Past Member Spotlights
Dr. Alan Fisher of JNF's San Francisco Region visits the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center
Lauri Flaxman has received the prestigious Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
The Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education is awarded to Jewish educators who demonstrate exceptional achievement in Jewish education while making a significant impact on their students and the community. The award offers national recognition and a monetary award which is to be used for professional development.
A caring and devoted early childhood Jewish educator, Lauri Flaxman has spent the last eight years as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Beth Jacob Preschool in Redwood City. With more than 18 years of experience, Flaxman is known as a gentle and calming presence for her students and a supportive mentor to her fellow teachers. Flaxman has a unique ability to facilitate social interactions between children, and she is constantly adapting her curriculum to meet their emotional and developmental needs. Combining her early childhood skills with her training as a Speech and Language therapist, Flaxman also teaches a Facilitated Playskills Class for children who need additional assistance with social skills.
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation, in partnership with JESNA, announce an annual Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. Designed to recognize, honor, and support, outstanding classroom Jewish educators on the local level, these awards are presented to professionals in communities across North America in conjunction with their central agencies for Jewish education or federations.
Recently these CBJ members - Greg Sterling, Robyn Stone, Yeshaya Ballon, Brian Greenberg, Bill Futornick and Kathy Picard, a friend of CBJ - rode in Hazon's 1st Annual California Bike Ride.
Gerry is a good friend of Beth Jacob. He and his wife Lela now spend most of their time in Redondo Beach caring for grandsons. He has written a book of poems entitled:
HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man
Gerard (Gerry) Sarnat is the great-great grandson of Jacob Ben Isaac Gesundheit, the High Rabbi of Warsaw, and shtetl lowlifes, Nahum Z. and Yente Liebe Sarnatzky. He is a father of three, grandpa to two, and has been married forty-plus years.
A virginal poet at the tender age of sixty-four, during 2008 his work was published in over sixty journals and anthologies and was commended or won poetry competitions and prizes inside and outside the US. In 2009 Gerry began editing literary journals. In 2010 he was invited to teach at the university level and began readings, radio appearances (available as iTunes downloads) and workshops domestically and in Israel.
Gerry is Harvard and Stanford educated, a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has been a professor at Stanford Medical School, and CEO/chief medical officer for national healthcare companies. Gerry has set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, serves on the international New Israel Fund board, and has chaired community organizations.
The book is available now shipping free at California Institute of Arts and Letters and will be available on Amazon.com April 20. Gerardsarnat.com will be up around the same time.
This recent video and article both highlight the success of Rabbi Ezray's bariatric surgery. With this Member Spotlight, we commend the Rabbi on his strength and determination to be healthy, and are thankful that he has found a program to assist him in that goal.
He is truly an inspiration to us all.
"Having this surgery is the very best thing I could have ever done for myself.” – Rabbi Ezray
Beth Jacob members go on a sailing adventure! Barb Gottesman, Michael Mitgang, and their children, Danielle (6th grade) and Harrison (4th grade) decided to follow their dream of sailing the world together.
Shabbat Service on Saturday, August 1, CBJ member Dick Harte gave a insightful and thought-provoking midrash.
The Second Friday Speaker Series on June 12 featured readings of original poetry by Beth Jacob members. This event was just another way for our members to express their Jewish souls and share story.
by Neil Heller, presented at the Beth Jacob 2009 Chesed Awards
by George Heller, April 2009