Briefs: Forum features S.F. Board of Ed candidates

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Forum features S.F. Board of Ed candidates

The San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council is joining with other local organizations to host a forum featuring candidates running for the San Francisco Board of Education. It will be held at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St.

The JCRC said all nine declared candidates for the Board of Education had confirmed their attendance at the forum, which also will be hosted by Emanu-El and the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club. Moderator is Emanu-El Rabbi Carla Fenves.

Among the topics expected to be discussed are equitable access to schools; school choice, including charter schools and the lottery system; language immersion programs, and curriculum. See for more information.


UpStart hosts Palo Alto ‘Innovator’s Toolkit’

UpStart Silicon Valley, which helps support fledgling Jewish organizations, will hold workshops on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto focusing on how to design programs that best serve community members.

UpStart has helped cultivate dozens of early-stage Jewish organizations and used what it calls its “unique blend of entrepreneurial tools and Jewish wisdom” to train leaders in more established organizations.

The free workshops, called “Innovator’s Toolkit: Designing Programs that People Want,” will kick off a yearlong series. They will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. at the JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. For information, visit