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New federation lineup, Memories of China, Sacramento news, Short shorts ...

by Suzan Berns

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New federation lineup

Jennifer Gorovitz, acting CEO of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, has announced a number of personnel and structural moves in the agency’s executive and development departments. The moves are designed “to better serve federation donors, stakeholders and community members,” says Richard Miles, the federation’s director of marketing.

Jamie Dubey, formerly with Yahoo’s management team, is the new chief of operations and innovations; David Katznelson, a former Warner Brothers executive who has consulted with the federation for the past year, is director of community engagement and outreach; Roberta Zucker Catalinotto, now serving as chief development officer, has been named chief philanthropic initiatives officer; and Maxine Epstein, longtime Marin region campaign director, is the annual campaign director in charge of a streamlined and strategically focused development department.


Memories of China

If you have mementos or memorabilia related to Jewish life in China from 1840 to 1949, Linda Frank of San Francisco would love to borrow them. Frank is chair of “The Jews of Modern China,” an exhibit of photos, documents and memorabilia that will run Feb. 24 to May 16 at the Presidio Officers’ Club Exhibit Hall.

“The items would provide a sense of what life was like and add an extra dimension to the exhibit,” Frank explains. Contact the show’s sponsor, the American Jewish Committee, at (415) 777-3820 if you have items that you think could be included.

Barbara Rosenberg of San Francisco is honorary co-chair of the exhibit, along with Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum. Committee chairs include Dick Berman of Alameda and John Sampson of San Francisco (facilities); Cynthia Kopec of Piedmont (marketing); Ruth Finkelstein of San Francisco (docents); and Helene Edelman and Sam Leftwich of San Francisco (opening event).


Sacramento news

At a community-wide Chanukah party last month, Sacramento’s Jewish community recognized leaders from three generations for their commitment and dedication. Lou Weintraub, the one-time executive director of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, was honored for his current work as a volunteer for a number of organizations. Dr. Scott “Skip” Rosenbloom, president of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, and Brian Fischer, developer of NextDor, an online social network for Jews, were also honored.


Short shorts ...


Novato’s Michael Bedar has produced “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days,” an independent documentary that describes how to reduce the effects of diabetes through “live, whole, organic, plant-based foods.” It will screen in Oakland on Feb. 7, and over the next few months in Novato, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. For dates and other details, visit … The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center will begin training for its end-of-life volunteer program on Jan. 11. Call Rabbi Jon Sommer at (415) 750-4198 if you are interested in this meaningful and important opportunity to serve as a confidant and/or silent companion for individuals in the final months of their lives.

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