Creative Zionist Coalition Celebrated Modern Day Heroes
at Hotel Shangri La on February 24, 2013
(L to R): Paul Schnee, ZOA-LA Chapter President; Honorees Pamela Geller and Steve Goldberg; CZC Founder Orit Arfa/Madonna; and Honoree Robert Spencer

"And the Jews enjoyed light and gladness, joy and honor."

Yes, that was the feeling at Hotel Shangri La as it literally rolled out the red carpet for the Creative Zionist Coalition and its esteemed honorees: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Steve Goldberg. They were the real winners on Oscar night. They don't just play heroes onscreen. They ARE heroes, fighting the forces of evil (Islamic supremacism) and defending the good (individual freedom, Israel and the US).

About 100 people came on Oscar night to celebrate Zionist and Jewish identity. It was a true reversal of fortune, in true Purim fashion. At a hotel where Jews were once spurned, they were celebrated on the hotel's dime. As Jew-hatred is on the rise in the world, this Purim party demonstrates that when Jews stand up for their interests, they can turn Jew-hatred on its head!

Below are pictures from the event and video coverage, including the acceptance speeches of our honorees (Mahmoud Abbas, the "Haman" awardee, included), a performance by Madonna, and the results of our Keter Awards for Israeli Advocacy.

To read more about the party, check out these articles (with a few more to come):

Zionists to Honor Anti-Islam Activists at Hotel Shangri La, by Jonah Lowenfeld, Jewish Journal

Celebrating on Haman's Tab, Meir Doron, Israeli Life USA (Hebrew)

Even Madonna Showed-up...Kind Of, LiAna Baruch, Israeli Life USA (Hebrew)
Pamela Geller Accepts the "Queen Esther Award for Jewish Heroism"
Pamela Geller Accepts
Pamela Geller Accepts "Queen Esther Award for Jewish Heroism"
Pamela Geller is the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, author of The Post American President, The Obama Administration's War on America and Stop the Islamization of
America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She also publishes the popular and informative website She has often appeared on national television and led the opposition to the
construction of the Mosque at Ground Zero.

Most recently she gained national attention with the anti-Jihad advertisements she placed on the N.Y. Metro, and on the sides of buses in N.Y., San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago which declared: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage support the civilized man....Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
Robert Spencer Accepts the "Shushan Award for Righteous Gentile"
Robert Spencer Accepts
Robert Spencer Accepts "Shushan Award for Righteous Gentile"

A tireless advocate of Israel and the Jewish people Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times best sellers, The Politically Correct Guide to Islam and the Crusades and The Truth About Mohammed. His latest book, available at fine book stores everywhere, is Did Muhammed Exist?
Steve Goldberg Accepts the "Mordecai Award for Jewish Heroism"
Steve Goldberg Accepts
Steve Goldberg Accepts "Mordecai Award for Jewish Heroism"

Steve Goldberg serves as the National Vice-Chairman of the ZOA. He acquired his law degree from New York University and specializes in commercial litigation. He has represented various Jewish organizations and activists in civil rights matters. He serves on the Executive Board of World Likud and the World Zionist Organization. He has delivered presentations on Middle East politics as a guest speaker, panelist and debater for a variety of organizations, schools and synagogues including Adat Ariel, Ariel University, Chabad, Hadassah, the Jewish Federations of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Nixon Library, the Pacific Jewish Center, Sha'arei Tefilla and UC Fullerton amongst others. His articles on foreign policy have appeared in the Jerusalem Post and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Accepts via Satellite the
Haman Award for Jew Hating Villainy
PA President Mahmoud Abbas Accepts Haman Award for Jew-Hating Villainy
PA President Mahmoud Abbas Accepts Haman Award for Jew-Hating Villainy

Madonna Performs Her New Hit "Jewish Star"
Madonna Sings
Madonna Sings "Jewish Star" at CZC Purim Ball
(footage taken by fan in audience)

The Set
Photos by Michelle Gossman
Our view from the rooftop terrace

Where the Jews raised the Israeli flag on Purim in victory over antisemitism 

A view of the pool where the Jews were kicked out

Some of the best Purim costumes

The planners, presenters and honorees
"Esther's Maidens" (The Party Planners, L to R): Tricia Aven, Orit Arfa (Madonna), Sigal Walder, Lara Berman, and Jessica Felber
Check it out: A Muslim owned hotel rolls out the red carpet for Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller

Paul Schnee introduces the honorees
Robert Spencer
Steve Goldberg
Pamela Geller
Lara Berman presents the Keter Awards
Drinking, mingling, learning, and dancing!


And the Winners of the
2013 Annual Keter (Crown) Awards
for Israel Advocacy Are....

Check out the winners and nominees through this special awards presentation:

The Winners of the 2013 Keter Awards for Israel Advocacy by the Creative Zionist Coalition
The Winners of the 2013 Keter Awards for Israel Advocacy by the Creative Zionist Coalition

Best Expository Video
The Truth About the West Bank with Danny Ayalon, StandWithUs
Best Musical Parody
"Raise Your Glass," Maccabeats Purim Song

Best Original Song
"I Believe" by Joshua Waller    

Most Subtly Anti-Zionist or Anti-Semitic Film or TV Series
5 Broken Cameras     
Most Heroic and Inspiring Hollywood Film or TV Series

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The mission of Creative Zionist Coalition (CZC) is to inspire a contemporary Zionist renaissance. CZC is dedicated to exploring and advancing new ideas that respond to Israel's current challenges. Through innovative programming, literature, the arts, community organizing, CZC works to raise awareness of the meaning and relevance of Zionism today, to encourage aliyah to Israel, to combat anti-Semitism as expressed through anti-Zionism, and to create a broad coalition of Zionists to defend Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.

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