The Israeli-American Council welcomed over 800 guests at its 11th annual IAC Gala on March 17 at the Beverly Hilton hotel. This year’s gala, titled “My Story, Our Story” celebrated some of the individuals in the IAC community.
Special guest Elan Carr, who was recently appointed as special envoy in the U.S. State Department to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, was recognized for his work in implementing American foreign policies on combating discrimination against Jews. Carr called on the IAC and other Jewish community groups to continue fighting anti-Semitism and reiterated the importance of Jewish unity in combatting hate.
The evening also featured a presentation on the story of Nir Caspi, a former member of the Israeli Naval Commando program. Caspi, who co-founded and currently serves as CEO of Café Landwer, lives in Boston and serves as a local IAC council member. The presentation included the screening of a clip from “One Night in Anzeria,” a documentary about Caspi’s survival during one of the most dangerous operations in Israeli naval history, and his subsequent work in becoming a successful entrepreneur.
“The IAC and I personally have a mission to show other aspects of Israel,” Caspi said. “We always talk about Israel in terms of politics. We need to present other aspects, like food, music and culture.”
The gala was attended by Congressman Brad Sherman, California State Assemblymen Jesse Gabriel and Richard Bloom, and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin.
“Israeli-Americans share a unique and powerful story, which is reflected in the perspective and work of the IAC,” said IAC Los Angeles Regional Director Nadav Banai. “Our 11th annual Gala celebrated the stories that inspire our commitment to ensuring a strong Jewish and Israeli identity today, and for future generations to come.”
For information, visit israeliamerican.org.
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