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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Author and filmmaker, Ho Lin, joined Janeane Bernstein 12/11 9:00am pst to talk about his recently published, exquisite book of short stories, “China Girl,” just released Oct. 1 from Regent Press.

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About China Girl

A modern woman adrift in modern China. Would-be lovers connected and separated by random chance. A drunken dissident and his less-then-happy minder. A researcher of war atrocities who must come to grips with her own family tragedies. A princess of a kingdom that no longer exists. Actors placed at the service of comedies and tragedies, depending on a filmmaker's whim... These are the characters that populate Ho Lin's short story collection China Girl.

In its nine tales, China Girl documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found. The stories in this collection encompass everything from contemporary vignettes about urban life to fable-like musings on memories and the art of storytelling. Wide-ranging and playful, China Girl is a journey into today's Asia as well as an Asia of the imagination.


About Ho Lin

Ho Lin is an author, musician and filmmaker, and the co-editor of the literary journal Caveat Lector. He currently resides in San Francisco. 


Caveat Lector: www.caveat-lector.org

Laura B. Whitmore joined Janeane 12/11 to talk about her up-coming 2018 She Rocks Awards and more!








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About Laura / the She Rocks Awards / The WiMN

Official URL: sherocksawards.com

Laura B. Whitmore bio: http://www.thewimn.com/the-wimn-team/

The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out across all corners of the music industry, from musicians to manufacturing and everyone in between.

The annual She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

The upcoming sixth annual awards event has found a new home at the House of Blues Anaheim. The event will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018.

The evening includes live music, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, food and beverages, giveaways, amazing gift bags and more!

This Year’s Honorees:

· Karla Redding-Andrews, executive director for The Otis Redding Foundation

· Exene Cervenka, vocalist for the iconic punk band, X

· Amberly Crouse-Knox, Senior director of creative and business development, BMG Production Music

· Jean Millington Adamian, June Millington, Brie Darling, Alice de Buhr and Patti Quatro of the pioneering all-female American rock band, Fanny

· Candace Stewart, studio manager, EastWest Studios in Hollywood

· Dawn Birr, channel manager for the Americas, Sennheiser Business Solutions

· Fabi Reyna, founder and editor of She Shreds Media

· Vanessa Mering, marketing manager, HARMAN Professional

· Kristy Porter, Guitar Center's Director of Merchandising, General Accessories & Media


Previous award recipients in recent years include female industry leaders such as Colbie Caillat, Ronnie Spector, Sheila E, The Bangles, Shirley Manson, Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, and more.

About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the WiMN She Rocks Showcases and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.thewimn.com.

Monday, December 4, 2017

12/4 9:45am pst! Casting Director/Writer/Director Valerie McCaffrey joined Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about her powerful film, "Dirty Bomb"

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featuring Valerie McCaffrey!


ABOUT VALERIE MCCAFFREY 
Valerie has cast over 80 films but now uses her knowledge to a directing/writing capacity. She wrote and completed the short film called “Dirty Bomb” which completed post in November 2017, inspired by her uncle who served in the “Battle of the Bulge.” In addition, she directed a film called WISH YOU WERE DEAD distributed by Icon Entertainment International which starred Cary Elwes, Elaine Hendrix, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Sally Kirkland. 

From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/ Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms. Among the many highlights of her career, she cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema’s AMERICAN HISTORY X which Edward Norton was nominated for an Academy Award. 

Previously, she was a casting executive at Universal Studios, amongst scores of films including BABE, which also garnered James Cromwell an Oscar nomination for his performance. Having an eye for talent in the indie world, she cast Ellen Page in her first American film, HARD CANDY. Valerie also directed and produced an award winning documentary called “Cancer, it’s the System” in which she self financed. She wrote a screenplay called EVERYTHING IS GOING TO POT which she is planning to direct. In 2012, she produced a film LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan. 

She also produced and cast an awardwinning film entitled NEO NED, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. She also has several films in development including MEN OF GRANITE, a true story of the first generation Americans from Eastern Europe who were stopped from playing basketball because of their economic status and the color of their skin but they later went on to win the state championship in basketball.

12/4 9:00am pst - Janeane spoke with Editor, Annie Chagnot of Spiegel & Grau, about How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times - Annie Chagnot (Editor),‎ Emi Ikkanda (Editor),‎ Elizabeth Alexander (Foreword)



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Spiegel & Grau's Annie Chagnot!

This wide-ranging collection of inspirational poetry and prose offers readers solace, perspective, and the courage to persevere.

In times of personal hardship or collective anxiety, words have the power to provide comfort, meaning, and hope. The past year has seen a resurgence of poetry and inspiring quotes—posted on social media, appearing on bestseller lists, shared from friend to friend. Honoring this communal spirit, How Lovely the Ruins is a timeless collection of both classic and contemporary poetry and short prose that can be of help in difficult times—selections that offer wisdom and purpose, and that allow us to step out of our current moment to gain a new perspective on the world around us as well as the world within.

