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					                          BET TZEDEK—THE HOUSE OF JUSTICE




                          Summer 2008
                                Helping Survivors...                           In its first seven months,
                                                                               Bet Tzedek’s Clinic at-
                                one Clinic at a Time                           tained a 100% success


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                                                                               rate in the initial 146
                          When Bet Tzedek’s Restitution Assistant Ce-          decisions. We expect that all of the more than
                          lia Kirilover prepares the Becker Law Library        600 Southern California survivors helped so
                          for the weekly German Ghetto Work Clinic,            far will receive similar good news.
Cy Pres: Another great    she always places tissue boxes next to the
   way to Help            pencils. “At first, they were for the survi-
                          vors, who sometimes cry while telling their
                                                                               The National Pro Bono
                          stories,” Celia said. “We’ve learned that the        Program for Survivors
                          volunteers need them even more.”
                                                                               With a visionary national launch of the
                               As part of Bet Tzedek’s German Ghetto
                                                                               Ghetto Work Clinics, Bet Tzedek will reach


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                          Work Clinic, a new initiative launched last
                                                                               thousands of additional survivors throughout
                          autumn, legal volunteers work directly with
                                                                               the United States in more than 20 cities.With
                          survivors who are applying for a new German
                                                                               the incredible help of the law firm of Manatt,
                          reparations program. The program provides
                                                                               Phelps & Phillips LLP, Bet Tzedek has re-
Victory for Nursing       a €2,000 Euro (approximately $3,000 US)
                                                                               cruited, trained and coordinated networks of
Home residents            payment to Holocaust survivors who worked
                                                                               local social service agencies and pro bono law
                          “voluntarily” in German-controlled ghettos.
                                                                               firms in each city. Through this unprecedent-
                          In the United States, about 20,000 Holocaust
                                                                               ed pro bono initiative, approximately 10,000
                          survivors are likely eligible for these funds, yet
                                                                               low-income survivors will receive as much as
                          the onerous complexity of similar reparation
                                                                               $30,000,000 in desperately needed support.


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                          programs has meant that most applications
                                                                                    For more information, call Matt Scelza at
                          are typically rejected. With more than 25% of
                                                                               323-549-5813 or mscelza@bettzedek.org.
                          survivors living in poverty, the need for these
                          dollars is tremendous.
Pro Bono
Successes
                          Here we grow:                                        continuing our efforts that benefit the poor
                                                                               and powerless in Los Angeles County.
                          BT Launches a New office to expand Capacity               “This space expands Bet Tzedek’s reach
                                                                               across Los Angeles, and eases the lives of our
                          We opened our doors in 1974 with a hand-



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                                                                               clients who live downtown and in East L.A.,”
                          ful of volunteers and no funding, but with
                                                                               said Michelle Williams Court, Bet Tzedek’s
                          a determined mission. On July 1st, we will
                                                                               Director of Litigation.
                          launch our third office, located in the Mid-

Thank you                 Wilshire District. The ten advocates housed
                          at “Mid-Wilshire” will be instrumental in
                                                                                   Bet Tzedek’s newest office:

to our donors             expanding the reach of our vital projects and
                                                                                   3435 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 470
                                                                                   Los Angeles, CA 90010
                          MeSSAge from                                                       and Superior Court Self-Help
                                                                                             Center, which secure seamless rights
                          PreSideNT/Ceo MiTCH kAMiN &                                        and benefits for caregiver households.

                          CHAir ALeJANdro MAyorkAS
                                                                                             They commit to working in Bet
                                                                                             Tzedek’s Holocaust Reparations
                                                                                             Project to help elders who survived
                                                Working together, we can achieve             the Holocaust and yet are still in
                                                momentous change in the everyday             need of reparations to pay for basic
Mitch kamin                 Inspired by our
                                                lives of Angelenos, and increase Bet         necessities. Through groundbreak-
                            clients’ convic-
                                                Tzedek’s capacity for justice and cata-      ing new partnerships with more than
                            tion and cour-
                                                lytic social change.                         fifty preeminent law firm and social
                            age, nearly a
                                                     Our expanding capacity means vic-       service agencies, our Ghetto Work
                            thousand new
                                                tims of human trafficking aren’t alone       Payment Clinics are launching in
                            advocates will
                                                in their fight for freedom from intoler-     cities throughout the United States,
                            join us this sum-
                                                able oppression that still haunts our        and each day we hear from eager new
                            mer. This week,
                                                community today. It means the low-           partners in Australia, Canada, Europe,
                            our class of
                                                wage workers in car washes and other         and Israel. For more than 10,000 sur-
Alejandro Mayorkas          twenty Summer
                                                industries in our phenomenal Employ-         vivors, our pioneering coalition will
                            of Justice 2008
                                                ment Rights Project gain attention           fulfill the promise that no Holocaust
     law students arrives from outstand-
                                                through daily headlines, new strategic       survivor should go without the neces-
     ing law schools including NYU, Boalt
                                                alliances (and great legal work).            sities of life.
     Hall, UCLA and Loyola. At the same
                                                     More than ever before, Bet                   We believe that life-changing ex-
     time, our Pro Bono Project gath-
                                                Tzedek’s bold vision of justice inspires     periences await all of us at Bet Tzedek
     ers over 800 distinguished volunteer
                                                thousands of Angelenos to make a pro-        this summer, because of the astonish-
     attorneys and paralegals from our
                                                found commitment to human and civil          ing and unconventional partnerships
     community.
                                                rights in our community. These people        happening here – relationships that
          Astounding, transformative work
                                                vitalize the ongoing expansion of Bet        will transform people’s lives and de-
     is taking place between our clients,
                                                Tzedek’s services, like our innovative       fine justice for us all.
     our volunteers, and our law students.
                                                new Caregiver Training Coalition




