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Jews around the worlds are all part of the same mosaic — they all have something in common, agree Susan Mall and Nancy Blum. The two photographed Jews in Cuba, Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Tunisia to document their similarities and differences. Their photos are on display through June 20 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

As founder and director of Interfaith Connection, Rosanne Levitt touched 3,000-plus interfaith couples. Her work was celebrated Wednesday, March 31, at a lunch sponsored by the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, which seed-funded the program 18 years ago. Barbara and Richard Rosenberg, Jonathan Wornick and his mom, Anita Wornick, Connie and Jeff Zlot were among those paying tribute. In his remarks, surprise guest Ed Case, president and publisher of the Boston-based Interfaithfamily.com, called the recently retired Levitt “one of a handful of leading Jewish communal outreach practitioners in the entire country.”


Emma Mayerson, Jamie Albers, Jacqueline Burbank, Josh Elefant, Stephanie Jekowsky, Jeremy Karp, Laura Mizes, and Daniela Rodan are among the founding members of The Jewish Community Youth Foundation, an innovative program in which teens will raise funds and determine how to allocate them. It is sponsored by the Fannie Bess Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, in cooperation with the S.F.-based and East Bay Jewish Community Federations and the Jewish Community Foundation of the Greater East Bay. A second teen team is being formed on the South Peninsula.

East Bay adults learned that tzedakah can bring dual financial benefits — to the community and oneself — at the Community Investing Forum, sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay Volunteer Action Center. Rabbi Mordechai Liebling and Leonard Fein, chairs of national philanthropic organizations, shared their experiences.


Arthur Furst, professor emeritus of chemistry at University of San Francisco, was honored for his pioneering work in the war on cancer. The 89-year-old scientist received the Society of Toxicology’s lifetime achievement award for his research on metal toxicology at the group’s annual meeting in March.

A record-breaking 1,300 women at the S.F.-based JCF’s Women’s Alliance annual “Power of One” event donated $275,000 to the sustain Jewish life through the JCF’s annual campaign. Annette Dobbs received the Judith Chapman memorial women’s leadership award. Keynote speaker Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, told the appreciative audience about learning of her Jewish ancestry, “I’m proud to be one of you!”

Not to be missed is Jewish Vocational Services’ annual salute to success, “Strictly Business,” on Monday, April 19, which will recognize San Francisco’s Jewish Home with its Business Leadership Award. This is its 12th luncheon and the 30th anniversary. Sheryl Reuben and Natalie Berg are chair and co-chair, respectively.

The Jewish Home will break ground for a new residential services wing on Thursday, April 22. It’s the first new building in more than a decade. David A. Friedman chairs “Fulfilling Our Promise,” the campaign to raise funds for the new building.

Among the Yom HaShoah commemorations taking place throughout the community is Marin’s Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, April 18, presented by Marin’s congregations and Jewish agencies. If you go, you can choose a workshop from 12 possibilities and then join for a commemoration ceremony.

Have we got a (volunteer) job for you … Montefiore Senior Center needs volunteers to help serve lunch to a diverse group of Jewish seniors weekdays and Sunday. For more information, contact JCF’s Volunteer Placement Project at (415) 512-6233.

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Columnist Suzan Berns can be reached at [email protected]. The columnist was associate director of communications for the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation for 18 years.