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Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Announcements | No Comments

Penny Rosenwasser invites Jewish cis-women, trans & gender-queer folks to her September 25 workshop at Moishe House/Oakland, 2-6pm: When I Dare to be Powerful – about empowering our activism by examining internalized messages that can hold us back from having the biggest lives possible and being the most effective activists. Learn more:


Corey Weinstein will be performing in his play, Erased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me in the Mission District to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the massacre at Babi Yar. He wrote the play specifically to be shown on these dates and is blessed to have the opportunity to have a slot on the Rising Series at the Marsh Theater on September 28, 7:30pm (visit ( and a show at the Community Music Center on September 30.     The play recounts the story of the ethnic cleansing of the Jews by gunfire in the Ukraine in 1941 using the established historical record as resources. And it tells the author’s story as he grew up in a gilded Jewish ghetto in the backwash of the Holocaust; about how his community managed the shock and trauma. It is a play about how memory shapes each person and how memories can be refreshed with new experiences. 15 songs provide the backbone of the play that weaves narratives about what was done, and what was lost and what was erased in our communal lives; and what can be recovered even now.   The Holocaust of World War II usually brings to mind the horror of the death camps and the gas chambers. In those camps each person was catalogued, tattooed and processed with precision. But before the death camps at least 1.5 million Jews were beaten to death, or shot where they stood or more commonly rounded up out of their homes and shuttled to a killing field and gunned down.  Most remain lost and unknown. We go from the author’s dramatic beginning of this journey in 2008 at Babi Yar, through the memories of 1941 and the devastation in the wake of the Einsatzgruppen assaults to community responses and personal resolution in the present moment.
This play is dedicated to the memory of Laslo Frankovitz, born on January 10, 1944 in northwestern Romania to Rifka and Oskar Frankovitz. He died an infant at Birkenau in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. May his spirit be carried forward in the heart of our words and songs.  Corey Weinstein is a songwriter and clarinet player born in September 1944. He has published two CDs of music largely inspired by the klezmer and Yiddish stage musical traditions and leads the klezmer band, Umzist. On stage Corey is joined by Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz who have sung with the San Francisco Jewish Folk Chorus and in other venues in the Bay Area.


Beth Weinberger has been invited to participate in an interfaith panel on Working Together to Repeal the Death Penalty, taking place during the annual San Francisco Re-entry Conference and Resource Fair,
sponsored by the Restorative Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to provide information and resources to help reintegrate the formerly incarcerated into our communities.
Keynote speaker will be Sr. Helen Prejean.  The conference takes place Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.  It’s free for folks working in this field; registration required.  The panel includes Catholic, Buddhist, Jewish (me) and secular participants.

Karen Rachels is organizing a Report Back from South Sudan by local Doctors Without Borders humanitarian aid worker, Donna Canali. A nurse and organizer, Donna has worked in seven countries over 11 years providing and coordinating  medical services. She is presenting a talk and slideshow about her most recent assignment in South Sudan, primarily Juba. Report Back from South Sudan, October 4, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, South Branch Berkeley Library (Tarea Hall Pittman Library).  Contact Karen at or Donna at for more information. The Library is located one block north of Ashby BART at the corner of MLK, Jr Way and Russell.


Sue Kearney of Magnolias West, along with another local small-biz marketing whiz (Lisa Cain of Marketing U), are presenting a series of hands-on, interactive classes on Facebook Marketing. In Oakland at the Port Workspaces on Thomas L. Berkley Way.  Facebook Marketing for Small Businesses and Solopreneurs.
October 5th: Facebook business pages
October 19th: Facebook groups
November 2nd: Facebook ads and analytics
All sessions run 4–6:30pm



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