(PRWEB) April 21, 2011
On May 18, 2011 Mr. Boris Gorbis, a veteran consumer law attorney in Beverly Hills, will be handed a prestigious Outstanding Community Service Award by the WeHo Russian Advisory Board. The annual award is given to individuals "who devoted extraordinary amount of time and energy to making a difference in the lives of West Hollywood community members."
The 61 year old Odessa (Ukraine) native and UC Berkeley law graduate is well known for his pro-bono work as a trusted advisor, spokesperson and activist of the Russian-speaking community in California. However, Mr. Gorbis will be also recognized for his role as a founder of a unique and in many ways paradoxical institution - the America-Israel Museum, located (of all places) in the Larry Flynt Productions building at Wilshire and LaCienega Blvds., in Beverly Hills.
Mr. Gorbis singlehandedly created the AM-IS Museum to collect, preserve and exhibit evidence of a "love affair" between America and Israel in the pivotal periods of the 20th Century. There is no other institution in the US or Israel with a mission to honor bonds between Americans (Christians and Jews) and Israelis; between the land of the free and the land of return.
The Museum houses "actual umbilicals" -- tens of thousands of documents, photographs, letters and artifacts from the early 1900's to mid 70's. A poorly kept secret, it occupies half of the mezzanine floor provided by Mr. & Mrs. Flynt at a nominal rent and is visited by hundreds of locals and guests from Israel, US and abroad (a 24 hour appointment is requested).
The award is also a recognition of the Russian-speaking community growing beyond its émigré agenda and taking bold steps towards asserting itself as a voice in the civic and Jewish affairs in the Greater Los Angeles area.
The awards ceremony and reception will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 6 pm at the Crystal Restaurant at 7901 Santa Monica Blvd (2d floor) in West Hollywood, Ca, 90046. Over 200 people are expected to mix with local, state and nationally elected officials, community leaders and luminaries and feast on hors d'oeuvres and samplings of Russian food. For additional information, please contact Tatiana Rodzinek WeHo Outreach Coordinator at 323-848-6826. Email: trodzinek(at)weho(dot)org