The poets and writers featured in this book represent the diversity of our country as well as voices beyond our borders, including Maya Angelou, W. H. Auden, Danez Smith, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alice Walker, Adam Zagajewski, Langston Hughes, Wendell Berry, Anna Akhmatova, Yehuda Amichai, and Robert Frost. And the book opens with a stunning foreword by Elizabeth Alexander, whose poem “Praise Song for the Day,” delivered at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, ushered in an era of optimism. In works celebrating our capacity for compassion, our patriotism, our right to protest, and our ability to persevere, How Lovely the Ruins is a beacon that illuminates our shared humanity, allowing us connection in a fractured world.

Includes poetry, prose, and quotations from:

Elizabeth Alexander • Marcus Aurelius • Karen Armstrong • Matthew Arnold • Ellen Bass • Brian Bilston • Gwendolyn Brooks • Elizabeth Barrett Browning • Octavia E. Butler • Regie Cabico • Dinos Christianopoulos • Lucille Clifton • Ta-Nehisi Coates • Leonard Cohen • Wendy Cope • E. E. Cummings • Charles Dickens • Mark Doty • Thomas Edison • Albert Einstein • Ralph Ellison • Kenneth Fearing • Annie Finch • Rebecca Foust • Nikki Giovanni • Stephanie Gray • John Green • Hazel Hall • Thich Nhat Hanh • Joy Harjo • Václav Havel • Terrance Hayes • William Ernest Henley • Juan Felipe Herrera • Jane Hirshfield • John Holmes • A. E. Housman • Bohumil Hrabal • Robinson Jeffers • Georgia Douglas Johnson • James Weldon Johnson • Paul Kalanithi • Robert F. Kennedy • Omar Khayyam • Emma Lazarus • Li-Young Lee • Denise Levertov • Ada Limón • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow • Nelson Mandela • Masahide • Khaled Mattawa • Jamaal May • Claude McKay • Edna St. Vincent Millay • Pablo Neruda • Anaïs Nin • Olga Orozco • Ovid • Pier Paolo Pasolini • Edgar Allan Poe • Claudia Rankine • Adrienne Rich • Rainer Maria Rilke • Alberto Ríos • Edwin Arlington Robinson • Eleanor Roosevelt • Christina Rossetti • Muriel Rukeyser • Sadhguru • Carl Sandburg • Vikram Seth • Charles Simic • Safiya Sinclair • Effie Waller Smith • Maggie Smith • Tracy K. Smith • Leonora Speyer • Gloria Steinem • Clark Strand • Wisława Szymborska • Rabindranath Tagore • Sara Teasdale • Alfred, Lord Tennyson • Vincent van Gogh • Ocean Vuong • Florence Brooks Whitehouse • Walt Whitman • Ella Wheeler Wilcox • William Carlos Williams • Virginia Woolf • W. B. Yeats • Saadi Youssef • Javier Zamora • Howard Zinn

Mike Gellman, Founder of High Five Career Coaching, joined Janeane 12/4 at 9:30am pst

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Mike Gellman, M.S. is the Founder of High Five Career Coaching and coaches highly-motivated professionals and leaders in various stages of their careers to gain greater clarity, create sustainable change, and achieve higher levels of excellence. He is also the author of Pipe Dreams: 7 Pipelines of Career Success (available on Amazon.com)  that has received rave reviews from readers.

Mike is passionate about coaching and has devoted his career to helping employees, leaders, and teams work more effectively and achieve their potential within corporate and nonprofit organizations. He launched and managed a highly regarded career coaching and development center for
SoCalGas employees and was heavily involved in leading enterprise-wide talent management and organizational development initiatives.

For over 15 years, Mike has successfully facilitated numerous succession planning, high potential leader development, employee engagement and organizational change efforts. He also created an award-winning mentorship program for the San Diego chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) that has been running strong since 2000.

Mike is an ACC credentialed coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF), the premier organization for professionally trained coaches. He is a graduate of Coach U, an ICF accredited coach-training program. Mike has a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College and has also completed graduate studies in Entrepreneurship from San Diego
State University. In addition, he holds numerous certifications and experience in the use of a broad range of diagnostic assessment tools that help individuals and teams uncover blind spots and identify their strongest growth needs.

In addition to being a devoted dad of a bright 13 year-old son, Jonas, Mike enjoys hiking, camping, photography, running, and volunteering in his community. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and having spent most of his professional career in San Diego, California, he currently resides in Irvine,
California.


Contact Mike:
Email: mike@mikegellman.com
Website: www.mikegellman.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikegellman

Friday, December 1, 2017

What are you doing on December 25? Volunteer with the JCC! Monday, December 25 Day of Service!


