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SFJCF’s Young Adults Division presents:

April 8, 2010

Issue No. One

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What’s goin’ on?
HIGHLIGHTS
AGENDA

6:30 Dinner begins 6:45-6:50 Welcome & Intro to session with Gabriana Marks 6:50-7:05 Icebreaker 7:05-7:50 What It Means to Be a Jewish Leader with Elias Saratovsky 7:50-8:05 Questions for Elias 8:05-8:20 Break 8:20-8:45 Group discussion (see page 2 for details) 8:45-9:00 Closing and preview of next session

Break the ice... Share with your table: Who has been your greatest influence and why? This could be a teacher, political figure, historian, family member, friend, etc. Follow-up: How will you make your mark on your community, your world? What influence do you want to have?
Raffle prizes: • “It’s Not Your Smarts, It’s Your Schmooze: How to Succeed Without Being Brilliant” • “Startup Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” • “The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory”

CLUB FED SCORES NEW POLITICAL SPEAKER

A thought-provoking presentation and discussion will be led by Elias Saratovsky, AIPAC Political Director, Pacific Northwest Region. Elias Saratovsky joined AIPAC in 2002 and currently serves as the Political Director for the Pacific Northwest region. In that role, Elias is responsible for expanding pro-Israel political activity in northern California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He works closely with pro-Israel activists to educate them on the pro-Israel legislative agenda and the political dynamics in the region. He is also responsible for legislative mobilizations in 45 congressional districts. Elias regularly briefs Members of Congress, their staff and congressional candidates on the situation in the Middle East. Previously, Elias worked in AIPAC’s Washington DC office as the New Leadership Network Director and the Political Analyst. He helped write and manage the production of the AIPAC Insider, the organization’s semi-annual publication on campaigns and politics. Elias is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. and currently lives in San Francisco, CA.   Note: Due to unforseen circumstances, Dan Schnur will not be speaking at our session this week.

Elias Saratovsky AIPAC Political Director Pacific Northwest Region

UP NEXT: ARTS & CULTURE

On Wed., April 21, we’ll be joined by JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) and local artist, writer and chef Lisa Rauchwerger.

“The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath, have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership.”

-John F. Kennedy, America’s 34th President

Interested in getting more involved in the community? Consider becoming part of the 2010-2011 YAD Board! Please join us on Monday, April 12 from 6-7 pm at Perry’s (155 Steuart St) for an informational session. Or, contact Abra Annes at AbraA@sfjcf.org for an application.

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What are the biggest political issues facing Jews today?
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

What do you see as the biggest issues facing Jews today -- locally, nationally and around the world?

“If you will it, it is no dream.”
-Theodor Herzl

• Environment • Health Care • Israel • Economy/Jobs • Anti-Semitism
How would you define “contemporary Jewish social or political issues?" Are there issues or events in the world that make you proud to be a Jew? Are there some that make you feel less proud? How easy or difficult is it to discuss these and other contemporary Jewish issues with other Jews? With non-Jews? Are there contemporary Jewish issues that you feel don’t get enough attention either inside or outside the Jewish community? How do we get young adults involved in the community? How do we engage young adults to want to do more and be more involved?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Study on Young Adults’ Political and Social Views
Statement % who agree or strongly (These statements in no way reflect the opinions or beliefs of Club Fed, the agree San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, its employees or volunteers.) 18- to 29- Students at year-olds* 4-year colleges* Community service is an honorable thing to do. 70 81 The U.S. should intervene militarily in other nations in order to 41 52 stop genocide. I feel like I need more practical information about politics 46 56 before I get involved. The U.S. should consider the opinions of other countries when 45 53 making foreign-policy decisions. The government should do more to curb climate change, even 29 37 at the expense of economic growth. Basic necessities, such as food and shelter, are a right that 45 50 government should provide to those unable to afford them. The U.S. should intervene militarily in other nations in order to 31 31 protect itself from hostile countries. * The comparison is between all 18- to 29-year-olds and a subset who are enrolled at four-year colleges. Source: “Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes Toward Politics and Public Service: 17th Edition,” Institute of Politics at Harvard University

MAJOR PROPS...

A big thanks to everyone on the Club Fed Committee: Karen Daitch, Ilyse Gerber, Lisa Kattan, Beth Sherman & Andrea Skor. Please feel free to connect with them and your co-chairs, Ben Glazer and Gabriana Marks, in our Facebook group!

Interested in getting more involved in the community? Consider becoming part of the 2010-2011 YAD Board! Please join us on Monday, April 12 from 6-7 pm at Perry’s (155 Steuart St) for an informational session. Or, contact Abra Annes at AbraA@sfjcf.org for an application.