       Cy PreS AwArdS:                                          We are grateful to the at-
                                                                torneys who direct cy pres
                                                                                                 Glickman & Glickman,
                                                                                             Kingsley & Kingsley, and Gibson,

  Another great way to Help
                                                                awards to Bet Tzedek.        Dunn & Crutcher – All of these
                                                                Whether represent-           firms worked together to direct an
                                                                ing plaintiffs or defen-     approximately $125,000 cy pres award
                                                dants in class actions, the allocation of    to Bet Tzedek. Attorney Zachary
                                                unclaimed class funds to legal services      Shepard at Glickman & Glickman and
                                                agencies like Bet Tzedek provides sig-       Eric Kingsley at Kingsley & Kingsley
                                                nificant support for our programs.           helped in this distribution.
                                                     Kesluk & Silverstein, P.C. –                Cy pres funds yield a powerful
                                                Attorney Doug Silverstein recognized         and far-reaching impact within our
                                                Bet Tzedek’s impact in solving the com-      communities. For more information,
                                                plex issues faced by low income work-        contact Matt Scelza, Director of De-
                                                ers, and this Spring Mr. Silverstein was     velopment, at 323-549-5813 or
                                                instrumental in directing two different      mscelza@bettzedek.org.
                                                cy pres distributions totaling $75,000 to

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                                                Bet Tzedek. The Law Offices of Craig
                                                T. Byrnes also deserve recognition for
                                                assisting in one of the cases.
                                eric kingsley
eVeNTS
Bet Tzedek hosts MCLe events throughout the year for its
supporters, friends and community members.
These events are free, but you must pre-register.
To rSVP, email wlevine@bettzedek.org.                                               July 19, 2008
                                                                                    The Justice Ball 12
June 12th MCLe                                                                      7:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
More than 100 attendees mixed, mingled and learned at “All
                                                                                    The Lot
You Need to Know About the Future of the Music Business,”                           www.thejusticeball.org
held at Fox Studios on Thursday, June 12th.
Don Passman, Esq. of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown moderated
the event. Susan Genco, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs,
Warner Bros. Records, Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk
Music Group, and Peter T. Paterno, Esq., of King, Holmes,
Paterno & Berliner LLP, were the panelists.
                                                                                   20th Annual dinner gala
oTHer MCLe eVeNTS                                                                  Bet Tzedek’s 20th Annual Dinner Gala was one of its most
                                                                                   successful, and was easily the most star-studded. Honorees
                                                                                   Kevin S. Marks, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and Anna Burns
July 11, 2008                                                                      drew a crowd of more than 1,300 attendees to celebrate
                                                                                   Bet Tzedek’s accomplishments in helping low-income An-
“Tips from the Bench”                                                              gelenos. A rare, live performance by Tom Waits highlighted
Justice Judith Ashmann-gerst, California Court of Appeal,                          the evening, which raised nearly $2.3 million to further Bet
                                                                                   Tzedek’s mission.
and her staff attorney Melissa Shalit
11:00 a.m. - NooN
Bet Tzedek’s Becker Law Library
Get an insiders’ view of judicial decision making by Justice
Judith Ashmann-Gerst, California Court of Appeal, and her
long-time staff attorney Melissa Shalit.


