Category: February 2020

JFS FUNDRAISER 2020 Dear Evan Hansen

JFS held their Dear Evan Hansen fundraiser on January 11 which raised tens of thousands of dollars for JFS community programs, ensuring that they can continue to support San Diegans who are working hard to transform their lives. Liz Nederlander…

Of the Book

Getting Out of Our Comfort Zone By Rabbi Daniel Bortz “Discomfort” and “change” might not be our favorite words of choice. But what if your life begins where your comfort zone ends? This month we read the Torah portions focused…

The Battle of Minivan Hill

Salomon Maya I recently attended an orientation to my sons’ possible elementary school. The campus was massive. The day, eerily hot for a January morning. What seemed like an enormous gaggle of birds squeaked loudly in a nearby tree. I…

Mazel & Mishagoss

That Time I Started a Jewish Women’s Support Group By Stephanie Lewis How hard could it be? Set some folding chairs in a circle in my living room, put out some grapes, and throw out a topic. Voilà …instant friendships!…

New head of ORT America aims to rebuild its base

By Carin M. Smilk, JNS.org Barbara Birch, 45, of New York was tapped last month as the new president and chief executive officer of ORT America. She most recently served as vice president of development at the Shalom Hartman Institute…

Meet Yosef Condiotti Director, StandWithUs San Diego

Seven questions with SWU SD’s Director 1. Where are you from in Israel, what is your position with SWU and when did you start? My parents made Aliyah from San Diego to Jerusalem in 1985 where I was born and…

The Impact Forum

By Eliana Rudee, JNS.org The Impact Forum has been called a “silver bullet” network with its pro-Israel network of Los-Angeles-based donors. Together, they leverage their combined philanthropic strength to support each other’s initiatives, collaborating and empowering a network of small-…

‘Rendering Witness’

By Shiryn Ghermezian, JNS.org Artwork made by eyewitnesses who documented their experiences during and shortly after the Holocaust, often in secret and while risking their lives, are showcased in a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial…

San Diego Jewish Academy Students Give Back

By Rachel Stern According to the objective of repairing the world, or Tikkun Olam, we should try and make the world a better and happier place by giving back in any way that we can. This is just what students…