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“Compared to what we left, the 12 days at sea felt like the good life. It stormed all the time, and we were thrown about like little marbles in a tin, but none of it seemed to matter. Little Jacob broke his arm, poor lad, when a crush of people fell on top of him during a swell. Yet through it all — somehow — there was still hope in his eyes, when he had every reason to feel all would be lost.

And then, after an eternity, someone spotted her.

The commotion brought everyone to one side of the ship. We were in danger of falling over!

Did the sky clear, or was I just dreaming? I don’t know anymore. It was gray, but the waters grew suddenly calm. As we steamed closer, there was a silence I’ll never forget. We seemed to be just gliding over the surface as the Lady grew nearer and larger and we all withdrew deeper into our own thoughts. ‘Welcome,’ she was saying. ‘I’ve been waiting for you.’

Then, tears. Tears mixed with an ocean spray that was for the first time warm and gentle.

We were free.”

Together, we can keep the Lady’s promise alive as a symbol not only of our own pride, but for all those in the world who still yearn to breathe free. Won’t you help us restore her glory?
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation             
1986 Art Direction: Steven Goldstein
2006 Art Direction: Ivan Lee
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Why the best schools in the Bay Area don’t have a prayer.

Our nation — indeed, most every society on earth — is built upon a strong and influential religious ethic. Whatever one’s own choice in matters of faith, there is no questioning the powerful, and often central, role that religion has played in shaping our values and growth.

But there is one place, in this nation at least, that promoting religion positively does not belong. And that’s in the public schools.

That’s because as a nation, we understand it is precisely this separation of church and state that makes us strong. As a nation, we believe that while knowledge may be taught in our schools, faith cannot be. Faith is something that must be felt — by each individual, and among those of similar belief. And that makes prayer, or even religious clubs, singularly inappropriate in a place of public, secular instruction.

The best schools in the Bay Area — and across the nation — understand this. Far from being hostile to religion, by keeping this distinction clear schools uphold the very principles of compassion and tolerance that our nation was founded upon.

At the American Jewish Congress, we’ve long supported policies that keep separate matters of religion and the state. And to no single group is this lesson more important, perhaps, than to our children.

That’s why our efforts in this area include, among other activities, parental awareness and education programs; the monitoring of activities in public schools; and frequent representation before the Supreme Court. For the sake of our children, we pray that we can be successful.

We just won’t do it in the public schools.

If you’d like to receive an information packet on the prayer issue, or to find out how you can become a member of AJCongress and make a real difference, give us a call at 415-974-1287.
American Jewish Congress             

1987 Art Direction: Pamela Levinson, Levinson Design/
San Francisco
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Who keeps the faith for Scharansky?

In December 1980, in a Soviet prison camp, Anatoly Scharansky lit a Hanukkah menorah. He dried bread from his daily ration, hardened it, and carved out eight small indentations. For days he scraped and collected oil from machinery in the camp. He tore his own clothing to make wicks. Bread, crankcase oil, and cloth — these were his Hanukkah lights.

The authorities denounced Scharansky as a disciplinary problem and sentenced him to a solitary punishment cell in an internal prison. He spent most of last year in solitary confinement, receiving one meal every other day.

On Sunday, January 23, 1983, a distinguished group of Bay Area citizens will participate in an International Tribunal investigating the crimes of the Government of the Soviet Union against Anatoly Scharansky. In conjunction with this Tribunal, a series of informative workshops will also be presented, covering the legal, moral, political, and historical aspects of the case.

We invite you to join us, to bear witness on this testimony of one nation’s assault upon the dignity of one man — and upon the dignity of all people. Come and join with us in working for the release of Anatoly Scharansky, and others, from Soviet prison camps.

Join with us, please, in keeping his faith.

For more information call 415-585-1400.
International Tribunal             
The People vs. the Government of the U.S.S.R.
             


1984 Art Direction: Pamela Levinson, Levinson Design/
San Francisco
2006 Art Direction: Steven Goldstein; Ivan Lee
2006 Illustration: Carrie Zeidman
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Some people in Marin just can’t get enough money.

We’re the wealthiest county in America. We’re blessed with some of the most beautiful land and weather to be found anywhere in these United States — maybe even the world. We are creative, talented, caring, and hardworking people.

So why do we kill ourselves at twice the national average?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons. And some of them have to do with the very characteristics that make Marin so fortunate in the first place.

At the Marin Suicide Prevention Center, we’re trying to help our neighbors deal with these very real problems. We’ve been at it for twenty years now, maintaining a telephone crisis line and counseling center. And now we want to do more.

But we can’t seem to get enough money.

At a time when more people than ever are calling for help, our funding has been substantially decreased. Due to government and foundation cutbacks, we’ve lost $40,000 in grants over the past two years. (This publication has generously donated space for this announcement.)

We are perilously close to having to discontinue our overnight crisis telephone line. Which would be almost as great a tragedy as the tragedies we are trying to prevent.

Won’t you please help? Send a tax-deductible donation to Marin Suicide Prevention Center, P.O. Box 2749, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Or, volunteer your time, if you can. Either way, please be as generous as your compassion, and finances, allow.

After all, we are in this together.
Marin Suicide Prevention Center             
1986 Art Direction: John Buckley, DMM/San Francisco
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A fortress with a heart.

Now entering our fourth decade, Tri-Valley Haven continues to be a vital community resource serving adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness.

We are a safe place, above all, for people who need to be protected before they can begin moving forward. But we are also a place that is committed to doing more than merely healing a life that's hurting; we are committed to helping strengthen that life, and building a culture of personal empowerment for those who are most vulnerable.

We envision a world without violence. But rape, physical and mental abuse, and homelessness occur all too often — and in every community, regardless of class or color. It is likely, in fact, that in your neighborhood someone is alive because the Haven was there to help.

And so we stand strong here, a beacon in the Tri-Valley, protecting those in need, helping them to grow again, and seeking to build a more peaceful society.

One person, one family, one community at time.
Tri-Valley Haven             
2008 Design: Anke Gaksch