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Chicken and tzedakah
Epstein, whose day job is director of institutional development at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, entered the auditorium decked out in a chicken costume and proceeded to ask audience members, “Why do you give?” She told the amused group that she tried out a number of jobs, including being a therapist (“Not good … I think listening is overrated”), settling on fundraising after she received direction (from above) through a chicken dinner.
Epstein was preceded by author Lisa Alcalay Klug, whose latest book is “Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe.” Some 240 women attended the brunch, sponsored by Marin congregations and women’s groups and the Koret Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood.
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Shulamit Wise Fairman, music director at Kehilla Community Synagogue and newly ordained as a cantor, will be honored at the congregation’s Chai Shabbat on Saturday, Jan. 26 … Denver’s Rabbi Joe Black, named a Top 10 artist by Moment magazine in two categories of Jewish music, children’s and “male, adult contemporary,” will be in concert at Alameda’s Temple Israel on Feb. 9 in celebration of the installation of Rabbi Barnett Brickner. Tickets are available at rabbiblack.brownpapertickets.com … Guerneville’s Sonia Tubridy and the Amaryllis Trio will perform in Sebastopol on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Guerneville on Feb. 3. Call (707) 869-3273 for info … Berkeley drummer (and writer) Perry Garfinkel writes that he has “joined a local band that could be called ‘Jews and the British Blues,’ since most of the members are either all Jewish, half-Jewish or married to Jewish women, and they play Stones and Buddy Holly covers.” The Whitecliff Rangers perform at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage on Feb. 2, as the opening act on a night called “The Freight Goes British.
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