Teaming up for a groovy gala


The Long Beach Historical Society is set to host a nostalgic blast from the past with its “Woodstock Revisited Gala” at Temple Emanu-El on Saturday, March 9.

The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and promises an evening of food, groovy music and more, all in support of preserving the rich history of Long Beach.

“There’s a lot of synergy between our two organizations,” Rabbi Jack Zanerhaft of Temple Emanu-El said. “We’ve hosted Historical Society events before, and there might be some members of the congregation who are involved at the Historical Society, maybe even on their board. So there’s a lot of cross-communication between the two entities. The Jewish people have always been honoring and acknowledging history and so the Historical Society honors our past and tries to keep those traditions and memories alive. And so, it’s a nice way for the temple to be involved in the community, and for two organizations to work together for common causes. "

As Zanerhaft emphasized, the partnership between Temple Emanu-El and the Long Beach Historical Society goes beyond simply providing space for events.

“We like to see ourselves as more than just a landlord hosting a venue,” Zanerhaft said. “We really are supportive of each other in many ways, and this is just one way of continuing the relationship.”

The Woodstock Revisited Gala offers attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, with encouragement to dress in period pieces and evoke the spirit of the event.

“The theme is Woodstock Revisited, so they’re having a band that will be covering songs from the Woodstock Festival era,” Zanerhaft said. “It’s very fun, festive, and all for a good cause.”

With a lineup of nostalgic tunes, a dinner and an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1960s, the gala aims to not only raise vital funds for the Long Beach Historical Society but also to celebrate the shared history and spirit of the community.

Tickets for the gala are available for purchase, with all proceeds going directly to the Long Beach Historical Society’s endeavors in archiving, education and community outreach.

For more information and to purchase tickets, interested people can visit the Long Beach Historical Society website or contact the society directly.

“We look forward to the Long Beach Historical Society holding their annual gala at Temple Emanu-El, for the second consecutive year,” Temple Emanu-El Board President Yvette Oppenheim, said. “We have worked with Jeanne Brown and her board of trustees to carefully plan the event. Their creativity and great taste transform our newly renovated Ballroom into an elegant event, that will be enjoyed tremendously by all. We are so proud to align with this wonderful organization that is so important to the city of Long Beach.”

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to step back in time and support a worthy cause at the Woodstock Revisited Gala next month.