August 1, 2008
“Talking Like a Person
instead of Like a Legal Professional”
                                                                                           Ashton kutcher, demi Moore and kevin Marks
katherine James, Act of Communication
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bet Tzedek’s Becker Law Library
This session helps attorneys communicate fully with a jury
or audience and create short, impactful messages, called
“telegrams”.                                                                  weLCoMe New STAFF MeMBerS
Bet Tzedek certifies that these activities have been approved for 1 hour
of MCLe credit by the State Bar of California. Bet Tzedek is a State Bar of   Jo Bloomfield                       Amy Peckner
California approved MCLe provider.                                            Staff Attorney                      Individual Giving Officer

                                                                              Hillary drennan                     ileana Prado
                                                                              Attorney/Self-Help                  Director, Human
May 30, 2008                                                                  Coordinator                         Resources
Bet Tzedek at Book expo America
                                                                              Michelle kezirian                   Peter ramirez
At this year’s Book Expo America in Los Ange-                                 Sydney M. Irmas Housing             Housing Staff Attorney



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les, Nolo, the legal self-help publisher, chose                               Conditions Project
Bet Tzedek to receive the funds raised at its’ “The Lawyer is IN”             Director
booth. In addition to the money raised, Bet Tzedek benefited
from the exposure to the more than 35,000 attendees.
BeT Tzedek SuCCeSS
eLderLAw uNiT                                                          ing him hope. We believe that the most powerful way to
                                                                       ensure justice in our community is not only to bring hope,
NURSING HOME ADVOCACY PROJECT                                          but also leadership, engagement, and dedication to the
                                                                       pursuit of justice.
          This spring, Bet Tzedek’s Long Term Care Project
          Director Jody Spiegel won a significant victory
          for Eugene Wilkins* - an elderly and disabled                PuBLiC BeNeFiTS uNiT
          nursing home resident who had to enter the
hospital for a few days to fight an illness. When he tried                       Through partnering staff attorneys, paralegals,
to return to his room at the home, the facility unlawfully                       law clerks, volunteers and fellows, Bet Tzedek
refused to readmit him and thus forced him into nearly                           brings a collaborative approach to our work.
two months of unnecessary hospitalization.                                            A spring law clerk, Kristen Kim, under-
     After Jody heard of Eugene’s victimization, she suc-              took the uniquely ambitious challenge of gaining Social
cessfully obtained orders from both the California De-                 Security benefits for Niklas*, a disabled teenager with
partment of Health Services (DHS) and the Los Angeles                  schizophrenia whose ten years of foster care were marked
Superior Court for the nursing home to readmit him.                    by abuse and neglect. As he struggled under these great
Jody was appalled to discover that, despite the orders,                adversities, Niklas sought care and treatment throughout
the nursing home was unrelenting in its determination to               his life via in-patient psychiatric services, yet had never
unlawfully prevent Eugene from re-entering the facility by             received any assistance in qualifying for Social Security
filing actions in administrative, civil, and appellate courts.         benefits required for his well-being.
     During her ultimately victorious work with Eugene,                     Niklas and his social worker requested the assistance of
Jody assembled a team of Bet Tzedek colleagues to sup-                 our Public Benefits Program. Under the skilled mentorship
port her work in the courtroom, and enlisted the resourc-              of advocate Michelle Gonzalez, Kristen successfully audited
es of state and national long term care advocacy groups                Niklas’ medical records, obtained an evaluation from his
and a local law firm whose attorneys donated their time to             psychiatrist, prepared the client to testify at his hearing, and
helping Eugene. While the significant settlement amount                presented an extremely well-written and convincing brief
                   is confidential, Jody tells the story of            for the judge – who finally found Niklas eligible for Social
                               how during the court pro-               Security. With so many obstacles to overcome, now Niklas
                                   ceedings Eugene leaned              has vital new resources for support.
                                      over and told her that                Through these transformative cases, our law clerks
                                       Bet Tzedek had turned           experience the nexus of legal aid innovation and real-
                                       his life around by giv-         world relevance.




                                    THe HouSiNg rigHTS uNiT
                                  Cora Jamison* had just reached her 74th         expected. While he devoted his energies to
                                  birthday when disaster threatened to            flagrantly harassing his tenants, Cora began
                                 strike – on a fixed monthly Social Security      to organize her neighbors. While he was busy
                                income, Cora’s affordable rent-controlled         disguising himself as a city inspector to intimi-
                               apartment was her only way of maintaining          date the seniors, Cora brought herself and her
                                her independence. For Cora, disaster took         neighbors to Bet Tzedek.
                                  the form of her new landlord, who chose              With full disdain for the laws of justice, the
                                    to break the law in order to evict his dis-   landlord confidently served them with eviction
                                     abled, elderly tenants. He wanted to in-     papers. But by that time, Cora, her neighbors, and
                                      crease profits, and believed that seniors   Bet Tzedek were ready.Together, we fought the



