News

October 2022

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San Francisco Bay Area

Israeli Philharmonic returns to Bay Area with young, energetic maestro Lahav Shani

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will perform on Nov. 6 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and again the next evening at Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford University campus, after opening the tour with four performances in Southern California starting Nov. 2.

October 2022

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San Francisco

Koret President Dr. Anita Friedman honored with Light Unto the Nations Award

Koret President and Jewish Family and Children’s Services executive director Dr. Anita Friedman was presented with the Light Unto the Nations Award at AJC’s 2022 Global Advocacy Gala. The award is AJC’s highest honor bestowed on world leaders who exhibit leadership, courage, and principle.

September 2022

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United States

Ken Burns explores America’s inaction during the Holocaust

“The U.S. and the Holocaust,” coming to PBS September 18, examines the reasons behind the country’s inadequate response to Germany’s persecution of Jews.

August 2022

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San Francisco

SF Opera’s Antony and Cleopatra launches Centennial season

At San Francisco Opera, rehearsals are now underway for the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra, the latest drama from preeminent American composer John Adams. Opening September 10, the opera tells the story of a romance that would topple the world order—splintering alliances and sparking war on the Mediterranean.

July 2022

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San Francisco

Presidio Tunnel Tops is now open to the public!

The 20-year transformation of the Presidio’s waterfront adds 14 acres to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, building a national park space over concrete tunnels connecting San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge. Presidio Tunnel Tops features walking trails, art installations, picnic areas, and the mobile food program Presidio Pop Up.

July 2022

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IsraAID partners with Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska to provide trauma care

In partnership with Zelenska’s national mental health initiative, IsraAid is sending teams of Israeli trauma specialists to Ukraine for several weeks at a time. Read the full story on eJewish Philanthropy.

July 2022

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San Francisco

KQED’s Media Literacy Educator Certification wins NAMLE award

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) has selected KQED’s PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification for the 2022 Media Literate Media Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to media literacy made by media professionals with national reach.

July 2022

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Israel

Honeymoon Israel resumes trips after two years of pandemic delays

Two Bay Area cohorts went on trips in May, with more couples going later this summer. “As an interfaith couple, this trip was important to us to learn more about what it means to be Jewish and what traditions we want to carry forward or establish with our future family,” said Tara and Alexander, a Bay Area couple who recently returned from their trip.

July 2022

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United States

Jewish Story Partners announces spring 2022 grantees

Jewish Story Partners, a Los Angeles-based non-profit film funding organization, announced its third round of grantees today, with $468,000 in new grants distributed among 16 projects. The films traverse a rich variety of Jewish experiences, among them powerful stories from award-winning filmmakers like Michel Franco, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Julia Mintz, Pierre Sauvage, Jason Osder, William Youmans, and Joshua Zeman.

July 2022

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Oakland

Oakland Museum of California receives nation’s highest museum and library honor

OMCA is one of six organizations to win the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The award will be presented at a ceremony in July in Washington, DC.