Shorts: Bay Area

Tawonga offering culinary positions

Camp Tawonga and the California Culinary Academy are partnering in a culinary program in Jewish cooking under the auspices of Tawonga’s executive chef, Rebecca Ets-Hokin, a cooking columnist for j. The 10-week position at the camp, located near Yosemite, pays $3,000 and includes room and board.

There are two positions still available. For information, contact Mimi Gordon at Camp Tawonga, (415) 543-2267.

Isaiah preteens raise $20,000 for charity

Asking kids for money is usually a sign of desperation, but when it comes to Lafayette Reform Temple Isaiah’s Seventh Grade Fund, it just makes good sense.

The youth foundation, composed of 79 seventh-graders, handed out $5,000 apiece to four charitable organizations, including American Jewish World Service. (Twenty-two organizations submitted grant proposals).

The preteens amassed the money through fund-raising and donations from Isaiah members. The participating seventh-graders also donated the money they would have received as b’nai mitzvah gifts.

AJWS will put the money toward educating and immunizing students in Bhubaneswar, India; the American-Nicaraguan Foundation will distribute medicine and medical supplies to rural Nicaraguans; Free the Children will equip a health-care center in Kenya to aid the Masai; and the JF Kapnek Charitable Trust Pediatric AIDS Fund will build a pair of preschools in Zvimba, Zimbabwe.

Exhibit gives voice to Shoah victim

“A Voice Silenced,” a mixed media exhibition by artist/photographer Diane Neumaier, is set to open next week at Berkeley’s Judah L. Magnes Museum. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Northern California.

Created in memory of the artist’s grandmother, former German singer and Holocaust victim Leonore Schwarz Neumaier, “A Voice Silenced” combines period photographs and documents, including opera programs, posters and concert reviews, all preserved by the Neumaier family.

Said Neumaier of her exhibit, “I sought to express my feelings about the loss of the grandmother I never knew.”

“A Voice Silenced” runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Monday, May 24, to Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley. Free with admission to the museum. Information: (510) 549-6950, or online at