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                                        like Cora wouldn’t fight back.            landlord in court.Together, we prevented the un-
                                              Cora’s courage and determi-         lawful evictions and won fair housing and justice.
                                            nation were the last thing he
                                                                                                 * Clients’ names changed to protect privacy.
                                                                young donor Makes Connections
eMPLoyMeNT rigHTS ProJeCT                                                     Samantha Millman has pushed Bet Tzedek into
                                                                                the 21st century of community outreach
          Our Employments Rights Project is the sole                              and friendraising. An avid supporter of Bet
          resource for many workers who are exploit-                                Tzedek since her childhood (she’s the
          ed by their employers. Over the last several                              daughter of Board member Ken Millman),
          years, Project Director Kevin Kish and ERP                                Sam donates her money, time and creativitiy
staff have developed innovative partnerships with aca-                              to the organization. As a Co-Chair of The
demic institutions to collaborate and protect workers                              Justice Ball® Committee, Sam, alongside
throughout Los Angeles.                                                          Bet Tzedek Board member Howard Grob-
     Octavio Munoz* worked throughout 2007 for a com-                          stein, heads the sub-committee on corporate
pany that provides nighttime cleaning services for shopping                sponsorships. In 2007, she spearheaded an online
centers. Although he worked a twelve-hour shift, he was only    fundraising campaign that raised more than $15,000 in
paid $75 per day – far below the legal minimum wage - and       contributions from more than 400 donors, and was profiled
was not provided the meal and rest periods required by law.     in TheWall Street Journal.This year, she created a Bet Tzedek
     When the Labor Commissioner granted a hearing on           page on Facebook® and a Bet Tzedek channel onYouTube.
our claim, our partnership with the UCLA Law School             com.Why Bet Tzedek? Sam says, “Bet Tzedek’s mission of
brought remarkable results. Professor Steve Derian’s stu-       social justice has always spoken to me in a profound way. It is
dents in his year-long trial advocacy clinic agreed to take     truly an honor to contribute my time and resources to such a
on the case with only two weeks to prepare. Clinic students     phenomenal organization.”
Susan Garea, Aaron Lavine, and Professor Ezra Ross worked
closely with Octavio and offered him adept representation       to do more pro bono work. I’d welcome the opportunity
at the hearing, conducting direct examination and making        to work with Bet Tzedek again,” said Anthony Brown.
closing arguments.                                              Gibson attorneys Scott Edelman, Brett Oberst, Michael
      Bet Tzedek and UCLA helped Octavio obtain more than       Byerts, Karen Schmid and Anthony Brown drafted the
$11,000 in withheld wages, penalties and interest.These         amicus. Julian Poon, Dom Lanza and Tiaunia Bedell orga-
unique partnerships provide the foundation for workers such     nized a moot court for the attorneys arguing the case.
as Octavio to gain new resources and achieve justice.                Fulbright & Jaworski attorneys Brandon Fernald
                                                                and Rachel Salvin won $345,000 in damages and attorneys
Pro BoNo ViCTorieS                                              fees combined for an elderly woman whose relatives had
                                                                used undue influence to defraud her of title to her home.
Stories from the Frontlines                                     “When Rachel explained the verdict to Mrs. Ramirez, it
                                                                was incredibly moving,” said Fernald. “I think rising litiga-
         Southern California Edison (SCE) attorney Janet        tors do themselves a tremendous service by becoming
         Combs read about the Employment Rights Project’s       involved in pro bono opportunities such as those offered by
         campaign to bring justice to car wash workers and      Bet Tzedek. Not only does it provide an opportunity to run
         knew SCE had to get involved. “The response has        a case, take depositions and go to trial, it is also a terrific
been tremendous, and more than a third of our 90-person legal   way to give back to the community,” he added.
department attended the Bet Tzedek training,” said Combs.            We also want to acknowledge some of the firms that
SCE attorney-paralegal teams committed to take almost a         have accepted pro bono matters – Caldwell Leslie (Real
dozen Labor Commissioner cases of low-wage workers whose        Estate Fraud), Goodwin Proctor (Financial Literacy for
employers violated basic minimum wage laws.                     Seniors) Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP (see insert on
     Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher helped Bet Tzedek                launch of National Holocaust Reparations Program), Mil-
and other housing advocates secure a major victory in           bank,Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (Nursing Homes Resi-
their ongoing effort to combat the public nuisance of slum      dents), O’Melveny & Myers (Disability Benefits), Skad-
housing. Gonzalez v. City of Santa Monica (S145571)             den, Arps, Meagher Slate & Flom LLP (Slum Housing),
affirms the broad discretion of trial courts to authorize       Stroock & Stroock & Lavan (Adoption), and those who
the recommendations of health and safety receivers.


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                                                                help defend tenants from eviction (Greenberg Glusker,
“Seeing so many public interest organizations working so        Jones Day, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Latham &
hard for the public good certainly heightened my desire         Watkins, Quinn Emmanuel, and Winston Strawn).
THANk you to our SuPPorTerS                                                                          The list below represents contributions made between September 1, 2007 and May 15, 2008.