Register early: spots fill up quickly!

Make breakfast for homeless veterans at Veteran's First
Cook breakfast for the homeless at Lighthouse Church
Serve breakfast at Mercy House emergency family shelter
Visit with the elderly at local senior homes
Do crafts with residents at Heritage Pointe and Bubbe and Zayde's Place
Bake cookies, deliver to firefighters and tour a fire station
Bake cookies and coordinate holiday activities for families at Ronald McDonald House
Serve meals at Heritage Pointe, allowing staff to be with their families


JCC Cares




JCC Cares social action brings community together to perform Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness).


December 25 Day of Service

Join 500 community volunteers spreading a little love this holiday season to those who need it most. We have projects for all ages, from young to old, throughout Orange County.

Make and serve meals, sing-a-longs, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, bake brownies, assemble and deliver hygiene kits, play bingo, and deliver holiday cheer to our community heroes and those in need.

Take a look at the grids below for volunteer and delivery opportunities.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Shadi Martini, Director of Humanitarian Relief and Regional Relations - Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about his up-coming event Sunday December 3, and how he went from refugee of the Syrian War to activist and advocate!

SHADI MARTINI

Director of Humanitarian Relief and Regional Relations


Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

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As it has with so many other victims of this crisis, the Syrian war turned businessman, Shadi Martini, into a refugee, an activist, and an advocate for greater cooperation across faith and cultural lines.
Now, as the Director of Humanitarian Relief and Regional Relations to the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, the nation’s leading interfaith response to the Syrian crisis, Mr. Martini travels throughout the U.S. and abroad raising awareness of the crisis, encouraging greater public engagement, facilitating partnerships between organizations focused on addressing similar issues, and planting the seeds for future stability in the region by fostering people-to-people engagement. 

He frequently provides briefings based on first-hand knowledge of the crisis to government officials, civil society leaders, the media, and various secular and faith-based organizations. He was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria and graduated from the High School Aleppo Scientific College. Martini attended college in Lebanon where he received his BA from Beirut University College in 1993. After graduation, Martini went to Bulgaria and formed his own manufacturing company. In 2009 he returned to Syria to run his family’s business.

In March 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on those providing aid to anyone suspected of being in the opposition, Mr. Martini, then the General Manager of a hospital in Aleppo, and his comrades worked covertly to provide aid to wounded and ill civilians. This secret network was discovered in mid-2012, forcing him to flee his country.

Soon after, Martini began organizing assistance for Syrian refugees from a neighboring country. He was elected by Bulgarian NGOs to serve on the Bulgarian crisis commission to help overcome the obstacles to aiding and integrating refugees. He then served on the executive committee of the national change party (Syrian opposition) in charge of foreign relations, but left the party in late 2013. He co-founded the “Republic Party” (Syrian opposition) and was elected chairman of the General Assembly, but left his post and the party, and resigned all political activity when he joined the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees in Jordan.

In 2014, Martini founded Refugee Support Group, a humanitarian aid organization based in Bulgaria. For the past several years he has partnered with numerous faith-based organizations in the U.S. and abroad, which led to his involvement with the Multifaith Alliance. In that capacity, he continues his work in the Middle East and also coordinates major relief efforts for Syrian refugees flooding into Europe.

Martini is fluent in Arabic, English and Bulgarian. In April, he became a very proud United States citizen, in a ceremony he described as “An event I wish everyone could experience to understand the meaning of being a citizen of this great country.” On November 8, he voted in his first U.S. presidential election.




Orange County Interfaith Community Concert




Support the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

Sunday, December 3, 2017 ~ 2pm - 3pm 

Performance by the Marbella Trio 
featuring Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 

Presentation by Shadi Martini
Director of Humanitarian Relief & Regional
Relations for MFA 
Martini is a Syrian refugee, forced to flee
for secretly aiding the injured. 

Dessert reception immediately following concert hosted by the Interfaith Council of Laguna Beach. 

Funds raised by this event will enable MFA to ship containers of life-saving humanitarian aid for distribution directly to Syrian war victims in southern Syria. 

To adopt a container or donate, please visit: multifaithalliance.org/oc 


Make it a Day of Giving: 
Visit NCC’s annual “JOY OF GIVING” BOUTIQUE
from 11am-2pm. 

Find sustainable one-of-a-kind gifts from around the world, and opportunities to honor loved ones who appreciate making the world a better place. 

Neighborhood Congregational Church 
340 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


shadi.martini@multifaithalliance.org | www.multifaithalliance.org
www.facebook.com/multifaithalliance | www.twitter.com/multifaithaid



About The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees 

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), a project of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, is the United States’ leading interfaith response to the Syrian refugee crisis. A coordinating body, network and vehicle for harnessing the power of the faith-based and civil society collective, MFA’s mission is to raise funds in support of organizations that provide direct services to Syrian war victims, heighten awareness of the growing dangers of inadequate responses to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, and plant the seeds for future stability in the region by fostering people-to-people engagement. 

