Hooping it up

In a bit of pre-Chanukah fun, the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco hosted a day of basketball for 40 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from four local Jewish day schools. The event featured a clinic and a round-robin tournament, reports Ellis Raskin, basketball coach and admissions assistant at JCHS.

In the final game, he writes, “Brandeis Marin and Oakland Hebrew Day School joined forces to form one team to take on Brandeis San Francisco, but ultimately the BHDS Marin/OHDS team fell short on a buzzer-beater and lost 13-11 to the Brandeis S.F. team.” The leading scorer, with six points, was Brandeis of San Francisco eighth-grader Adam Davidoff, the son of the school’s coach, Guy Davidoff.


‘Gumbo’ on the radio

RuthAnn Spike

If you liked the music on the HBO drama ”Treme,” you’ll love “Gumbo.” Since mid-December, RuthAnn Spike of Sausalito has been hosting “Gumbo” — which she calls “a musical travel brochure” — on Radio Sausalito, a community station that can be heard on 1610 AM, online and on local cable TV.

A Tiburon middle-school history teacher by day, the self-taught DJ is showcasing music from New Orleans, the city she fell in love with during a trip to Mardi Gras when she turned 21.

Her show features “classic tunes by Louis Armstrong along with some of the city’s fun modern players like John Boutte (from ‘Treme’), and of course, Trombone Shorty,” she writes. The show airs at 8 p.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays (on 1610 AM) and also is broadcast on Marin cable TV. For details, visit www.radiosausalito.org. P.S. Emma Spike, 10, is recording the promos for her mom’s show!


Moving on

Lorri Marshall

After 19 years at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council, Lorri Marshall of Moraga is moving on — to retirement. Marshall has served as Executive Director Rabbi Doug Kahn’s assistant and the go-to person for the rest of the community.

“She cares about every detail,” Kahn noted at the JCRC Chanukah party where she was feted, “including organizing my desk.” (A monumental task, indeed!) Among Marshall’s many and diverse projects over the years occurred when JCRC held a 50-year anniversary of the liberation of Europe’s concentration camps: She researched and recruited individuals who were present at the liberations after World War II.

Mazel tov and happy retirement, Lorri.


Short shorts …

Berkeley, Stanford and San Francisco Hillel executive directors Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, Rabbi Serena Eisenberg and Alon Shalev, respectively, have been named David M. Cohen Fellows, a new professional development program based in Washington, D.C. … Paul and Sheri Robbins of Palo Alto are the honorees at the S.F.-based Bureau of Jewish Education’s annual Phantom Ball, billed as a “non-event to ensure that 100 percent of your contribution goes to promote innovative, engaging Jewish life and learning.” You can support the “non-event” at www.bjesf.org … Eve Bernstein and her daughters, Rachel Bernstein and Julie Bernstein, are co-chairs of Power of One 2012, sponsored by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Leadership. The Feb. 16 event will feature keynote speaker Geri Palast, managing director of the New York–based Israel Action Center. In addition, Lynn Bunim will receive the Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Award. For information and tickets, visit www.jewishfed.org.


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