2017-05-25 / Faith

Chabad gala to honor Mayor Weber

Denis Weber Denis Weber Agoura Hills Mayor Denis Weber will be the guest of honor at the Chabad of the Conejo’s annual gala banquet Sun., June 11 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Billed as a Celebration of Leaders, Heroes and Lamplighters, the program will present entertainment and inspiration in tribute to the six-term mayor and longest-serving City Council member.

Weber was elected to the Agoura council in 1993.

Rabbi Moshe Bryski of Chabad recalls meeting Weber for the first time in 1993.

“It began as we were standing together in the bucket of a cherrypicker, hoisted 25 feet in the air to kindle the lights atop the huge menorah at the city mall,” Bryski said. “We’ve been soul brothers ever since, sharing our visions for this region and doing our utmost to bring them to fruition, each within our own respective forums and arenas of influence.”

Weber’s interest in public service began in 1987 shortly after he and his wife, Laurie, moved from Oak Park to Morrison Ranch Estates in Agoura Hills.

Growing up on a ranch in Arizona as a horseman and outdoorsman, Weber gravitated to the open spaces and mountain terrain of Agoura Hills. He has been a longtime advocate for the local equestrian community.

“My dad loves cowboys and the cowboy code,” said Weber’s son, Chris. “The three sources always quoted in our house were God, Ronald Reagan and John Wayne.”

Father and son have taken numerous horseback rides through Chesebro and Palo Comado canyons.

Weber has been the manager of several large banks, including Security Pacific and First Interstate and City National. He is a former president of the Morrison Ranch Homeowner’s Association. He now serves as the senior vice president of Commercial Banking for California United Bank of the Conejo Valley.

“When I knock on a door, I usually have no idea who will be on the other side of it or what their situation may be,” Weber said. “All I do know is that I have around 30 seconds to establish a sense of trust and connection so that we can take our conversation to the next level, much like at the bank when I meet a new client or prospect.”

Weber’s youth leadership includes involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Conejo Valley for the past 15 years. Previously, he was commanding officer of the local Naval Sea Cadets, a program that provides young men and women a taste of military life, and was a scout leader for the local chapter of Boy Scouts for 12 years, during which time his son Chris become an Eagle Scout.

“In so many instances over the past two-plus decades, Denis Weber has been there as a valued adviser, advocate and facilitator in advancing the educational and social service programs of Chabad of the Conejo, especially the Friendship Circle for children with special needs,” Bryski said.

“The upcoming gala will be an opportunity for people from across the personal, religious, communal, business and political spectrum to demonstrate our love, appreciation and admiration for this outstanding civil servant and remarkable human being.”

Also at the event a Champion of the Spirit Award will be presented to Isabelle Szneer as a posthumous tribute to her husband, Cantor Leopold Szneer. He was a Holocaust survivor who lifted the spirits of his fellow prisoners while in the concentration camps and became an inspirational figure in Los Angeles and Westlake Village.

Chabad operates programs for to the Jewish community, such as afternoon Hebrew elementary and high-schools, youth programs, adult education, synagogue services, Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations and outreach projects as well as nonsectarian programs, including a food bank for the needy and indigent, Sunshine Club for seniors, Friendship Circle for children with special needs, and chaplaincy programs at hospitals and Lompoc Prison.

For information about the June 11 gala, call (818) 991-0991 or visit www.chabadgala.com.

Acorn staff report

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