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2014 Annual Tree of Life™ Gala

September 14, 2014 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Honoring Governor Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown with the Green Innovations Award! 

Edmund (Jerry) G. Brown Jr. was first elected Governor of California in 1974 and reelected in 1978. After his governorship, he served in numerous goodwill capacities, practiced law in Los Angeles, and later sought the 1992 Democratic Presidential nomination. He was twice elected Mayor of Oakland and in 2006 was elected Attorney General, where he focused on protecting working families and consumers, pursuing mortgage fraud and real estate scams, championing worker’s rights and cracking down on violent crime. Governor Brown was elected for his third gubernatorial term in 2010. He also enacted historic public safety realignment, raised the state’s clean energy goal to 33 percent and is seeking the public’s support for new revenues to protect education and public safety funds. Governor Brown is married to Anne Gust Brown, who serves as Special Counsel in the Office of the Governor.

Anne Gust Brown grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as a lawyer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and then at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. In 1991 she joined Gap Inc. as an in-house attorney and held senior level positions including General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Gust Brown left in 2005 to help run Governor Brown’s successful campaign for California Attorney General and later served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General. In January 2011 she was appointed Special Counsel in the Office of the Governor. 

Honoring Charles Fox, Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Hall of Fame Composer with the Tree of Life Award!

Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Hall of Fame Composer Charles Fox has written the music for more than 100 motion pictures and television films, including the themes for “Happy Days”, “Laverne & Shirley” and “Love Boat”. He has worked with many legendary artists including Roberta Flack, Sarah Vaughn, Barry Manilow, Jim Croce, Fred Astaire, Luther Vandross, and Johnny Cash.  Charles composed the Grammy award-winning song "Killing Me Softly," the film scores for "Goodbye Columbus" and "Nine to Five," and the music for the TV docudrama "Victory at Entebbe."  Charles was awarded the 1992 BMI Richard Kirk Award for outstanding life achievement in music, and was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2004.  He is a Governor of the Motion Picture Academy, and spearheaded and co-produced the first ever Oscar Concert in the week leading up to the 2014 Oscars, at Royce Hall.

This year the Tree of Life Gala will be held on the weekend of our National Conference. Jewish National Fund’s National Conference brings together hundreds of committed Jewish leaders from across the country to learn about the key issues of the day that affect us in the U.S. and in Israel as well as JNF’s ongoing vital work for the land and people of Israel. To learn more click here.

$500 per person

$180 per person for JNFutures ($360 annual giving for professionals under 40)

If you are attending the Gala you are welcome to attend the National Conference for free. After registering for the Gala you will receive further instruction on how to register for National Conference. 

For more information please contact Allison Krumholz at or 323.964.1400 x960.

Sponsors: Alliance Bernstein • B&A Management Corporation • David & Orna Delrahim • Dr. Jack & Beth Lin • Fischmann Family Foundation • Gursey Schneider LLP • Isram World Travel • Linda, Tony, Jacob, & Gena Rubin • Los Angeles Board of Directors • Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill • Palermo-Ravich Foundation • Signature Bank


Contact the Greater LA and the Valley Region:

Serving: The Greater LA and Valley Area

7120 Hayvenhurst, Suite 200, Van Nuys, CA 91406
[p] (323) 964-1400
[f] (323) 964-1410

Louis Rosenberg, Associate Director
Jodi Marcus, Senior Campaign Executive
Neuriel Shore, Senior Campaign Executive
Jessica Lebovits, Campaign Executive
Daniel Friedman, Israel Advocacy & Education Director


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