Meet Anita Brenner, a 2014 Jewish American Heritage Month nominee
Organization/Business: Torres & Brenner
"I nominate Anita for her passion and energy in supporting cancer relief and veteran issues." Rabbi Doborah Silver, Adat Ari El (nominator)
- An attorney who serves on the LA County Bar Armed Forces and Amicus Committees. She is an advocate for veterans and wrote an amicus brief for the LA County Bar in the Windsor case, focusing on how DOMA hurts servicemembers since the repeat of DADT.
- Served on the Board of Directors, Adat Ari El, and is a past member of the BODs for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Pasadena All Saints Children's Center and the La Canada Youth Council. Volunteers at Adat Ari El as an occasional usher, greeter, and junior gabbai.
- Serves on the City of Pasadena Marines Citizens Support Group and on its Veterans Day Committee.
- Helped start the Adat Ari El Veterans Issues Committee and helps organize the Operation Gratitude event on Mitzvah Day every year with her husband, Len Torres
- Helped the USNA graduates of the Class of 2002 publish and publicize their book, In the Shadow of Greatness as well as co-authoring a chapter. The book made the LA Times Bestseller list and author royalties go to veterans nonprofits.
- The Torres Golf Tournament and other events in memory of Anita and Leonard's son, Andrew, have raised over $400,000 for cancer research. This year, Team Torres will run along with "Miss Audrey Hepburn," the surviving canine companion of 2LT Andrew Torres, USMC, in "Bark for Life" to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life program.