JCCSF Matters Newsletter – February

Inspiring Women
Photojournalist Lynsey Addario
Photojournalist Lynsey Addario
Just in time for International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ve got a full complement of remarkable women at the JCCSF, many of whom shine in fields that have traditionally been male domains, like mountain climbing, punk rock and war photography.
 
Photojournalist Lynsey Addario, for example, thrilled a highly appreciative audience at the JCCSF on February 12. A regular contributor to National Geographic and the New York Times, Addario is known for her conflict coverage of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo, with a special emphasis on how women and families fare in combat zones.
 
To an audience that included fellow photographers and journalists, Addario was interviewed by Tabitha Soren, and narrated a slide show of her arresting images, including a heartbreaking series documenting the failed attempt to save an injured U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. Addario also told the harrowing tale of being abducted by security forces in Libya, and shared images that spoke eloquently of various humanitarian crises around the globe.
 
But you don’t have to report from a war zone to make an impact on the world. In the past week alone we’ve had three arts and entertainment mavericks at the JCCSF: Suzanne Vega, a brilliant singer-songwriter, Deborah Voigt, international opera star, and the phenomenal Issa Rae, creator of the wildly popular YouTube series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.
 
Upcoming events featuring women who’ve broken new ground include mountain climber Melissa Arnot, western women’s record holder for Everest summits; on February 26, she’ll share stories and images of her climbing life, from Mt. Rainier to Kilimanjaro. A pioneer in another field, Kim Gordon, co-founder of Sonic Youth and “proto-riot grrrl who's led the way for generations of creative misfits” (Paper) will be here March 4. The event has sold out, but you can watch the live stream on Arts & Ideas On Demand.
 
And don’t forget to save the dates in April and May for Russian-American journalist and LGBT activist Masha Gessen on “From Putin to Pussy Riot and Beyond” and Egyptian–American writer and activist Mona Eltahawy on “Headscarves and Hymens.”
Marci Glazer is Our New CEO

CEO Marci Glazer

Some of you may already have heard the good news – Marci Glazer, talented tech-industry executive with a decade of nonprofit experience – has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer at the JCCSF.
 
Marci’s background ranges from marketing to media, from software to the nonprofit sector. She held executive positions at Airena, CMP Media and FamilyWonder.com, worked with The Center for Marine Conservation (now The Ocean Conservancy) and served as executive director of the visionary Flip Video Spotlight Program, where she established partnerships with thousands of charitable organizations. Marci is also an alumna of the Wexner Heritage Program, a Jewish leadership program, and she’s been on the JCCSF board since 2010. She has a deep connection to Jewish life and an abiding interest in the evolution of Jewish identity.
 
A recent feature about Marci in the J Weekly tells the story of Marci’s long history with the JCCSF. When she was in the hospital after giving birth to her daughter, a friend laughingly presented her with something every new Bay Area parent needs: an application for preschool at the JCCSF. Marci’s daughter did indeed attend a JCCSF preschool, and since then she and her family have been committed and engaged community members. Now Marci is in a position to shape our community, and to help us discover what it means to be a Jewish community center in the 21st century.
 
Welcome, Marci!
Get Ready to Bid!

Hawaii Getaways

Starting March 2, you’ll have the chance to bid online for everything from sports tickets to fabulous stays in great vacation homes. The auction goes live at noon on March 2, and closes on March 14 at 11:59 pm. All proceeds benefit JCCSF preschools, contributing generous financial assistance that keeps the schools accessible to families at all income levels.
 
Bid starting March 2 on more than 150 items, including:

  • One week in Hawaii in a luxurious home at the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai, located on the Big Island. The four-bedroom, four-bath home sleeps eight – donated by Reso.
     
  • A stay at the decadent MGM Grand in Las Vegas, along with tickets to Cirque Du Soleil’s gravity-defying KÀ.
     
  • Superbowl tickets! Two tickets to the big game – at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
     
  • Dinner at sought-after restaurants across the city, including dinner for four at State Bird Provisions with a priority reservation.
     
  • Spa treatments, sports tickets, children’s camps and so much more – all at the JCCSF Online Auction! 
For more information, contact Maryann Hulsman at 415.276.1535 or email mhulsman@jccsf.org.

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