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Recognition for Chugh, Marban, Metz, Sandler

Physician News

Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, and Sumeet Chugh, MD, have won awards from the American College of Cardiology; Richard J. Metz, MD, is being honored by the National Hemophilia Foundation; and Howard Sandler, MD, will receive an award from the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut.

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Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - April 2014 (PDF)


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Movie History, From Mount Sinai to Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai's replica Ten Commandments tablets are united briefly with a replica of the Commandments' deliverer — the statue of Moses at George Burns Road and Gracie Allen Drive.

Medical Center Is Home to DeMille's Ten Commandments Tablets

Cedars-Sinai is connected to the biblical story of Exodus by a rare piece of cinematic history — a set of Ten Commandments tablets that were commissioned by the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille.

The tablets, made during the filming of the 1956 epic "The Ten Commandments," were donated to the medical center decades ago. Unlike the lighter tablets that Charlton Heston held when he starred as Moses in the film, these tablets are crafted from red granite that came from Mount Sinai in Egypt.

Each tablet stands about 2 feet tall, is approximately 16 inches wide and weighs 50 pounds. According to a scholar who examined the lettering on the tablets, the hand-carved text is written in ancient Hebrew script.

Each granite tablet stands about 2 feet tall, is approximately 16 inches wide and weighs 50 pounds.

"These are the tablets that were displayed for years in the main lobby of Mount Sinai Hospital," said Jonathan Schreiber, director of Community Engagement at Cedars-Sinai. Mount Sinai Hospital was a predecessor of Cedars-Sinai.

"The Ten Commandment tablets are now held in our Historical Conservancy," Schreiber said. "They're an integral part of the history of the medical center, and will be a part of the upcoming Historical Conservancy exhibit."

The story of these replica Ten Commandments tablets begins with the film of the same name. Directed by DeMille, the film dramatizes the life of Moses and depicts the liberation of the Jews from centuries of slavery in Egypt. With a record-breaking budget of more than $13.2 million, much of the film was shot in the desert south of Cairo on one of the largest sets ever constructed.

On Oct. 15, 1954, the first sequence of the film — Moses returning from his life-altering meeting with God — was filmed on Mount Sinai, according to the official Cecil B. DeMille website. It was during this shoot that DeMille purchased the red granite, quarried on Mount Sinai, that was used to make the Ten Commandments tablets.

Cecilia DeMille Presley, a film preservation activist and the granddaughter of Cecil B. DeMille, remembers the trip to Egypt. The journey to Mount Sinai involved just a small crew: the director, Heston, the camera operator, a lighting crew and a few others.

"Everyone stayed at Saint Catherine's Monastery, and my grandfather just loved it there," Presley said. Saint Catherine's is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery, with a 17-century history. "It was all quite an adventure."

Due to the great weight of the Mount Sinai granite, DeMille brought just a small amount of it back home, Presley said. Only a few Ten Commandments tablets were made. Two remain with the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation.

Presley said she wasn't surprised to learn that one of the sets of the rare tablets is in Cedars-Sinai's historical collection.

"My grandfather and my grandmother both were great supporters of the Mount Sinai Hospital from the very beginning," she said. "It makes sense that the tablets would have been a gift to the hospital."

Cedars-Sinai to Celebrate Founder's Day

The Ten Commandments tablets will be part of an exhibit that will make its debut as part of Cedars-Sinai's first Founder's Day. The daylong celebration on Friday, June 6, will commemorate the opening of the medical center on June 6, 1976.

The exhibit, a project of the Cedars-Sinai Historical Conservancy, will trace the growth of Cedars-Sinai from its first days as the Kaspare Cohn Hospital — founded in 1902 — to today's medical center. The tablets won't be on display but will be included via a video and accompanying story.

Kicking off Founder's Day at 8 a.m. will be the 11th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition. At noon, there will be a presentation on the history of Cedars-Sinai. Both events will take place in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Cedars-Sinai plans to make Founder's Day an annual event.