Honors, events, comings and goings – Oct. 2021 – J.
Yonatan Winetraub, who holds an MD from Stanford, is one of the recipients of the National Institutes of Health’s Early Independence Award of $ 1.25 million. Winetraub’s fame came as a co-founder of SpaceIL, the organization that crashed an Israeli-made lander on the moon in 2019. As detailed in J. earlier this year, he is also the man behind a very Israeli experiment of growing chickpeas in space (you know, for hummus). The award recognizes his work in using machine learning to image cancer cells.
Chochmat HaLev honored Jen Miriam Altman served on October 8 for 13 years as head of Tot Shabbat services for the Berkeley congregation. “Jen Miriam has shown many of our younger Chochmat children the wonders of Shabbat with her puppets and music,” wrote board chairman Jeffrey Kessler in an email to the community. “Despite the decreasing number of children of Chochmat according to age who attend Tot Shabbat, we [have] continued to support access to this program through the [pandemic]. We were hoping that more toddlers and their parents would join our family programming, but unfortunately that did not happen. Although the congregation does not pursue Tot Shabbat, Altman will continue to offer Tot Shabbat through the Jewish Baby Network.
Bob lurie, former owner and president of the San Francisco Giants, is now one of 54 team legends honored on the Giants Wall of Fame. He is only the second non-player honored on the wall. His bronze plaque was unveiled at Oracle Park ahead of a game against the Atlanta Braves on September 18.
Congregation Beth El of Berkeley will celebrate two rabbinical installations this fall. Rabbi Rebecca Stern, who has been at Beth El for seven years, will be installed as Chief Rabbi. Her installation will take place during Friday night services on October 22 in person at the Beth El Shrine, with a festive oneg to follow. The next day, famous Jewish musician Dan Nichols will perform an open-air concert in his honor. And the installation of Rabbi Ira Rosenberg, which is new to Beth El, will include two Friday night services on November 12: an outside service on Shabbat Ruach followed by an inside service in the shrine, followed by another festive. All three services will be broadcast on Zoom.
A new Chabad opened in the Portola Valley just before the summer holidays. Chabad Portola valley and woods is headed by co-directors Rabbi Mayer Brook and his wife, Dassi, who moved to the area with their two young sons from New York in April. “There isn’t a lot of Jewish activity in this neighborhood; you have to cross the highway to other cities ”, Rabbi Brook told Palo Alto Online. “There are quite a few churches, but there are no other Jewish organizations in the hills.
Kami Osher, 15, who moved to the Bay Area a year ago, secured a wild card spot in the qualifying round of the $ 60,000 Berkeley Tennis Club Challenge, a women’s professional tournament that included at least eight players ranked among the top 250 in the world. In the shadow of the historic Claremont Hotel, Kami showed courage and promise in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Chanelle Van Nguyen, 27, seeded No.16. Osher was not accompanied by a coach or trainer, but her father, Yossi, a senior product engineering and testing manager transferred to Santa Clara last year by Israeli tech company Marvell. . Kami’s biggest worry after his loss? “I have loads of homework ahead of me,” she told Nadine Joseph, a board member for J. Osher, a junior at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.
Applications are open for the 2022 cohort for LABA East Bay: A laboratory for Jewish culture. This will be LABA’s third East Bay cohort after starting in New York City. The program brings together artists from various disciplines and backgrounds for a year of text study and artistic creation. The theme of this year’s program is “Broken”.
Judy Youdof and Eric Horodas are the new co-chairs of the advisory board of the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Studies at Berkeley Law. (The institute was appointed on Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies until early this year, when he received a $ 10 million donation from the SF-based Helen Diller Foundation.) Yudof has been involved in Jewish organizations for decades. She was the first woman to hold the post of international president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Yudof has also served on the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the board of directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Prior to moving to Florida, she served as President of the Contra Costa JCC and on the Boards of J., the Contra Costa Jewish School, and the American Jewish Committee (San Francisco area). Horodas is an investor and hotelier. In 1995, he co-founded SF-based Greystone Hotels, a company that owns and operates 12 hotels and four restaurants in California and Oregon. He is also a director of Handro Properties and was one of the founding partners of the Rubinstein and Perry law firm. Horodas is involved in the Anti-Defamation League, the ADL Foundation, Friends of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and the Wilson Society of the University of Rochester, and is a director of the Horodas Family Foundation, based in Oakland.
Katie quinn is stepping down as Executive Director of San Francisco Independent Synagogue The Kitchen to become the Family Life Program Manager at JCCSF. “When Katie arrived, while we weren’t short on charm, there weren’t many systems that kept The Kitchen together organizationally. In just a few short years, with an exceptional team, Katie built it all, ”Rabbi Noa Kushner wrote in an email to the community. “It’s important to note that Katie did this in an authentic way, with her ever-present sunny affection that we’ve all come to know, trust and cherish. While we do know we’ll be seeing her again in the years to come, his leadership and presence will surely be missed. ”
Meanwhile, The Kitchen is recruiting two new employees. Chelsea mandell, a third-year student at the Los Angeles Academy of Jewish Religion is the congregation’s new resident rabbinical student. And Kayla pollak, who previously served with the Romemu congregation in New York City and the Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, is the new Family Education Coordinator.
Ely Benhamo was named OneTable’s first major gifts director. Benhamo, who lives in San Francisco, has spent the past six years with AIPAC, where she launched the Miami real estate division, the San Francisco technology division and the AIPAC Coffee House initiative. Most recently, she was AIPAC Director for East Bay and Sacramento. She is also a member of the advisory board of Jewtina y Co. and a founding member of the board of directors of the SF section of the Young Women’s Impact Network of Jewish Women International. OneTable helps young Jewish adults organize, host, and attend Shabbat group dinners.
Retirement Judge Quentin L. Kopp, 93, was appointed by the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, to the board of directors of the War Memorial. He replaces the deceased Wallace levin, died in July. “Of the 11 members, I am the only Korean War veteran, as is Wally,” Kopp told J. The board of trustees of the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco consists of 11 trustees, all of whom are appointed by the mayor. Kopp was Supervisor of San Francisco from 1971 to 1986, then was elected to the California Senate, for three terms. He was subsequently appointed a judge in San Mateo County, where he served until his retirement in 2004. He serves on four other boards: J., the Korean War Memorial Foundation, the California First Amendment Coalition and the Northern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. . The National War Memorial board, he said, is “the only one I don’t have to fundraise for.”
Palo Alto Kehillah Jewish High School welcomes two new staff. Rabbi Dennis Eisner is the new Director of Institutional Advancement and Joshua Krug is the new director of Jewish life and learning. Eisner, ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, will lead the strategic fundraiser, “[ing] the energy of our students by highlighting their positive attributes as they seek and truly create a better world, ”he said in a press release. Krug, who recently obtained a doctorate. in education and in Jewish studies, will provide pastoral care for the students. “I am intrigued by the focus of the school administration and their approach to the sacred practice of learning,” he said. “Kehillah looks like a laboratory for contemporary Jewish education and culture. “
Pro-Israel group StandWithUs has announced its 2021-22 student leaders. University Campus Emerson Scholars are Joshua Jankelow at Stanford University, Benjamin mizrachi at UC Berkeley and Maiah Pardo at UC Santa Cruz. And the trainees of Kennet Leventhal high school are Rachel Erlikman at Carlmont High School in San Carlos, Carmel Raviv at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, Akiva Pelta at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, Benjamin Reznikov at Lowell High School in San Francisco, Abigail Ozarov at Mountain View High School and Ranni albert in Piedmont secondary school. Both programs train students to learn about Israel and combat anti-Semitism in their school communities.