Youth gala in Albany to feature music, auction

Jewish Youth for Community Action will throw its annual gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at U.C. Berkeley’s University Village Community Center in Albany. The event will feature a special performance by mandolinist David Grisman, alongside his wife, Tracy Grisman, in addition to a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a Havdallah celebration.

A youth-led leadership training program for teens, JYCA focuses on youth empowerment and social justice from a Jewish perspective. It was established in 1995 and is based in the East Bay.

Participants learn community-organizing skills, design their own workshops, and hear from experienced activists working on issues such as LGBT rights, race issues and Jewish identity. Members will be presenting their own stories and experiences with JYCA at the gala.

The gala costs $30 to $50 (sliding scale) for adults, and $15 for 18 and under. The University Village Community Center is located at 1125 Jackson St. in Albany. For more information, visit, email JYCA director Talia Cooper at [email protected] or call (510) 547-2424 ext. 110.