February 2014

JCCSF Matters - January 2014 Edition

Back in Time
10 Years In These Walls

These days at the JCCSF it’s not uncommon to see toddlers in tutus in the dance studio and adults with iPads in the café. It’s a familiar scene – now. But a century ago – even a decade ago – the scene was very different. It’s one that’s always evolving, just like the community itself. The JCCSF often reflects the politics and culture of the time, and its timeline is a testament to the many ways in which it served the local and larger communities.

A stop at the JCCSF (then the Young Men’s Hebrew Association) in 1906 would have revealed a temporary relief station for earthquake and fire victims and evacuees. In the 1940s, the JCCSF (then the SFJCC) was often filled with World War II troops and refugees. USO dances, disaster relief preparation and free access to facilities were just a few services provided.

By the time the SFJCC celebrated its centennial in 1977, community services had grown to include a fitness center, summer camps and a preschool. Over the next two decades the community grew, changed and welcomed new arrivals. By 1997 plans were underway for a new center – one that would rise to the needs of a new century. In 2004 that dream was realized, and this month we celebrate 10 years in this beautiful building.

Have you been at the JCCSF in the past decade and been witness to this latest slice of the community’s history? Perhaps you learned to swim at the Aquatics Center – or even got married here! Learn how you can share your story of time spent at the JCCSF in the past decade at 3200stories.org/inthesewalls. Or email your stories to editor@jccsf.org.

Building History & Art Tour
Saturday, February 1 • 10:00 & 11:30 am
Discover the building’s surprising history in an illuminating tour of the art, sculpture, design and architecture that make this space so special. RSVP to lnaxon@jccsf.org.
Keeping It Kosher

Keeping it Kosher

It’s 11:00 am and a line of familiar faces is forming outside Fisher Family Hall, where the JCCSF hosts our Kosher Lunch Program (KLP). Six days a week older adults from a variety of backgrounds enjoy a daily lunch of nutritious kosher food.

These days the menu is looking a bit different as the JCCSF’s café Community Table takes up the catering of these daily meals. All dishes are now made in Community Table’s dedicated kosher kitchen with kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) supervisor Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi and maschiach (observer) Moshe Safdie on hand to ensure proper care and attention is given to gathering, preparing, storing and serving the food.

“We’re so proud to be able to carry the torch that has been passed to us from the Jewish Home,” says Director of Recreation Programs Jackie Lewis. Community Table Head Chef Michele Pfeifer has created new menus and her team has been working hard to plan and execute meals that will continue to celebrate and honor the rich history and tradition of kosher food.

“We’re the only supervised kosher nutrition site in San Francisco,” says Lewis, “and we all feel a great sense of responsibility and joy that we are tasked with supporting our older adult community in this way. It’s a great feeling to be able to serve them.”

More Stars on the Way

Isabel Allende

It feels like the Arts & Ideas season is just getting started; more than 25 events have been added to the lineup for the New Year. This month alone, stars and icons of music, literature, science and media have graced the stage in the JCCSF’s Kanbar Hall – many to sold-out crowds. Appearances by Jane Pauley, Angélique Kidjo, George Saunders, Karen Russell and Gary Shteyngart have continued to raise the bar for the season.

“We’re constantly curating to keep the season fresh and eclectic,” says Director of Arts & Ideas Barbara Lane. Coming up next are Cowgirl Creamery, a Grease sing-along and costume competition, soul singer Betty LaVette, author and activist Isabel Allende and more.

The season may be halfway done, but Arts & Ideas is just heating up, with some events in the 2014 lineup already sold out. Learn more about this spectacular season and purchase tickets and sign up to receive emails at jccsf.org/arts.

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