The Magazine and Annual Report of Tehiyah Day School
Volume 14 Number 1 Fall 2009
30 Years of Innovative Jewish Education
Tehiyah Day School
2603 Tassajara Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530 Head of School Bathea James
Head of Judaic Studies Rabbi Tsipi Gabai
phone: 510.233.3013 Head of General Studies Elise Prowse
fax: 510.233.0171 Chief Financial Ofﬁcer Amy Coty
www.tehiyah.org Director of Admissions Amy Utstein
Director of Development Heike Friedman
Tehiyah welcomes students from all religious Director of Communications Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz
and ethnic backgrounds. It is a beneﬁciary of the
Jewish Community Federation and Foundation of
the Greater East Bay, the Koret Foundation, the Board of Trustees
Jim Joseph Foundation, and Keren Keshet — The
Rainbow Foundation. President Adam Mizock
Vice Presidents Harrison Alter
Table of Contents Rebekah Wildman
Secretary Gene Millstein
Welcome Letter From Bathea and Adam 1-2 Treasurer Buddy Warner
Reunited ... and It Feels So Good! 3 Assistant Treasurer Scott Hanin
Looking Back on Tehiyah’s Roots 4-5
Q&A With Three Founding Families 6-7
Tehiyah Alum Returns Home 8 Members
From Modeh Ani to Nerdcore Rising 9
Tehiyah Serves as Lifelong Base 10
Lisa Cohen Bennett
Building Israel Connections 11
Foundation for Life 12
Offering a Helping Hand in Guatelmala 13
Playing With Pride 14
The Gift of Song 15
Alumni Highlights 16-17
Tehiyah Welcomes Five New Trustees 18
Thank You for Your Support 19-20
2008-09 Annual Report 21-25
Editor: Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz
Design: Nancy Rosenblum, Frisco Graphics
Photography: Heike Friedman, Debbie Rosenfeld-
Caparaz, Nadine Samuels, Bob Schwartz, Dave Board of Senior Trustees
Weiland, supplied by alumni, and others
Front and Back Cover Photos: 2008-09 all-school Eugene Bardach
photograph, by Nadine Samuels; 1979-80 school Simon Guendelman
photograph, unknown photographer Chaim Gur-Arieh
Mission Statement Gene Millstein
The mission of Tehiyah Day School is to inspire Victoria Zatkin
curiosity, a strong sense of community, and a vibrant
connection to Judaism. At Tehiyah, we live the
Welcome Letter From Bathea and Adam
Tehiyah leaders celebrate 30 years of innovative Jewish education
Dear Tehiyah Community,
Our amazing Tehiyah community has accomplished so much in 30 years.
A consistent school vision and community spirit bonds generations of Tehiyah
students, families, and supporters. We are thankful that a group of families
had the courage to follow through on their dream of providing an excellent
education for their children in a pluralistic Jewish community. We continue
to honor that mission today.
It is inspiring to see what a community can do in 30 years. Tehiyah started
in a small room at the Kensington Youth Hut, and work parties were sched-
uled to lay a new ﬂoor and build and paint tables. We have grown steadily
through the years as we transitioned from our 6th Street location in Berkeley,
to more than 270 students at our current El Cerrito facility. We have a well-
resourced campus with a gym, library, computer lab, and art room. Solar
panels are being installed throughout the campus this fall, showcasing our commit-
ment to being a “green” school.
Student-painted murals add beauty to our environmentally-aware school. Last
school year’s two middle school art murals depicting Jewish values exemplify in- Tehiyah’s Past Heads of School
tegration of our curriculum. Under the guidance of our veteran art teacher, Janet
Lipkin, the students have expertly used the murals to showcase the core Jewish
values that guide our school — kehillah (community), l’midah (lifelong learning), Diane Etzel
menschlichkeit (being a good person), ruach (connection to Judaism), tikkun olam Dorey Brandt-Finell
(social responsibility), and Yisrael (the land of Israel).
Despite the difﬁcult economic times, we are thrilled that our enrollment has re-
mained steady. As we begin to write the next 30 years of Tehiyah’s history, we will David Losk
continue to strive to provide a Jewish education for all families who seek one for Michael Pincus
their child(ren). Efforts are under way to open a bridge-kindergarten program by
August 2010 to address a critical unmet need in our community.
Thirty years of devoted faculty, staff, volunteers, parents, and board members David Finell
have brought us to where we are today. Although we face challenges, we have Donna Craft
come so far, earning multiple accolades, including continued accreditation from the
California Association of Independent Schools and Tehiyah’s selection as the Best
Jewish Day School in the East Bay, according to the readers of the J. newspaper. Steve Taback
We maintain our high standing because our faculty and staff are dedicated to Bathea James
helping each of Tehiyah’s students realize their individual potential. They under-
stand what it means to educate the whole child and instill in each of their students
a love for learning.
Many of our founding families have shared stories with us that from the begin-
ning, they wanted their children and future children to be excited to get up every
morning and go to school. Something exciting is always happening at Tehiyah,
which has allowed us to build a community of engaged and enthusiastic learners.
For many years, all of our students have been greeting the day as a community
by singing Modeh Ani — a prayer of thanks. Music is a wonderful way to start the
day and clear the mind for learning. Our students experience the curriculum in a
hands-on way in the classroom and through numerous ﬁeld trips throughout the
year. While ﬁeld trips are limited at some schools, our faculty knows it has the
freedom to plan outings away from campus that will enhance the classroom experience.
The opportunities afforded your children provide them the foundation to be
whatever they want to be. Time will only tell what the current collection of stu-
dents will go on to become. But, the legacy in front of them is strong, as you will
see in the pages ahead in this magazine. Tehiyah students are well prepared for
high school and have attended some of the best public and private universities in
the United States and abroad. Our alumni include doctors, lawyers, teachers, en-
trepreneurs, musicians, playwrights, comedians, and athletes, and they are thriving
and positively affecting the world around them.
Welcome Letter (continued)
Tehiyah’s Past Presidents We are so thankful for everything that Tehiyah families do to help our school be
the best that it can be. Fundraising has always been a necessary ingredient to our
Laurie Marson 1979-1980 success. Laurie Marson, Tehiyah’s ﬁrst president, recently recalled the bagel fund-
Ivor Emanuel 1980-1982 raisers at the Pickle Family Circus in the early years that raised a few hundred dollars.
The money funded a few text books, and everyone was thrilled!
Nancy Bardach 1982-1983
Today, successful fundraising efforts are vital to support Tehiyah’s educational
Stuart Marson 1983-1984 program, which culminates with our eighth-grade student trips to Israel and Wash-
Gene Millstein 1984-1985 ington, D.C. We know we ask a lot of our community, and you never cease to im-
press us with your enthusiasm and dedication.
Friedner Wittman 1985-1986
In addition to providing necessary volunteer hours of support, we ask you once
Judy Greene 1986-1987 again to give to the Tehiyah Annual Fund to the best of your ability. We recognize
Elisheva Gur-Arieh 1987-1988 that many of our families are enduring difﬁcult economic times. Last year, the an-
nual fund drive raised an all-time high of $220,000.
Davida Cohen 1988-1989
We want you to know that every dollar raised has a direct impact on Tehiyah.
Robin Blum 1989-1990 We are all stewards of the school’s resources and are working diligently to ensure
Rena Rosen 1990-1992 that Tehiyah will continue to ﬂourish for our children’s children. We know we’re
up for the challenge, and we invite all of you to join us this year as we celebrate 30
Martin Dodd 1992-1993
years of innovative Jewish education and our unique Tehiyah spirit.
