Friends of Sheba Medical Center Raises Awareness for Mental Health at Second Annual West San Fernando Valley Women’s Community Luncheon

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On August 29th, Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer hosted its second annual Women’s Community Luncheon in Woodland Hills. The sold-out event benefitted mental health services at Sheba Medical Center.

2019 Women's Community Luncheon Committee

I am thrilled that so many women in our community attended this meaningful luncheon to show their support for the mental health services at Sheba Medical Center.

On Thursday, August 29th, Friends of Sheba Medical Center hosted its second annual Women’s Community Luncheon at Woodland Hills Country Club. The luncheon brought together the West San Fernando Valley community to support Israel and challenge outdated views and the life-limiting stigmas attached to mental illness. The event was held in loving memory of David Shakiban.

Over 250 guests attended the sold-out event, led by Mistress of Ceremonies Jill Simonian, an author and media personality on parenting segments known on-air and online as The FAB Mom.

The luncheon featured a keynote presentation by Prof. Mark Weiser, Head of the Division of Psychiatry at Sheba Medical Center. Prof. Weiser declared that funds raised at the luncheon will directly support the launch of Sheba’s at home nursing program and implementation of telemedicine for the treatment of patients with mental illness.

Dr. Susan Bookheimer, a clinical neuropsychologist and professor-in-residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Psychology, was honored at the luncheon. Dr. Bookheimer specializes in functional brain imaging with PET and functional MRI. Her work centers on the organization of language and memory in the brain, both in healthy adults and children, and in neurologic conditions and developmental disorders.

“I am thrilled that so many women in our community attended this meaningful luncheon to show their support for the mental health services at Sheba Medical Center,” said Luncheon Chair Lisa Golshani. “Prof. Weiser’s insightful presentation on mental health really resonated with many in the audience.”

The luncheon committee included Kharen Kloeffler-Bernstein, Neda Broomand, Stephanie Levaton-Cobos, Danielle Cohen, Dr. Judith Friedman, Nicole Ghajar, Ella Kryger, Shannon Massachi, Denise Noyer-Erez, Alisa Reisman Vorobiof, Yael Rubin, Stacy Shakiban, Shauna Shapiro Jackson, Ophelia Soumekh, Tammy Stavinsky and DeeDee Sussman.

Recently named one of the “Top 10 Best Hospitals in the World” by Newsweek Magazine, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the entire Middle East.

Photo Caption from L-R: DeeDee Sussman, Dr. Judith Friedman, Nicole Ghajar, Stacy Shakiban, Lisa Golshani, Shauna Shapiro Jackson, Stephanie Levaton-Cobos, Danielle Cohen, Neda Broomand, Denise Noyer-Erez, Ophelia Soumekh, Kharen Kloeffler Bernstein, Ella Kryger, Yael Rubin, Shannon Massachi, Alisa Reisman Vorobiof and Tammy Stavinsky (not pictured).

About Friends of Sheba Medical Center

Friends of Sheba Medical Center is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and philanthropic support for Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Friends of Sheba Medical Center is dedicated to raising awareness and philanthropic support for Sheba Medical Center’s compassionate clinical care, cutting-edge research and comprehensive educational training. To learn more, please visit: http://www.friendsofsheba.org.

About Sheba Medical Center

Born together with Israel in 1948, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the entire Middle East. Sheba is the only medical center in Israel that combines an acute care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and it is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research and education. As a university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, it welcomes people from all over the world indiscriminately. For more information, visit: https://eng.sheba.co.il/.

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