Kudos and mazel tovs

Lots of Jewish community folks are being honored for their outstanding work, and word of their achievements reached the Faces virtual desk this month. Here are some — and keep ’em coming … we like to share good news!

Roberta and Leonard Cohn (Robbie and Len) of Moraga will be honored as “guardians” by American Friends of Hebrew University at the university’s 73rd international board of governors meeting on June 8 in Jerusalem. The couple will be recognized for their vital contributions to the well-being of students and faculty at the Hebrew University and their inspiring communal leadership in our local Jewish community … Alvin Levitt of San Mateo, president and chairman of the board of the Jim Joseph Foundation, also was honored by an Israeli university. Levitt was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan for “guiding the foundation in fulfilling the philanthropic mission of its founder, Jim Joseph, who believed in providing compelling and effective learning experiences for young Jews in the U.S.”

On the Peninsula, Mira Barkan has been named “Woman of the Year” by Hadassah’s Sequoia chapter (Peninsula–South Bay). Among her many contributions to the community: “She is known as helpful for newcomers from Israel, and often lectures about transition and adjustment to cultural differences.” Also receiving a leadership award at the event on May 18 was Hilit Kashani Julie Dorsey and Dan Leemon received the Henry Lehmann Larger-Than-Life award from Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School on May 2 for extraordinary and extended volunteer service for the school. The event, a 20-year anniversary celebration for the day school, also honored a number of staff and faculty members who have been on board for 15 years. They included Arlene Herman, Janet Newman, Rose Nolen, Ilona Schechter and Judy Schiffer … South Peninsula Hebrew Day School will recognize Rabbi Avi Schochet and his wife, Rena Schochet, for 10 years of dedication to the school and community on Sunday, May 23.

Avi Rose, executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, received a distinguished service award for 20 years of service to the agency at the annual national JFCS meeting in Los Angeles last month … Susan Wolfe of the Koret Foundation accepted the El Camino Youth Symphony Association’s philanthropic leader award on April 25. Koret Foundation enabled more than 100 teens on last summer’s performance tour to Poland and Germany to visit Auschwitz and other historical sites central to Jewish life and culture … Abby Snay, executive director of Jewish Vocational Service, was named to the San Francisco Business Times’ “Bay Area’s Most Influential Women” list (again!). Joining her were JVS leaders Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, Tracey Warson, Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, Lisa Stevens and Natalie Berg.


Short shorts …

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’s Lisa Geduldig debuted her documentary “Esther & Me,” about the late Esther Weintraub, a comedian who lived at the Jewish Home, at the Jewish Film Festival in Berlin on April 29. After an audience Q&A, Geduldig did a stand-up routine. “Doing Jewish comedy in Germany; I never imagined,” she commented … Jewish Community High School of the Bay pitcher Elijah Jatovsky threw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over North Valley Baptist High School of Santa Clara on May 3.

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