Ruth and Michel Steinberger, founders and owners of Marble Arch Fine Arts, will be honored with the Mordechai Shani Lifetime Achievement Award at the “Humanity Heals Humanity” Gala on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The gala will raise funds in support of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer.
“This year, the Friends of Sheba Medical Center gala will celebrate ‘Humanity Heals Humanity,’ a value that is the driving force behind Sheba Medical Center’s innovative healing spirit, and the inspiration that epitomizes the heartfelt altruistic support that Ruth and Michel Steinberger have so generously given to Sheba for more than three decades,” said Molly Soboroff, executive director of Friends of Sheba Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Over the last 30 years, the Steinbergers have held various leadership positions within Friends of Sheba Medical Center in Los Angeles, helping to raise funds and awareness surrounding Sheba’s trailblazing medical breakthroughs.
Currently, Ruth serves as the senior vice president and Michel serves as chairman of the board.
They have a deeply personal bond with Sheba Medical Center in Israel dating back five decades.
“We first became involved with Sheba Medical Center in the 1960s, when we visited my uncle who had just had an operation,” Ruth Steinberger recalled. “From that point on, we visited Sheba every time we were in Israel. We were always very impressed by the innovative changes we saw, and we were intent on doing whatever we could to help Sheba Medical Center.”
In 1989, Ruth’s father suffered from a sarcoma on his leg that was the result of Nazi experimentation during the Holocaust. After being hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai, UCLA and Zurich University Hospital, Ruth’s father was transferred to Sheba Medical Center in Israel where his life was prolonged by three months in a caring and humane manner.
“We were so impressed by Sheba that I asked if there was anything we could do for them back in California,” she said. “We were encouraged to join a Sheba support group in Los Angeles. That is what we did when we returned home from Israel, and the rest is history.”
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