Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Teen Program

Teen-only Forum
On The Middle East

"He prayed -- it wasn't my religion.
He ate -- it wasn't what I ate.
He spoke -- it wasn't my language.
He dressed -- it wasn't what I wore.
He took my hand -- it wasn't the color of mine.
But when he laughed -- it was
How I laughed, and when he cried --
It was how I cried."

Written by sixteen-year-old Amy Maddox

CALLING ALL YOUTH ! ! ! Come learn, listen & share as Palestinian & Jewish panelists tell their life stories. What you hear may surprise you, and what you say will be heard. Come share your views, and be a part of a life-changing event.

---- When ----
Sunday, November 19, 2000
4:00-7:00 pm

FREE EVENT                             FREE VEGI MEAL

--- Where ---
Club 18 @ 427 Presidio Avenue
San Francisco

Elias Botto was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. In 1947, due to violence, his family moved to Bethlehem. He is now living in the Bay Area and has an impressive history of work in everything from the garment business to helping those in need in the Middle East.
Gladys Wagman was born in Phildadelphia. Her family fled to the U.S. from Czarist Russia when their village's first born Jews were being killed during the pogroms. Having raised her family, she is now living in S.F.and working with the Jewish community.
Melek Totah was born in Iowa. Her father grew up in Haifa, Palestine in the 1930s and '40s before fleeing in 1948. Melek graduated from Drake University in International Relations, and then got her M.B.A. in International Business. She strongly supports volunteerism.
Jacob Mandelsberg was raised in Chicago as an observant Jew. His father's family fled Germany and the torching of synagogues to avoid increasing anti-Jewish violence. As a youth Jacob went to Israel for a year and ended up staying for twelve. He now builds educational Web sites.

For more information call Sarah Weinberg, Teen Program Coordinator @ 415-292-1261
or send e-mail to

A program of the JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

You can read an article about this event in the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California

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