Tom Graff 1993-1994 Tehiyah means renewal in Hebrew. When you step foot on campus, we hope
Debra Sanderson 1994-1996 that your hearts are renewed knowing that you have provided the children of our
community with the gift of a Tehiyah education.
Greg Marell 1996-1998
Gene Millstein 1998-2000 L’Shalom,
Debra Barach 2000-2003
Leslie Crary 2003-2006
Adam Mizock 2006- Bathea James Adam Mizock
Head of School Board President
Reunited … and It Feels So Good!
Tehiyah celebrates its 30th with a glamorous reunion gala
By Laurie Earp and Lara Dutta, Event Co-Chairs
Tehiyah is celebrating its 30th anniversary on November 14, 2009, with a glam- We have chosen an extraordinary venue to
orous reunion party in one of the Bay Area’s most incredible new venues — the
celebrate with you. The Craneway Pavilion
historic Craneway Pavilion next to the Richmond Marina. We hope that many of
our former and current parents, faculty and staff, old and new friends, and our is part of the old Ford assembly plant in
older alumni will join us for a festive dinner, a silent auction, and dancing. Richmond. Designed by the renowned
During the evening, we will honor our beloved faculty. Many of our teachers
industrial architect Albert Kahn, the 45,000
have been with Tehiyah for many years, and we will pay a special tribute to the ﬁve
teachers who have taught at our school for at least 25 years: Jean Glasser, Ruth square-foot hall is located right on the water,
Gorrin, Gail Taback, Deborah Weinstein, and Allison Kent Weiss. facing the magniﬁcent San Francisco skyline.
A commemorative book will give current and alumni families the chance to let
these teachers know how much their work is appreciated. Please use this oppor-
tunity to share your favorite moments with all of us and preserve your memories
for the future. Write a poem, draw a picture … or just say, thank you!
Another great way to show your appreciation and to support Tehiyah is to be-
come an event sponsor. Buy a table and invite your friends along to celebrate with
you. You will also have the opportunity to bid on a premier selection of items
during a silent auction.
Proceeds from the tribute book, sponsorships, auction, and ticket sales will
immediately impact the school by supporting Tehiyah’s outstanding educational
programs, and ensuring that Tehiyah stays ﬁnancially accessible to all families who
seek a Jewish education for their children.
Tehiyah’s 25 Years of Service Honorees
Jean Glasser taught the ﬁrst group of kindergartners at Tehiyah, and she When: Saturday, November 14, 7 p.m.
has been introducing young children to Judaic studies and Hebrew since then. A Where: Craneway Pavilion in Richmond
Northwestern graduate, Jean started her teaching career at a Chicago high school What: VIP reception, cocktails, dinner,
in the early 1960s, instructing English and biology. Her East European-born parents
were Hebrew educators, and Jean grew up speaking Hebrew at home. Jean had just silent auction, and dancing
ﬁnished her master’s in Hebrew/near Eastern studies and early childhood education For more information: visit www.tehiyah.org
at UC Berkeley when Tehiyah was founded.
Ruth Gorrin came to Tehiyah in 1983 with a degree in psychology. She worked or email email@example.com
in pre-schools and summer programs with disabled and severely emotionally dis-
turbed children before coming to Tehiyah.
Ruth’s disability unit has changed the way
that her students look at themselves and the
world around them.
Gail Taback joined the Tehiyah faculty
the same year as Deborah Weinstein. After
graduating from Northwestern University,
her love of literature and writing led her to
work in the publishing business in New York
and Berkeley. Realizing her true calling was
teaching, Gail has used her own passion for
writing and history to make writers out of
her students and to instill a love of history as a great narrative. (Left to right): Deborah Weinstein, Ruth
Deborah Weinstein has been teaching Tehiyah’s second-graders for 27 years Gorrin, Jean Glasser, Gail Taback, and Allison
without raising her voice once. She ignites a spark for poetry in her students and Kent Weiss
builds a strong sense of community. Deborah, who holds a master’s degree from
Stanford, took a sabbatical during her Tehiyah tenure to teach at the American
School in Paris, following her deep love for the French language and culture.
Allison Kent Weiss joined Tehiyah in its second year and has taught nearly
every subject and every grade — except P.E. Currently, she is instructing the fourth
grade with Ruth Gorrin. Allison looks at her class as a community of learners and
teachers: “We spend our days together doing, questioning, seeking, and exploring.
We learn the importance of self-respect and respecting others.”
Looking Back on Tehiyah’s Roots
A one-of-a-kind community connects the years
By Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz, Director of Communications
Jean Glasser and Allison Kent Weiss have seen Tehiyah Day School mature
from its infancy in a one-room school house in Kensington to a thriving
well-resourced campus in the El Cerrito Hills.
Jean was one of Tehiyah’s original two teachers in 1979-80, and Allison
joined the mix in 1980-81. Through the years, the faculty has been incredibly
committed to Tehiyah, and Ruth Gorrin, Gail Taback, and Deborah Wein-
stein join Jean and Allison as current teachers with at least 25 years of
experience at the school.
While Jean has witnessed many changes through the years, it’s easy for
her to identify the similarities that unite 30 years of innovative Jewish education.
“The most amazing thing about Tehiyah has always been the sense of
family and community,” said Jean, who is Tehiyah’s long-standing Hebrew/Judaic
studies kindergarten teacher. “That’s something that has never changed. When
people have tragedies, simchas, family events, anything that’s going on in their
lives, people always come together and help. It has always been that way. It hasn’t
“The mission has always been teaching Judaism in a non-dogmatic way. There
is no sense of should about the way we teach. We present the children with the
information, with the language, the history, and traditions, but we never impose
anything on the children. The children experience it in a positive way. It’s their
choice to carry it on in whichever way they choose.”
Jean taught with general studies teacher Diane Etzel in a kindergarten-ﬁrst-
grade combination class during the 1979-80 school year. Etzel was a kindergarten
teacher at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley prior to joining Tehiyah. Initially,
Tehiyah’s founding families had hoped that Beth El would extend their educational
offerings beyond kindergarten.
After it became clear that Beth El was not interestd in a new educational initia-
tive, a core group of families did not get discouraged and joined together to form
a Jewish day school, which would serve the diverse needs of the community. The
founding families divided up tasks and took advantage of everyone’s strengths. For
example, Carl Groch, an architect, acted as a part-time consultant; parents with
business backgrounds gave sound advice; and those with an education background,
such as Evie Groch, interviewed new teachers, and helped develop the curriculum.
Robert Alter, who is a professor of literature at Cal and one of the founders,
came up with the name Tehiyah. Robert thought Tehiyah, meaning renewal in
Hebrew, was an appropriate name since for many families this Jewish day school
meant the renewal of their commitment to Judaism.
The founding families explored numerous locations for the new school and ﬁnally
decided upon the Kensington Youth Hut for the sum of $1 an hour. The
Kensington Youth Hut had strengths and weaknesses as a new home.
It was conveniently located. It had one small classroom, but had easy
access to the Kensington Library, Blake Gardens, a playground, and the
larger community room, when it wasn’t in use. The parents worked
together to paint the room, build tables to Diane Etzel’s speciﬁcations,
and get the school ready for opening day.
When school opened there were 12 students, and by the end of that
ﬁrst year there were 15. The K-1 combination class met the individual
needs of the students.
“While we functioned on a shoe-string budget, I always felt like we
had all the necessary supplies to operate,” Diane said. “People donated,
we made do, and we always got just what we needed.”
