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Friends of Sheba Medical Center Honors Women of Achievement with Los Angeles Luncheon

On Thursday, April 4th, Friends of Sheba Medical Center hosted its annual Women of Achievement Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The luncheon brought together members of our community in support of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer and benefitted the medical center’s new pediatric laser treatment center.

More than 360 guests attended this sold-out event, which opened with a reception and silent auction, and was Emceed by Brittney Hopper, reporter for CBS 2/KCAL 9 in Los Angeles.

The luncheon featured a keynote presentation by Prof. Josef Haik, Director of the National Burn Center at Sheba Medical Center.

Prof. Haik spoke about Sheba’s vision for the pediatric laser treatment center – a state-of-the-art facility that will use advanced laser technology to treat severe burn scars that cause children from all over the world physical and emotional pain. Advanced research and pediatric laser application will also be taught to all dermatologists and plastic surgeons throughout Sheba Medical Center. The unique combination of research, treatment, and teaching makes the pediatric laser treatment center at Israel’s National Burn Center the first of its kind in the world.

The luncheon honored two outstanding community leaders, Rosalie Zalis and Yafa Hakim. Rosalie Zalis was presented with the 2019 Women of Achievement Award for leadership in her remarkable career and philanthropic endeavors. Yafa Hakim was honored with the 2019 Marjorie Pressman Legacy Award for her longstanding service and dedication to Israel’s hospitals, including Sheba Medical Center.

“It was an honor to hear from Prof. Haik, who flew in from Israel to speak about Sheba’s incredibly innovative pediatric laser burn treatment center, which has the power to save the lives of children suffering from severe, painful and disfiguring burn scars,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Lynn Ziman. “Thanks to our hardworking Luncheon Committee and the support of our community, Friends of Sheba is making a significant impact in the lives of thousands of children, not only from Israel, but around the world.”

In addition to Luncheon Chairs Judy Shapiro and Lynn Ziman, the event was led by Décor Chair Beverly Cohen and Honorary Chair Carrie Sherman. The luncheon committee included Marianne Berman, Helene Boston, Jennifer E. Cohen, Sorelle Cohen, Parvin Djavaheri, Judy Flesh Rosenberg, Aviva Harari, Adrian Miller, Melody Pakravan, Jeannine Sefton, Ruth Steinberger, DeeDee Sussman and Inna Tuler.

Notable attendees included: Governor and Mrs. Pete Wilson, Friends of Sheba Vice President and longtime Sheba supporter Marilyn Ziering, Founder of the Y&S Nazarian Foundation Soraya Nazarian, Philanthropist and Community Builder Dr. Gitta Nagel, Former AIPAC Vice President and the Founder of Citizens Organized PAC Barbi Weinberg, Friends of Sheba Board President Parham Zar and his wife Shoshana Djavaheri Zar, LAPD Commissioner Steve Soboroff, Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief David Suissa, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation and Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple.

“The 2019 Women of Achievement Luncheon highlighted the need for our community's next generation of leaders to support Israel and Israel’s flagship institutions, such as Sheba Medical Center,” said Friends of Sheba Medical Center Executive Director Molly Soboroff. "As Rosalie Zalis declared, now is the time for future leaders to show up, support Israel and invest in the future of global medicine with Sheba Medical Center."

Later that same evening, Prof. Haik delivered an intimate keynote presentation at the Hidden Hills home of Stacy and George Shakiban, providing an in-depth presentation on the pediatric laser treatment center and his cutting edge research before an audience of 40 community leaders.

Recently named one of the “Top 10 Best Hospitals in the World” by Newsweek Magazine, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East.

About Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Friends of Sheba Medical Center is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and philanthropic support for Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Friends of Sheba Medical Center is dedicated to raising awareness and philanthropic support for Sheba Medical Center’s compassionate clinical care, cutting edge research and comprehensive educational training. To learn more, visit:

About Sheba Medical Center
Born together with Israel in 1948, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East. Sheba is the only medical center in Israel that combines an acute care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and it is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research and education. As a university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, it welcomes people from all over the world indiscriminately. For more information, visit:

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