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Join us for our annual donor appreciation celebration!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

3-5:30 PM, Oakland winery

A festive gathering for those who support the JCC East Bay‘s mission of creating healthy communities inspired by Jewish values, culture, and tradition. Featuring live music by DJ Will Magid and the Golden Bell Brass Band, artisan wine, seasonal nosh, and a tribute to the 2018 Community Leadership Award honorees.

The Mensch! Party celebrates all those who strengthen the JCC East Bay with an annual gift of $250 or more.   

If you are unsure of your donation status, please contact Development Director Julie Iny at 510.848.0237, ext. 129 or You may also donate online at 


Host Committee

Susan Berrin and Steven Zipperstein
Rabbi James Brandt
Rhea and Rajan Dev
Jennifer and Abe Friedman
Andy and Lauren Ganes
Sam Genirberg
Nicki and Ryan Gilbert
Gayle and Steve Goldman
Fred Isaac and Robin Reiner
Benita Kline
George and Doris Krevsky
Hal and Renee Leventhal
Ilene Levinson and Rem van Tijen
Moses and Susan Libitzky

Robin Marsh
Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin
Sherry Morse and John Maccabee
Anne and Nathan Petrowsky
Sue Reinhold and Deborah Newbrun
Debra Schoenberg and Karen Fierer
Susan and Dick Seeley
Karla and Neil Smith
Lisa Tabak
Ellen and Craig Whittom
Becki and Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Steve and Vicki Zatkin
Jessica and Mark Zitter

JCC East Bay Community Leadership Award: 2018 Honorees


Eileen Ruby has been a dedicated leader in the Jewish community and volunteer fundraiser for many causes. Her entry into Bay Area Jewish life began when her son was a preschooler at the Oakland-Piedmont JCC. She has since served as board president for both the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. Today Eileen serves on the boards of directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, Kevah, and the Piedmont Education Foundation. She is also a Piedmont Park Commissioner. In her free time, she enjoys Pilates, traveling, cooking, playing Mah Jongg, and participating in a book group and a Kevah study group.

ROB RUBY, of blessed memory

Rob Ruby z”l (1949-2016) retired early from a career as a workers’ compensation attorney, and committed his time to community service and Jewish communal leadership. Over the span of two decades, Rob served as president of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, vice president of the national BBYO board, and board chair at Berkeley Hillel. In these roles, Rob was known for his integrity, humor, and commitment to nurturing emerging leaders.

The JCC East Bay is grateful to Eileen and Rob Ruby for their generosity, counsel, and leadership that made it possible for the JCC to begin to lay the foundation for future generations of Jewish life in the East Bay.  


Make a tribute donation to honor Eileen Ruby and Rob Ruby z"l and support the JCC East Bay. We also welcome your tribute messages and ads for the The Mensch Party event program. Please click here for more details. 
The deadline for print-ready ad artwork submission is Sunday, March 18. Please click here for ad specifications.



Musician Will Magid

Oakland California based Trumpet Player / Producer / Ethnomusicologist / DJ Will Magid's music is always a joyous affair. In Hebrew, Bay Area producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Magid's last name means "traveling storyteller" — which is a pretty apt descriptor for both the artist and his music. Weaving boisterous horns and delicate strings with electronic samples and lively percussion, Magid, who studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, makes music that is evocative, eclectic, and more than a little worldly.