As the ﬁrst school year came to a close, Jean and Diane realized they
needed to hire additional staff for the following year. The current
Top to bottom: Allison Kent Weiss, 1980s; students were ready to move up a grade and a few older siblings were joining the
1985-86; 2008-09; 2008-09 student body because their parents wanted them to share in this wonderful
Jean contacted Allison, who she knew from college, and brought her on board
to teach a 1-2-3 combination class of 20 students. Allison recalls clutching her plan
book in amazement that she survived her ﬁrst year at Tehiyah.
“This place is my entire adult life,” said Allison, who currently teaches fourth
grade with Ruth Gorrin. “I came here straight from grad school. This was my ﬁrst
full-time teaching job. We have grown and matured and become adults together.
When I started here, I was the young kid; now I’m the old lady.”
Before the founders knew it, the ﬁrst two years had ﬂown by, and Tehiyah’s
numbers outgrew the Kensington Youth Hut. It was time to move on. But where?
How? Again, the group called on the skills of one of their own, a parent who hap-
pened to be an architecture student at the time, Nancy Bardach. She scoured the
East Bay to ﬁnd a new home for the ﬂourishing Tehiyah.
Through the assistance of founder Irene Winston’s friend who was a realtor,
Nancy searched until she found an appropriate site on 6th Street. The location,
which is now home to Black Pine Circle, was to become the school’s next home,
and was affectionately known as “the school that Nancy built.” The down payment
came from a parent loan program in which every family participated. The school
had the support of contractors, a pro bono attorney, and again the contributions
of time and energy of the parents. The 6th Street site opened on time and served
the school well for the next three years.
As the school continued to grow, it also became more complex: additional
teachers, more students, more classrooms, larger budget, and hiring school direc-
tors. In three short years, Tehiyah outgrew the 6th Street site, and the search for
a new location was on once again. Through the steadfast efforts of Gene Millstein
and Stuart Marson, the present campus in El Cerrito was identiﬁed and
purchased for the reasonable price of $465,000. Parents once again
loaned the school money for the down payment. The expansion and
growth of the school brought in a new group of enthusiastic and dedi-
cated parents who, along with the founders, charted the course of Tehiyah
for the following years.
The 2009-10 school year marks Tehiyah’s 26th year on Tassajara
Avenue, and cherished families, faculty, staff, board members, and com-
munity supporters have helped make Tehiyah a place where children
want to go every day. Allison has numerous special memories during her
29 years with Tehiyah.
“I was cleaning out my closet and found a script from a play we did
my ﬁrst year — The Wizard of Oz,” Allison said. “The kids have to be in
their mid-30s now. I have taught just about every grade here — general
studies, Judaic studies. I was the music teacher, and I was the secretary
for one week. Some of my fondest memories include graduations. I think I have
been to every graduation, watching all of those kids graduate and my own two kids
graduate from Tehiyah.”
Jean has enjoyed interacting with the children the most over the years. The least
enjoyable part of her tenure was the board meetings in the early days that went
until 1 a.m.
“I am just so happy to be part of this community and this experiment that turned
out to not be an experiment at all, but something beautiful and unique,” Jean said.
“We have so much diversity of thought. What’s the miracle of this school is that it
works. In the end, we respect each other, hear each other, and debate with each
other, but we’re family. I have personally felt such a coming together and support
from this community. It’s my family, too.”
This story was written with contributions from a story in a 1995 Tehiyah tribute book. Top to bottom: 2008-09; 1980s; 2008-09;
Q&A With Three Founding Families
These families and others came together to make Tehiyah possible
By Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz, Director of Communications
Eugene Bardach, Current Tehiyah Senior Trustee (children: Rebecca
Why was your family interested in helping to found a Jewish day school
in the East Bay?
“We wanted a place for our children that would provide excellent secular edu-
cation and also a solid Judaica and Hebrew education. The available options at the
time did not appeal. Also, we wanted to found an institution that would serve not
only ourselves but others like us, and that would, in particular, provide good Jewish
education, not only for our generation of friends and peers, but for the future as
well. It occurred to me some months into the heavy lifting (personnel, fundraising,
governance, etc.) that I had always taken it for granted, growing up in Baltimore,
that “somebody else” did that sort of stuff. Out here on the Jewish western fron-
tier, there wasn’t any “somebody else.” If this was going to be done at all, we had
to do it.”
Nancy and Eugene Bardach How did you and the other families approach the task of starting a school?
“Basically, most of us were reluctant participants. I certainly was. So was Nancy,
though she had more enthusiasm for the problem-solving surrounding all the ar-
chitectural and construction issues (she being an architect), such as ﬁnding a site,
drawing up plans, supervising the demolition and the parent work parties on the
Tehiyah Timeline weekends, and managing the contractor. … Laying out $350,000 that we did not
1979 — Tehiyah welcomes ﬁrst class have in order to buy the building (on 6th Street), and then another $100K or so
of 15 students to the Kensington for renovations, was scary! … There was also an element of excitement and ca-
maraderie. To this day, our children who were in Tehiyah then regard the founding
Youth Hut era of pioneering as one of the wonderful and formative experiences in their lives.”
1981 — Tehiyah moves to newly What was the camaraderie like among the founding families?
purchased 6th Street campus “Nancy and I (particularly Nancy) were among the highly committed, highly
responsible parents. And, we liked and respected the other parents who were like
January 1984 — Gene Millstein us; and vice versa, for the most part. That was satisfying. ... For me, one of the
secures Tassajara campus location most important elements of community spirit was the level of civility and reason-
ableness that we all attempted to maintain when making important decisions. ... ”
Evie Groch, Ed.D. (children: Davina and Joelle)
August 1984 — Tehiyah relocates
Why was your family interested in helping to found a Jewish day school
to the Tassajara campus with an in the East Bay?
enrollment of 125 students “We wanted to continue the nurturing and academic atmosphere that Temple
Beth El Nursery School had provided our daughters in pre-school and kindergarten.
1996 — Completion of the new There were really no other viable options in the Berkeley area. Instilling Jewish
middle school wing values was also important, as were celebrating and observing the Jewish holidays.
We wanted all children to feel included, no matter their background or degree of
2001 — Completion of the gym, Judaic observance.”
the Beit Midrash, and the TAP room What was the camaraderie like among the founding families?
2010 — Expected opening of our “We all felt nervous, yet excited at this bold undertaking. It was taking a huge
risk, but we felt so was sending our children to inferior schools in the public sector.
new bridge-K program Having worked in education all my life, ﬁrst as a teacher, then as an administrator,
and ﬁnally at the central ofﬁce in curriculum, I personally felt we could do so
much better than some of the public schools I knew well. There was never 100%
Operating Budget agreement among the founding families, but we knew we had to stick together to
1979-80 — $22,000 make it work, and we did. Each one of us brought his/her expertise to the table.”
1983-84 — $356,000 How are you feeling about Tehiyah 30 years later?
“I’m so proud we were given the opportunity to participate and make a success
2009-10 — $4,500,000 of the school. … We needed money and fundraised like crazy. We somehow came
through with everything we needed. There wasn’t time to complain, just time to
keep it going and make it better and better, adding a grade level at a time. I can’t
believe it’s been 30 years until I see how old our daughters are. Tehiyah’s early
graduates have done well. One of our daughters is running for the school board in
Burlingame, and we like to think we modeled parent engagement in education for
her. We even built our house up the street from Tehiyah so our kids could walk to
school. We still feel connected and always follow the goings-on at the school. How
could it be otherwise? Mazal tov, Tehiyah. Long may it thrive!” I negotiated the deal as a volunteer
Laurie Marson, Tehiyah’s First Board President
parent. We were lucky there were
(children: Jonas and Colin)
no other buyers. We obtained the
How did the founding families approach the challenge of starting Tehiyah?
