Oy to Joy, Hes the Baum, Kudos to authors

‘Oy to Joy’

Santa Rosa Congregation Shomrei Torah’s cookbook, “Oy to Joy: Recipes from our Wine Country Kitchens,” received a full column of praise in the Feb. 2 Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

The writer, Michele Anna Jordan, reprinted recipes from congregants, including Rick and Catherine Reisman’s North African Salad, Sherry Catlett’s Sweet Potato Latkes, Jane Weiss’ Chreime: Fish in Spicy Moroccan Tomato Sauce, and the Hayden family’s Lemon Joys (a lemon bar recipe passed down from their Grandma Ann, who lived to be 100 and claimed to have eaten a Lemon Joy every day of her life).

You can look for the recipes on the newspaper’s website, or order a cookbook from [email protected]


He’s the Baum


Accepting the Rita Semel Jewish-Civic Leadership Award from Roselyne Swig at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s gala last week, Al Baum of San Francisco told the audience, “I could talk about being airlifted from Cairo to Zurich on Jan. 29 … but I won’t.”

Instead, his remarks focused on thanking those who had helped him in his many accomplishments, including his “personal hero” Phyllis Cook, the former executive director of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Endowment Fund. Baum, a volunteer, worked closely with Cook to reach out to the LGBT Jewish community and establish the first-in-the-country LGBT federation division.


Kudos to authors


Kathryn Winter of Berkeley took third place in Moment Magazine’s Karma Short Fiction contest. Her story, “Mirusenka Moja,” recounts the tragedy of Slovakia’s Jews during World War II, from the viewpoint of a non-Jewish woman.  Winter, a child during this period, has also written “Katarina,” a young adult novel based on her experiences. Calling Winter a “particularly skilled storyteller” who helps to guide readers through the period, the magazine noted that she “exemplifies a generation whose stories we are slowly starting to lose.” Winter’s winning story will appear in the March-April issue of Moment.

And Daniel Y. Harris, now campaign director at the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, writes that the poetry book he co-authored with Adam Schechter has been named one of the five most important Jewish poetry books of 2010 by the Jewish Daily Forward. The book, “Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue: An Exponential Dyad,” was deemed  “a highly original and challenging read” by the Forward.


Short shorts …


Tina Frank has been named the director of grant operations for the Koret Foundation, where she’ll oversee programmatic aspects of the foundation’s grant-making activities. She formerly worked with Maria Shriver on her annual women’s conference … The JCC of San Francisco’s Rabbi Eva Ben-Ora is among 22 participants nationwide in Rabbis Without Borders, a new initiative from the New York–based Center for Learning and Leadership  designed to help rabbis communicate better in both familiar and new venues … ADL’s new leadership includes Eric Horodas, chair; Adam Cole, vice-chair and executive committee chair; Judy Colvin, treasurer; and Daniel M. Kolkey, secretary … Jay Lewis is the new director of Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha, East Bay Chapel, succeeding Sue LefelsteinGeorge Frankenstein writes: “The whole world wants Diane’s advice on how to raise a child that loves to read!!” He’s referring to his wife, Diane Frankenstein, who authored “Reading Together” and spoke at the European Council of International Schools in Nice, France.