WED | NOV 3 | IN PERSON
Join us in person at the Alpert JCC on Wednesday, November 3rd for an evening celebrating Jewish film & media!
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend.
VIP RECEPTION | 6 PM
Sponsors and Festival Pass Holders are welcome to enjoy a dessert reception and live music from the Jazz Angels before the film.
FILM SCREENING: MRS. G | 7 PM
Followed by Guest Speaker Wendy Manasse
Tickets: $18 | Members pay $15
TICKET SALES COMING SOON
OPENING NIGHT SCREENING
DIRECTED BY DALIT KIMOR
Mrs. Lea Gottlieb is the legendary designer, founder and owner of the Gottex swimwear empire. The film follows her complex relationships with her two daughters, and her unbridled passion, for which she paid a heavy price.
Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
Is a BFA graduate in Fashion Design of Stephens College, Columbia MO, who uses her career experiences and network to further her work as a fundraiser, philanthropist and student mentor/cheerleader.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she started her career in ready-to wear, however,
women’s swimwear was where she made her mark: first, at Jantzen in Portland, OR and next at Catalina in Los Angeles (later part of Authentic Fitness). Her titles included Designer, Merchandiser and ultimately President of Design & Development. She has worked with Anne Cole, Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren and retailers from Bergdorf Goodman to Walmart.
Her career gave her the opportunity to travel the world extensively for research and sourcing. Following 23 years of corporate life, consulting and free-lance jobs in the swimwear industry, she founded and designed Quenchwear, a women’s apparel company produced in Los Angeles, for almost a decade.
Wendy is currently fulfilling her next stage in life by “giving back.” She is deeply connected to the CSULB fashion department: as a regular speaker to the CSULB Fashion Merchandising students; co-creator of a bi-annual fashion symposium with industry professionals; and provides 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions every semester to students regarding internships, jobs, resumes, etc. She and her husband are also CSULB 49ers. She is a speaker, critic and advisory board member for the Fashion Department at Long Beach City College. Wendy was on the Board of
Directors at Jewish Family & Children’s Service Long Beach where, for the past seven years she created and underwrote “RUNWAY: the beauty of helping others,” a fashion show fundraiser benefiting JFCS. In addition, she has played a part in many events and fundraisers in
In Spring 2021, she joined the CSULB Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum as an advisory board member and is a co-chair of CSULB Arts Fest ’22: Together, a semester long festival promoting The College of the Arts to the reopened campus and the community.
Wendy resides in Long Beach with her husband David Wiese. They have two children, Alexa and Brett, both currently living and working in New York City.