“I think we had no idea what we were getting into and the amount of work that property for the spectacularly low
would be involved. When Beth El said no, we had a meeting and said, ‘Should we go price of $465,000. The seller (the
for it anyway?’ We must have voted and said, ‘Sure, how hard can it be?’ We divided
up into different groups. I was the one who applied for the IRS status — the reli- Richmond School District) carried the
gious school charitable organization status. It was ﬁlling out a form. It was no big mortgage. We put $100,000 down,
deal. There was a book called How to Start a School. … Since California didn’t have
a regular licensing for private schools at that time, anybody could start a school. It
all borrowed from parents.
was very strange. You were supposed to follow very broad outlines of curriculum. — Gene Millstein, former Tehiyah parent
… Several people interviewed teachers. We had already picked one (Diane Etzel) and current senior trustee, on buying the
out as she was one of the kindergarten teachers at Beth El and agreed to continue. Tassajara Avenue campus
… Jean (Glasser) was hired by Evie (Groch). We located a space, which was at
the Kensington Youth Hut. We paid like $1 per hour. We had a little room off of
the main room in the youth hut. … We put down a new ﬂoor, and we built the
tables and bought chairs. … ”
What were some of your favorite memories of Tehiyah’s ﬁrst year?
“I remember the day we were building the furniture. It was a beautiful day,
and we were all outside. We were building and painting the tables. They were
around for a lot of years those tables. They were bright red and bright blue and
bright yellow. That’s how the teachers wanted it. … I remember the introduc-
tory coffee that we had to get new students before we opened that no one
came to. That was not so good. It was tough but funny. Some of the events that
they staged in the early years — the plays — were adorable. … Every year, we
looked at each other and said, ‘Oh my G-d, we’re still here, and we don’t have
Stuart Marson, Tehiyah’s Fourth Board President and Current Senior
Trustee (children: Jonas and Colin)
Were there moments of doubts that Tehiyah wouldn’t succeed?
“It was always, ‘this is going to work.’ There are always ways to solve a problem. Carl and Evie Groch
When we hit a wall of some sort, a creative solution was created. … We did all
the things we could and people joined. If you build it, they will come. When there
were ﬁnancial issues, we came up with creative loan programs. Personally, I never
had any doubt that it would be successful. We were going to make it so. There
were many people who did have doubts. … One of my jobs during many of the
years was to say, ‘Failure is not an option.’”
Looking back, how rewarding is the role that you and Laurie played in
“Exceptionally so! Tehiyah is one of our children who is now turning 30. What we
didn’t recognize was going to happen was that most of our friends had their genesis
in the fact that they were involved in the school with us. .… The parent relationships
as well as the children-children relationships have been enormously important in our
lives. … Our worries were that after the ﬁrst group of people go through and put Laurie and
all of this energy in, it then peters out. That has not been the case. Every year, new
people come in with vitality. The vitality today is as strong as when we started. That
is a welcome surprise and very rewarding to see that that can happen.”
Tehiyah Alum Returns Home
Ronli Moses proudly enrolls her son at her alma mater
By Amy Utstein, Director of Admissions
Famous Family While there are many things we are
looking forward to in our 30th anni-
In addition to being one of the ﬁrst versary year, perhaps one of the most
alums to send her child to Tehiyah, exciting is welcoming one of our ﬁrst
alums back as a parent! Ronli Moses,
Ronli has another Tehiyah claim to who was in Tehiyah’s second graduating
fame. Her brother is the renowned class in 1987, is seeing the school in a
new light as her son, Aiden, joined us as
playwright Itamar Moses (who is also a kindergartener in August.
a Tehiyah alum)! We featured Itamar Ronli began at Tehiyah when the
school was still located on 6th Street
in the fall 2008 issue of Tehiyah (now the location of Black Pine Circle).
Shelanu and congratulate him on She was there for three years and then
made the “big move” to our current
his new play, campus in El Cerrito. She remembers
Back Back being part of making the dream of Tehiyah a reality.
“There were work parties every weekend before the school opened,” Ronli
Back, which said. “We painted and planted — it was really our school.”
premiered at The Berkeley resident loved her time at Tehiyah, and she still thinks fondly
about the teachers who inﬂuenced her during her time here. She especially appre-
the Manhattan ciated the way that Judaism ran through the curriculum in seamless ways.
Theatre Club “I really got it that it wasn’t just about math, and English, and science,” Ronli
said. “Everything was centered around Judaism, and it was translated into music,
in New York art, ﬁeld trips, and exploring the world in general.”
earlier this year. Mazal Tov to the entire She remembers the music that inﬂuenced everything on campus and speciﬁcally
enjoyed singing on the Tehiyah album and at Zellerbach Auditorium as a member
Moses family! of the Tehiyah chorus.
Not surprisingly, being a parent at the school you
grew up at makes for some interesting observations.
Tehiyah has clearly changed from Ronli’s perspective.
“It’s much more of a school now,” Ronli said. “It was
more like a dream when I was there — sort of patched
together. There is much more stability now. We were
trying to create something, and it feels like it’s been
accomplished. Tehiyah has really blossomed and grown
Just to give it a bit of perspective, when Ronli was
here, most of the classes were combined (i.e., second
and third grades together), their middle school dances
used to be in the art room, and the gym was just a pipe
As a parent of a kindergartener, Ronli has experi-
enced a variety of emotions. It was hard for Ronli to let
Aiden Moses (on the right) with fellow her baby leave the nest, but choosing Tehiyah just felt right.
kindergartener Joshua Weschler “I had a real battle this year trying to decide what to do because I like the
Berkeley public school system,” Ronli said. “But as it got closer to making the
decision, Tehiyah just felt safe. I want Aiden’s foundation to be a solid one, and I
wasn’t sure he’d get that anywhere else.”
When asked if she had any advice for current Tehiyah students, Ronli had this
to say: “Appreciate what you’re learning because you’re getting exposed to more
than other kids are. Take advantage of the opportunities even though you might
not see them as opportunities right now.”
Those are wise words from someone who has personally experienced the ex-
citement and warmth of the Tehiyah community. Welcome back to Tehiyah, Ronli.
We’re very excited to have you and Aiden with us!
From Modeh Ani to Nerdcore Rising
Gaby Alter writes musicals and songs in New York
By Heike Friedman, Director of Development
It’s a small world if you have friends. When Gaby Alter arrived in
New York six years ago to ﬁnd his way as a musician and composer, he
was welcomed by playwright Itamar Moses who had been living there
for several years.
“He had always been like a younger brother to me,” Gaby said.
In New York, both former Tehiyah students became friends and col-
leagues. Currently, Gaby and Itamar are collaborating on a musical. The
production is called Reality!, an “irreverent parody of the reality behind
reality television shows.” Itamar’s play, Yellowjackets, had a successful
run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre last year.
There were signs of Gaby’s musical promise during his time at Tehiyah
(1980-87). He recorded his ﬁrst song with his music teacher, Arella
Barlev, in middle school.
“I wrote a Hanukkah rap song, and Arella liked it, so she included it
on an album that she was recording,” Gaby, now 35, recalled. “There
was a lot of music at Tehiyah.”
