Anaheim Student First Woman to Head Conservative Jewish Youth Program

Hilary Buff, 17, of Anaheim, an active youth leader at Anaheim’s Temple Beth Emet and a Loara High School senior, is the first female student to be elected international president of the United Synagogue of America Youth Program.

The group, organized nearly half a century ago, is made up of 25,000 Conservative Jewish teen-agers from the United States, Canada, Israel and England.

“I was shocked and absolutely ecstatic,” said Buff after her recent election at the group’s annual conference in Washington.

She plans to spend the summer in Israel working with teen-age pilgrims from around the world.


Before that, she said, she will travel to the Soviet Union to meet with “refuseniks,” Soviet citizens who are not allowed to practice Judaism openly and are denied permission to emigrate because of their religious affiliation.

A $5,000 grant has been presented by National Childrens Foundation to Safe Place, an outreach program at Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos, a temporary refuge for runaway teen-agers and young people in crisis. The money will be used to continue the expansion of the shelter’s volunteer outreach training program.

Dr. Jack L. Hagadorn of Newport Beach has been named by Gov. George Deukmejian to the Orange County Medical Quality Review Committee of the State Board of Medical Quality Assurance. The committee, made up mainly of physicians, reviews medical care in communities as well as consumer complaints regarding diagnosis and treatment.

Marcia Milchiker of Laguna Hills is the new president of the California Elected Women’s Assn. for Education and Research, the only interjurisdictional association of elected women in California. It is also the oldest and largest group of elected women officials in the country. Milchiker is a Saddleback Community College District trustee.


Keith E. Babuszcza, 13, of Yorba Linda, Kevin Olson, 13, of Anaheim and David Parks, 15, of Seal Beach attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

For his international contributions to the social studies of computerization in the last 15 years, Rob Kling, professor of information and computer science at UC Irvine, was awarded a doctor honoria causa by the Free University of Brussels.

The presidents of Senegal and Portugal and seven internationally known researchers, including 1987 Nobel Prize-winning chemist Jean-Marie Lehn, were similarly honored.

Kling lives in Irvine.


Cook apprentices John Davis, Philip Malone and Carl Chamberlain, students in the Orange Coast College culinary arts department, each won $500 scholarships from the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute. The Costa Mesa college’s culinary department, headed by chef Robin Hood, is the only school in the 14 Western states that is accredited by the institute.

Retired since June, former Fullerton School District administrator Jane Yarbrough of Anaheim was selected the 1987 Honorary Service Award recipient by the California Media and Library Educators Assn.

Joan E. Primm of Villa Park, program director of Art in Education at the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach, was presented the 1987 Douc Langer Award by the California Art Education Assn. She was honored for her outstanding achievement in curriculum design and for developing outstanding programs in education.

Primm, former curator of education at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, earlier this year was presented the National Education Assn.'s prestigious Museum Educator of the Year award.


Submit items to Three Cheers, Los Angeles Times, c/o Herbert J. Vida, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa 92626.