The 8th Annual Beverly Hills Purim Ball, presented by Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills held on Feb. 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, recognized the accomplishments and roles of two civic leaders who were celebrated by more than 500 members of the community, temple congregants, friends and colleagues. This year’s honorees included Thomas D. Gordon, senior vice president of Cedars-Sinai Health System and chief executive officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Network Services, who received the gala’s Community Spirit Award, and Ruth Weisberg, professor of Fine Arts and former dean at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts and director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, who was bestowed with the Humanitarian Award.
Presented by friend and colleague Thomas M. Priselac, president and chief executive officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Gordon accepted his award while moving attendees with his family’s Holocaust story as the son of survivors. Weisberg, who was introduced by long-time patron of the arts, Gayle Roski, spoke about how her art embodies her Jewish identity and shared her passion for her University of Southern California Initiative of Israeli Arts and Humanities.
Honoree Gordon has served the City of Beverly Hills’ medical community for 26 years. Dedicated to advancing many areas of the healthcare industry, Gordon is active on numerous boards: the California Association of Physician Groups; the Wilshire Foundation; the Advisory Board of the UCLA’s School of Public Health; the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce; LivHOME, Inc.; as well as the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation and Cedars-Sinai Medical Group. Gordon has been married to his wife Edna for 41 years and has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Honoree Weisberg is the first living painter given a solo exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum of Art, and has earned accolades for many of her large-scale works, including a 94-foot mixed-media painting exhibited at the Skirball Cultural Center. Weisberg has received numerous awards and honors for her art, teaching and lifetime achievements, including the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award. Weisberg received her Master of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Laurea in Painting and Printmaking from the Academia di Belle Arti, Italy.
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