Honors, happenings, comings & goings, philanthropy — June 2022 – J.



Two Bay Space natives, each college students at Stanford College are amongst 60 college students from around the globe who’ve been chosen for the 10-week Birthright Israel Excel, a prestigious enterprise internship within the Holy Land this summer time. They’re Ari Glenn, 20, of Palo Alto and Caroline Schurz, 20, of San Francisco.


Congregation B’nai Tikvah celebrated Rabbi Jennie Chabon’s 18th 12 months with the Walnut Creek synagogue at its L’Chaim Gala in Could. In an e mail to the group, government director Keren Smith known as the gala “a beautiful community-building occasion, a flowery night crammed with pleasure and friendship” and introduced that, with proceeds from the occasion, B’nai Tikvah has exceeded its fundraising objective for the 12 months.

Comings & Goings

Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Rabbi Dorothy Richman

Rabbi Dorothy Richman has been named rabbi emerita of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco. The title rabbi emerita usually goes to a congregation’s retired rabbi, or an honorary rabbi. On this case, it goes to a rabbi who has been concerned with Beth Sholom in lots of capacities over time who will lend additional assist — ritual, pastoral, academic — because the synagogue transitions from the management of Rabbi Dan Ain, who abruptly left the senior rabbi place earlier this 12 months, to Rabbi Amanda Russell, the affiliate rabbi who was elevated to switch him.

Jim Heeger
Jim Heeger

Jim Heeger of Palo Alto is the brand new board chair of the Basis for Jewish Camp, the nationwide group that helps Jewish summer time camps throughout North America. “A former Silicon Valley CEO and energetic Jewish group lay chief, he brings a wealth of expertise in monetary and administrative technique from each the company and nonprofit areas,” FJC mentioned in a press launch. As a youth, Heeger hung out at Shwayder Camp in Colorado and his sons have attended URJ Camp Eisner in Massachusetts and URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa. “Camp is the best car for joyful engaged Judaism, and dealing to steer its growth and development is a thrill for me,” he mentioned within the press launch. “The world wants camp now greater than ever, and I’m assured that FJC’s strategic plan will strengthen Jewish camps to prepared the ground throughout these unsure occasions.” Heeger has served on the boards of Moishe Home, the S.F.-based Jewish Neighborhood Federation, the World Union for Progressive Judaism and others.

Rabbi Cynthia Minster
Rabbi Cynthia Minster

Temple Israel of Alameda has employed Rabbi Cynthia Minster as its new non secular chief on a three-year, part-time contract. Minster will work 4 days per week for the Reform synagogue. “I actually imagine we’ve discovered what we, as a congregation, want in a Rabbi,” temple president Eric Strimling wrote in an e mail to the congregation.

Frances Dinkelspiel (Photo/Courtesy-Kelly Sullivan-Berkeleyside)
Frances Dinkelspiel (Picture/Courtesy-Kelly Sullivan-Berkeleyside)

Frances Dinkelspiel, government editor of Cityside, has stepped down from the nonprofit media group to deal with writing her subsequent e book. She helped discovered Berkeleyside in 2009, involved with the ebbing of native information. “Berkeleyside has grown right into a nationally acknowledged information supplier with three editors and 6 reporters, 519,000 month-to-month readers, 70,000 Twitter followers and newsletters learn by tens of hundreds of individuals,” the publication wrote in an article asserting Dinkelspiel’s departure. In 2019, Dinkelspiel co-founded Cityside, which launched Oaklandside in 2020.

Sarah Cohen Domont
Sarah Cohen Domont

Sarah Cohen Domont will step down after six years as government director of Santa Cruz Hillel on the finish of June. She shall be transferring to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to be director of lifelong studying at Kehillah Synagogue. It is a return for Cohen Domont, who beforehand served as affiliate director of North Carolina Hillel. “Over the course of her tenure, Santa Cruz Hillel has turn out to be an excellent Hillel,” board president Chuck Smith mentioned in an e mail to the group. “Our Hillel has targeted on participating Jewish college students wherever they’re, by means of programming and engagement targeted on Israel, Jewish life and studying, pupil management and group. As Sarah’s time with us involves an in depth, we’re in a spot of energy.”

Rabbanit Meira Wolkenfeld (Photo/Mason Resnick Photography)
Rabbanit Meira Wolkenfeld (Picture/Mason Resnick Images)

Rabbanit Meira Wolkenfeld is taking on the place of director of training and group engagement at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley. Wolkenfeld just lately accomplished a Ph.D. in Talmud at Yeshiva College and is presently enrolled in an internet ordination program at Yeshivat Maharat, which trains girls as Orthodox clergy. Wolkenfeld will arrive in Berkeley in August with husband Ezra Wolkenfeld and their kids, Shalev, 5, and Yakir, 3. She was born in Sacramento and spent her early years in Berkeley. Wolkenfeld is the granddaughter of longtime Beth Israel members. “All through this course of, the search committee was impressed by Rabbanit Wolkenfeld’s deep thoughtfulness and attentive pastoral expertise, her curiosity and incisive questions, in addition to by her scholarship and insightful teachings,” leaders of the Fashionable Orthodox congregation wrote in an e mail to its group.

Wolkenfeld is taking on for Maharat Victoria Sutton, who’s leaving on the finish of July, it was beforehand introduced. Her new place shall be as a Jewish research trainer on the Abraham Joshua Heschel College, a nursery faculty–by means of–twelfth grade Jewish day faculty in New York Metropolis. She and her household are transferring to Brooklyn.


Congregation Beth David in Saratoga has been awarded a Scientists within the Synagogue grant from the group Sinai and Synapses, which promotes connections between Judaism and science. The grant will fund a yearlong sequence of occasions known as “Judaism and Science in Dialog: Yesterday, At this time and Tomorrow.” “Collectively we are going to discover the historical past of the connection between Judaism and science and dive deeply into what Judaism and science need to say about some present points like lab grown meat and kashrut, and what we cross on to our youngsters biologically, socially, and spiritually,” Rabbi Nathan Curler informed the group in an e mail.


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