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Passing the Torch

Thursday, June 20, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
300 South Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA

Join us for a dinner recognizing Southern California philanthropic visionaries Guilford Glazer, Jona Goldrich, Parviz Nazarian, and Max Webb. Read more about these four men here.

For more information, contact Rosalie Lurie at 310.553.5232 or rlurie@aftau.org or David Dorfman at 310.553.5232 or ddorfman@aftau.org.


A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Guilford Glazer studied Engineering and Metallurgy before serving in WWII. He then took over his father's small business, growing it into a major international steel fabricator and real estate development company, owning and operating nine million square feet of office, industrial and retail buildings at its peak. Among his many civic and philanthropic affiliations, he has long been active with RAND, America’s largest think tank.

He and his wife, Diane Pregerson Glazer, have founded significant schools and departments at universities in the United States, Israel, and China. For his commitment to Israel and the Jewish people, Guilford has been honored by Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University and American Jewish University of Los Angeles.

Jona Goldrich fled Poland and the brutality of the Nazis in a dramatic trek through Europe with his younger brother, en route to Israel. He served in the War of Independence, then immigrated to America, rising from window screen installer to one of California’s most successful housing developers.

A prominent and active philanthropist, notably in the Jewish community, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 2005, where his generosity is evident across the campus. An avid sportsman, he created first-class sports and fitness centers at TAU, and founded a number of significant projects for the preservation of Yiddish language, literature, and culture.

Jona is the prime mover behind the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Iranian-born Izak Parviz Nazarian fought in the 7th tank brigade in Israel's War of Independence. Before the Islamic Revolution forced him to move his family to Los Angeles in 1979, he was an active advocate for women's rights in Iran. In the 1980s, he worked with Armand Hammer to secretly bring Russian Jews to Israel.

Believing fervently that education is the key to Israel's future, Parviz, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Tel Aviv University, has served on numerous university boards in Israel. At TAU, he established the Chair for Modern Iranian Studies, and recently created the stunning new Pouran & Izak Parviz Nazarian Center which houses The Citizens' Empowerment Center in Israel. He created the Magbit Foundation to provide scholarships and interest-free loans for Israeli students.

Born in Poland, Max Webb survived 18 internment camps and the infamous Holocaust Death March. He began a new life in America in 1952, co-founding the S&S Construction Company.

Led by Max, the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from TAU, the Webb family is among the most respected names in Los Angeles philanthropy, giving generously to dozens of American and Israeli educational institutions. Max's storied relationship with Tel Aviv University began in the 1960s, when he established a local chapter of TAU's American Friends to help build the campus. Today, that campus is home to an architectural marvel, the Max Webb Family School of Languages Building, and multiple programs in Yiddish preservation and scholarship.

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