Comprised of more than 75 participating organizations, MFA enlists the moral authority of religious and civil society leaders to address the ongoing suffering of Syria's war victims and addresses the three great fears that interfere with humane and sensible public policy: economic impact, terrorism and Islamophobia. The devastation caused by this war is unprecedented in scale, leaving more than half of Syria's 23 million people in desperate need of humanitarian aid: 12.2 million are displaced or under siege inside Syria. They struggle daily to find food and shelter. An additional 200,000 languish in Syrian jails for opposing the al-Assad regime. 400,000-500,000 have been killed in the fighting, some gassed to death by chemical weapons. 

4.8 million registered refugees have fled to Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt, where they struggle to survive in overcrowded refugee camps, abandoned buildings, public parks, and with some compassionate host families. 80% of the refugees are vulnerable women and children. Only 10-20% of refugees are living in camps. Hundreds of thousands of unregistered refugees have no access to food, medical services, or sanitation. Moreover, they are ineligible for resettlement. 

Since its inception in 2013, MFA has worked in cooperation with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) through which we have raised funds that are distributed to carefully-vetted organizations delivering direct aid to refugees. Almost $2,000,000 has helped address the critical needs of more than 85,000 refugees: 


  • Food Sanitary packages 
  • Trauma counseling 
  • First-aid training 
  • Health services specifically geared to children, adolescents, and women 
  • Medical equipment 
  • Resettlement processing 
  • Provision of and training in 3-D printers to produce prosthetic limbs 


MFA’s awareness-raising activities have reached audiences of more than 390 million people through print, broadcast and digital media, and nearly 9,000 people through in-person briefings to governments and civil society groups in the E.U., UK, U.S., Canada, and Israel. 

Simultaneously, MFA humanitarian activities have given rise to the potential for new diplomatic tracks. Many Syrians and Israelis are beginning to see each other as partners rather than enemies. This people-topeople interaction generates the possibility of a true paradigm shift in the geopolitical context, and with future relations between neighbors. MFA is facilitating this development through transformative Syrian/Israeli civil society engagement.

shadi.martini@multifaithalliance.org | www.multifaithalliance.org
www.facebook.com/multifaithalliance | www.twitter.com/multifaithaid



About The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees 

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), a project of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, is the United States’ leading interfaith response to the Syrian refugee crisis. A coordinating body, network and vehicle for harnessing the power of the faith-based and civil society collective, MFA’s mission is to raise funds in support of organizations that provide direct services to Syrian war victims, heighten awareness of the growing dangers of inadequate responses to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, and plant the seeds for future stability in the region by fostering people-to-people engagement. 

Comprised of more than 75 participating organizations, MFA enlists the moral authority of religious and civil society leaders to address the ongoing suffering of Syria's war victims and addresses the three great fears that interfere with humane and sensible public policy: economic impact, terrorism and Islamophobia. The devastation caused by this war is unprecedented in scale, leaving more than half of Syria's 23 million people in desperate need of humanitarian aid: 12.2 million are displaced or under siege inside Syria. They struggle daily to find food and shelter. An additional 200,000 languish in Syrian jails for opposing the al-Assad regime. 400,000-500,000 have been killed in the fighting, some gassed to death by chemical weapons. 

4.8 million registered refugees have fled to Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt, where they struggle to survive in overcrowded refugee camps, abandoned buildings, public parks, and with some compassionate host families. 80% of the refugees are vulnerable women and children. Only 10-20% of refugees are living in camps. Hundreds of thousands of unregistered refugees have no access to food, medical services, or sanitation. Moreover, they are ineligible for resettlement. 

Since its inception in 2013, MFA has worked in cooperation with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) through which we have raised funds that are distributed to carefully-vetted organizations delivering direct aid to refugees. Almost $2,000,000 has helped address the critical needs of more than 85,000 refugees: 


  • Food Sanitary packages 
  • Trauma counseling 
  • First-aid training 
  • Health services specifically geared to children, adolescents, and women 
  • Medical equipment 
  • Resettlement processing 
  • Provision of and training in 3-D printers to produce prosthetic limbs 


MFA’s awareness-raising activities have reached audiences of more than 390 million people through print, broadcast and digital media, and nearly 9,000 people through in-person briefings to governments and civil society groups in the E.U., UK, U.S., Canada, and Israel. 

Simultaneously, MFA humanitarian activities have given rise to the potential for new diplomatic tracks. Many Syrians and Israelis are beginning to see each other as partners rather than enemies. This people-topeople interaction generates the possibility of a true paradigm shift in the geopolitical context, and with future relations between neighbors. MFA is facilitating this development through transformative Syrian/Israeli civil society engagement.