Shorts: Bay Area

Holocaust film to be discussed in Oakland

The League of Women Voters will host a film screening of “Paper Clips” on July 13 at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater in Oakland. The 2003 documentary portrays the actions of the students in Whitwell, Tenn., who, after learning about the Holocaust, collected paper clips in honor of its victims.

The screening will take place July 13 at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland. A pre-film introduction will begin at 1:45 p.m., followed by the film at 2 p.m., and discussion afterward. “Paper Clips” will be the third in a series of film screenings that portray the power of a group of people with a common concern and passion to make a difference.

Women’s program looks for applicants

The Women in Leadership Program, a one-on-one mentorship program that inspires women to take on key roles in the Jewish community, is looking for 20 participants to be a part of its second all-female initiative, beginning this fall.

Women in Leadership is a 15-month program of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation that includes leadership workshops, regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings and participation in several Jewish community committee meetings and events with mentors. Nominations for the program are due by July 10, and applications are due July 24.

“We’re looking for a wide range of people: working women, stay-at-home mothers, married, single … women in all different stages of development, but with an interest in the Jewish community and continuation of it,” said program chair Karen Katz.

Applications can be printed from the federation’s Web site, For more information, contact Benjamin Pither at [email protected].

PJA names interim director

Rachel Biale, the Bay Area regional director for the Progressive Jewish Alliance, has been named interim executive director for the organization. She is filling in for Daniel Sokatch, the PJA’s longtime executive director, who will assume the post of CEO of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation next month.

Meanwhile, the search for a permanent executive director is under way. The PJA’s main office is in Los Angeles.

With PJA for the last three years, Biale has worked in the Bay Area Jewish community for 20 years in a variety of capacities, including roles at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, the Osher Marin JCC and Lehrhaus Judaica. She has been at the PJA for the past three years. She has also lectured and taught throughout the United States, Israel and Europe since the publication of her 1984 book, “Women and Jewish Law.”