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Our 2015 Honorees:
NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change is honoring Nancy Berman & Alan Bloch for their unwavering commitment to diversity and building bridges among the Muslim and Jewish communities across Los Angeles.
Alan Bloch helped make it possible for NewGround to become its own independent organization in 2012. His vision to empower change-makers has greatly expanded the outreach of NewGround's work and our ability to amplify our message in Los Angeles, the U.S. and around the world. Alan is a retired investment manager and currently is the vice president and treasurer of The Muriel and Philip Berman Foundation. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and received a graduate degree in philosophy from Yale University.
Nancy Berman began her career in 1967 at the Jewish Museum in NYC and became the Founding Director of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, from 1972 to 1995. She remained Director of the Skirball Cultural Center Museum from 1996 to 2002. In 2004, Nancy became president and executive director of The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation started by her parents in 1958 to fund art, education, and health projects. Their philanthropic legacy continues through the Foundation with contributions in arts and culture, higher education, and Jewish and interfaith programs, which includes their ongoing support of NewGround. Nancy and Alan live in Los Angeles and have two adult children, Rebecca and Isaac.
We hope you will join us in honoring this remarkable couple on Sunday, November 15th at 11 AM at the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.