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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.

Burbank Temple Emanu El Enjoys Sisterhood Wine Tasting

Members of Burbank Temple Emanu El gathered this past week to enjoy a fine wine and food tasting in the Temple’s social room.

Members Peter Chernak, Glenn Feldman and Miles Kapper. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Members Peter Chernak, Glenn Feldman and Miles Kapper. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The money raised from the wine tasting will go towards future programs of the Temple and other events.

The conservative Temple has been located in Burbank for the past 70 years and has members of all ages. The Temple Nursery School is very popular for those kids that need a preschool.

They will be having a ribbon cutting of their new additions to their nursery school on Wednesday, August 26, and the public is invited.

Mayor Bob Frutos with wife Laura and Nat Rubinfeld with wife Alma. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Bob Frutos with wife Laura and Nat Rubinfeld with wife Alma. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Long time members Arlene Hammer, Phylis Grossmark, Mark Brownstein and Lois Bennett. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Long time members Arlene Hammer, Phylis Grossmark, Mark Brownstein and Lois Bennett. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos and his wife Laura attend along with City Attorney Amy Albano and more than 75 members of the Temple.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Temple Emanu El, Magnolia Park’s Luna Vine Host Cocktails Under The Stars

Burbank Temple Emanu El’s Early Childhood Center hosted a “Cocktails Under the Stars” fundraiser this past Saturday evening. The event was organized by the preschool’s PTA and featured a silent auction of items from local businesses.

Shannan & Nathaniel Vegrow of Vuna Vine donated and co sponsored  the event. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Shannan & Nathaniel Vegrow of Vuna Vine donated and co sponsored the event. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Luna Vine Wine Bar, which opens this fall in Burbank’s Magnolia Park very generously sponsored the event and provided all of the wine and appetizers. Luna Vine’s owner Shannan VerGow, was there pouring the wine herself and spreading the word about the exciting new wine bar in town.  As VerGow states: “Our primary focus will be to find beautiful boutique wines from winemakers around the world and bring them home to Luna Vine. In other words we want to ‘Think Globally and Drink Locally.’ Our chef will be preparing seasonal, farm fresh ingredients sourced from local organic and sustainable farms and farmers markets.”

Enjoying the evening 'Under The Stars" Wine tasting is Danny Rabinovitch, Shirle Yehuda, Leeron Dvir and Gina Segal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Enjoying the evening ‘Under The Stars” Wine tasting is Danny Rabinovitch, Shirle Yehuda, Leeron Dvir and Gina Segal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The monies raised at the event will benefit the Outdoor Playground Project at Burbank Temple Emanu El. The BTEE Early Childhood Center has been re-vamping and upgrading its preschool since new Director Leeron Tal Dvir, started there in November 2011. “Children these days are deprived of experiences in nature. Given the opportunity, they enjoy playing with natural materials such as rocks, sand, and water. Our preschoolers are learning about the world they live in and how to respect it. We hope that by developing the outdoor areas of our school, our students will appreciate their bodies and surroundings by growing their own vegetables and taking care of the garden.”BTEE Wine Tasting -4

Additional sponsors included – Burbank Rentals, Trader Joes, Nature Made, Jelly Bean Factory, Oak Creek Ranch Topanga, Urban Sitter, Glenoaks Pharmacy, Jivita Harris-Casey Jewelry and Warner Bros.

Since 1947, Burbank Temple Emanu El has served the East San Fernando Valley as a vibrant family-friendly Jewish community for all ages. BTEE is an evolving, egalitarian congregation that strives to enhance and enrich Jewish life for its members by upholding the tenets of Conservative Judaism. In addition to Friday night and Saturday morning services, the synagogue runs a preschool that is open to the entire Burbank community, a two-day-a-week religious school that prepares youth for bar and bat mitzvah, confirmation classes, adult education programs and more. For more information, please call 818-845-1734 or visit www.btee.org.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Temple Seeks Gently Used Women’s Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

Burbank Temple Emanu El seeks the community’s help and is looking for donations of gently-used women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Designer labels are encouraged and the temple has already received donations of Coach, Guess, St. John, Tahari, Feragamo, Oleg Cassini, Escada from temple members. Now the temple is asking for the community’s help. Donated items can be dropped off at Burbank Temple Emanu El office located at 1302 No. Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank, CA 91504.

The temple will send a driver in the local community to pick up women’s clothing and accessories after an estate or garage sale, or if a donor is house-bound or there is large amount to be move. All clothing and accessory donations are tax deductible and donor names will be entered in a drawing to win a prize.

“Designer styles are still fashionable the ‘Second Time Around,’” says Joan Kagen, “So while we want gently used women’s items, we are really seeking those designer labels that people will show up for.”

The community is also invited to Burbank Temple Emanu El’s first ever Second Time Around High End Boutique, slated for Sunday, May 6th from 9 am to 3 pm, in the temple social hall.

Sales from the Second Time Around Boutique will help support temple programs and Burbank affiliations. Unsold professional attire will be donated to Dress for Success, a Los Angeles philanthropy outfitting business attire to women returning to the workforce.

Other unsold items will be donated to the Discovery Cancer store in Burbank. The Burbank Temple Emanu El Sisterhood committee putting on this community-wide event, include: Tobi Lippman, Philleen Meskin, Esther Kastan, Ruth Bader, Joyce Feinsibur, Laura Snow and Joan Kagan.

For more information on the Second Time Around Upscale Boutique, contact Laura Snow at 818-307-0271 or laurasnow@protectarps.com, or the BTEE office at 818-845-1734.