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Sue Diamond: A Few Friends Discuss Her Wonderful Contributions to the Community

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Sue Diamond, the 2014 Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Award winner, is not only a smart businesswoman, lawyer, and teacher, but also a good friend, mentor, and leader to many in our community. Strong, dedicated, and diligent in both the professional and volunteer worlds of the Bay Area, Sue demonstrates that time, commitment, and thoughtfulness can make a real impact. And Sue is able to do all this in a calm and manageable way. Her persistence and demands for excellence invigorate others to join her cause. Her work is a legacy to the future of the community. Read more

College Scholarships Available Now

Did you know that the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund offers scholarships of up to $10,000 for students to attend graduate or undergraduate programs? Recently, we interviewed two scholarship grantees to learn more about what these awards have allowed them to accomplish.
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The Federation and Schusterman Philanthropic Network Announce 10 Micro-Grants for Innovative Jewish Projects in the Bay Area

Today, the Federation, in partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, announced 10 new micro-grants for innovative Jewish projects in the Bay Area through Schusterman’s #MakeItHappen Micro-Grants Initiative. #MakeItHappen is a global call-to-action for Jewish individuals to submit inspiring ideas for creating Jewish experiences in their communities. Schusterman selected 50 ideas from around the world for micro-grants. The Federation then selected 10 additional Bay Area projects, each for $1,000 grants that are funded by the Federation. Read more

Join us for a Joyous Exploration of PASSOVER

Download a free Passover Resource Book that will enhance your holiday and bring your family joy.

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Teens Learn from Gvanim Fellow

On March 25, the North Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation’s (NPJTF) Leadership Council met with Gvanim fellow Lior Gross during the recent Gvanim trip to the Bay Area. Lior is a commander in the IDF, serving for the past 22 years. In the last four years he has been the commander of the Junior Command Preparatory School at the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, and has had a direct and encouraging approach to teen development. Read more

Announcing the New Chairs of the LGBT Alliance

We are proud to announce the two new co-chairs of the LGBT Alliance Advisory Committee: Dara Papo and Sam Goldman. The LGBT Alliance was the first of its kind in the country, creating a LGBT-focused body within the Federation to help grow, nurture, sustain and inspire the large and diverse LGBT Jewish community of the Bay Area, while ensuring that voices of the LGBT Jewish community were represented inside the Federation. Under the guidance of Papo and Goldman, the LGBT Alliance will continue to identify new ways to support the needs of the Jewish LGBT population of the Bay Area. Read more

Women’s Philanthropy Spotlight: Jackie Shelton-Miller

Women’s Philanthropy (WP) empowers women and ignites their passion for meaningful giving, service and leadership within the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund to secure the vibrancy and well-being of the Jewish Community.

Each month, the WP staff highlight a woman who is doing great work in our local Jewish community. This month, they have selected Jackie Shelton-Miller. Jackie is a member of the Federation’s Board of Directors and this is her third and final year as Women’s Philanthropy Lion of Judah Chair. She began her Federation involvement many years ago as Chair of the Young Adult Division of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Read more

Up Close & Personal with Gvanim 10, Part II

Rabbi Menachem Bombach

Another member of the fantastic group of Israeli leaders coming to the Bay Area as part of the Federation’s Gvanim program – read more here and here – is Rabbi Menachem Bombach. Rabbi Bombach is director of the Haredi Campus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and director of the youth division of the city of Betar Illit. He is also a moderator of the Shluchei Tzibbur program for leadership in the Haredi community, and headmaster of Le-Zion Be-Rina high school for the last 10 years. He was named religious educator of the year in 2011. Read more

Telling Our Stories

By Nisan Linesch, member of the Federation’s first cohort of LGBT Jewish leaders in its Pathways to Jewish Leadership program

The Pathways fellows gathered at Menorah Park in San Francisco on a recent Monday night to explore a topic close to the core of Judaism – telling our stories. The evening with Rabbi Larry Kushner progressed as we listened to stories and began to craft some of our own. Whether perfected over many years or spontaneously crafted, a story creates a window between worlds. A good story captivates and may, for a moment, connect us deeply with those who came before us and we may grasp in a story how similar we are to our predecessors. As Rabbi Kushner put it: “the stories are what people remember.” Read more

Up Close & Personal with Gvanim 10

Yafa Benaya

Among the stellar group of Israeli leaders coming to the Bay Area as part of the Federation’s Gvanim program – read more here – there is an impressive range of diversity and experience. One participant is Yafa Benaya, an educator and a social activist with expertise in leadership and school management, who is deeply involved in the advancement of pluralistic Judaism, feminism, and social justice. She is a founder of the Morasha Network for Jewish education and community activism and serves as the education manager of Mimizrach Shemesh, a beit midrash for social leadership. Read more


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