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Latkes and Biden
In her “Steely-Eyed Joe” video, which is “a tribute to Joe Biden, who gets overshadowed by all the news about nearly everyone else,” she sings to a country-western tune: “Paul Ryan might be a studley flirt, but Joe’s who I wanna see without a shirt.” There’s also “Put Me in Your Binder Full of Women” and “It’s a Scary Time to Be a Jewish Mother,” from the perspective of a gay-marriage supporter.
About her politics, Mayer says, “All my videos are on the liberal side, but even my friends from high school in Orange County have emailed to say they may disagree with the politics, but they enjoy the comedy.” You can check out Mayer’s clever humor on YouTube, or visit http://www.laurenmayer.com and find out how to include “Latkes, Shmatkes” in your holiday gifting.
The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Northern California awarded Golden Bagels to four men for their contributions to sports and the community on Nov. 4. Noted the organization’s Gary Wiener, “As our Golden Bagel honorees sat on the dais, one couldn’t help but notice the diversity: Marc Christensen, who once out-sprinted O.J. Simpson in a track meet, to Jon Greenberg, who has been an inspiration to Potrero Hill kids for over 40 years, to the larger-than-life multicultural Kenny Kahn, who looks like he could still play football, to the diminutive Len Norack, the official’s official.” Among other things, Christensen is a retired teacher and president of the San Francisco Association of Athletic Coaches; Greenberg runs the 33-year-old S.F.-Bay Area Pro-Am Basketball League; Kahn is a high school football head coach and co-director of Be’chol Lashon’s family camp; and Norack is a former basketball official.
Pam Baer, whose husband, Larry Baer, is CEO of the San Francisco Giants, says she always wore a necklace with three charms — a Star of David, peace sign and a heart — during the playoffs. “I find this to be my lucky necklace … it has gotten me through two World Series now!” she says. She also wears one of many scarves with orange in it to every game. “Some are luckier than others, so you often see me for weeks on end wearing the same one.”
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