Ten years, 1,000 cranes, Whats cooking, …

Ten years, 1,000 cranes

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Rhoda Goldman Plaza, which was celebrated Oct. 7 to 16, resident Hedy Krasnobrod created 1,000 origami cranes that now grace the first and second floors of the assisted-living facility in San Francisco.

“You can see them as soon as you come into the building,” says the 89-year old self-taught origami (paper-folding) artist. Cranes are a universal symbol for healing and a bright future, and they signify peace and friendship, Krasnobrod explains.

Krasnobrod, who began working on the crane project about 10 months ago, will celebrate her eighth anniversary of living at Rhoda Goldman Plaza on Nov. 1.

The facility’s 10th anniversary celebration included a donor dinner Oct. 16, attended by many leaders from the Jewish community. The facility’s most recent monthly newsletter, the Olive Press, included messages from board president Harvey Schloss, founder Dr. Anita Friedman, executive director Susan Koster and many others.

Koster reports that the work of Krasnobrod (RGP’s volunteer of the year, by the way) is just one of several new art installations. Another is a collection of “autobiographical boxes” — photos and chachkas from the lives of some 25 residents.


What’s cooking?

Sasha Perl-Raver, who grew up in Oakland and is now a personal chef, is featured on “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills“ on the Food Network. Sasha “adds her dash of Yiddisha spice to the mix,” reports her mom, Miki Raver.

Speaking of personal chefs, Tiffany Friedman from Cotati was one of four semifinalists in the nationwide Sears Chef Challenge, says her mom, Fanny Stein. Going into the Oct. 21 semifinals, Friedman, now of Los Angeles, had already won $5,000; all winnings are for charity, and she donated hers to Food for Thought, a food bank in Sonoma County that services families affected by HIV/AIDS.


Short shorts …

Marin residents Claudia Shapiro, 16, and Randy Shapiro, 14, were featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Oct. 8. The show’s “Gets Answers” segment, by reporter Claire Shipman, was about Internet privacy and how businesses promoting products (among other things) target young online users … Also spied on TV, the North Peninsula’s Liki Abrams, talking to a reporter about the state’s high-speed train route possibly going through San Mateo … Lisa Gurwitch, former executive director of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s Endowment Fund, has been named senior vice president for institutional advancement and external relations of World Learning, based in Washington, D.C. … Michal Kohane, former executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, is new executive director of the S.F.-based federation’s Israel Center … Honorary co-chairs of the New Israel Fund’s annual Guardian of Democracy dinner were Eleanor Friedman, NIF co-founder, and Rabbi Brian Lurie. The host committee included Steve Abel, Candice Gold, Leslie Kane, Hannah Kranzberg, Carol Malnick and Sabrina ZimmermanWendy and Howard Kleckner and Joni and Russ Pratt are co-chairs of American Jewish World Service’s 25th anniversary celebration, slated Nov. 16 in San Francisco. Laura Lauder and Lisa Pritzker are honorary co-chairs. Among other festivities, the event will honor AJWS president Ruth Messinger on her 70th birthday … And on a personal note, a special mazel tov to Amalia Penso on her bat mitzvah on Nov. 6 at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. Amalia is the daughter of my friend and former colleague, Judy Penso of Richmond.

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