He remembers starting the day singing Modeh Ani with his ﬁrst-grade
teacher, Allison Kent Weiss.
“I think I had a crush on her,” Gaby said.
Allison has her own memories of her ﬁrst year teaching at Tehiyah.
“One day, we were sitting in a circle having a class discussion,” Allison
said. “I don’t remember the topic, but Gaby raised his hand and said, ‘I
wonder what Nostradamus would say about this!’”
Gail Taback taught Gaby in fourth grade and remembers him as a
creative and smart student. Twenty-two years after leaving Tehiyah,
Gaby can easily list the names of all of his former teachers and classmates.
“Tehiyah creates a sense of community, one that extends beyond your own One day we were sitting in a circle
classroom,” said Gaby, who still keeps in touch with many of his classmates.
Gaby, the son of Bible scholar and former Tehiyah trustee Robert Alter, spoke having a class discussion. I don’t
about the powerful connection with Jewish culture that his education at Tehiyah remember the topic, but Gaby raised
created for him.
“I have a strong sense of my Jewish identity, something I can always come back his hand and said, ‘I wonder what
to,” Gaby said. Nostradamus would say about this!’
After graduating from Tehiyah, Gaby attended Berkeley High School and Wes-
leyan College. During his post-Tehiyah years, he started writing songs for musicals — Allison Kent Weiss
and children’s puppet shows. His musical, Vapor Tales, won the 1998 San Francisco Gaby’s ﬁrst-grade teacher at Tehiyah
Theater Critics’ Circle Award.
A year after moving to New York in 2003, Gaby enrolled in New York Univer-
sity’s Musical Theatre Writing Program. Also in 2004, his musical, Young Zombies
in Love, was recognized with the New York Fringe Festival Songwriting Award. His
current projects include Band Geeks! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen, and Gordon
Greenberg), which will appear at the 2009 NAMT Festival of New Musicals; Reality!,
which was workshopped at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2008; and Twenty-
Nine (with Tommy Newman), which was the NYU Steinhardt spring musical in
Gaby also writes songs for Mr. Steve (a.k.a. Steve Roslonek) for the nationally
televised show “PBS KIDS Block.” His work was part of the ﬁlm project, Nerdcore
Rising (2008), a documentary “that investigates the newest wave of hip-hop, nerd-
core, as it follows the godfather of the genre, MC Frontalot, on his ﬁrst national
tour.” Gaby is Frontalot’s co-writer and musical director.
To read more about Gaby Alter and to listen to some of his songs, please visit
Tehiyah Serves As Lifelong Base
Maya Guendelman pursues a career as a clinical neuropsychologist
By Maya Guendelman (class of 1999)
My current line of work — infant mental health — is as heartbreaking as
it is hopeful. As a research associate at the UCSF Child Trauma Research
Program, I work with a team of psychologists-cum-researchers who specialize
in treating toddlers affected by terrible events. Surely, we cannot reasonably
expect an 18-month old to lie down on a couch and verbalize his feelings
about daddy hitting mommy. But in other ways, such as play, young children
are unusually honest in expressing how they are deeply affected by their
social environments, both healthy and not. Catalyzed by my work, I have
increasingly reﬂected on the profound importance of early childhood
experience in shaping lifelong development — not only in the lives of the
children we treat at the clinic, but in my own life, too.
For me, Tehiyah is the mouth of a constant ﬂood of vividly positive mem-
ories — the excitement of Purim fairs, assembling the bagel lunches, selling
rafﬂe tickets and the jellybean guessing, morning Modeh Anis and t’ﬁllah, the
Gold Rush trip (my apologies if some of these references are by now out-
dated). … I carry these with me every day, consciously or not. They are a
source of great strength, for which I am extremely grateful, especially as I
work to meet the realities and responsibilities of growing up and “real life.”
Maya (left) with Aviva Gilbert, Tehiyah class
Along with happy memories, many of my closest friends today are also from
Tehiyah. Some I speak with or see daily or weekly; I am in touch with most others
in some way or another. I am continually impressed with their characters, per-
sonalities, and strength — they are good people with strong Jewish values. And,
they are successful in other ways, too. In my class of 17 kids, now aged 23 or 24, I
believe, we have three Fulbright Scholars, two Stanford grads, one Harvard grad,
two UCLA, one U Penn, one Brown, one Wellesley, one Wesleyan, one UC Davis,
one UCSC, one UCI, two Berkeley, one Scripps grad … the list goes on. We have
at least two talented musicians, a chef, Spanish speakers, Hebrew speakers, Japa-
nese speakers, world travelers, a social worker, a future clinical neuropsychologist
(that would be me, if all goes as planned with graduate school applications!), and
perhaps not surprisingly, you will be able to hire a top-notch class of ’99 legal
team within a couple years.
I spent a fair amount of time at the beginning of this year getting to know the
young ladies of the seventh grade. One of my closest friends, Shiri Weininger
(alum ’98, daughter of Rabbi Tsipi), and I co-led a workshop in which we explored
Maya with her father, Simon Guendelman, many of the social and emotional issues that we, too, had encountered as 13-year
a current Tehiyah senior trustee olds. I was deeply impressed by the girls’ maturity and expressiveness — they
reminded me a bit of my classmates — and I had them in mind when I accepted
the invitation to join the board of trustees, as one of its ﬁrst alumni members. It is
a great honor to be a part of this group of incredibly dedicated, talented individuals.
I will work toward helping Tehiyah
I will work toward helping Tehiyah to strengthen its possibilities as a strong and
to strengthen its possibilities as a vibrant home for Jewish education, particularly through its alumni ties. In all senses
of the words — l’dor va dor.
strong and vibrant home for Jewish
As a Fulbrighter myself, I spent last year in my parents’ homeland — Chile. My father
education, particularly through its — whose Instituto Hebreo kindergarten class still has yearly reunions — armed me
with a long list of contacts for any imaginable emergency. The Chilean Jewish community
alumni ties. In all senses of the words
is small but incredibly tight-knit, and I have admired the strong social and cultural ties
— l’dor va dor. that my family has maintained with it despite our physical distance. Our wider society in
the United States is beautifully heterogeneous and opportunity-rich. Yet in some ways,
its fundamental restlessness makes it particularly critical for its members to have a solid
base, if not a physical location then a sense of identity, community, and belonging. In
developmental psychology, this concept is often referred to as a “secure base,” and
having one is seen as critical to healthy socio-emotional and physical development. As
we grow older and our world expands, the concept grows, too, beyond mom and dad.
For me, and I suspect for almost all of its students, teachers, parents, and community-
members, Tehiyah is not simply a school but is also a dear and secure, lifelong base.
Building Israel Connections
Eytan Elterman excels as an Israel advocate and entrepreneur
By Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz, Director of Communications
Tehiyah alum Eytan Elterman has a deep connection to his alma
mater’s core Jewish value of Yisrael (the land of Israel). From December
2007 until August 2009, Eytan served as the director of public affairs
for the Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco.
Eytan assisted in publicizing Israeli environmental, technological,
and cultural advances within the Jewish and non-Jewish communities
in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and half of California.
These efforts built and maintained a partnership between Israel and
the Paciﬁc Northwest. He also engaged in regular communication
with the general community concerning Israeli political issues.
“I represented something that I whole heartedly believe in,” said
Eytan, who graduated from Tehiyah in 1993. “It’s important to be
able to have a voice and do it in a way that I believe in.”
