Clapping and kvelling

Jake Rosenberg

Jewish Community High School senior Jake Rosenberg’s 10-minute satirical play “No One Gives a Clap” has won the fifth annual Marin Young Playwrights competition. It was selected from more than two dozen scripts submitted by Marin teens and was performed by Rosenberg and JCHS classmates Filipp Kashirtsev and Gab Seidman at the festival competition last month.

Here’s Rosenberg’s synopsis: “In the corridors of power at the CIA, apathy is the official state policy. When the ‘new recruit’ Jenkins is charged with delivering a report on the atrocities occurring in Belarus, he finds not only apathy standing between him and justice but boredom, Cold War PR and a particularly saucy jumpsuit fetish…”

Rosenberg’s winning script will be part of the Marin Theatre Company’s New Works series in April, when it will be read and directed by professionals. This will be the fourth time he has had one of his works produced. Lisa and Peter Rosenberg of Kentfield are the proud parents and Barbara and Richard Rosenberg of San Francisco the kvelling grandparents.


All in the family

Avi Rose’s late mother, Madeline Philips, was instrumental in launching Sacramento’s first Jewish Family Services in the early 1980s. The agency closed in 2009, and now Rose, executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, is helping to re-establish it. “Avi has provided guidance on programs, resources and general operating procedures,” writes Elissa Provance, assistant director of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. Among the JFS services already in place are a kosher food pantry, facilitated support groups, senior programs and a community social worker. For information and to see the rest of the available services, visit www.jewishsac.org/jfs.


Still working the room

Susan RoAne

Bay Area mingling maven Susan RoAne has published a revised edition of “How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections” in honor of the self-help book’s silver anniversary. RoAne has updated the bestseller to reflect today’s Internet culture, adding sections on “how to work the virtual room” and “the social media mélange.”

In other local publishing news, “Mixing Musics: Turkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song” by Maureen Jackson, which won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award for writing based on archival material (Sephardic culture category), was published last year by Stanford University Press as part of its Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series, edited by David Biale and Sarah Abrevaya Stein.


Short shorts

Two cuts from the latest CD by Quartet San Francisco, “Pacific Premieres,” were nominated for Grammys. The group’s founder and violinist Jeremy Cohen received a loan from Hebrew Free Loan to produce the CD … Nate Freiman, Oakland A’s first baseman and former player for Duke University’s Blue Devils, is keynote speaker at Duke’s First Pitch Banquet … Amiee Kushner is the new executive director at Kehilla Community Synagogue. Prior positions include associate director and director of finance and operations at Berkeley Hillel. Kaia Burkett has been serving as interim executive director … Remembering Ernie Weiner, the longtime regional director of the American Jewish Committee, who died last month at 89: No matter what was on his mind, he never failed to greet me with a smile and a quip during the 18 years we both worked at the same address. He was one of a kind, and will be missed.

by Suzan Berns

This columnist can be reached at faces@jweekly.com.

Suzan Berns