current and past BCC members. Rabbi Edwards introduced the film by reminding us that the preceding day, May 22, was California’s first official “Harvey Milk Day” and would have been the 80th birthday of California’s premier gay activist. The film, entitled “BCC at 38: the Life and Times of the World’s First LGBT Synagogue,” is available for viewing on the BCC website,

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Fran Chalin – Always in our Hearts

If you missed the December 1 musical tribute to BCC cantorial soloist Fran Chalin, entitled “Always in our Hearts,” you missed a very special evening. If you were there, you’ll cherish the songs and the parodies, the jokes and the testimonials, almost as much as you’ll miss Fran.
In addition to Fran herself, a choir of accomplished cantors and cantorial soloists graced the stage at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills – Cantors Perryne Anker, Marcelo Gindlin, Evan Kent, Sam Radwine, and Aviva Rosenbloom, and BCC members Cantor Ellen Jaffe Gill and Barry Wendell. And our special guest star Gwen Stewart, the original soloist for “Seasons of Love” in the Broadway production of “Rent,” received a standingovation for that song and for “I Know Where I’ve Been” from “Hairspray.” There was Yiddish, of course, with Fran and the BCC band and choir performing “Alle Brider” (All Brothers), “Bei Mir Bist Du Sheyn” (By Me You Are Beautiful), and “Lomir Alle Freylich Zayn” (Let’s All Be Happy), among others. Thebookends for the concert were the songs “Grateful” and “Let Music Bring us Together,” the latter jointly by Fran and Tamara Kline-Rivera.

Our thanks for this wonderful evening go to Mindy Blum and Amanda Bender (organizers and worker bees), Ted Greenberg and Ray Eelsing (stage direction and aesthetics), Pam Postrel and Jacob Omer Bar-Sadeh (video), Davi Cheng and Joanne Laipson (graphic design), Tamara Kline-Rivera (musical producer and pianist), and Cecilia Quigley (scrumptious desserts), as well as BCC’s executive director Felicia Park- Rogers, Victoria Delgadillo, and Tim Goad, and the clergy and staff of Temple Emanuel. We thank our guest musicians Jonathan Lee, Rachel Siegel, Megan Foley, Larry Tuttle, Brady Cohan, and Novi; BCC’s klezmer band Gay Gezunt (Amanda, Davi, Scott Ferguson, Jeanelle LaMance, Dave Parkhurst, Stephanie Plotin, Lauren Schlau, Tami Singer, and Rebecca Weinreich); and BCC’s choir Shirey Chayim (Amanda, Davi, Ilene Cohen, Ray, Vanessa Eisemann, Liatt Granott, Ted, Howard Hamburger, Ellie Herscher, Jay Jacobs, Jeffrey Janis, Dave, Stephanie, Estaire Press, Cecilia, and Sue Terry). I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone; please accept my apologies.

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Jacob Omer BarSadeh: Founder of Vision - Film and Television Production

Jacob Omer Bar-Sadeh was born in Singapore, the son of Israeli Army delegates. Raised in Be’er Sheva, Israel, Omer began his directing career at the age of 14, when his father bought him his very own Hi-8 camera. Omer painstakingly created a short film using stop-motion animation that featured an inchworm, an apple and a hungry bird.

At age 17, before beginning his service in the Israeli Army, Jacob’s passion for filmmaking brought him to Tel Aviv where he worked as a production assistant at Filmind—one of Israel’s largest commercial production houses—under the tutelage of preeminent producer, Ron Assouline. Hungry to learn as much as he could, Jacob worked overtime learning his craft both on-set and in the magic recesses of Filmind’s editing bays.

After four years in the Army, Jacob headed to Jerusalem, where he studied Film and Television at Hadassa College. Post graduation, Jacob went to work for Jerusalem Capital Studios as a producer on feature films and major TV commercials. He also produced his first television pilot, “Habe’er Hashvi’it” (“The Seventh Well”). Jacob’s unique vision and talent for storytelling gained the young producer lots of local attention, but he wanted more.

In 2003, the aspiring director pursued his dream of making big budget commercials, music videos and features. He moved to Hollywood, California and formed his own production company, Vision Film and Television. His first client was the Israeli Television Network. Jacob produced, directed and edited a series of commercials for the cable channel. Within a few years, Jacob expanded his business. He produced and directed more than 100 commercials, industrial videos, music videos, and Internet spots for medical offices, fashion and beauty lines, insurance companies and skin care brands. Jacob earned a reputation in the local community as an artist capable of creating high-quality work on a small budget.

Jacob is excited to expand his resume to include big budget commercials for national brands. With an eye on his future as a film director, Jacob is also currently working on his first feature documentary "Racing Awareness".