Shorts: Bay Area

Friday, June 23, 2006 | by

Fresno teacher charged with hate crime

A teacher at Fresno’s Yosemite High School has been charged with a hate crime for assaulting a Jewish student after police discovered white supremacist paraphernalia at the teacher’s home.

The charges stem from a 2005 incident in which the student claims teacher Donna Hubbard harassed her for wearing a Star of David, and later triggered a roadside altercation.

The incident originally was ruled a mutual fight, but a recent raid on the Hubbard family home changed that.

Police discovered Bobby and Donna Hubbard’s wedding pictures, which reportedly featured robed Klansmen, as well as supremacist literature and photos of the couple’s children making Hitlerian salutes. Authorities also reportedly discovered some guns in her home.

The discovery has lead police to conclude the April 2005 attack on the Jewish student was hate-motivated, leading to charges being filed in June. Donna Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to the assault charge as well as additional charges related to gang affiliations.




Sherith Israel hosting women’s legal panel


Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco will be hosting a free legal panel titled “Jewish Women’s Rights at Home and in the Workplace.”

The panel will include rabbis and attorneys who will discuss topics such as sexual harassment, divorce, custody, abuse in the home and violence against women in Jewish law.

The panel is co-presented by Congregation Emanu-El, Bay Area domestic abuse agency Shalom Bayit, the Bureau of Jewish Education, National Council of Jewish Women and other Jewish organizations.

The panel will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 26 at Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F. Child care is available. Information: (866) SHALOM-7.




YAD hosts night of wine and chocolate


Infusing a touch of decadence into Shabbat, the Young Adults Division of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation is hosting a wine and chocolate Shabbat potluck on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m.

The event costs $10 and will be held at a private home in San Francisco. Guests should bring a bottle of wine or a chocolate dish.

RSVP to (415) 512-6280 for location and more information.




Deadline extended for Belgian reparations


Jews residing in Belgium for any period during the German occupation may be eligible for compensation, and the deadline to apply for it has been extended to June 30.

The Solidarité 3000 Project entitles any Jew who can provide his or her Belgian address from between May 1940 and September 1944 to a minimum of 3,000 euros in reparations (around $3,570).

Application forms are available locally through Brian Brown at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, (415) 449-3823; Rita Clancy at JFCS East Bay, (510) 558-7800 ext. 257; and Laura Sigura at Jewish Family Service Silicon Valley, (408) 556-0600 ext. 7451.




Lauren Bandman is new cantor at Beth Am


Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills has a new cantor.

Lauren Bandman, newly vested by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, can be heard singing several tracks on “A Collection of Soulful Jewish Melodies: Nigun Anthology — Volume I.”

Bandman has an undergraduate degree in music and education from Ohio State University.




Local organizations get grants from MAZON


MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger recently announced a total of $432,000 in grants to 29 California hunger relief organizations, 11 of them in the Bay Area.

The Los Angeles-based MAZON was founded as a national nonprofit organization that raises funds from the Jewish community and allocates them to organizations that alleviate and prevent hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services in San Francisco was the only Jewish local grantee. It was awarded $8,000.

Other grantees in the Bay Area are: St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, $10,000; St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco, $9,000; Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in Concord, $9,000; San Francisco Food Bank in San Francisco, $10,000; Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, $15,000; California Food Policy Advocates in San Francisco, $35,000; Sunnyvale Community Services in Sunnyvale, $8,000; Familia Center in Santa Cruz,  $9,000; La Manzana Community Resources in Aptos, $7,000 and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties in Watsonville, $10,000.




Koret and Haas give grants to JTA

The S.F.-based Koret Foundation has approved a grant of $100,000 over two years to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for investigative and enterprise reporting. A senior editor, Richard Greenberg, dedicated to investigative and enterprise reporting, has recently been hired.

JTA is the wire service that serves Jewish newspapers around the world, including j. the Jewish news weekly.

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco has also approved a one-year grant of $50,000 to support JTA’s expanded coverage of issues relating to Jewish identity and affiliation. Other supporters include the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Samuel Bronfman Foundation.




AJCommittee starts fuel-efficiency program


The American Jewish Committee is offering its employees around the country an incentive to purchase or lease fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles, according to Ernest Weiner, executive director of the organization’s S.F.-based office.

The AJCommittee fuel-efficient vehicle bonus program is believed to be the first offer of its kind to employees of any nonprofit organization in the United States.

Employees who qualify will be entitled to receive bonus payments of $1,500 or $2,500, depending on the vehicle model.




Camp Ramah seeking alumni


Camp Ramah in Ojai is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is looking for all former campers and staff for a celebratory reunion Sunday, Dec. 3.

Ramah alumni are asked to register at www.campramah.org/alumni or call 888-CAMP-RAMAH for information.




Manischewitz making parve cake mixes


When Duncan Hines decided to stop making its parve cake mixes in favor of dairy, there was an outcry. So Manischewitz stepped in to fill the gap by launching a line of parve cake mixes.

The first products in the line are extra-moist yellow and chocolate parve cake mixes; other flavors will be added over the next few years.