At the consulate, Eytan coordinated programming with Tehiyah
students. In January, our eighth-graders traveled to the consulate
to observe local Israeli dignitaries casting their votes for the Israel
Knesset and to participate in a mock election. Tehiyah’s ﬁfth, sixth,
and seventh-graders were invited by the consulate to plant trees in honor of Tu
b’Shvat at John McClaren Park in San Francisco in February.
While Eytan’s job involved working with many high-level people within the Israeli
government and infrastructure, he greatly enjoyed welcoming some of tomorrow’s
leaders — Tehiyah students — to the consulate.
“I got to speak to the students for about 10 minutes and give them an overview
of how Israeli elections and Israeli democracy take place,” said Eytan, who like
Tehiyah is 30-years-old. “It was a very good experience. It brought it back full circle.”
Eytan credits Tehiyah for planting a seed for his Jewish cultural identity and for
encouraging his interest in tikkun olam initiatives. Rabbi Tsipi Gabai and Sue Miller
were two of his faborite Tehiyah teachers, and both individuals inspired Eytan to
reach his full potential at Tehiyah and beyond.
Other cultures have always fascinated Eytan, and from an early age, he wanted to
ﬁnd a way to travel. The son of Mexican immigrants, Eytan was born in the United
States and grew up ﬂuent in Spanish. His love for the international community has
inﬂuenced his career and education choices.
A 2001 UCLA graduate with a degree in European studies, Eytan worked in tele- Eytan at the consulate (above)
vision production for three years before moving to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with and in the ﬁrst grade
Noam Pines, a Tehiyah friend, to teach English, perfect his Spanish, and explore
After a brief teaching stint, they started Cali Promociones, a hip-hop promo-
tions company in Argentina. Eytan’s adventure motivated him to return to the
United States to earn his MBA in international management from the Monterey I would also like to build a couple
Institute of International Studies. small business ideas possibly related
“If we had made the decision to stay, it’s quite possible I would still be there to Israel. I don’t want to give up on
right now,” Eytan said. “We were relatively successful in our one-year venture.”
Fortunately for the Israeli Consulate, Eytan didn’t want Argentina to become Israel advocacy. It’s too important at
his permanent home. Since leaving the consulate, Eytan’s entrepreneurial spirit has this point.
moved his career forward.
“Other interests of mine include video and television production,” Eytan said.
“I’ve worked on several independent documentaries and human interest stories. I
would like to pursue that avenue. I would also like to build a couple small business
ideas possibly related to Israel. I don’t want to give up on Israel advocacy. It’s too
important at this point.”
Eytan’s future clearly looks bright, and Tehiyah is proud to have given him the
necessary foundation to pursue his dreams.
Foundation for Life
Gavri Rosen uses her medical degree to make a difference
By Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz, Director of Communications
Gavri Rosen Kellerman views Tehiyah Day School as the foundation for her
personal and professional aspirations. Gavri moved to La Jolla, Calif., with her husband,
Jesse Kellerman, in 2007 to do her psychiatry residency at UC San Diego, but she
is currently taking some time off to work in community psychiatry at a local hospital.
On the strength of Tehiyah’s outstanding aca-
demic preparation, Gavri pursued a challenging
academic path. After graduating from Tehiyah in
1994, she attended College Preparatory School
in Oakland, graduated summa cum laude from
Harvard with a degree in the history of science,
and earned her medical degree from Mount Sinai
School of Medicine in New York.
While at Harvard, Gavri’s life-long afﬁnity
toward tikkun olam projects inspired her to be
one of the founders of the Women’s Resource
Center at Boston Medical Center. The student-
run service, part of a national program called
Project Health, helps patients ﬁnd housing,
child-care, and employment.
Given that her father is a plasma physicist and
her mother is a lawyer, it is not surprising that
education played an important role in Gavri’s
“Academics were always very important in
our household,” said Gavri, whose brothers,
Michael and Raﬁ, graduated from Tehiyah in
1990 and 1998, respectively. “The main reason
they sent us to Tehiyah was because we could
Gavri with her husband, Jesse get the academics and the Jewish education. I really enjoyed the academic experi-
ence at Tehiyah. There was so much of it that was great. I don’t want to mention
just one of my teachers. They were all great. I really beneﬁted a lot from that early
The main reason they sent us to education. I felt like it helped me a lot at CPS. I had a leg up in a lot of the stuff we
Tehiyah was because we could were doing there.”
get the academics and the Jewish Gavri’s interest in psychiatry was sparked in high school.
“I took a class in high school where we were reading Freud, and I was taking AP
education. I really enjoyed the biology,” Gavri said. “I thought the brain was totally fascinating. I felt that medicine
academic experience at Tehiyah. would be the most compelling way to study it.”
On a personal note, Gavri and Jesse celebrated their ﬁfth wedding anniversary
earlier this year. The couple met at Harvard as undergraduates, and shares an interest
in traveling and writing. Gavri has lived in Israel, Germany, and Switzerland, and
she has explored numerous countries with her husband, who is an accomplished
writer and playwright. Tehiyah also cultivated Gavri’s ability to craft ﬁction.
“I recently found a folder of stories and poetry I wrote for (former Tehiyah
teacher) Sue Miller,” Gavri said. “One day a week, we had creative writing, and it
was important to help me start developing my voice.”
Judaism also plays an important role in Gavri’s and Jesse’s lives. They both at-
tended Jewish day schools, keep kosher, celebrate Shabbat, and intend to raise
their future children with Jewish values. Clearly, Tehiyah helped shape a caring and
talented young woman who values her family, life-long learning, and Judaism.
“After I ﬁnished high school, I spent a year before college in Israel,” Gavri said.
“That experience was important to me. I went to Midrasha during high school. In
college, I was really involved with Hillel. Judaism has always been there, and I think
it will always be there.”
Offering a Helping Hand in Guatemala
Emily Pascal joins her father to provide medical care
By Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz, Director of Communications
Despite being only a senior at Marin Academy in San Rafael, Tehiyah alum Emily Helping others was instilled in me
Pascal has already begun to chart her future as a pediatric general surgeon.
Over the last two years, Emily has twice accompanied her father, who is an eye from a young age. It gave me a
surgeon, on charitable medical trips to the Hospital de la Familia in Southwestern less egocentric view of the world.
Guatemala. The facility provides year-round medical care but relies on volunteer
U.S. surgical teams to perform major surgeries. I deﬁnitely think that Tehiyah
A 2006 Tehiyah graduate, Emily has done more than just observe various medical inﬂuenced me to want to help others.
procedures during her two-week visits to the Guatemala hospital. She has checked
visual acuities in the eye clinic, served as a language translator for the medical staff, Emily (far left) in an operating room at
and has scrubbed in and assisted with several eye surgeries, an ovarian cyst removal, Hospital de la Familia
hernia repairs, and a partial thyroid removal.
Under the guidance of the doctors, her surgical assignments
have included holding the retractor and suturing incisions.
Emily vividly recalled the excitement of witnessing one
woman’s reaction at her post-cataract surgery appointment.
“I took off the eye patch, and she started to cry because
she was able to see,” Emily said. “She started to mumble in
Spanish, thanking G-d and my father. She was blind in her
other eye, so she hadn’t been able to see for a long time.
My dad got tears in his eyes. It was really special.”
Emily has loved her experiences in Guatemala and hopes
to return with her dad in the spring of 2010. With four
different surgeries occurring in one room, she has enjoyed
her exposure to a variety of sub-surgical specialties.
Through a mini-course program at her high school, she
has also shadowed a pediatric general surgeon at Children’s
Hospital in Oakland. Pediatric general surgery is one of her
top career choices because it combines two of her passions.
