Irwin Bear was a very special man and a mentor for me. Iwrote about himwhen he passed away. Beyond family and business Irwin had a passion for San Francisco Hillel and the future of the Jewish people. He also loved poker.
If you knew Irwin, you would not be surprised to discover that he found an interesting way to fuse the two.He ensured that sitting around his regular poker table, in addition to longtime friends, were a number of younger, emerging Jewish leaders. They would play, talk, argue, discuss and play some more. The winnings went to a Jewish cause and a powerful legacy of social responsibility passed on to the next generation.
Three of these young poker players now sit on the SF Hillel Board of Directors, in part as a tribute to Irwin and his vision. Following in his philanthropic footsteps, they helped create an annual event that would honor his memory and help raise money for a good cause.
Tomorrow night (Saturday) we will hold our 2nd annualCasino Night and Poker Tournament. The event is will be held at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center at 3200 California Street, San Francisco, 94118. I would love for you to join us. Doors open at 7pm, and the tournament starts at 7.30. There will be other casino tables too.