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Program Director: Barbara Scharf
528-1182 • email@example.com
a program for adults 55+ Assistant Program Director: Jalena Bamberger
528-1476 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friendship Circle is a Program of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County
Friendship Circle friends enjoy lunch at Saul's Deli before The ladies from Petaluma celebrate together at the annual
Compulsion at the Berkeley Rep. Photo by Phyllis Nesbitt Friendship Circle Hanukkah Party. Photo by Karen Gould
Exploring the Music of Irving James Sokol Exploring Opera:
Berlin with Nancy Fox An Introduction to “Beautiful
Monday, December 13, 12 pm Singing”
Although he had no formal musical education, Monday, January 10, 12 pm
Berlin is acclaimed as America’s greatest The term bel canto (or “beautiful singing”)
songwriter. Fox will talk about his rise from most often refers to the style of gorgeous
a street singer to composer & lyricist – as music written in the early 19th century in
well as his Jewish background and influences. which singers could show off the many facets
Hear some of his favorites played by Nancy Fox. of their vocal virtuosity from very quick, florid singing to long,
With her repertoire of thousands of songs, Nancy Fox lush, soft passages. Join popular Bay Area opera instructor
presents interactive, thematic programs spiced with anecdotes James Sokol on a delightful journey through video performance
that entertain, amuse and inform. She will prepare a specialized clips to experience the spectacular vocal artistry in music by
program for Friendship Circle that you won’t want to miss. the period’s three main composers – Rossini, Donizetti and
Her gifted performance delights listeners with upbeat, jazzy Bellini.
styling’s and little-known back-stories of composers and James Sokol started his career in opera under Beverly Sills
lyrics. at New York City Opera. He has worked for the San Francisco
RSVP by Thursday, December 9 by noon Opera and is a former executive director of Pocket Opera.
email@example.com or 528-1476 He has taught a wide variety of opera appreciation courses
throughout the Bay Area. James leads popular Cultural Arts
and Opera Trips to destinations around the world.
RSVP by Thursday, January 6 by noon
firstname.lastname@example.org or 528-1476
Luncheons: December 13 & January 10
$10 Friendship Circle members; $12 for non-members, includes Save the Date! Sunday, January 30
lunch and dessert. Payment is accepted at the door. A Memorial Celebration of Joan Sutherland
Congregation Shomrei Torah is located at Come with the Friendship Circle on a Senior Excursion bus trip
2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. to the Osher Marin JCC to hear Metropolitan Opera soprano
Rides to lunches and events on the JFCS van are available upon Olga Makarina's stunning vocal tribute to Joan Sutherland.
request one week prior to date of event thanks to a grant from the San More details and reservation information in the January
Francisco Jewish Community Federation. newsletter.
Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County • Friendship Circle • December 2010
Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
with Marek Janowski, Conductor
Thursday Matinee, February 3, 2011
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Jeremy Denk, piano
Join Friendship Circle on a bus trip to San Francisco to
enjoy this special concert. We will arrive by 1:00 pm to
hear the pre-concert lecture. The program begins at 2 pm,
and we hope to be back between 5 and 6 o’clock. Fran
Danoff will be leading this trip for Friendship Circle.
Lunch: Your box lunch will be served to you before departing the bus. Vegetarian entrée available upon request by
Friday, January 28.
Cost: Members $30 per person; Non-members $40 per person
Includes admission with seating in the second tier, transportation, box lunch and snacks.
Tickets will be given to you on the bus.
Mobility: There are elevators, but it will be necessary to be able to manage a few stairs.
Medical form: FOR ALL TRIPS we request a recent medical form by the date of departure.
• LEAVES Congregation Shomrei Torah at 11:00 am (2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa).
Please park in lower parking lot only where the bus will be boarding.
• LEAVES Petaluma Community Center at 11:20 am (320 N. Mc Dowell Blvd. Petaluma)
Please let us know in advance if you are being picked up in Petaluma or if you need a ride to the bus.
Reservations: Limited to 25 passengers. Friendship Circle Members and those who weren’t able to attend one of our
recent Friendship Circle excursions will be given first priority. Please call or email Jalena at email@example.com or call
528-1476 for reservations. After confirmation with Jalena, mail in your check made out to the JCC, Friendship Circle,
1301 Farmers Lane, C103, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Please make your reservations early so you don’t miss out.
We strongly encourage those who have never attended one of our excursions to sign up and give it a try. No one is ever
turned away based on ability to pay. (Please speak to Jalena or Barbara in confidence.)
This event is being sponsored with the generous support of the Senior Excursion Fund of the Jewish Community
Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Jewish Community Free CliniC
490 City Center Drive
rohnert Park, Ca 94928
Free medical care for the uninsured, without
regard to ethnicity, race or religion.
urgent need for doctors, nurse practitioners,
nurses, social workers and translators.
