Shorts: Bay Area

Goldman gives $1 million to museum

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation has donated a second $1 million grant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

The donation will support the museum’s Web site translation efforts.

Portions of the museum’s Web site have been translated into Spanish, French, Arabic and Farsi. Urdu, Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese translations are in development.

The gift made the S.F. based Goldman Foundation a member of the museum’s Pillars of Memory Society, consisting of 140 individuals, foundations and organizations that have donated $1 million or more to the museum.

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation’s name will be engraved on the museum’s Pillars of Memory Wall.

Israeli journalist to speak in Berkeley

The Anti-Defamation League will co-sponsor a lecture by Shmuel Rosner, chief U.S. correspondent for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. His lecture, titled “The American-Israel Relationship in the Post-Bush Era,” will cover topics such as the strengths and weaknesses of the current American-Israel relationship, Israeli hopes for the next U.S. administration and joint efforts toward Middle East peace.

Rosner will speak 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford, Berkeley. For more information, call Seymour Kessler at (510) 525-3582 or by email, [email protected]

Camps featured in upcoming fair

Camp Kee Tov, Camp Tawonga and Camp Tzofim will be represented at the 26th annual Summer Camps and Programs Fair, presented by the Oakland-Piedmont Branch of the American Association of University Women.

This year’s fair will be from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9 at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.

Attendees can visit more than 100 booths showcasing day and resident camps specializing in sports, music, drama, computers, science and trapeze.

Admission is free. For information on the Summer Camps and Programs Fair, contact Marilyn Little at (510) 339-9609.

Holocaust Center offering scholarships

The Holocaust Center of Northern California is now accepting applications for the Morris Weiss Scholarship. High school juniors and seniors are eligible; the deadline for applicants is March 20.

Morris Weiss was a founder of the Holocaust Center and a survivor who testified at Nazi war crimes trials. His family established a scholarship in his memory.

To apply, students must write an essay reflecting on the concept of personal accountability and consider “a time in your life where you were either witness to, an active participant in, or were subjected to bullying, humiliation or isolation involving a friend, classmate or complete stranger? What happened? Would you react differently than you did at the time? Why?”

The entry will be judged both on the quality of writing and the ability of the author to meaningfully connect the essay topic to lessons of the Holocaust.

The student with the winning essay will receive a $1,500 scholarship to be used towards his or her post-secondary education. Check for information.

Birthright accepting applications

Bay Area Jews ages 18 to 26 who wish to participate in the free, 10-day Birthright Israel tour this summer can now register.

Signups are exclusively done via the Internet; to register visit

Out in Our Faith launched in Santa Cruz

Temple Beth El in Santa Cruz has partnered with the Diversity Center and other religious leaders in Santa Cruz County to start an initiative helping religious centers be more inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender, queer and inquiring individuals.

Religious leaders and the community celebrate Out in Our Faith with an official launch event at 7 p.m. March 4 at Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd., Aptos.

Out in Our Faith promotes the full inclusion of LGBTQI individuals in area houses of worship. The initiative is funded by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz.

The Out in Our Faith launch is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Temple Beth El at (831) 588-4608.

Religious poetry contest opens

The Sacramento Rainbow Poets is looking for submissions to its annual religious poetry contest. There are 50 prizes in all, totaling almost $5,000. The grand prize is $1,000.

The contest is open to anyone. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 2935 Clay St., Sacramento CA 95815. The submission deadline is March 10.

Health series for seniors

JFCS/East Bay’s Suse Moyal Center for Older Adult Services will have a free three-day workshop series March 12-14.

“Healthy Living, Healthy Aging” workshops are intended for older adults and their caregivers. The series covers a range of issues, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research, aging and sexuality, public transportation and financial planning.

The workshops begin each day at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For a complete schedule or to register, call (510) 558-7800.