The Jewish Federation is proud to honor Younes and Soraya Nazarian with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at a Gala Dinner on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

In honor of Younes and Soraya and the entire family, proceeds from this year’s Gala Evening will support the Federation’s Next Generation Leadership Training Programs. The Nazarian family believes in the importance of giving back and looking forward, and these programs focus on ensuring that our young adult leaders have the skills to help our community address our shared challenges.


Please join us in honoring Younes and Soraya by becoming part of the Gala Honorary Committee and joining us on January 23rd. Learn more about the Nazarians’ beautiful philanthropic legacy and this Gala Evening.


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Individual Tickets


Online registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to register for this event, please contact Alyssa Bruell at (323) 761-8159 or




Monday, January 6: Ad message/photo must be received to be included in the Tribute Journal.
Friday, January 10: Guest names due [table sponsors].
Friday, January 10: Sponsorship forms due

If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Bruell at (323) 761-8159 or


Dinner Chairs
Angella and David Nazarian
Shulamit Nazarian and Matthew Oshinsky
Sharon Nazarian and Fernando Flint
Emina and Sam Nazarian


About Younes and Soraya

Nazarians Couple PictureYounes and Soraya Nazarian, visionary and exemplary philanthropists, have for decades dedicated themselves to strengthening Israel and the Los Angeles Jewish and secular communities. Through the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation and the Ima Foundation in Israel, they have supported numerous high-impact educational, public policy, and artistic projects at institutions including the University of California, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum; California State University, Northridge; the University of Haifa; the National Library of Israel; Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design; and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Over the last decade, the Nazarians have worked with the Federation to build bridges among the Iranian and broader Jewish communities of Los Angeles. Together, we created the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Iranian Young Adult Leadership Initiative through which we engage today’s Persian Jewish young adults in the work of the Federation and the greater Jewish community.


Honorary Co-Chairs

Herta & Paul Amir

Metuka Benjamin

Chancellor Gene Block

The Honorable Lili & Jon Bosse

Rochelle & Freddy Cohen

Sherry Lansing & William Friedkin

Stanley & Ilene Gold

Roslyn & Abner Goldstine

Ada & Jim Horwich

Patricia Glaser & Sam Mudie

Pouran Nazarian

Dr. & Mrs. Bahram Nour-Omid

Ann Philbin

Julie & Marc Platt

Heidi & Albert Praw

Ellen & Richard Sandler

Rabbi David Shofet

Keenan & Orna Wolens

Rabbi David Wolpe

Marilyn Ziering

May & Richard Ziman


Honorary Committee Members

Norman & Toshka Abrams

Minoo & Elias Abrishami

Parisa Roshan & Eiman Abrishami

Farnaz Abrishami-Darvish

Camille & Arnon Adar

Ryan Afari

Jackie & Yahya Ahdout

Hormozd & Susan Azizzadeh

Nancy & Scott Beiser

Lisa & Jordan Bender

Alexandra, Cathi & John Bendheim

Lynn & Les Bider

Courtney Brodie

Lynne & Stewart Brookman

Andrea & Barry Cayton

Carol & Jerome Coben

Faith & Jonathan Cookler

Sonia & James Cummings

Andrew Cushnir & Sharon Spira-Cushnir

Isabel & Hugo D. de Castro

Dr. & Mrs. Behrouz Dardashti

Sebastian Elghanian

Shirin & Jonathan Elist

Nancy & Dr. James Elist & Family

Drs. Jacqueline & Hiri, and Noah Etessami

Dorit & Shawn Evenhaim

Sasha Farahi

Michael, Nadia & Danielle Gabai

Elenor & Arman Gabay

Miryam & Norman Gabay

Laurie & Steven Gordon

Faranak & Emil Halimi

Morad and Nadereh Hariri

Jessica & Raymond Hekmat

Rita & Shaoul Javaheri

Mrs. Shahla & Dr. Parviz Javdan

Lee Kaplan

Rojean Kashanchi

Suzanne & Richard Kayne

Corie & Michael Koss

Bernadette and Tim Leiweke

Dr. Abner & Mrs. Josephine Levy

Virginia & Frank Maas

Amanda Maddahi

Angela & Jamshid Maddahi

Amy & Harold Masor

Sima & Kam Mateen

Tiffany Mikail

Lauren Miller

Arielle Mokhtarzadeh

Heidi & Jon Monkarsh

Nader & Dora Levy Mossanen

Nicole & Allan Mutchnik

Marnie & David Nagel

Kevin Nahai

Ariela Nazar

Michael & Mahnaz Nazarian

Soraya & Isaac Nazarian

Nancy & Bruce Newberg

Mr. Farhad & Dr. Fariba Nourafshan

Miss Liana Nourafshan

Natasha & Oliver Omidvar

Simin & Parviz Omidvar

Shirley Pakdaman

Ruth Pilot

Lynn & David Pollock

Soheila & Shahram Ravan

Miri & Reuben Robin

Annette & Leonard Shapiro

Rabbi Lori Shapiro

Stacy & Jesse Sharf

Rabbis Nicole Guzik and Erez Sherman

Stephanie & Howard Sherwood

Kirsten & Brian Shirken

Avid & Farshid Shooshani

Lida & Ebrahim Simhaee

Rachel & Ira Smedra

Terri & Michael Smooke

Rabbi Stewart Vogel

Farrah & Mark Weinstein

Parvaneh Yashar & Family

Leah & Sam Yebri            

Jason & Talia Youdeem

Shoshana & Parham Zar

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