“I really like kids, so I want to do something working with kids when I grow up,”
said Emily, whose brother Daniel is a ﬁfth-grader at Tehiyah. “I am also really into
art, so I want to do something where I get to use my hands.”
Emily traces her interests in helping others and for art back to her Tehiyah days.
“Community service and tikkun olam were stressed at Tehiyah,” Emily said.
“Helping others was instilled in me from a young age. It gave me a less egocentric
view of the world. I deﬁnitely think that Tehiyah inﬂuenced me to want to help others.
“Janet [Lipkin] ﬁrst got me interested in art. She was an amazing art teacher, and
I looked forward to art class.”
Tufts University in Boston and Washington University in St. Louis are two of her
top college choices, as both have large Jewish populations and excellent medical
schools. She has opted to do a gap year between high school and freshman year of
college to spend some time in Israel, perfecting her Hebrew, learning some Arabic,
and possibly teaching on a kibbutz.
After all, Emily, who will turn 17 at the end of this year, recognizes how many years Emily in a supply closet at Hospital de la
of hard work are ahead of her to become a doctor. Additionally, she has already had a Familia
taste of college by attending summer school at Stanford for eight weeks this year.
“I was having a conversation with my dad where he said he went to 24 years of
school plus kindergarten,” Emily said. “Based on his years of schooling, he was tell-
ing me how to study for midterms.”
As Emily pursues her medical degree, she will have plenty of time to master her
own study techniques and will always remember the special place Tehiyah holds in
A few years ago, Emily told her mother, “I will never again have an experience
like Tehiyah. There is just nothing like it, and I’m going to for sure send my children
to a Jewish day school.”
Playing With Pride
Nadav Kariv spent last year playing semi-professional soccer in Israel
By Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz, Director of Communications
Nadav Kariv holds the distinction of being Tehiyah’s ﬁrst alum to play semi-
A 2004 Tehiyah graduate, Nadav completed his Berkeley High School education
in 2008. After graduation, Nadav decided to move to Israel to pursue his dream
of becoming a professional soccer player.
For the 2008-09 season, Nadav landed a contract with HaPoel Afula’s under-20
team with the help of one of his father’s friends. In Israel, professional soccer
organizations rely on their youth teams to develop future players. The transition
from living with his parents to living in his own apartment in another country
went well. Nadav is ﬂuent in Hebrew, was familiar with Israel from past visits to
see his father’s family, and resided on Kibbutz Ramat David, where his grandmother
lives. He feels his time in Israel helped him grow as a center midﬁelder and as a
“The practices were more intense than some of the games I played in the Bay
Area,” said Nadav, who turned 19 on September 11. “There were 24 players ﬁghting
to be one of the 18 players who dressed for a game. The level of coaching was
also a lot better.”
For now, Nadav has decided to continue focusing on his professional soccer
career. To stay academically sharp, he plans to take a couple online courses in the
Despite the pride he felt playing in Israel, Nadav opted to investigate other soccer
options. He spent the summer of 2009 in Italy exploring professional playing
opportunities through a Canadian program. He was fortunate to be one of two
individuals from the United States among the 20 elite soccer players given the
chance to showcase their skills against some of Italy’s top professional clubs.
“You have to be the best of the best to get into (the Canadian program),”
When Tehiyah Shelanu went to press, Nadav was hopeful that he would
soon secure a soccer contract in Italy or another European location. A 14-
year veteran player, Nadav was introduced to soccer in a recreational league
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“You really got to know everyone,” Nadav said. “I met my two best friends in
kindergarten at Tehiyah. I like the small community where everyone was really
together. The class sizes were small. It was easy to approach the teachers and talk
to them one-on-one.”
Family, friends, Judaism, and soccer are some of the most important things in
Nadav’s life. While Tehiyah can’t take credit for Nadav’s soccer talent, it helped to
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The Gift of Song
Rachel Valfer teaches, plays, and sings Middle Eastern music
By Heike Friedman, Director of Development
Rachel Valfer’s musical tastes can be traced back to her ﬁrst year at Tehiyah.
“Growing up at Tehiyah, we had so much creative time to express ourselves
through art, music, Israeli dance, and drama,” said Rachel, who was one of the ﬁrst
15 students who started kindergarten at Tehiyah in 1979. “Somehow those deli-
cious times were always linked in my mind with a feeling of connection to ancient
roots in the Middle East.”
Today, Rachel, who is comfortable in Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic and Farsi,
teaches Middle Eastern vocal styles and oud, an Arabic lute, from her home in
Berkeley, and sings with several ensembles in the Bay Area.
“Allison Kent Weiss was my ﬁrst love, with her orderly classroom in which we all
felt so safe,” said Rachel, who graduated from Tehiyah in 1987. “Gail Taback’s room
was a warm and nurturing place for creative writing, reading, and drama, which I
loved so much. And, Arella Barlev gave us the gift of song. ... I can remember my
elation the ﬁrst time she taught us a Ladino wedding song, and then a Yemenite version
of Dror Yikra. It was love at ﬁrst note.”
Rachel Valfer and the Qadim Ensemble
After four years at Brown University, Rachel went to Israel as a volunteer.
“I turned on the radio and heard Mizrahi pop, and I knew I was staying,” Rachel
said. “I found a school for classical Middle Eastern music and dance in Jerusalem,
started studying oud and maqam (Middle Eastern music theory), and ethnomusicology
at Hebrew University. I made aliyah and stayed for seven years. Finally after the
second intifada, life got too hard, I missed my family too much, and I came back to
Berkeley, where I joined the band Za’atar and met my husband, Eliyahu Sills.”
Rachel currently performs with her husband and the Qadim Ensemble. The San
Francisco Bay Area-based group’s ﬁrst CD, Eastern Wind, debuted this summer at No. 7
on the Billboard World Music Charts. Visit www.eliyahusills.com to hear samples of
their music and learn about their upcoming concerts in the Bay Area.
Adam Stern lives and works as a musician in Los Angeles
By Heike Friedman, Director of Development
Since he saw the middle school play production of Bye Bye Birdie while in kindergarten,
Adam Stern could not wait to be in middle school so he could perform in the plays.
“Subsequently I got to be in three of the coolest Tehiyah productions ever, starting
with The Wizard of Oz and being privileged to have amazing opportunities to play Adam Stern
incredible roles, from Danny in Grease to Oliver in Oliver Twist,” recalled the 1998
Adam’s early love for performance led to a musical career after attending UCLA. My guiding light at Tehiyah and
Adam, who lives in Los Angeles, just released his debut full-length record, The beyond: Rabbi Tsipi Gabai who
Dreamer Child. Adam describes his work as “music with a folk/singer-songwriter
base, which incorporates a plethora of popular styles from around the world into a tutored me for my Bar Mitzvah and
unique fusion.” still is a very close friend and
Adam remembers being one of the founding members of the Tehiyah Timberwolves conﬁdant.
under coach Barry Kleiman.
“We competed for the title in our ﬁrst season, and in our second season, a small
Jewish school won league,” Adam said.
He is thankful for Elise Prowse’s “determined patience” and Bruce Taylor for
bringing coffeehouse performances into the classroom.
“All these people never stopped believing in me and exercised a great deal of pa-
tience with me as I was 100% on my own agenda,” Adam said.
“I owe more than words, songs, and poetry could ever do proper justice to, two
women in particular,” Adam continued. “The ﬁrst was my sixth and seventh-grade
homeroom teacher, Mrs. Gal. And, last but not least ... my guiding light at Tehiyah
and beyond: Rabbi Tsipi Gabai who tutored me for my Bar Mitzvah and still is a very
close friend and conﬁdant.”
