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Burbank Human Relations Council Invites Community to MLK Breakfast

Burbank Human Relations Council (HRC)  invites the community to come to a casual MLK Holiday BREAKFAST. Cost is $10 per person – pay at the door.

We hope you will drop in ANYTIME between 8:30 am and noon for a cooked to order breakfast.

At the top of every hour, we will feature tributes to Dr. King and the ideals of “I Have a Dream” by Burbank students, and the local and talented quartet – “Grace”. Special greetings by Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.

Thank you to the VFW 8310 The Gudgeon located at 1006 W Magnolia Blvd for hosting us all in their hall. Pick up a free “TOGETHERHOOD” themed yard sign at the event.

Burbank Human Relations Council Receives John Anson Ford Human Relations Award

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Fifth District, presented the Burbank Human Relations Council (BHRC) with the John Anson Ford Human Relations Award on behalf of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Accepting the Award to the Board of Supervisors ceremonies was Burbank Human Relations President Mike Chapman and members of the BHRC Board including Janet Diel, Marsha Ramos and City Councilmember Tim Murphy along with Burbank Police Department representatives,Detective Paul Voorhis, Jr. and Captain Eric Deroian.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Relations Council)

BHRC is celebrating its 60th anniversary of bringing “Togetherhood” to their community. BHRC uses several vehicles to reach the goal of “Building Togetherhood,” including a variety of educational programs, such as intergroup dialogue, forums and presentations and advocacy for equality.

They also work with the Burbank Police Department in monitoring hate crime and incident activity and in offering support to victims of hate incidents and crimes.

When potential hate crimes and hate incidences are identified, one response of the police department is to give the victim(s) the Burbank Human Relations Council contact information. Additionally, if the victim requests to be contacted, a representative follows through with support and/or referrals to counseling and support organizations such as the Family Service Agency of Burbank.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Human Relations Council)

The importance of having an open line of communication is paramount to any success toward resolving issues, explained Ramos. The relationship between the Burbank Human Relations Council and the Burbank Police Department is an important marker that benefits the victim of a hate crime incidence in a time of need, as well as for the broader community.

The Burbank Human Relations Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting an environment that is open and accepting of every person without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or age. Interested community members are invited to join BHRC, please go to the website at www.BurbankHumanRelationsCouncil.org  for more information.

Burbank Human Relations Council Presents “A Christian, Muslim And Jew: In Conversation”

The Burbank Human Relations Council presented an interfaith forum, “A Christian, Muslim and Jew: In Conversation” on Sunday, July 29, at Woodbury University. In a room full to capacity, over 100 members of the community gathered for dinner and some dialogue.

In attendance were communities and faith leaders and public officials, including Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice Mayor Sharon Springer, City Manager Ron Davis and Burbank School Board President, Dr. Roberta Reynolds.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The vision and guiding principles of the event were reviewed by David Meyerhof, chairperson for the forum and member of the Burbank Human Relations Council.

“Fifty-five percent of the world’s people – or four billion people – are Christians, Muslims or Jews,” said Meyerhof. “Understanding each other and having a willingness to work with each other, regardless of what you believe, is a skill that could have unimaginable power in regards to the fate of humanity.”

A panel of three faith representatives was moderated by longtime Burbank Human Relations Councilmember, Marsha Ramos.

Rabbi John Carrier (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The panel of Rabbi John Carrier, Brother Daniel Amin Colman, and Reverend Jose Poch have been meeting over the past year, and for the first time publicly exchanged questions and answers with one another.

The exchange offered an opportunity to witness deep thoughtful dialogue. Each representative expressed their own firmly held conviction, yet all modeling a willingness to understand and listen to the other. The conversation offered clarification and further understanding of the tenets of the respective faith traditions.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The audience was presented with an opportunity to ask questions that had a broad range of inquiry, from theological specifics to the role of love as reflected in their own faith and in service to the community.

Burbank Human Relations President Mike Chapman expressed to gratitude to the event sponsors Woodbury University, Los Angeles County  Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Family Service Agency of Burbank, St. David’s Anglican Church, Islamic Society of West Valley, Rabbi John Carrier, The Spratt Family and Warner Brothers Entertainment.

“It is possible to maintain individual perspectives, while at the same time being able to reach out, shake hands, and work with a community of people from different backgrounds; this is what the Burbank Human Relations Council calls ‘togetherhood,’” concluded Chapman.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

This year the Burbank Human Relations Council is celebrating 60 years of building ‘togetherhood’ in the community and is planning for more opportunities to bring the community together in celebration and for further connectedness.


A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim in Conversation

The program will include a discussion among individuals from each faith noted (Father Jose Poch, Rabbi John Carrier, and Brother Daniel Coleman), and will be open to the general public. The focus will be on having a civil discourse among the 3 faiths. After the 3 speak among themselves, there will be an audience Q&A period, followed by a meal so that attendees can break bread and dialogue together.

Barney Meskin, Burbank Human Relations Council Founder Passes Away

Long Time Burbank resident Barney Meskin passed away peacefully earlier this week. He was 95.

Born in Lithuania, he came to the US at the age of 7. He was a regular at Joslyn Adult Center where he ran a Senior Support Group

Meskin served in the US Navy during WWII, stationed in Hawaii.  In 1948, he married June Miller, the woman who “makes my world go ‘round,” and  moved to Burbank.

Barney Meskin

A successful entrepreneur, Meskin operated several hotels and pool halls and was also active at Burbank Temple Emanu El where he served in many capacities.

He contributed not only money but time and energy to many charitable causes. Known for his great sense of humor, he was loved and respected for his lifetime commitment to bettering the lives of people around him.

He is survived by his loving wife June, children Janet, Philleen & Harry, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held February 8, at 12:30 pm at Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Forest Lawn Dr.