Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

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Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is an author, community leader,[1] philanthropist,[2] lawyer, and former television executive. Her memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, was published in 2009 by Harper Collins.[3] She frequently moderates panel discussions and publicly speaks on topics related to human rights and policy reform.[4]


Gilbert-Lurie is the author of Bending Toward the Sun,[5] a memoir[6] written with her mother,[7][8] chronicling her mother's experience in The Holocaust, and the inter-generational transmission of trauma. She has spoken at middle schools,[9] high schools,[10] colleges, universities,[11] churches[12] and synagogues about her book, the holocaust, and its implications for the world today.

Gilbert-Lurie spent her early career at NBC.[13] where she oversaw NBC Productions and the comedy division, co-wrote television episodes, and co-founded an in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits productions.[14][15] Afterward, she consulted for USA Network and Disney Television. Previously, as a lawyer, Gilbert-Lurie worked briefly at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney, and she served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk for Judge Harry Pregerson.[16] While at UCLA, she was the Student Regent, on the Board of Regents of the University of California (1980-1981).

Advocacy and community leadership[edit]

Gilbert-Lurie is a human rights and children's rights advocate and activist. She is a Director of Human Rights Watch's International Board, and co-chair of Human Rights Watch's Los Angeles Committee.[2] She is also a founding board member and past Board Chair of the Alliance for Children's Rights,[17] a legal rights organization for abused, at risk, and foster youth. She is also on the Leadership Council of Facing History and Ourselves.[18] She is also a member of The Pacific Council on International Policy[19] and was most recently appointed to the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center Board of Advisors.

Previously, Gilbert-Lurie served as Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Welfare,[20][21] which led to widespread child welfare reform in Los Angeles County.[22] She also served for fourteen years on the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and was President of the Board for three terms.[23] Gilbert-Lurie is also a former Board Member of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Facing History and Ourselves "2010 Upstander of the Year" Award
  • Los Angeles Magazine: LA Women (2012)[24]
  • The HeArt Project, Co-Honoree (with Sir Ken Robinson and Seth MacFarlane) (2012)[25]
  • American Jewish Committee Ira Yellin Community Leadership Award (with Cliff Gilbert-Lurie)[15] (2011)
  • Alliance for Children's Rights National Champion for Children Award (with Cliff Gilbert-Lurie)[26][27] (2004)
  • Recipient, American Jewish Congress Tzedek Award, "For Outstanding Commitment to Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Justice" (1998)
  • Outstanding Senior Award, UCLA Alumni Association (1981) [28]

Personal life[edit]

Gilbert-Lurie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie.[15] She has two children, Gabriel, and Mikaela, and a step-son, Christopher.


  1. ^ "Gilbert-Lurie Is Appointed to L.A. Civil Service Panel". Los Angeles Times. 1995-09-19. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ a b Avenue, Human Rights Watch | 350 Fifth; York, 34th Floor | New; t, NY 10118-3299 USA | (2016-11-10). "Leslie Gilbert-Lurie". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  3. ^ "Leslie Gilbert-Lurie". HarperCollins Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  4. ^ "Alumna Gilbert-Lurie '84 Speaks on Family's Holocaust Survival and Public Service". law.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  5. ^ "Bending Toward The Sun: A Mother and Daughter Memoir". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  6. ^ "Memoir moves from Holocaust trauma to hope". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  7. ^ "Mother and Daughter Remember Impact of Holocaust on Their Family". NBC Learn. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  8. ^ "Mother-Daughter Team Pens Book On Holocaust". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  9. ^ Rosenfeld, David. "Holocaust survivor speaks at Manhattan Beach Middle School". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  10. ^ href='https://jewishjournal.com/author/'></a>, BY <a (2019-05-10). "L.A. Charter High Schoolers Learn About the Holocaust by Meeting a Survivor". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  11. ^ "Alumna Gilbert-Lurie '84 Speaks on Family's Holocaust Survival and Public Service". law.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  12. ^ Montemer, Author: TJ (2016-12-09). "Leslie Gilbert-Lurie to Speak At Food for Thought at Palisades Presbyterian Church". Palisades News. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  13. ^ Lowry, Brian; Lowry, Brian (1993-03-25). "NBC seeks young and the rest". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  14. ^ "IMDb: With Lurie/Horwits Productions (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  15. ^ a b c Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (2011-10-24). "Caring couple: Attorneys Leslie and Cliff Gilbert-Lurie". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  16. ^ "Gilbert-Lurie Is Appointed to L.A. Civil Service Panel". Los Angeles Times. 1995-09-19. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  17. ^ "Board of Directors". Alliance for Children's Rights. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  18. ^ "Board and Leadership Council". Facing History and Ourselves. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  19. ^ "Leslie Gilbert-Lurie | Pacific Council on International Policy". www.pacificcouncil.org. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  20. ^ Hensley, Mellinda (2014-05-02). "Q&A: Blue Ribbon Commissioner Leslie Gilbert-Lurie on Reforming L.A.'s Child Protection System and Saving Lives Now Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  21. ^ Radio, Southern California Public (2015-04-17). "After a year of foster care reforms, results still murky". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  22. ^ "Leslie Gilbert-Lurie's Last Word on Child Protection Reform in L.A." The Chronicle of Social Change. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  23. ^ "Leslie Gilbert-Lurie - Leslie Gilbert-Lurie". bendingtowardthesun.com. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  24. ^ Herold, Ann (2012-10-01). "Let Us Now Praise Famous Women Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  25. ^ Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (2012-05-21). "Events for week of May 21". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  26. ^ Archerd, Army; Archerd, Army (2004-11-23). "Just Jack". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  27. ^ "Getty Images". www.google.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  28. ^ "UCLA Awards: Recipients | UCLA Alumni". a.alumni.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-17.

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