To honor its 100th, BJE helps bnai mitzvah

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In addition, the BJE will mark its anniversary with a number of educational activities throughout the year.

In February the BJE hosts its third annual Feast of Jewish Learning. The week of Jewish learning opportunities includes 20 "lunch and learn" sessions. Berkeley writer Jerry Flamm will lend a historic flavor to the "feast" when he speaks about "Growing up Jewish in San Francisco: Memories of the Fillmore in the `20s and `30s" at 7 p.m., Feb. 13, at the Jewish Community Library, 601-14th Ave.

On March 16 the BJE co-sponsors a conference with the American Jewish Committee titled "A Vision of Excellence: A Partnership for Strengthening Our Children's Jewish Education." Parents and teachers are invited.

Other activities include a teacher-appreciation dinner and a contest to help teens fund their confirmation trips to Israel.

Two winners of a 100-question quiz on Israel, geography and Jewish history — set for the BJE on Feb. 28 — will earn $1,897 toward the Israel trip of their choice. Fifteen runners-up will win $100 to spend in Israel.

"Much of the BJE's support for education is invisible throughout the year. Our work is done through schools, synagogues and other institutions," Lieberman said.

"On our 100th birthday, we're raising our profile and asking the community to celebrate with us."