Sunnyvale twins Eli and Ari Berman were among some 70 young men and women who moved to Israel last week to join the Israel Defense Forces. (Photo/Shahar Azran)
Sunnyvale twins Eli and Ari Berman were among some 70 young men and women who moved to Israel last week to join the Israel Defense Forces. (Photo/Shahar Azran)

Spotlight on the community, August 2017

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Happenings

The Peninsula JCC in Foster City and the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto combined to send their largest delegation to the JCC Maccabi Games in Miami earlier this month, and the Bay Area athletes came home with 10 medals in basketball, swimming, soccer and table tennis. Team Peninsula Palo Alto sent its first boys lacrosse squad to the games, and it won the silver medal. The delegation made new friends from Israel, Britain, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Portland and Toronto at the six-day Olympic-style event.

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Peninsula JCC and Oshman Family JCC’s combined JCC Maccabiah delegation

Touro University California celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding a community day on its Vallejo campus. Visitors on Aug. 17 were able to meet faculty, staff and students and learn about the medical programs and research taking place at the graduate school on Mare Island. The Jewish-owned university has approximately 1,400 students in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing and education. It has a staff rabbi, maintains a kosher kitchen and observes Jewish holidays.

J. Publisher Steve Gellman and Editor Sue Fishkoff were the guests on the Aug. 20 broadcast of “Mosaic,” a TV show on San Francisco’s KPIX. Gellman and Fishkoff talked about the newspaper’s 122-year history and future plans for J. Mosaic is a weekly program that focuses on faith-based issues in the Bay Area.


Comings & Goings

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Alex Bernstein
Cissie Swig
Cissie Swig
Alexander Fromm Lurie
Alexander Fromm Lurie

The Jewish Community Relations Council has elected six new board members, and a new slate of officers also was installed this summer. The new members of the 24-person board are Lisa Rosenberg of Kentfield and Russell Cohen, Bruce Fisher, Jan Reicher, Karen Schiller and Roselyne “Cissie” Swig, all of San Francisco. The officers, who started their term on July 1, are President Marty Schenker of San Francisco; Vice Presidents Paul Resnick of Mountain View and Jennifer Wolfe of Mill Valley; Secretary Alexander Fromm Lurie of San Francisco, and Treasurer Alex Bernstein of San Francisco.

Sunnyvale twins Eli and Ari Berman were among some 70 young men and women who moved to Israel last week to join the Israel Defense Forces. They were among 233 North Americans who emigrated to Israel at that time thanks to assistance from Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that provides financial and logistical support for those wanting to make aliyah. The 19-year-old Berman brothers, who will spend time at Kibbutz Geva before entering the IDF, are Israeli and U.S. citizens and are making aliyah as part of the ezrach oleh program in which Israeli citizens born abroad are welcomed home to Israel.


Our Crowd is a monthly feature that includes Happenings around the community, Honors/Awards for Bay Area Jewish community members, and Comings & Goings at Jewish organizations. To submit items for Our Crowd, email [email protected].

Rob Gloster

Rob Gloster z"l was J.'s senior writer from 2016-2019.