Gal Lusky, CEO and founder of Israeli Flying Aid (IFA), will be one of four special guests of Rabbi David Baron at Yom Kippur High Holy Day services on the eve of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) on Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts.
IFA is a non-profit volunteer group that provides humanitarian life-saving aid and relief to communities in areas stricken by natural disaster or territorial conflicts. Lusky will travel from the war-torn Syrian/Jordanian border where one million refugee children have fled from the recent chemical bombings. Lusky is currently providing food and medical assistance to children on the Syrian/Jordanian border.
Other High Holy Days special guests include Curt Lowens, a Broadway and film actor, Holocaust survivor and Resistance member who made his Broadway debut in “Stalig 17” as an S.S. guard. As a 17-year-old Jewish-German resistance fighter, he rescued two downed American flyers during World War II in the Netherlands in 1944.
Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and Debra Lynn Fine are also scheduled to attend. Investigative Project on Terrorism is a non-profit organization that serves as one of the world’s largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Fine is a leading business executive in consumer products and media companies who distracted a gunman who shot her multiple times in a mass shooting at Santa Monica College on June 7, saving the life of another woman.
Tickets for the services begin at a tax-deductible donation of $350. Young adult seating for ages 20 to 35 are available for a donation of $150.
Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts is at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.