Pride and euphoria, Other Maccabi Games, Short shorts

Pride and euphoria

Several weeks after walking in the two-day Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Mara Langer of San Mateo, who is a two-time cancer survivor, writes that she’s still in a “state of euphoria and pride.”

For good reason: She was among the top fundraisers for the annual event, raising $15,214. And her team, Girls Gone Wild for a Cure, captained by Hillsborough resident Tracy Stettner, raised nearly $52,000.

Besides fundraising and finishing the walk, Langer was one of the speakers at the event rally. In her inspirational, heartwarming and humorous speech, she told of learning that her cancer had come back when she was pregnant with her second child. She was able to start chemotherapy at a certain point and “on the day he was born, he had more hair than I did.” You can hear Langer’s whole speech online at mms://


Other Maccabi Games

Besides San Francisco, Maccabi Games this summer also took place in San Antonio and Westchester, N.Y. — and Bay Area teens were winners. Tennis players Sam Gurevich and Andrew Gerson, who played doubles for the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, won gold, while the 16-and-under girls volleyball team nabbed a silver. They were among a 24-teen delegation from the JCC. And the Addison-Penzak JCC’s 16-and-under girls’ softball team took home a silver medal.

Elijah Post and Rebecca Shulman, both of San Francisco, participated in the Maccabi ArtsFest, held Aug. 9 to 14 in Orange County, where the focus is on collaboration, not winning. The two were part of a 20-teen team that made a fictional film about an Orthodox Jew who “obsessively enters contest after contest,” said Shulman. When he finally wins, the prize (ironically) was bacon.


Short shorts …

Jewish Coalition for Literacy director Roberta Rothman reports that Andy Coblentz is the new chair of the JCL advisory committee. He follows interim chair Susan Rothenberg, who stepped in after the death of Peter Sloss in July 2007. New committee members include Jo-Ann Jacobson, Judy Leash, Mike Wolff and Judy Zollman

George Frankenstein writes that his son Daniel Frankenstein has been named the “Senior Director Israel” for the Corporate Executive Board, the world’s largest executive network (according to the release). Daniel will open the company’s first office in Israel. He’s been with CEB for five years, based at its Washington, D.C., headquarters … Jill Maleson writes that her daughter, Sherrie Rose Maleson, director of Gan Ami, Congregation Beth Am’s early childhood education program, is a winner of Berkeley’s Habitot Children’s Museum’s first annual “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” award. The ceremony takes place on Sept. 21 at the museum.

Ken Wornick was elected to the board of the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association … Jonathan Pilovsky and Jonathan Mann of San Francisco and Eliana Greenberg of Berkeley are among 110 students nationwide accepted to the Legacy Heritage David Project Campus Fellows Seminar, a leadership and education seminar in Boston … Ephraim Ross of Marin is one of five college graduates selected to participate in Yeshiva University’s Legacy Heritage Teacher Training Fellowship. He will teach at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta while studying for his master’s in education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School …

Addressing a Jewish Community Relations Council meeting in August, University of California president Mark Yudof quipped, “It’s not as lonely at the top as I was hoping.”