Centennial sparks year of festivities

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Also on the January program were Beethoven's "Leonore Overture" and "Three Israeli Sketches" by Perlman's teacher and mentor Joseph Kaminski, concertmaster of the Israeli Philharmonic.

Then during a community havdallah on Feb. 17, some 500 people strolled through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park singing Jewish folk songs and lighting candles before entering the Academy of Sciences to gaze at the Planetarium Sky Show. The S.F.-based Bureau of Jewish Education co-sponsored the event as part of its Feast of Jewish Learning.

In March, Masterworks Chorale music director and conductor Galen Marshall led a memorial concert for slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The group performed George Frederick Handel's three-part oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus" at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

A Clean Well Lighted Place for Books in Larkspur and San Francisco staged a reading series called "People of the Book." Elizabeth Pschorr read from "A Privileged Marriage," which traced her life as a Jew wed to an Aryan in Hitler's Germany. Ilse Sternberger read from her work "Princes Without a Home: Modern Zionism and the Strange Fate of Dr. Theodor Herzl's Children, 1900-1945."

The Bulletin sponsored Israeli artist Uri Tzaig's exhibit "I Am Interested in Objects Matrix," a comparison of Bay Area and Israeli lifestyles, which ran from April 10 through June 23 at Berkeley's University Art Museum.

The exhibition "Reflections of Jewish Life in the Bay Area," running May 6 through July 21 at the Jewish Museum San Francisco, showcased 13 photographers whose works have appeared in the Bulletin.

A portrait by Simon Rockower-winning photographer Phil Head, on display at the exhibit, captures human grief in the form of Hebrew Academy student Svetlana Sogolova, an orphaned Soviet emigre whose only brother was shot dead last year in a robbery attempt in San Francisco.

In May, the group 42nd Street Moon sang the songs of E.Y. "Yip" Harburg at Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael, and Bulletin editor and publisher Marc Klein spoke at San Francisco Congregation Sherith Israel on "From Pen to Pentium: The Changing Dynamic of the Media in Our Lives," a discussion of developments in the multimedia industry — including the Internet — plus media career opportunities.

"There appears to be more and more jobs open in the electronic online industry and fewer jobs available in the print medium," said Klein.

The lecture was a joint project between the synagogue and Jewish Vocational Service.

At the end of that month, San Francisco hosted around 75 members of the American Jewish Press Association who came from all over the country to attend the annual conference.

The Jewish National Fund's annual Walk for Water on June 9 was a 5K hike in San Francisco to raise money for Israeli water projects.

Other scheduled events included the July 18 to 25 Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco; a July-through-November exhibit on "Published Every Friday: Celebrating 100 years of the Jewish Bulletin" at Berkeley's Judah L. Magnes Museum, a Labor Day weekend reunion of Camp Tawonga alumni campers and staff to commemorate Tawonga's 70th anniversary, and a Sept. 29 Festival of the Booths Sukkot street fair at San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El.

Also on the agenda are an October address by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council on "Top 10 List of Major Issues in the Jewish Community in the Past 100 Years", a "Pathways to the Heart" Jerusalem 3000 trip to Israel, a Chanukah drive sponsored by the S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children's Services, and an American Israel Public Affairs Committee luncheon with the theme "Salute to Journalism."