Healing celebrations

Rabbi Michael Barenbaum called up his “workout buddy” Dana Carvey to receive the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center’s Humor and Healing Award at the group’s second annual dinner March 2 at the Four Seasons in San Francisco. Also honored was Ann Blumlein Lazarus, former Mount Zion Hospital CEO, for her many years of community service, and early and steadfast support of BAJHC. Ginny Lawrence chaired and Emerald Yeh emceed the event that drew 300 supporters including Dr. Martin and Farron Brotman, Betsy Hausman, Karyn DiGiorgio and Steven Sattler, and Dana Corvin and Harris Weinberg.

Noting that humor is an important aspect of the healing process, Rabbi Eric Weiss, BAJHC executive director, cited a Jewish proverb: “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” Earlier, Allan Kaplan had met Carvey, intoning — but not genuflecting — “We’re not worthy” (referring to Garth, one of the comedian’s better-known characters on “Saturday Night Live”). Carvey was honored for bringing laughter into people’s lives even as he recuperated from his own heart surgery.

In another celebration of healing, Marin Breast Cancer Watch will honor three healing partners. Marin Man to Man core members Woody Weingarten (group point man and managing editor of this newspaper), Marv Edelstein and Dan Goltz will receive their awards at the sixth annual “Honor Thy Healer” celebration at the Peacock Gap Golf and Country Club in San Rafael on April 7. Marin Man to Man is a support group for men with a partner with breast cancer. Web sites are www.breastcancerwatch.org and www.marin-man-to-man.org.

Back in the kitchen again

Sporting a fetching chef’s apron, Barbara Rosenberg greeted guests at the San Francisco Jewish Home’s “Someone’s in the Kitchen,” which she co-chaired with Phyllis Friedman. It was the group’s second annual evening of food (prepared on site by Bay Area restaurant chefs) and fun, held in the pouring rain on March 1 in a huge tent down the street from the Giants stadium.

Lots of families were among the 800 guests, including Ruth and Don Seiler and their daughter Carole Roberts, now a Home board member, and Gaye and Stuart Seiler (who is a former Home president) with their family. Marilyn and Murry Waldman gathered their family for a photo, including Joyce Linker, who stepped away so the photographer could take a second shot without her. “They’re related by blood. I’m related by phone,” she explained.

Kudos & congratulations

Carol Saal admitted to feeling more emotional than she expected as she accepted the Judith Chapman Women’s Leadership Award at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s Women’s Alliance “Power of One” at the San Francisco Hilton on March 7. A Jew-by-choice, she noted, “They say converts are Jewish souls finding their way home.” Past Chapman recipients include Barbara Isaakson, Rita Semel, Annette Dobbs, Frances Green, Adele Corvin and Cissie Swig.

Paul Cohen writes that U.C. Davis Hillel raised $6,000 for relief for refugees from the proceeds of a concert on campus by Israeli group Idan Raichel. Paul credits student leaders Jordyn Steiner of Castro Valley and Maayan Ravid of the Peninsula for securing sponsorships to cover the cost of the concert.

Suzan Berns is a freelance writer and publicist. She welcomes submissions of cute, poignant or informational anecdotes about you and your organizations at [email protected].