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Our Guest Speakers

Thursday, March 12

Political Potpourri

Bob Stern is past President of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles based group that for 30 years wrote model laws to improve the government process. He was a principal co-author of the Political Reform Act of 1974, Proposition 9, passed by 70% of California voters, an initiative measure called one of the 12 most important election results in California history.

He currently teaches at UCLA’s Osher Program and Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Program.

Our speaker will discuss the results of the March 3 primary election and comment on the Presidential election, U.S. Senate contests, key House races, as well as California’s ballot measures and initiative process. There will be time for questions and answers.

A Jewish Family’s Century in Shanghai

Author, artist, and musician Ester Benjamin Shifren was born in China to a prominent British Jewish family that had flourished in Shanghai for five generations. They were interned for three years by the Japanese during World War II, and in the Communist era were forced to relocate to Hong Kong and then Israel. She served in the IDF, married, and lived in South Africa for 36 years and Canada for five years before moving to Los Angeles. Ms. Shifren has spoken internationally to numerous groups about the history of the Jewish community and multi ethnic groups in Shanghai, the “Paris of the Orient”. In 2005 Ester was a guest in a BBC One program, “We’ll Meet Again”, and lectured at the Imperial War Museum in London. She is the author of “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family’s Century in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW Camp.”