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JCC to honor generosity of tech pioneers

Donna Dubinsky and Len Shustek will receive the Rambam’s Ladder award at the Albert L. Schultz JCC’s annual event and auction.

Even if you haven’t heard of the married couple, it’s likely their work has affected your life. Dubinsky is a former CEO of Palm and prime mover in the world of personal digital assistants (PDAs). Shustek, founding chairman of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, was also founder of Network General Corporation. That company later merged with McAfee Associates and PGP and become known as Network Associates — yes, the company that owns naming rights to the Oakland Raiders’ stadium.

The award is named after the 12th-century sage Maimonides (aka Rambam), and honors Dubinsky and Shustek’s generous support of the JCC as well as other South Bay Jewish and non-Jewish charitable organizations.

“We do a lot for a lot of different organizations,” Dubinsky said. “But for me, the No. 1 thing is, if we can be role models for people to support nonprofits, that’s great.

“We both feel very honored for being recognized. There are a lot of other people who are equally, if not more, worthy. So we feel a bit awkward about it, but we certainly appreciate the acknowledgement.”

The event will be held Sunday, March 18 at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $160.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Hantgan at (650) 852-3512.

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Record crowd heads to AIPAC meeting

More than 100 Bay Area residents are heading to the annual Washington, D.C., conference of AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby.

The March 11 to 13 conference is AIPAC’s major annual event and will feature speeches from Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) among many others.

With more than 5,000 attendees, this year’s gathering is the largest in AIPAC’s history, and the Bay Area contingent is the largest ever as well.

Deli celebrates anniversary with discount

David’s Deli is celebrating its 55th year with a 55 percent reduction on all pastries and selected menu items.

The venerable restaurant at 474 Geary Blvd. in San Francisco is slashing prices for the entire month of March. A chopped chicken liver and shmaltz sandwich that would usually lighten your wallet by $11.95 now sells for $5.40, and a $3.95 coconut macaroon will go for $1.80. Or, if libations are your thing, Spaten on draft sells for $1.80 a pull.

BlueStar PR honors women’s history month

Pro-Israel public relations outfit BlueStar PR is honoring women throughout the month of March with posters depicting women’s lives in the Jewish state.

The ad campaign highlights Israel’s egalitarian laws and the freedoms accorded to Arab women that their sisters in bordering nations do not enjoy.

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