Los Angeles Philanthropist Uri Harkham Supports Many Jewish Causes

 Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Photo credit: jann_on
Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Photo credit: jann_on

The founder and former CEO of Harkham Industries, Uri Harkham is especially well-placed to make a big difference in his community.

Harkham was born in Iraq, and is a direct descendant of a family that preserved and protected the tomb of Ezra the Scribe in his ancestral home. He first arrived in Los Angeles, joining his aunt, in 1963. In 1974 he founded a women’s apparel company, Harkham Industries, and retired from leading the company in 2011. He was also the chairman of Harkham Properties, also known as Harkham Family Enterprises.

Harkham has also been involved in the Los Angeles film industry. He was an associate producer of the film Gorky Park in 1983, and then just two years later, Ghost Warrior. He was also associate producer of Delta Heat and Shoot the Cactus.

In 1991 Uri and his brother Efrem Harkham donated $1 million to a Jewish Day School in Los Angeles, the Harkham Hillel Academy in Beverly Hills, California. Uri also served on the Board of Directors of the American Jewish University in Bel Air.

He has also supported causes in Israel, and is a supporter of the Republican Party and its support of Israel. Harkham was the owner of the former home of the former mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert.

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