Join our 100th birthday party

This year the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California celebrates a major milestone — our 100th birthday. We hope the community will help us kick up our heels and mark the happy occasion by taking part in the various centennial events we've scheduled throughout the year.

The Bulletin, after all, wouldn't exist without the community about which we report, and we want our readers to join us as we look into the past and plan for the future.

In the coming year, culture lovers can look forward to a concert by violinist Itzhak Perlman, another featuring the work of Jewish lyricist Yip Harburg, and an installation by Israeli artist Uri Tzaig at the University Art Museum at U.C. Berkeley.

The centennial celebration also will feature a number of family-oriented events, plus activities that reflect the paper's commitment to community service.

Recently, the Bulletin has become involved in helping to bring Jewish singles together — sponsoring mixers called "Singles Schmoozes" and printing over 300 personal ads a week. Some of those personals have resulted in happily-ever-after stories that appeared on our pages.

One of the centennial events will aim to add more singles success stories to the Bulletin archives. The Blue and White Ball, a denim and black-tie dance, will be co-sponsored with Bay Area singles groups.

We hope those events and others will help the community better understand the mission of the newspaper, and become better acquainted with its colorful history.

In many ways, that history parallels the history of area Jews. For the last century, the Bulletin has followed the growth and changes of the Northern California Jewish community, reporting on its triumphs and challenges, and the trends that shape it.

We have ventured to open the eyes of our readers to the diversity among us, offer a venue for spirited discussion on issues of Jewish concern, and give voice to those who might not otherwise be heard. We will continue to pursue those goals.

The paper also moves beyond what's going on in our immediate midst, bringing readers national news and events from the Middle East and around the Jewish world. And now we're not only doing it in our traditional printed format, but also on the Internet at http://www.jewish.com/jb

We believe it is our duty to help make Judaism come to life for local Jews, and in so doing, encourage them to make it part of their lives.

Help us celebrate that goal and toast to another 100 years.