Honoring Bruce and Toni Corwin
Bruce C. Corwin is the Chairman and CEO of Los Angeles based Metropolitan Theaters Corporation, a privately held company Owned by the Corwin family since 1923. In the mid-1960s, Metropolitan was among the first exhibition circuits in the nation to venture into a Spanish language film policy, both in subtitle form for American movies and in Spanish for Mexican produced films. In September 2003, the Company formed Metro/Rocky Mountain Cinemas and Resort Cinemas of Whistler which operate state-of-the-art cinemas in ski resort areas of the Western United States and Canada.
The Corwin family’s participation in public affairs and civic and charitable projects is well-established in Los Angeles and beyond. Metropolitan fosters local relationships in the communities in which it operates. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, there are Corwin awards for screen writing and play writing and dance and music composition. There is also continuing support for gifted music students through the Los Angeles Music Center Unified Fund.
Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of the LA Children’s Museum and believed in the future of Discovery Cube LA. His tenacity and “never give up” attitude is infectious.
One of Los Angeles’ outstanding community leaders, energetic and capable Toni Corwin has served many educational, cultural, religious and political activities. She joined with her husband Bruce in founding the Los Angeles Children’s Museum in 1979. This unique institution, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, has brought delight and enrichment to the lives of the nearly two million children of all backgrounds who have visited the museum. Corwin also coordinated the Los Angeles Music Center’s “Mercado” dinner and auction in both 1984 and 1986, served as vice president of the American Jewish Committee and Temple Emanuel and has been a member of the board of the Beverly Hills Educational Foundation. She has played a major role in the successful election campaigns of several candidates for city and congressional offices. Corwin has been an active leader of the Variety Clubs of Southern California, which have given generously to children’s medical programs at UCLA. Both Corwin are trustees of The UCLA Foundation and members of several UCLA support groups.
Bashar Masri founded Massar International in 1994 to spur Palestinian economic growth through targeted private sector initiatives and entrepreneurship. After completing his B.S in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech and a successful early career in the US, the UK and Saudi Arabia, the Nablus native returned to Palestine to fulfill his life’s ambition to help chart a course towards economic stability in his homeland.
The City of Rawabi, Palestine’s first master-planned community, is the most recent testament to Masri’s long track record of business achievement in Palestine. Since its groundbreaking in 2008, the city’s progress has come to embody national aspirations towards statehood and prosperity. Built by Palestinians, for Palestinians, Rawabi is the largest undertaking in the country’s history. When fully built, Rawabi will be home to more than 40,000 people and will have created more than 8,000 permanent jobs; a significant step towards Masri’s goal of sustainable economic growth in Palestine.
Masri serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PSE: PADICO), is a member of the Board of Trustees of An-Najah National University and also serves on the Deans’ Council of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government.
Jeremy Ben-Ami is the President of J Street, bringing to the role both deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel. Ben-Ami’s family connection to Israel goes back 130 years to the first aliyah when his great-grandparents were among the first settlers in Petah Tikva. His grandparents were one of the founding families of Tel Aviv, and his father was an activist and leader in the Irgun, working for Israel’s independence and on the rescue of European Jews before and during World War II.
His political resume includes serving in the mid-1990s as the Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor in the White House to President Bill Clinton and working on seven Presidential and numerous state and local campaigns. He was Howard Dean’s National Policy Director in 2004 and helped manage a Mayoral campaign in New York City in 2001. For nearly three years in the late 90s, Jeremy lived in Israel, where he started a consulting firm working with Israeli non-profit organizations and politicians. He was chosen by America’s weekly Jewish newspaper, the Forward, for three years as part of the Forward 50, their compilation of the most influential Jewish Americans. He was one of 50 “People of the Decade” selected by Ha’aretz, the influential Israeli daily newspaper, and the Jerusalem Post included him in its list of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the world. Ben-Ami received a law degree from New York University and is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Relations at Princeton University.