Bet Tzedek thrives                              Grobstein, Horwath & Co. LLP
                                                Guess?, Inc.
                                                                                                       Juli & Jeffrey Kinrich
                                                                                                       Joan Velasquez, Esq. & Joel Kozberg, Esq.
                                                                                                                                                           Liberty Hill Foundation
                                                                                                                                                           Mellon 1st Business Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jane Balkin & The Honorable A. Howard Matz
                                                                                                                                                                                                              McGuireWoods LLP
because of its community                        Mark Hughes Family Foundation                          KPMG LLP                                            Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group   Marcy & Frank E. Melton, Esq.
support. We thank the                           Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP                  Legg Mason Real Estate Investors, Inc.              Paul Meyer                                         Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
many donors who have                            Randi & Richard Jones                                  Levine Leichtman Capital Partners                   Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP                        Julie & Ken Moelis
                                                Charlotte & Stanley Kandel                             Libra Securities LLC                                Linda & Barton P. Pachino, Esq.                    Sally & Wade Monroe
created justice for our                         Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP                             Kalman L. Loeb                                      Bunny & Herbert Rosenkrantz, Esq.                  Murphy Rosen & Cohen LLP
clients, for we know that                       Kirkland & Ellis LLP                                   Loeb & Loeb LLP                                     Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Inc.                       Neutrogena Corporation
it takes all of us to create                    Locke Lord Bissell & Lidell LLP                        LRN - The Legal Knowledge Company                   Charles H. Samel, Esq.                             Pacific Coast Feather Cushion Co.
                                                Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.        Dean S. Marks                                       Martha & Paul Samuelson                            Luan Phan, Esq.
justice for all.                                Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP                         Marc Marmaro, Esq.                                  Roman Saucedo                                      Phillips Lerner Lauzon & Jamra, LLP

$50,000 and higher
                                                Laura & Kevin Marks, Esq.                              Tanya Fawn & Alejandro Mayorkas, Esq.               Kim & Darryl L. Schall                             Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
                                                Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP                           McDermott, Will & Emery LLP                         Lucille & Chaim Schoen                             Sheldon W. Presser, Esq.
Archstone Foundation                            Jacquie & Harry T. McMahon                             Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment          Honorable Christina Ann Snyder & Marc              John B. Quinn, Esq.
                                                Morrison & Foerster LLP                                Group                                               Seltzer, Esq.                                      Brian Rabinovitz
Dahlia & Arthur Bilger
                                                Oaktree Capital Mgmt., LLC                             Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP                 Phil Seymour                                       Lee and Lawrence J. Ramer Family Foundation
Dana & Albert R. Broccoli Charitable
Foundation                                      Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P  .C.     Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP                The Lucille Ellis Simon Foundation                 John Raphling
Wendy & Jason Flom                              Cynthia Pasternak, Esq. & David J. Pasternak, Esq.     Linda & Kenneth S. Millman                          Marc and Eva Stern Foundation                      Reish Luftman Reicher & Cohen
Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.                 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP                  Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP                    Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC                   Linda & Dan Rosenson
The Audrey and Sydney Irmas                     Madeline & Bruce Ramer, Esq.                           Navigant Consulting                                 Venable Foundation, Inc.                           Georgina Lee & Alan I. Rothenberg, Esq.
Charitable Foundation                                                                                  NBC Universal                                       Wasser, Cooperman & Carter, P.C.
                                                Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC                                                                                                                             Scott Schenker
Jewish Federation Council of                                                                           Nixon Peabody LLP                                   Westmount Asset Management, Inc.
Greater Los Angeles                             Gary D. Roberts, Esq.                                                                                                                                         Robert & Barbara Schiller
                                                Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.                 Jonathan Novak                                      Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, et al.                Toni & John A. Schulman, Esq.
Lee & Luis Lainer
                                                Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton                      Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP                                                                     Sherwood Schwartz
LexisNexis
O’Melveny & Myers LLP                           Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP
                                                Skadden Fellowship Foundation
                                                                                                       Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl,Young, Jones & Weintraub
                                                                                                       Paramount Pictures
                                                                                                                                                           $1,000-$2,499                                      Gary Sedlik
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harold L. Segal
UniHealth Foundation                                                                                                                                       Michele Breslauer & Jeffrey I. Abrams, Esq.
                                                Thomas Slatkin                                         Donald Passman, Esq.                                                                                   Benjamin S. Sheffner, Esq.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles                                                                                                                          Kirsten Albrecht, Esq.
                                                Andrea & Glenn Sonnenberg                              Payne & Fears LLP                                                                                      Michael A. Sherman, Esq.
Weinberg Foundation                                                                                                                                        Angeleno Group LLC
                                                Samuel M. Soref & Helene K. Soref Foundation           Pircher, Nichols & Meeks                                                                               Silent Partners Inc.
                                                                                                       Reed Smith LLP                                      Anonymous
$25,000-$49,999
                                                US Bank                                                                                                                                                       Barrett C. Stambler
                                                                                                       Lynda & Stewart Resnick                             Linda & Robert Badal, Esq.
                                                Tobey Cotsen & Jonathan Victor, Esq.                                                                                                                          Strasburger & Price LLP
                                                                                                       Shelley Resnik                                      Baker & Hostetler, LLP
AIG SunAmerica, Inc.                            Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin                                                                                                                        Lee Tenney
                                                & Evall LLP                                            Rhino Entertainment                                 Nancy Bekavac
Beny Alagem                                                                                                                                                                                                   Yaniv Tepper
                                                Wells Fargo                                            Robert Half Legal                                   Barbara Bergen
The Angell Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                         Michael L. Wachtell, Esq.
                                                Gail Katz & Bruce Wessel, Esq.                         Pauline & Joseph Romano                             Jane R. Bilger
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks                                                                                                                                                                 Michael D. Weiner
                                                Williams & Connolly LLP                                Peter K. Rosen, Esq.                                Breslauer, Rutman & Anderson, LLC
Elliott & Robin Broidy                                                                                                                                                                                        John A. Weissenbach
                                                Wendy & Jay S. Wintrob                                 Valerie F. Salkin, Esq.                             Jeff Brown and Catherine Hagney Brown
Mary Adams Collins & David Collins                                                                                                                                                                            The Whizin Foundation
                                                The Ruth/Allen Ziegler Foundation                      Claudia & Sandor E. Samuels, Esq.                   Bryan Cave LLP
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against                                                                                                                                                                  Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman,
Germany                                                                                                Carol Johnson & David J. Schindler, Esq.            CalNational Bank                                   and Rapkin LLP
The Walt Disney Company
Dorot Foundation
                                                $5,000-$9,999                                          Pamela & E. Randol Schoenberg, Esq.
                                                                                                       Karen Breslow & Robert M. Schwartz, Esq.
                                                                                                                                                           Carlson, Calladine & Peterson, LLP
                                                                                                                                                           CBS Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wyman & Isaacs LLP

