Shorts: Bay Area

Cindy Sheehan to speak at Osher Marin JCC

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will discuss her new book, “Not One More Mother’s Child,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.

In the memoir, she charts her transformation from a grieving mother into an anti-war activist.

Sheehan lost her son in an ambush in Iraq — a loss that propelled her into the forefront of the American peace movement.

The JCC is located at 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Tickets are $15-$20. Call (415) 444-8000 for more information.

L.A. rabbi to visit Mendocino ‘shtetl’

Rabbi David Seidenberg will lead a Shabbaton this weekend at the Mendocino Coast Jewish Community in preparation for Passover.

On Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25, the Los Angeles rabbi’s topics will be “On the Road to Freedom, Part 1: Ways of Uniting a Community” and “On the Road to Freedom, Part 2: Expressing/Expelling Vengeance from Purim to the Seder.”

Seidenberg wrote his doctorate at the Jewish Theological Seminary on Kabbalah and ecology, founded a “Chassidic egalitarian” minyan, and teaches Talmud, Kabbalah, Jewish thought, Chassidic song and ritual, and spirituality throughout North America.

The Mendocino Coast Jewish Community is led by Rabbi Margaret Holub, who will be on sabbatical during Seidenberg’s visit. The congregation is located at 15071 Caspar Road, Caspar. Information: (707) 964-6146.

Teen chef bested in competition

Despite his best efforts, Ezra Malmuth of Berkeley did not win the National High School Culinary Challenge in Providence, R.I.

The Jewish Community High School senior was a finalist in last weekend’s competition, in which he had the chance to win an $80,000 scholarship.

His signature dish, polleto alla diavola, which consists of a Cornish game hen topped with roasted red pepper polenta and a mushroom ragout on a bed of chard and roasted pine nuts, apparently was no match for the winning entry made by Jack Hogan of Portsmouth, N.H. — pan roasted duck breast, butternut squash risotto and maple roasted squash puree.

Musician/teacher fasts for peace

Hyim Jacob Ross, a recording artist and teacher of music and religious school, was scheduled to spend five days this week in chains and fasting next to the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland to make a statement about military spending.

The Oakland resident planned to spend from Monday, Feb. 20 to Friday, Feb. 24 at the spot, with some of his students joining him in solidarity.

In the statement he sent out before beginning his fast, he compared the $100,000 budget of the after-school program he works for — which provides performing arts, academic and sports programming — with the war in Iraq, which so far has reportedly cost $241.1 billion.

Ross teaches at the Midrasha program at both Temple Isaiah in Lafayette and Temple Sinai in Oakland.

Camp Ramah to go solar

Camp Ramah in Ojai has announced plans to embark on a major solar-power project that will reduce the camp’s energy costs up to $75,000 annually. This is the first Jewish camp on the West Coast to embark on such a project.

The camp, which is affiliated with the Conservative movement, recently received a $500,000 gift from Ramah alumnus and parent David Braun to begin construction on the $1.3 million solar panel project. The camp expects reliance on solar power to insulate tuition against future energy cost spikes, thus keeping camp affordable for more families.