Malibu Seen: Kisses for a Goods Cause

ASYV Chairman Leonard Wilf; rocker Gene Simmons; Rita Spiegel; Gary Foster, producer of “Denial”; and ASYV Executive Director Ron Meier step out in style.

It was time to to say “Shalom” to American Society For Yad Vashem. The organization is dedicated to advancing Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem and The Jewish Life Foundation. The organization hosted its fourth annual benefit gala with flair and fanfare in Beverly Hills. 

Chic supporters gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The evening honored the world-renowned musician rocker, singer and KISS co-founder Gene Simmons. They also toasted his mother, Holocaust survivor Flora Klein (who knew?). Other honorees included the late Edita and Abraham Spiegel, represented by daughter Rita Spiegel, and Gary Foster, the producer of the feature film “Denial.”

Since its founding 64 years ago, Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, has become synonymous with Holocaust remembrance throughout the world. It serves as the conscience of humanity and the voice of the Jewish people in the vital endeavor to transmit the history and the significance of the Holocaust to future generations. 

The Holocaust History Museum is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Israel, drawing dignitaries from around the world and close to a million visitors annually. 

With unsurpassed skill and experience, Yad Vashem delivers the memory of the Holocaust with depth and meaning and helps to ensure that the memory of the victims and the voices of the survivors will resonate and inspire for generations to come.



It is definitely time to pull out those wicker picnic baskets and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Head over to PC Greens, pick up some fresh kale salad, spicy ribs and red velvet cupcakes, and make your way to Malibu Bluffs Park for an evening under the stars. Speaking about stars, you’ll find plenty at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, which opened with an electrifying concert by the Moody Blues and will wrap up with Malibu’s longtime local Barbra Streisand. 

The Getty Villa Malibu is also a great choice with a jaw-dropping gasp at the classics. 

If you’re in the mood for a weekend drive, check out the Getty Center. 

The museum recently acquired a spectacular Renaissance masterpiece called “Virgin with Child, St. John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene” by Parmigianino.

After a long, eight-month wait, the museum finalized its purchase of the rare 16th century masterwork.

The painting has been in private hands for more than 400 years and in Britain for more than 250 years. 

Art News put its value at more than $31 million, making this summer sneak peak quite a treat. 



Malibu’s Mel Brooks gets a Laurel & Hardy handshake for his creativity and keeping us laughing our pants off. The “Blazing Saddles” producer turns 91 this week. Thanks, MB, for the memories.