Shorts: Bay Area

JCF accepting award nominations

On Thursday, July 15, the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation will begin receiving nominations for the 2004 Harvey Koch Leadership and Jim Brooks Achievement Awards. Presented annually, these awards recognize outstanding leaders in JCF’s South Peninsula region.  

Awards will be presented at the organization’s South Peninsula campaign kickoff event on Sept. 27.

For more information or to request a nomination form, contact Roxanne Cohen at (650) 919-2102.

Two programs celebrate Singer

Two upcoming programs will celebrate the centenary of Isaac Bashevis Singer, the renowned Yiddish writer awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for literature.

Naomi Seidman, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, will discuss Singer’s story “Gimpel the Fool” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Oakland Library, 125 14th St., Oakland. For information, call (510) 238-3134.

A double feature of “Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard” and “Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer” will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 12 at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. For information, call (415) 383-5256.

Photo installation explores old JCCSF

“Life/Lines,” a 30-foot long multimedia installation, pays homage to the former Jewish Community Center of San Francisco building by surveying the center’s 125-year history and its connection to the community.

The City of San Francisco requested that the JCCSF create a visual remembrance of the old building. JCCSF hired Peter L. Stein, executive director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, to produce the piece, a series of photo-based animated vignettes in video monitors.

“Life/Lines” is located on the third floor of the new building, 3200 California St. For more information, call (415) 292-1233, or e-mail [email protected].