Midrash Shabbat

Midrash Shabbat featuring Jackie Semha Gmach

Saturday, December 13, following Shabbat Services and a Kiddush Luncheon

Bomboloni Front Cover smAuthor of From Bomboloni to Bagel: A Story of Two Worlds, Jackie Gmach will share her fascinating personal story which is delightful and inspiring.

A bomboloni is a type of Italian doughnut enjoyed across Europe, especially in places under Austrian rule. It’s also the equivalent of Proust’s madeleine for local author, Jacqueline Semha Gmach, who spent her formative years in Europe and North Africa, then moved through Israel and into North America, and finally settled here in San Diego, where she became an award-winning and passionate promoter of Jewish culture. How did she go from being a learning-handicapped tomboy in Tunisia to a successful professional in America?

Shabbat services begin at 9:15 a.m. and are followed by a light Kiddush lunch enjoyed prior to the discussion. Child care will be available during Shabbat Services as well as the discussion.

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About our speaker:

Jackie Gmach

Jackie Gmach

Jacqueline Semha Gmach was born and raised in Tunisia, and brought to the United States as a young adult. Gmach is an award-winning and passionate promoter of Jewish culture. During Ms. Gmach’s 20-year tenure at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, she developed the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, the San Diego Jewish Music Festival and several international exhibits: “Inside Anne Frank’s House,” “DAVKA, The Survival of a People” and “Generations.” She has served as Director for many San Diego-based Jewish events. She was the Community Outreach Founding Director for San Diego State University’s Initiative for Moral Courage. Currently, Gmach has taken on the position of Project Director of “A Sephardim and Mizrahim Collection: 50 Testimonies of Jews in Arab Countries During the Shoah (Holocaust),” a Project of the USC Shoah Foundation. Her writings have appeared in various newspapers and journals. Her awards include The Marla Bennett Humanitarian Magen David Award, Union Bank and KPBS Hero of Jewish Heritage Month, 2011, A Woman of Valor at the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, 2014.



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