Irvine’s Tarbut V’Torah Day School honored top volunteers, Newport Beach’s Sam Wyman and Laguna Beach’s Lou Weiss, during its annual fundraising event.
Weiss, a long-time Laguna resident, played a role in founding two local Jewish institutions. He was a founding member of Chabad of Laguna and Tarbut V’Torah was founded in memory of his first wife, Naomi Gelman Weiss, who died at age 38 after battling cancer.
Weiss served two years as president of the Jewish Federation of Orange County and 30 years on its board. For the past eight years, he has served as executive director of Dana Point’s Longevity, which screens for heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Wyman, who grew up in Huntington Beach, co-founded Wolfe & Wyman LLP, whose 45 attorneys focus on litigation and dispute resolution in four states. Wyman serves on the TVT board and the OC Jewish Federation executive committee.
Both Wyman and Weiss children have been enrolled at the campus, the county’s only K-12 Jewish day school.
The celebration at Newport Lexus raised nearly $500,000 for scholarships and to enhance school programs.
Additionally, local businesses stepped in to donate more than 50 auction items, including the Laguna Art Museum and Laguna’s Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen.
Photo courtesy of Marc Weisberg Photography