Shorts: Bay Area

Super Sundays need volunteers

Volunteers are still needed to make phone calls on Super Sunday, the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s biggest fund-raiser of the year. In the past, 1,000 volunteers have worked the phones, calling community members to solicit donations to the annual campaign.

This year’s Super Sunday runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Jewish Community Center San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco. To sign up, or for more information, call (415) 512-6290 or e-mail [email protected].

The Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay is holding its Super Sunday on the same day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its office at 300 Grand St., Oakland. To sign up, e-mail [email protected]

Hebron rabbi to speak in S.F.

Rabbi Danny Cohen, the Chabad emissary of Hebron, will be in San Francisco to speak about his experiences in this enclave where 500 Jews live among 120,000 Palestinians.

The talk will feature a visual presentation and a light dinner buffet.

Cohen will begin 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Chabad of S.F., 834 28th Ave., San Francisco. Information: (415) 668-6178.

Emanu-El fund-raiser nets Katrina $18K

A September fund-raiser held at San Francisco’s Reform Congregation Emanu-El garnered almost $18,000 for Gulf Coast relief efforts.

The event, featuring a solo piano recital by Michael Tilson Thomas, was distributed to the Union for Reform Judaism Hurricane Relief Fund, America’s Second Harvest and the American Red Cross.

JCF offers interfaith outreach grant

The S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation is accepting proposals through November from Jewish organizations with programs that help the economically vulnerable and provide outreach to interfaith couples and families.

A study commissioned by the JCF determined that many Jews in the Bay Area feel that there is not enough programming in those two categories. Due to a highly successful annual campaign, the JCF is responding by offering grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000.

Interested organizations may contact Amy Tredinnick, planning coordinator at the JCF, at (415) 512-6250 or [email protected].

Interfaith turkey day

Members of the Islamic, Christian and Jewish communities are invited to attend Thanksgiving services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco.

Building upon a longstanding tradition of sharing Thanksgiving services with the First Unitarian/Universalist Society, Emanu-El’s breadth will widen this year to include seven more religious organizations.

Mandelbread feast

Mandelbread and music will mingle at next month’s fund-raiser “Feast for the Soul.”

Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley, the event will feature Michelle Gabrielle’s self-published book, “I Never Met a Mandelbread I Didn’t Like! A Collection of Mandelbread Recipes, History and Trivia.” Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit NOAH (No One Abandoned Here), a JFSSV project for community members in need.

Afternoon activities include a mezuzah-dedication ceremony, music from “Side by Side” and an art show.

“Feast for the Soul” will begin 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley, 1101 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite L-237, San Jose. Information: (408) 357-7455 or