Beit T’Shuvah Gala
Russell + Meryl Kern, T’Shuvah Award Recipients
Russell and Meryl Kern, T’Shuvah Award recipients, share a long history with Beit T’Shuvah that began when Meryl’s daughter needed help and they immersed themselves in the community. They both share a passion for giving back and helping others and have held key leadership roles within the organization. Russell just completed a two-year term as Board Chair, and Meryl has served in a variety of positions including the Gala co-chair for three consecutive years as well as her continued involvement on the Circle of Majesty committee. A marketing guru by profession and the founder of KERN, an Omnicom Agency, Russell was responsible for the inception of Creative Matters, Beit T’Shuvah’s full-service creative agency. Meryl who worked in advertising served as a mentor and helped to generate new business for the agency. Today, Creative Matters continues to thrive with an impressive client list and remains a source of great pride for the Kerns. Between them, Russell and Meryl have five children, and four grandchildren. It is with tremendous pride that we honor Russell and Meryl for their innumerable contributions to the Beit T’Shuvah community. They are an extraordinary couple whose passionate leadership has literally saved lives and enabled so many to begin anew.
Brad Wiseman, Harriet Award Recipient
Brad Wiseman is the recipient of the Harriet Award. His father Hal Wiseman, of blessed memory, was the recipient of the same award in 2005. Just like his father, Brad is a dedicated Beit T’Shuvah Board member who is proud to carry on his father’s legacy with the BTS Thrift Store. Hal had the original vision to create a thrift store and helped secure the property in 2001. Considered one of the best thrift shops in Los Angeles, the store is a significant source of revenue for Beit T’Shuvah, and provides opportunities for residents to gain valuable work experience. Brad continues to play an active role in the thrift store and is instrumental to the store’s continued success. Brad is the Managing Partner at Pinnacle Estate Properties Inc. in Calabasas. He is married to Dolly Wiseman, and together they have five children, and two grandchildren. It is with great pleasure that we honor Brad for his enduring commitment to Beit T’Shuvah. His involvement in the BTS Thrift Store both as a mentor and a businessman has not only transformed lives but has significantly contributed to the financial well-being of the organization. We could not be more grateful.