                                                1st Century Bank, N.A.                                 Lilly & Allan Schweitzer                            Chapman, Bird, Grey & Tessler, Inc.
The Joseph and Claire Flom Foundation                                                                                                                                                                         Thank you to the more than 750
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP                     Jean & Jay Abarbanel                                   Seyfarth Shaw LLP                                   John J. Clair, Esq.                                donors who gave between $1
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation     Activision                                             Shamrock Holdings, Inc.                             Arthur Cooper                                      and $999. While space limitations
Hauptman Family Foundation                      Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP                SMBC Global Foundation, Inc.                        Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP              preclude us from listing your
                                                American Golf Corporation                                                                                  De Castro, West, Chodorow, Glickfeld &             name, Bet Tzedek is very
Heller Ehrman LLP                                                                                      Steptoe & Johnson LLP
                                                                                                                                                           Nass, Inc.                                         appreciative of your gifts.
Irell & Manella LLP                             Analysis Group, Inc.                                   Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
                                                Anonymous                                                                                                  Rockard J. Delgadillo, City Attorney               Special Thanks to Foley/
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LP                                                                    Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC                                                                           Freisleben for their invaluable
                                                Arnold & Porter LLP                                                                                        Double Feature Films
Latham & Watkins LLP                                                                                   Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.                                                                       communications counsel.
                                                Bergman & Dacey, Inc.                                                                                      Donna Gold & Mark T. Drooks, Esq.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios                                                                            Travers Realty Corporation
                                                Bunny Wasser & Howard Bernstein                                                                            Muriel Ellis
Milken Family Foundation
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP                      Blecher & Collins, P.C.
                                                                                                       Thomas E. Unterman, Esq.
                                                                                                       Verizon
                                                                                                                                                           Gail Feuer, Esq. & Honorable Michael Feuer
                                                                                                                                                           Joel L. Fishman, Esq.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cy PreS doNorS
National Alliance For Care Giving               The Eli & Edythe L. Broad Foundation                   Jonathan A. Victor, Esq.                                                                               Ameriquest
                                                Harold Brown                                                                                               Julian Forman, Esq.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association                                                              Wagner Family Foundation                                                                               The Law Offices of Craig T. Byrnes
                                                Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, P.C.                                                                           Amy Freisleben, Esq. & Gerald Freisleben
Proskauer Rose LLP                                                                                     Wallis Foundation                                                                                      Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
                                                Maren Christensen                                                                                          Elyse Karl & Honorable Terry B. Friedman
Rene Barge                                                                                             Edward J. Weiss, Esq.                                                                                  Glickman & Glickman
                                                Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs,Weil & Shapiro                                                           Gammage & Burnham
The Righteous Persons Foundation                                                                       Bruce A. Wessel                                                                                        Kesluk & Silverstein, P.C.
                                                City National Bank                                                                                         The Honorable Judith Ashmann-Gerst &
Schocken Foundation, Inc.                                                                              White & Case                                        Robert J. Gerst, Esq.                              Kingsley & Kingsley
Sidley Austin LLP                               Margaret & James P. Clark, Esq.                        Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman &                                                                    Steven L. Miller, A Professional Law
                                                                                                                                                           Stephanie & Geoffrey M. Gold, Esq.
                                                Colony Capital, LLC                                    Dicker LLP                                                                                             Corporation
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP                                                                                                                   Glenn Gottlieb, Esq.
                                                Countrywide Financial Corporation                      S. Chic Wolk                                                                                           Rosenthal & Company
Sony Pictures Entertainment                                                                                                                                Green Hasson & Janks LLP
Tudor Investment Corp.                          Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
                                                                                                                                                           Greenwald, Pauly, Foster & Miller, P.C.
Warner Bros.                                    Creative Artists Agency
                                                Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
                                                                                                       $2,500-$4,999                                       Steven L. Grossman, Esq.                           LegACy SoCieTy
Mimi & Werner F. Wolfen, Esq.                                                                                                                              Holland & Knight LLP
                                                Deloitte                                               Jenna & Daniel Adler                                                                                   Anonymous
Ziering Family Foundation                                                                                                                                  Mark Holscher, Esq.
                                                Discovery Economics, Inc.                              Alternative Resolution Centers, LLC                                                                    Catherine Benkaim
                                                                                                       Arent Fox PLLC                                      Horvitz & Levy LLP                                 Julian Berk*
$10,000-$24,999
                                                Scott H. Dunham, Esq.
                                                                                                       Laurie Bilger                                       Fu-Ti C. Huang                                     Odessa Dubinsky
                                                Clint Eastwood
                                                                                                       Burris & Schoenberg & Walden LLP                    Elaine Smith Irell                                 Jeff and Cathy Fine*
Sara & James Adler                              Epitaph
                                                                                                       Caldwell, Leslie & Proctor, PC                      Janet Jackson                                      Margaret Goetz
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP              First Property Corporation
                                                                                                       Ronald Mark Cohen                                   Judicate West                                      Joseph Goldstein*
American Apparel, Inc.                          Foley & Lardner LLP
                                                                                                       CompassLexecon                                      Sandra Kaye                                        Marlene & Marshall Grossman
Amgen Inc.                                      Folger Levin & Kahn LLP
                                                                                                       DLA Piper Foundation                                David Kekst                                        Kenneth Leach
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP           Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
                                                                                                       Dummit, Buchholz, and Trapp                         Philip Klein, Esq.                                 Irene & Martin Lowy*
Ambassador Frank E. Baxter                      Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
                                                                                                       Loretta Emmel                                       Michael L. Klowden                                 Mary Palevsky*
Bingham McCutchen LLP                           Susan Braunneiss & Marc H. Gamsin
                                                                                                       Fanista                                             Wendy & Stephen A. Kroft, Esq.                     Harriet Perchonok
Sam Birnkrant Foundation                        The David Geffen Foundation
                                                                                                       Foundation of the State Bar of California           The Laemmle Theatres Charitable Fund               Jay Shafer*
Buchalter Nemer                                 Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C.
                                                                                                       FTI Consulting                                      Beth Becker & David A. Lash, Esq.                  S. Chic Wolk
The Capital Group Companies, Inc.               Greenberg Glusker
                                                                                                       Gregory Davis & Company                             Lynda & Stanley W. Levy, Esq.                      * Of blessed memory
Carol & Jerome Coben, Esq.                      Greenberg Traurig LLP
                                                                                                       Sheba & Howard Grobstein                            Marcus Linden
Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods George LLP      Marlene & Marshall B. Grossman, Esq.
                                                                                                       Lois & Richard S. Gunther                           LoBuglio & Sigman                                  The list reflects contributions made
               Edwards Angell Palmer &          Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman LLP                                                                                                                                between September 1, 2007 and May
                                                                                                                                                           Lockton Companies, LLC




