Shorts: Bay Area

Super Sundays approaching

On Sunday, Nov. 6, Silicon Valley Jews will be dialing their neighbors in an attempt to raise money for the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Super Sunday dialers will convene at the Gloria and Ken Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Information:

The S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s own Super Sunday is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Volunteers are still being accepted to participate. Information:

New Israel Fund holds benefit

The New Israel Fund’s young adult group “New Generations” is holding its sixth annual benefit Thursday, Nov. 10.

The benefit, which will be held at the Potrero Hill nightclub Mighty, will feature a buffet, dancing, open bar, raffle and performance by beat-boxer Kid Beyond. The NIF’s Washington-based executive director, Larry Garber, will also be in attendance.

The benefit will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F. Tickets: $150, $175 after Thursday, Nov. 3. Information: (415) 543-5055 or

Mideast peace activists to speak

Two figures active in nonviolent resistance to construction of the Israeli security barrier are touring the Bay Area on a speaking tour next week, showing video footage of their actions.

Israeli Jonathan Pollack is a 23-year-old punk rocker and graphic designer who has taken part in over 200 protests on the West Bank. His efforts have brought hundreds of Israelis to his cause.

Palestinian Ayed Morrar, 45, is a father of five. He works in the Palestinian Ministry of Interior and has led efforts to halt construction of the barrier in his village of Budrus.

They will speak 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at San Francisco State University’s Humanities building, room 587. In addition, the pair will appear at a number of churches.

Information about other speaking engagements can be found at .

Bowling Writers Association honors j. reporter

The California Bowling Writers Association this month awarded j. staff writer Joe Eskenazi with a Recognition Award for his article “Bay Area teens on a roll at Maccabi Games” from j.’s Aug. 19 edition.

The award was a “pleasant surprise,” said Eskenazi, who reports his career-high game was a 171 at the Albany Bowl about 10 years ago.

j. editor named to San Anselmo board

Woody Weingarten, j.’s managing editor, earlier this month was named by the town council to an 18-month term on the San Anselmo Quality of Life Commission.

The nonpartisan seven-member board deals with local environmental issues.

Weingarten, who has served as secretary of the Fernwood Drive Neighborhood Association, has lived in San Anselmo for 20 years.

He also is — along with his wife, Nancy Fox — an award-winning composer. One of their songs, “Too Old to Ingenue,” will be part of a one-woman show performed by singer Lua Hadar at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Larkspur Café, 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.

Interfaith group gets new name

The local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice has changed its name and affiliation.

Its new name is the Silicon Valley Conference for Community & Justice. The organization’s charter will not change.

The group used to be known as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Every year, it serves 35,000 people in a variety of interfaith programs. While it did pay overhead and dues to the national office, now that office has closed, and each of the 34 satellite offices is independent. Information:

Ski trip for singles

Steppin Out Adventures will sponsor a ski trip for Jewish singles at Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Valley.

The seven-night option (Jan. 29 to Feb. 5, 2006) includes ground travel from Reno, lodging, après-ski gatherings, cooked-to-order breakfasts, a dinner cruise on Lake Tahoe, a four-day lift ticket to Heavenly, transportation and a lift ticket for one day at Squaw Valley, and a farewell dinner.

The four-night option (Feb. 1 to Feb. 5, 2006) includes a two-day lift ticket to Heavenly and all the other features.

Register by Friday, Oct. 28 and receive $50 off. Information: (773) 509-8595 or