707/585-7780 telephone • 707/585-7784 fax
Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County • Friendship Circle • December 2010
Clubs & Classes & Announcements
Mah Jongg with Carol Jarvis Thank You • Thank You • Thank You
Instructor will supply everything necessary to play. Please For contributions to Friendship Circle we want to thank
make reservations in advance so we have enough supplies the following people:
for everyone. All levels welcome.
Location: Upstairs at the JCC (no elevator) • Florence Boxerman, Carol Jarvis,
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 1 - 3 pm Arthur & Helen Margolese, Lily
Donation: $2 per class paid at the door. Crandon from the Lodge at Paulin
RSVP: The Friendship Circle office at 528-4222. Creek in appreciation for Friendship
• Lisa Isaacs, Millie Ferro, Vicki Kalish, Sara
Life Stories & Memoir Writing Jacobson, Dorie Friedman, Shirley Liberman,
Ongoing writing workshops with Suzanne Sherman. Margaret Livingston, Sara Futerman, Charlotte
Suzanne is an editor and author, and has been adjunct Goldstein, Eli & Peggy Futerman, Max &
faculty at SRJC for over 12 years. For all sections below, Michelle Stein, Daniel & Rina Chessin, Audee &
there is NO FEE. For more information, call Barbara Bruce Ison, Edee Sternfield-Squires, Judy Vance,
Scharf, 528-1182. and Ray Kaplan in memory of Frances Kaplan.
• Sebastopol Sr. Center, Tue., 1:30-4:30 pm • Natalie Friedman in honor of Ruth Turner. We also
• Santa Rosa, Spring Lake Village, Thu., 10 am-1 pm want to thank Natalie for donating Hanukkah supplies
• Santa Rosa, Oakmont Gardens, Thu., 2-5 pm for the party.
• Judy Vance wishing Ruth Turner a speedy recovery.
Yiddish Petaluma • Jill Permutt in honor of Henrietta Michael.
1st & 3rd Friday of each month at 1:45 pm • Donna Comitta for donating the beautiful Hanukkah
Classes are held in private homes, for more information: decorations.
Belle Ganapoler, 664-1256 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Pat Thomas for always remembering Friendship
Circle birthdays and sending each of us a card. We
also thank Pat for the donation of Hanukkah goodies.
Yiddish Santa Rosa: December 8 & 22 • Ray Kaplan for hosting the annual end of year
Classes are usually on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday from Friendship Circle Advisory Committee meeting at his
1:15-2:15 pm. The Yiddish Studies Class is at The Lodge home and donating supplies for our Friendship Circle
at Paulin Creek. This is a drop in class and there is no luncheons and Hanukkah party.
fee. Days and times are subject to change, so it is best • To the Hanukkah vendors who donated door prizes
to contact the instructor if you are new. For more for our party.
information: Loretta Denner, 566-1955 • Lee Strauss for sending meaningful sympathy and get
There will be no well cards and making a public announcement for us
exercise class on
Exercise Class Wednesday & on KRCB.
Location: Congregation Shomrei Torah Friday, December • To Rabbi Gittleman, Jill Permutt, Janine
29 & 31. Bamberger, and the entire Friendship Circle Advisory
2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.
When: Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:15 to 11:30 am Committee for volunteering to make this year’s
Fee: No fee; drop in anytime; open to all. Hanukkah party a great success.
Contact: Barbara Scharf, 528-1182.
Sponsored in collaboration with SRJC Seniors Program
Save these dates in 2011!
Judaic Studies Class: next class Dec 8 Look for more details in the January newsletter.
Ongoing program; you may begin at any time. Sunday, February 27, 2011
Location: Merrill Gardens at Rohnert Park, JCC Simcha Sunday and Yiddish Cultural Workshops
4855 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
When: Starting in January 2011, every 4th Wednesday of
each month at 2:30 pm Monday, October 24 – Friday, October 28, 2011
Fee: No fee 5 day/4 night bus trip to Ashland Oregon Shakespeare
How: Advanced registration required. Contact Judith Festival, a joint program of the JCCSF with
Goleman at 829-1670 for more information. Shiva Shulz, Osher Marin JCC with James
Sponsored jointly by Friendship Circle and Merrill Sokol and the JCC, Sonoma County with
Gardens. Barbara Scharf.
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Friendship Circle is a program of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County which is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, a Beneficiary
of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.
The mission of the Jewish Community Federation is to foster and enhance Jewish life here at home, in Israel, and around the world by
caring for the vulnerable, providing Jewish education for our children, engaging our interfaith families, promoting peoplehood and Israel and
providing aid in times of crises.
We are also grateful to be funded, in part by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation. Support from the Jewish Community Federation is not
enough. We depend on members of the Friendship Circle Community for donations and support.