Rye bread and pickles, Parental kvelling, Shalom, Nancy, Short shorts …

Rye bread and pickles

Mouth-watering memories were triggered by the photo blowups of the old Fillmore District at the July 19 opening reception of the Judah L. Magnes Museum’s “Jews of the Fillmore.” Milt Weiss remembered “swinging by on my way back to Marin to pick up rye bread at the Ukraine Bakery. There were no good bagels in town, so rye bread was our only hope — and it was absolutely delicious,” he said. Mill Valley’s Fred Levin concurred, noting his favorite treat was the bakery’s onion sticks. Then, he recalled, he’d pick up a pickle to go with it. The exhibit at the Jazz Heritage Center’s Koret Heritage Lobby in San Francisco continues through Oct. 20. There’s info at www.magnes.org/fillmore.


Parental kvelling

Congregation Emanu-El’s Rabbi Stephen Pearce writes that his son Michael Pearce returned last week from the Maccabiah Games in Israel, where his épée team took silver. And if you’re not in the know about épée (I wasn’t, so I Googled it), it’s “a fencing sword with a bowl-shaped guard and a long, narrow, fluted blade that has no cutting edge and tapers to a blunted point” or “the art or sport of fencing with this sword”… David Fankushen of Mill Valley is flashing “An Alien Robot’s Cookbook,” created for kids by author Ruth Kunkel with illustrations by Gabriel Kunkel. The two, who live in Davis, are Fankushen’s daughter and 10-year-old grandson. Among the recipes are Supersonic Scones, Pigs in Spaceships and Meteor Meatballs … Robyn Carmel of Sausalito says she’s “kvelling and telling” (finally — the project was in the works for a long time) that Terriblyclever, a software firm in which her son Aaron Wasserman is a partner, was officially acquired by Blackboard Inc. Wasserman and Joe Bernstein, another partner, are now directors of MobilEdu, a new division of Blackboard. 


Shalom, Nancy

At the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opening at the Castro, festival director Peter Stein sadly announced that SFJFF program director Nancy Fishman would be leaving the festival staff after seven years. Noting that she badly needed some R&R, Fishman quipped, “Mortality is scarier than unemployment.” Among her plans: producing a special program about Jewish gangsters for next year’s festival and hanging out in her garden.


Short shorts …

Marsha Felton of San Francisco writes that while the younger generation was competing at the Maccabi Games here, those of a certain age — 50 and over — were doing it, too, at the 2009 National Senior Games, at game sites in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Felton is marketing consultant for the games … Julie Bressler of Alamo is spending the summer in the Religious Action Center’s Machon Kaplan program, a study-internship social justice program … Woodacre’s Suzanne Sadowsky, a lay leader at Gan HaLev, the Jewish Congregation of San Geronimo Valley, gave the sermon at neighboring San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church when the pastor was on vacation … Dana Sheanin, formerly the director of youth programs for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Pacific Central West Region, is the new director of operations for Jewish Milestones … Dawne Bear Novicoff joined the Jim Joseph Foundation in February as a program director. She served for many years as the director of the Israel and overseas department at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation … Patti Schneider is the new director of development at Oakland Hebrew Day School. She formerly held the same title at the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay.

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