Community Relations Committee update
Israel @ 65 Community Celebration
An Israel event celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday was held on Sunday, April 14 at Temple Shalom. The day brought out children, families and the young-at-heart to enjoy Israeli food, music and dancing, as well as an organizational fair featuring information and goods from our local and national Jewish organizations. We thank them all for their participation.
Kudos go to Betty Schwartz and Steven Brazina, Israel Affairs co-Chairs, and Melissa Keel, Federation Community Program Director, for spearheading this event. Special thanks to Temple Shalom for hosting the event and the Religious School for their wonderful project on Israel that was on display.
The Israel Affairs Committee of the Community Relations Community of the Jewish Federation underwrote the event. The documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference was shown to a standing-room-only audience and a panel discussion regarding the film concluded the event.
Stand Up for Justice Educator Award
At the Jewish Federation’s annual meeting in May, the Community Relations Committee’s Stand Up for Justice Educator Awards were presented to two winners as follows: Margy Bastida, technology teacher at Pine Ridge Middle School, and Jana Csenger, a District School psychologist who works in several schools. The latter award was for the project conducted at Golden Gate High School.