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               Dodge LLP                        Leonard Hirshan                                        Kaye Scholer LLP                                                                                       15, 2008. Bet Tzedek regrets any mis-
                                                                                                       Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern, LLP                Michael Mabugat
               Elyssa & Gilad Elbaz             Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.                                                                                                                                        spelling or omissions. If you have been
                                                                                                       L & R Investment Company                            Jessica Madore                                     omitted or your name is misspelled,
               Fox Group                        Howrey LLP
                                                                                                       David Lee                                           Major, Lindsey & Africa                            please contact Matt Scelza, Develop-
               Maury & Lisa Friedman            JAMS
               Janice Gottlieb                                                                         Leopold, Petrich & Smith                            Joshua Malina                                      ment Director, at 323-549-5813 or
                                                Jones Day                                                                                                                                                     mscelza@bettzedek.org.
                                                                                                       Levene, Neale, Bender, Rankin & Brill L.L.P.        Marc Ecko Enterprises
               Goodwin Procter LLP              JPMorgan Capital Corporation
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                         eric M. george                                       Scott Packman                                                                       darryl L. Schall
                         Partner                                              General Counsel                                                                     Tudor Investment Corporation
                         Dreier Stein Kahan Browne                            Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.                                                            Darryl L. Schall is a senior investment profes-
                         Woods George LLP                                     Scott Packman was named the Executive Vice                                          sional at Tudor Investment Corporation, and
      Eric M. George maintains a practice focused                             President, General Counsel, and Secretary of                                        has primary responsibility over the firm’s High
      on complex, frequently high-profile, business                           Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM) in 2005, and                                         Yield and Distressed Debt investments. Prior
      litigation matters.                                                     is responsible for all legal activities for MGM.                                    to joining Tudor, he was a managing direc-
            Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Mr.                                  Before working at MGM, Scott was Gen-                                         tor at Trust Company of the West in a similar
      George served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate                             eral Counsel of entertainment software com-                                         position. Mr. Schall received his undergradu-
      Judiciary Committee and as Deputy Legal                                 pany Creative Planet, Inc., and an attorney at                                      ate degree in History from UCLA and an
      Affairs Secretary to the Governor Pete Wilson.                          O’Melveny & Myers, LLP and Rogers & Wells                                           MBA degree in Finance from the University
      Mr. George also is active in California state                           (now part of Clifford Chance).                                                      of Chicago. He is a former Treasurer and
      and federal judicial selection, has regularly                                 Scott holds a J.D. from New York Univer-                                      board member of the Los Angeles Regional
      been named one of the top 100 California                                sity School of Law as well as an M.B.A. and a                                       Foodbank and currently is a Trustee of the
      Attorneys by the Daily Journal, and has been                            B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the University                                        Harold M. Schulweis Day School at Valley Beth
      recognized by Los Angeles magazine as a                                 of Texas at Austin.                                                                 Shalom.
      “Super Lawyer.”



