Ronni Chasen, Laura Ziskin To Be Honored During Jewish High Holy Days Celebration
Publicist Ronni Chasen and producer Laura Ziskin, both of whom died in the past year, will be honored by the Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills during this year’s celebration of the Jewish High Holy Days, which begins on Wednesday evening.
Rabbi David Baron announced Monday that the Yizkor Memorial Service on Yom Kippur, October 8th, would be dedicated to the two women.
“Each of these women of valor, in their own way, gave so much to humanity and the arts,” said Baron. “They are eternal role models of decency and tzedakah.”
“Tzedakah” is a Hebrew word that can mean charity, righteousness, fairness or justice.
Chasen, a well known Hollywood publicist who specialized in the music business, was murdered last November while driving in her car in Beverly Hills after an industry event.
Ziskin, who died in June after a long bout with breast cancer, produced many movies including Pretty Woman, and was the first woman to produce the Academy Awards. She was also a driving force behind the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, which raised millions to fight the disease.
Temple of the Arts, which owns the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, and operates a center for the arts, presents along with the traditional prayers services that incorporate music and memorial readings by members including Theodore Bikel, Sela Ward and Leonard Maltin, with music from a number of artists including Mitch Newman, violinist with the LA Philharmonic. The Temple’s cantors are Broadway singers Ilysia Pierce and Jordan Bennett.
For those who are unable to attend services and the homebound, Temple of the Arts presents a pre-recorded service featuring many of these artists. This year it will air on Time Warner cable, Comcast, DirecTV and the Armed Forces Network.
Information on the services is available at www.templeofthearts.org or by calling (323) 658-9100.