Why be a Jew is focus of eight-week class

The $70 class ($50 for S.F. Learning Consortium members) meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. For information, call Lehrhaus Judaica at (510) 845-6420 or see its Web page at www.lehrhaus.org

AJCommittee award

Harry Maring received the 1998 Lloyd R. Sankowich Leader Award from the American Jewish

Committee’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter during its 53rd annual meeting last week in San Francisco. Maring is a member of the AJCommittee chapter board of directors and serves as the chair of its advocacy committee. He is a past founding president of Open Circle, the chapter’s young leadership forum, and served on the chapter’s education and nominating committee. He also serves on the pension subcommittee of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and the professional subcommittee of the S.F. Jewish Community Endowment Fund, and is chairman of the JCF’s Super Sunday 1999.

Press group elects Bulletin editor

Marc S. Klein, editor and publisher of the Jewish Bulletin, was elected president of the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) during the organization’s annual meeting in Cleveland last week.

The AJPA, founded in 1944, represents more than 135 Jewish newspapers, magazines, Web sites and freelancers in the United States and Canada.

Klein also served as president of AJPA from 1989 to 1993. For the past three years, Nora Contini, Bulletin associate publisher, served as vice president of AJPA. Her term expired last week.

In other AJPA business last week, the Jewish Bulletin received two first place awards in the 17th annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.

The Bulletin earned a first place award for the 1997 edition of Resource, a guide to Jewish life in the Bay Area, and another first place for business excellence for promotional advertising of a supplement.

Classes to explore food and weight

One-day and four-week workshops on strategies for resolving food and weight issues begin around the Bay Area this month. The Begin From Within program, offered by the S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services, is $99 plus a one-time $15 enrollment fee.

Workshops in San Francisco will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, July 6 to 27 and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Parents Place, 3272 California St.

Workshops in Marin County will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28 and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19 at JFCS offices, 4040 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael.

Ongoing support groups also are available. For information, call (415) 563-0282.