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Pledges receivable, net                  1,042,742   donated goods & Services                                                6,290,445                  -                 -     6,290,445
                                                                                                                                                                                            residents of Los Angeles.
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Funds Held for others                     131,136    equal Access                                                                             406,608                     -       406,608   bettzedek.org.
deposits and other Assets                  22,327    The Jewish Federation                                                     266,666         40,220                     -       306,885

ToTAL ASSeTS                            $7,570,761   united way                                                                  11,902                 -                 -        11,902

LiABiLiTieS                                          Program income                                                            430,630                  -                 -       430,630

Accounts Payable and Accrued expenses    $248,220    interest income                                                           153,731                  -                 -       153,731

Accrued employee Benefits                 656,786    realized & unrealized gains/(Loss) on investments                         242,412                  -                 -       242,412

deferred Lease incentive                   99,680    Total Support & revenue Before Satisfaction of Program restrictions   $12,464,677        860,701         1,530,250       $14,855,628

Capital Lease obligations                  29,311    Satisfaction of Program restrictions                                      954,775      (954,775)                     -             -

refundable Advances                        30,820    ToTAL SuPPorT & reVeNue                                               $13,419,452        (94,074)        1,530,250       $14,855,628

Funds Held for others                     131,136    eXPeNSeS
ToTAL LiABiLiTieS                       $1,195,952   Program Services                                                       11,043,335                  -                 -    11,043,335

NeT ASSeTS                                           Supporting Services                                                     1,060,612                  -                 -     1,060,612

unrestricted                            $3,112,461   Fundraising                                                               508,742                  -                 -       508,742

Temporarily restricted                    273,934    ToTAL eXPeNSeS                                                        $12,612,689                  -                 -   $12,612,689

Permanently restricted                   2,988,413   increase in Net Assets                                                    806,762        (94,074)        1,530,250         2,242,938




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ToTAL NeT ASSeTS                        $6,374,808   NeT ASSeTS, BegiNNiNg oF yeAr                                          $2,305,699        368,008         1,458,163        $4,131,870

ToTAL LiABiLiTieS & NeT ASSeTS          $7,570,761   NeT ASSeTS, eNd oF yeAr                                                $3,112,461        273,934         2,988,413        $6,374,808
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