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2014 in Review: An Extraordinary Year!





Coming Up from Jewish Family Service...




Black and White and Shades Exhibition – Art at the JCC 

Until February 25

Curated by Lynn Holley, M.A. and juried by Larry Feinberg, CEO and Director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Art, and Peter Frank, LA critic and Huffington Post art critic.


 


Save the date: the 2015 Santa Barbara Jewish Festival will be Sunday, May 3, 11 am - 4 pm at Oak Park! Our theme this year is Peace. 

Early "dove" discounts begin NOW for vendor and sponsorship applicants! 
Get more details and a Booth Application here

Whether you’d like to promote your business, non-profit, artistic talents, culinary skills, or more, the Jewish Festival is your place for all things Jewish in Santa Barbara!

We look forward to hearing from you regarding your plans to join us in 2015.

We invite you to participate and receive added exposure and showcase your business within the Santa Barbara Jewish Community in our event Sponsorship program with your choice of Sponsorship packages.

For more information, email Mike Witt or call (805) 957-1115, x113. 








We Stand with the People of France 

We are horrified and profoundly saddened by the two terror attacks in Paris, including the brutal murder of four members of the French Jewish community in a deadly siege at the Hyper Cacher kosher market. These tragic events make it abundantly clear that Jews around the world face a unique and elevated threat from global terrorism.

The Jewish Federations of North America has been tracking and responding to events in Paris as they occur. In coordination with the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and the Service de protection de la communauté juive in France, we are working to ensure that local Jewish institutions, schools and synagogues as well as French Jewish citizens are protected from further attacks. 
 
We are painfully aware that these callous and cowardly acts are not isolated incidents. Rather, they are the latest in a series of increasingly disturbing and violent attacks, including the 2012 Toulouse school shooting and multiple attacks during Operation Protective Edge last summer. These events have increased the security concerns of French Jewry and also led to a dramatic rise in immigration of French Jews to Israel.
 
At this difficult time, we affirm that we stand in solidarity with the 500,000-strong French Jewish community, the families and friends of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the entire nation of France.
 
We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation and ask you to consider making a donation to aid French Jews. For more information, please read our letter to the French Jewish community and our media statement.
 
We thank you in advance for your generosity. 


New Undergrad Program Sends Students to Study Business in Israel!
Jewish Federation is excited to announce the Israel Summer Business Program - a new course offered by the Olin Business School, at Washington University in St. Louis. This six-week program will immerse students in the unique and innovative environment of Israeli business. It is open to ALL undergraduate students of all faiths and beliefs, regardless of major.
The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2015 though application evaluations and early acceptance will begin Jan. 5.
Learn more about this unforgettable opportunity! 

 


NEW Release:  
Zingt Zhe Kinder! A Yiddish Folk Music Legacy

by Lorraine Gutenplan Silverberg Klein. 

To Benefit the Jewish Federation.
Order your CD here today!
$18 suggested donation. Sample a preview here




From Broken Glass: Reflections of Survival and Life Renewed

Commemorating ten years of the Portraits of Survival permanent exhibit and the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht
For more images, scroll down to our Photo Gallery at the bottom of this page.  

Images courtesy of Eric Isaacs of EMI Photography.

You can watch video interviews with Survivors here.

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