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Pro-Israel poster defaced in Berkeley

A pro-Israel poster, designed by BlueStarPR and currently on display at bus stops around the U.C. Berkeley campus, was found defaced last week with anti-Israel graffiti.

The poster campaign, which specifically targeted the U.C. Berkeley area, began at the beginning of September. The defaced poster is located at a bus stop on the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft.

The design, which features an Israeli Arab soccer player praising coexistence, was scrawled over with references to “illegal occupation” and “Free Palestine.” BlueStarPR, a pro-Israel advertising and marketing enterprise, says the graffiti has already been cleaned up. Other pro-Israel posters are now at bus stops all over downtown Berkeley.

Free DVD of Kol Nidre service available

A free one-hour DVD of the Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service is now available to anyone who cannot get to High Holy Day services. The Creative Arts Temple of Beverly Hills taped their Kol Nidre service, led by Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler and Cantor Lorna Lembeck.

The free DVD can be ordered by phoning the Creative Arts Temple office at (323) 965-1818 or by emailing [email protected].

Learn about Moroccan Jews at Emanu-El talk

The founder of Casablanca’s Museum of Moroccan Jewry will be speaking at Congregation Emanu-El at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22.

Raphael David Elmaleh has collected artifacts, costumes and photographs from his native land and will share his findings during his lecture. He also will give private lectures at Jewish day schools throughout the Bay Area from Sept. 19 to 22.

Congregation Emanu-El is located at 2 Lake St., S.F. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sandy Cohen-Wynn at [email protected].

PJA looking for next class of fellows

Applications are now available for the Jeremiah Federation Fellowship, an initiative of the Progressive Jewish Alliance that educates and trains Jews in their 20s and 30s to become the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders.

During the yearlong fellowship, they:

• Explore the intersection of art, culture and politics.

• Network with organizers, advocates, rabbis, artists and renowned scholars.

• Study Jewish tradition, text and history.

• Learn about community organizing and activism in a Jewish context.

The next fellowship begins in January. Fellows meet twice monthly and attend various retreats. They also must create and implement an action project.

To apply, check, contact PJA’s Bay Area office at (510) 527-8640 or e-mail [email protected]. Applications are due Oct. 27.

Berkeley teen takes silver in art contest

Emily Gordis of Berkeley has won second prize in Yaldah Magazine’s first national Torah art contest. Entrants were asked to choose a verse from the Hebrew Bible and illustrate what it means to them using the artistic medium of their choice. Gordis, 11, illustrated Psalm 120 with a collage of photographs.

Yaldah (Hebrew for “girl”) is written, illustrated and edited by a team of Jewish teenage girls. For more information about Yaldah, visit