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Earlier this year marked the 4th Annual Above & Beyond event, bringing together men from the community to show the power they have when they work together. The power to care for the vulnerable, to commit to the survival of the Jewish people, to invest in the future of their children, and to rescue those in need, no matter where they live or how they worship.


The event was held at the Alpert Jewish Community Center on the Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus.


“We didn’t want any Jewish male to miss an opportunity of a lifetime to hear the outstanding panel of speakers and to honor men who contributed so greatly to our Jewish community!” stated A&B Chair Aaron Kern. "The evening began with a reception, which included appetizers and drinks in the Lenztner Family Promenade and Shoag Rotunda. After the reception, audience members were moved into the Lipeles Family Auditorium for the special Success from Schmaltz Panel."


There was a great line-up of men from our community who shared a little about their lives and success stories. The moderator for the panelists was Sasha Strauss, a product of the area, along with Josh Lowenthal and Richard Wolpow. From just over the far away hill, the San Fernando Valley, Steve Meister. The local Jewish Community e had a delight in honoring 13 men from our community organizations and local synagogues who went “above and beyond” right here at home.



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Matt Davis

Alpert Jewish Community Center


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Jimmy Drew

Congregation Lubavitch

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Art Oster

Congregation Shir Chadash

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Jeb Brilliant

Hebrew Academy

Howard Weiss

Jewish Community Foundation

Mark Dressner

Jewish Family & Children's Service

Yitzy Geisinsky

Jewish Federation

Allen Alevy

Long Beach Hillel

Boruch Sufrin

Shul By The Shore

Alan Jarrick

Temple Beth David

Harry Jacobs

Temple Beth Ohr

Ron Botwin

Temple Beth Shalom

Jay Alhadeff

Temple Israel


Above & Beyond CHAIR

Aaron Kern

A&B Talks: Success from Schmaltz
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Photos Credit: Jessie Butler