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S.F. native returns to Bay Area as rabbi

Jacqueline Mates-Muchin is the new associate rabbi at Oakland's Temple Sinai.

The Lowell High School graduate grew up attending Congregation Sherith Israel, where her mother, Judith Mates, served on the board.

Mates-Muchin attended U.C. Santa Barbara and was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2002, where she received many awards for her studies in liturgy, history, bible, homiletics and religion and humanities.

For the past three years, she has served as assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mates-Muchin is married and has two sons.

Chavurot forming in Marin County

San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El is forming several chavurot in Marin County.

They are looking for Marin families with children, who want to meet monthly in the prayer groups, with support from the synagogue.

For more information, call Frana Price at (415) 751-2541 ext. 151 or e-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Kol Shofar gets planning go-ahead

Congregation Kol Shofar got what it was expecting at a planning commission meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Tiburon Conservative synagogue was instructed to move ahead with the studies surrounding its proposed extensive building project, moving its draft environmental impact report into final status.

The synagogue will also have to take on additional environmental studies regarding noise and lighting prior to another planning commission meeting toward the end of the year.

Neighborhood groups had questioned the impact of a building project on those areas at an earlier August meeting.

"If you think of the [California Environmental Quality Act building process] as a train track, we've passed one whistle stop and we're on our way to the next," said Howard Zack, co-chair of the synagogue's building committee.

Israel travel insurance bill clears state Senate

A bill that prohibits life-insurance companies from nixing the policies of past and future travelers to Israel passed the state Senate earlier this week.

SB1105, which also addresses travel to all the other nations on the federal State Department's warning list, sailed through the Senate, 27-4 with nine not voting on Monday, Aug. 29.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/ San Mateo), now moves to the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Washington has previously passed a law similar to SB1105, while Illinois and New York prohibit canceling the policies of those who have visited State Department list nations.

Rothmann to talk on history of Jews here

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of B'nai B'rith in San Francisco and the 350th anniversary of the Jewish people in America, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society will present KGO radio commentator John Rothmann. The historian and Jewish activist will speak about the history of the Jewish people in Northern California, from the Gold Rush-era to the present.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Fisher Family Hall in the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, S.F. Admission is free. Information: (415) 775-1111.

Rothmann is a fourth-generation native of San Francisco and has been a contributor to the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society's historical, journal, The Argonaut.

E. Bay Chabad holds moms' fitness class

Chabad is sponsoring a Jewish "baby boot camp," an outdoor stroller-based strength training class for mom and baby.

The 60-minute class will include power walking, jogging, yoga, stretching, pilates and abdominal conditioning.

The class will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in September and November at Oakland's Lake Temescal. Call (925) 285-5869 or visit for more information.

East Bay JFCS names new director

Avi Rose was named the new executive director of Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay.

Rose had been serving as interim director since the departure of Ted Feldman earlier this year.

Rose, who has a master's degree in social work and Jewish communal service, has worked in nonprofit administration for several decades.

He worked at JFCS both in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and also with HIV and AIDS patients.

A lay service leader at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, Rose lives in Oakland with his partner and two children.

Ner Shalom offers High Holy Day books

Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati is giving away about 300 copies of "Wings of Awe," a High Holy Days prayer book published in 1985 by the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation.

Interested parties can call Liz Hagen at (707) 829-3031 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Jewish health guild forming locally

A local guild of Jewish health-care professionals is forming as part of a national network.

Psychotherapist Shalom Stephen Braveman of Pacific Grove is hosting the initial meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The pluralistic guild is open to all Jewish health-care professionals seeking to connect over sharing rituals, texts and practices that promote ethical, healthy and integrative medical practice informed by Jewish tradition.

The two founders, Philadelphians Dr. Barry Bub and Rabbi Goldie Milgram, hope it will take off nationally.

They will facilitate a discussion at the first meeting on "What the Torah teaches about medical mistakes." The event will also feature a Havdallah service and dessert potluck.

All Jewish medical practitioners in the entire Bay Area are invited. To RSVP and get the address, call (831) 375-7553 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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