Congrats to Tiburon’s Congregation Kol Shofar, which defeated the team from San Francisco’s Congregation Beth Sholom by a score of 12-11 to win the 2018 championship of the B.A.T.S. softball league. The game was played Aug. 12 at Larkspur’s Redwood High School. Other teams in the league hail from Congregation Rodef Shalom of San Rafael and a team from Congregation Emanu-El (S.F.) and Brandeis School.
The children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivor Paul B. Lang came together on Aug. 11 for the dedication of a park bench named in his memory at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake area. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Lang escaped Dachau and made his way to San Francisco in 1941. Pictured on the bench are his children, Barbara Goldman and Jeffery M. Lang.
Michael Brodsky will be honored this fall with the New Generations award by the New Israel Fund. Brodsky, vice president at Countable, a political media company based in Oakland, has been a leader at NIF in recent years and will be honored at the NIF’s annual Guardian of Democracy dinner on Oct. 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.
East Bay writer and producer Jackie Krentzman (who produced the 2013 documentary “American Jerusalem: Jews and the Building of San Francisco”) has received one of the three film production grants recently awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and will use the $500,000 to complete a documentary about 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, known for his pioneering work on motion pictures. Muybridge, who lived in San Francisco for many years, did much of his work on Leland Stanford’s horse farm in Palo Alto. Inside Out Media is producing the film, which is called “Splitting the Second: The Brilliant, Eccentric Life of Eadweard Muybridge” and is directed by Marc Shaffer.
Comings & Goings
Jim Heeger is the new board chair of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. A former executive committee treasurer at the Federation, Heeger also serves as board chair of Moishe House, vice chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and as a board member of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Funders Network. He is a past president of Hillel at Stanford and Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and senior vice chair of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The Palo Alto resident is married to Daryl Messinger, chair of the North American board of trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism.
The Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco has promoted Oren Kroll-Zeldin to assistant director of the program and named Rabbi Lee Bycel as its new Sinton Visiting Professor in Holocaust, Genocide and Refugee Studies.
Kroll-Zeldin, who has taught at USF since 2012, also will be a term assistant professor in the department of theology and religious studies, in addition to leading the program’s three-week summer ulpan, a Hebrew-language intensive course. Bycel, who has taught at USF since 2013, was the part-time rabbi at Beth Shalom in Napa from 2012 to 2017. He was appointed to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council by President Barack Obama in 2014, and has held numerous positions in the fields of social justice and education, including 15 years as dean at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Congregation B’nai Emunah in San Francisco has selected Rabbi Pam Frydman as its interim rabbi. Frydman, who is writing a book about the Holocaust, was the founding rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco and served as interim rabbi of Congregation P’nai Tikvah in Las Vegas. She also served as administrative director of OHALAH, the association of Jewish Renewal clergy; as international co-chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall; as chair of Ruach Hiddush, Rabbis and Cantors for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel; and as a coordinator of Beyond Genocide, a campaign of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and several interfaith councils. Rabbi Mark Melamut recently left the Conservative synagogue after a decade to take over the pulpit at the Upper Valley Jewish Community congregation in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The StandWithUs chapter in Northern California has two new staff members. Matthew Levin, a San Francisco native who attended Jewish Community High School of the Bay, takes over as Pacific Northwest campus coordinator from Noa Raman, who has moved to the StandWithUs office in Jerusalem. Carmel Alon, a native of Israel who grew up in Sacramento, is the new Pacific Northwest high school coordinator. She replaces Aryeh Gelfand, who has moved to Moishe House in Palo Alto.
Randi Reed is Keshet’s new Bay Area LGBTQ training and inclusion specialist. She previously worked as the teen program coordinator, helping to build LGBTQ teen and community programs for the JCC of San Francisco, work for which she was nominated for a Helen Diller Family Award in Excellence in Jewish Education. Keshet is a national organization that works for LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.
Rabbi Josh and Chavie Zebberman have joined the staff of Chabad of the Tri Valley. The rabbi, who is completing his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Touro University, previously was a rabbinical intern at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Chavie Zebberman, a native of Montreal, completed her studies in teaching and Jewish education in Italy. They hope to open Camp Gan Israel, a Jewish summer day camp for the Tri Valley, in 2019.
Daniel Schindelman Schoen has been hired as youth programs manager at Berkeley-based Wilderness Torah. Schoen, who has a bachelor’s degree in nature and culture from UC Davis, has been working with Wilderness Torah for several years, including three years in the B’naiture program that offers a nature connections and Jewish wisdom to middle school students.
Nicoll Mischel is moving from S.F.-based Jewish Vocational Service to become the Marin/S.F. Project Director for the Jewish Teen Foundation at the Jewish Community Federation.