Richard holds Screen Actor's Guild proclamation to Holocaust survivor and hero Curt Lowens.  With Los Angeles Local Executive Director Ilyanne Morden Kichaven (right), and Los Angeles First Vice President Jenny O'Hara (left).

Richard holds Screen Actor's Guild proclamation to Holocaust survivor and hero Curt Lowens.  With Los Angeles Local Executive Director Ilyanne Morden Kichaven (right), and Los Angeles First Vice President Jenny O'Hara (left).

 Richard with Holocaust survivor and hero of the Dutch Resistance, Curt Lowens.  Curt inspired Richard's advocacy against anti-Semitism and all forms of religious intolerance.

Richard with Holocaust survivor and hero of the Dutch Resistance, Curt Lowens.  Curt inspired Richard's advocacy against anti-Semitism and all forms of religious intolerance.

 Walking the halls of the beleaguered Motion Picture Home with actor Elliot Gould.  "When he came on board, it was like game over".

Walking the halls of the beleaguered Motion Picture Home with actor Elliot Gould.  "When he came on board, it was like game over".

Richard Stellar
founder

Known best for his 'vituperative blogs on The Wrap' - Vanity Fair, Richard was a major player in the campaign that returned long term care to the motion picture and television industry.  His online group AGE: Activists for Geriatric Equality connected families to elder care resources while creating a viral community.  The Los Angeles Press Club awarded Richard four First Place journalistic awards for his explosive pieces on the campaign, including one for Best Facebook Group.

Inspired by the story of Curt Lowens, a Holocaust survivor who escaped Germany on the night of Kristallnacht, Richard co-founded The Bestemming Project, a non-profit that fought anti-Semitism through music and the arts.  Leveraging the relationships that he made in his fight for elder rights, Richard brought in the Screen Actors Guild to bestow a Humanitarian Award to Curt, and to help sponsor an awareness event that hammered home a message against religious intolerance to a packed house at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  Recognized by Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, and the United Nations themselves, the fight against anti-Semitism continues.

Under the flag of The Bestemming Project, Richard mentored UCLA pre-med student David Chernobylsky who faced anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic bullying by pro-BDS forces.

"BDS is a scurrilous campaign that seeks to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israeli businesses, faculty and artists.  It goes against everything that I believe is good about Israel.  David faced insurmountable obstacles in getting his pro-Israel articles published, so we put our heads together, and David published The Zionist Narrative, which I am so proud of." remembered Richard.

"The fight against anti-Semitism revealed to me that other cultures are suffering against the same type of oppression.  We are more similar than we are different when you talk about Islam, African Americans, and other races and cultures."