S.F. Hillel hopes for a full house at its first poker tourney

San Francisco Hillel is looking for people to “ante up” for its inaugural poker tournament, a new fundraiser that will be held at the JCC of San Francisco on April 21. The style of play will be Texas Hold ’Em, with lessons beginning at 7:30 p.m. and action getting under way at 8 p.m.

The tournament, which will raise money for S.F. Hillel in its quest to serve Jewish students at 12 local colleges, is also meant to honor the memory of Irwin Bear, who died in 2010. He was president of S.F. Hillel from 2006 to 2009.

“Irwin used poker as a vehicle to build community and raise money for many of his favorite Jewish philanthropic organizations,” noted Brett Goldstein, S.F. Hillel board member. “Every month, Irwin brought together a group of friends who bridged multiple generations; they played poker and broke bread in his home … and a meaningful percent of each evening’s wagers was set aside for a charity.”

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, dessert, a no-host bar and prizes for the top 10 finishers. Prizes include a seaplane tour over the Bay Area, pro sports tickets and wine.

The buy-in is $100 per person, and signups are limited to the first 100 people. Also available are nonplayer admission tickets for $36, full tables and sponsorships. For information or to sign up, visit www.sanfrancisco.hillel.org or call (415) 333-4922.