August 2014

JCCSF Matters - July 2014 Edition

Inside Baseball in the Wake of A No-Hitter
Giants Night at The JCCSF

“It’s taken almost three years to bring this event together,” said Giants CEO Larry Baer, onstage for Giants Night at the JCCSF on June 25. “But I don’t think we could have settled on a more perfect date.”
Perfect indeed. Fans filled Kanbar Hall to hear Baer, General Manager Brian Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy give the inside scoop on the team, just hours after Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres, the second of his career.
Lincecum wasn’t the only topic of discussion, not by a long shot. Fans drank in Giants details from the front office, the clubhouse, the dugout and the field. And in a perk common to all Arts & Ideas events, the audience had its say. The evening’s Q&A session was pure San Francisco. One man praised the Giants announcers, John Miller in particular, but took issue with the number of ads during broadcast games. “Pretty soon,” he wondered, “will every pitch be brought to you by somebody?” Another fan commended the Giants for reaching out to the LGBT community, but asked, “What’s up with there never being a same-sex couple on the Kiss Cam?” The questions may have been pointed but the feeling stayed warm and fuzzy; nothing could put a dent in the evening’s good cheer. It was, after all, a lovefest, for a ball club as quirky as the city it calls home.
Watch the entire event, including a musical introduction by Beach Blanket Babylon's Tammy Nelson, sporting not a ball cap but a hat the size of a ballpark.
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Video Celebrates Your Contribution to the JCCSF

JCCSF Year End video

This year, a record 55,000 people of all ages and backgrounds benefited from JCCSF programs. We couldn't have done it without your support and the many donations we received from our generous community. Thank you to everyone who donated funds and time, and to everyone who took part in our programs and celebrations. We wouldn’t have had such a successful year without you.
Take a look at the video celebrating all we've accomplished together!

Watch the JCCSF Year-End Video.

Oneg Shabbat: Saturdays Unplugged

Oneg Shabbat: Saturdays Unplugged

Last weekend, hundreds of people gathered for the last of the summer’s three Oneg Shabbat: Saturdays Unplugged. Participants rolled their own sushi and pretzled into yoga positions. Adults sipped craft beer from a local brewery while kids of all ages created wild animals from Lego blocks. Renowned Bay Area singers Isaac Zones and Melita Silberstein provided stunning harmonies and dance-worthy beats.
This particular Oneg Shabbat also sported a Scottish theme in honor of outgoing Executive Director and former Glaswegian, Barry Finestone. The kilt-optional event featured bagpipes, golf and a scotch-based l’chayim.
All three Saturdays Unplugged were celebrations of community. With opportunities to pet live snakes, play ukulele and eat tacos filled with ice cream, it’s no wonder that the JCCSF was the place to be this summer.
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