To learn more about Adam Stern, to listen to his music, and obtain information
about upcoming concerts, please go to www.adamstern.us.
Elijah ben Izzy (class of 2006) served as a member of the 2008-09 East Bay
Jewish Community Teen Foundation. Along with 19 other high school students,
Elijah helped raise and distribute over $36,000. The teenagers awarded grants to
four organizations, which are fulﬁlling their 2008-09 teen foundation mission: to
prevent malaria and water-borne diseases affecting children and youth in Sub-
“It is a great way to help other people,” said Elijah when he represented the
teen foundation during a presentation for Tehiyah’s eighth-grade class last spring.
Elijah will continue to work with the teen foundation this fall as part of the
leadership council. For more information, visit www.jfound.org/teen.
Ben Bloch (class of 1987) is working as a prison psychologist in the California
prison system. Ben says he keeps in touch with a few good Tehiyah friends, in-
cluding Tony Zwerdling.
Aaron Finkelstein (class of 1997) is a third-year student at Yeshivat Chovevei
Torah Rabbinical School in New York.
Mark Hilsabeck (class of 1993) is a ﬁeld engineer
at Solar City in Richmond, Calif. Mark is helping to
facilitate Tehiyah’s plans for adding solar panels to the
school. After graduating from Tehiyah in 1993, Mark
went on to attend St. Mary’s High School and Cal
Elana Naftalin-Kelman (class of 1988) recently
returned to live in Berkeley with her husband, Adam,
and her two children, Yair (age 4) and Nevo (age 1.5).
Elana works for Camp Ramah in California, directing
their Tikvah program for children with special needs.
Camp Ramah has two summer programs for kids with
special needs, a camper program for kids ages 11-17,
a vocational program for young adults ages 17-23, and
a camp for families who have children with special
needs. Elana has worked for many years in the ﬁeld
of Jewish special education, running the programs at
Camp Ramah in California, consulting with Hebrew
Top: Elijah ben Izzy; Middle: Mark
schools and day schools on how to best support all learners, and running semi-
Hilsabeck (center) with Elise Prowse (left) nars for teachers on how best to teach children with special needs in the Jewish
and Rabbi Tsipi Gabai (right) classroom.
Micha Salomon (class of 1987) has been
working at the San Francisco Estuary Institute
(www.sfei.org) for the past three years. Micha
is involved with environmental research and
geographic information systems (GIS) mapping
and analysis in the historical ecology program.
He is studying and mapping the natural land-
scape of California and the Bay Area as it
existed hundreds of years ago. To see his work
on Miller Creek in Marin County, check out
Left: Elana Naftalin-Kelman and family
Tehiyah’s computer teacher from 1999-2006,
Micha earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry
from the University of California in 1996 and is
currently working on his master’s in geography
from San Francisco State University. Micha and
his wife, Maya, had their ﬁrst child, Lilah Marian,
on June 27.
Sam Shonkoff (class of 1998) recently Far left: Micha
completed a Lisa Goldberg Memorial Fellow- Salomon; Left:
ship with American Jewish World Service. In Sam Shonkoff
that capacity, he wrote divrei Torah for AJWS’s
weekly Torah commentary,
“Dvar Tzedek.” Check out
Sam’s writings at www.ajws.
Sam also has been working at Hillel at Stanford as its Jewish
student life coordinator since August 2008.
Miriam Snoyman (class of 2000), whose maiden name is
Lyon, moved to Israel with her husband, Michael, and their son,
Eliezer, in March 2009. Miriam met Michael at UCLA.
Tony Zwerdling (class of 1986) lives in Alexandria, Va., with
his wife, Ginger Yowell, and their infant daughter, Lexi. Tony
sings with the Washington National Opera and teaches voice at
the college level.
Congratulations to the ﬁve Tehiyah graduates who were
involved with the Young Musical Theater Company’s (YMTC)
summer 2009 performance of Les Miserables at the Julia Morgan
Young People’s Performing Arts Center in Berkeley. The list
features: Simone Kertesz (Fantine), Merav Walklet (Ensemble), Marnina Miriam Snoyman and family
Wirtschafter (Eponine), Edward Gordon (crew), and Seth Gorrin (crew).
Simone Kertesz (left) and Merav Walklet
(right) in Les Miserables at the Julia Morgan
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Tehiyah Welcomes Five New Trustees
The 2009-10 board of trustees features 23 members
The Tehiyah Day School Board of Trustees elected ﬁve new members into its ranks during the annual meeting in May.
President Adam Mizock bid a heartfelt farewell to three departing trustees: Leslie Crary, Holvis Delgadillo, and Kayla
Engel. With the election of the new trustees, the board grew from 21 to 23 members. The entire Tehiyah community
welcomes the following trustees and thanks them for their commitment.
Debbie Bamberger and her husband, Josh, are the parents of Eli, a ﬁrst-grader at Tehiyah,
and Noah, who is in preschool at Beth El Nursery School. Debbie is a women’s health nurse
practitioner and the lead clinician at Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo’s Central Richmond
health center. A nurse practitioner for 15 years, Debbie is a founder of the Women’s Com-
munity Clinic — San Francisco’s only free clinic for women. The clinic started in 1999 on a
shoestring budget and has grown to an annual budget of $1.5 million, 17 staff members, and
over 100 volunteer health workers and clinicians. Debbie earned her bachelor’s degree from
Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and received her master’s of science degree from the
University of San Francisco.
Maya Guendelman grew up in Berkeley and is a class of 1999 Tehiyah alumna. She has
been active in speaking at Tehiyah events and co-ran a workshop with the seventh-grade
girls last year. She maintains close friendships with many of her Tehiyah peers, and as a
board member is looking forward to helping bring fellow alumni closer to the Tehiyah
community. She graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in
psychology and spent a year conducting public health and psychology research in Chile as a
Fulbright Scholar. She is currently a research associate at UCSF and is interested in pursuing
a doctorate in psychology in the near future.
Joan Kiang was born in Nahariya, Israel, ﬁve months before the Six Day War, where her
family was living at the time on Kibbutz Gesher Haziv. When she was three, Joan moved to
San Jose Calif., where she attended public school except for three informative elementary
school years spent at the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School. Joan went on to attend the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in art and de-
sign. She has worked in architectural design ever since graduation. Joan is currently a member
of Congregation Netivot Shalom, where she continues her strong connection to the Jewish
community and her deep love for the State of Israel. Joan and her husband, Kang, have a
daughter in second grade at Tehiyah.
Born and raised between New York, Boston, and Tel Aviv, Dina Tasini moved to the Bay
Area in 1992. Dina has two daughters at Tehiyah, Emma in eighth grade and Talya in fourth
grade. Dina is a co-chair of TPO and a member of the 30th anniversary gala committee. In
addition to her work at Tehiyah, Dina owns and operates an urban planning consulting busi-
ness, assisting public and private development throughout the East Bay with a specialty in
military base reuse and redevelopment. Dina holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and
planning from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in architecture and urban planning from
Originally from Chicago, Rebekah Wildman moved to the East Bay in July 2008 with
her husband, Jonathan, and their daughter, Aviva, who is now in second grade at Tehiyah.
A development co-chair for Tehiyah for the 2009-10 school year, Rebekah is also active in
other areas of the East Bay Jewish community. For the Jewish Community Federation of
the Greater East Bay, she is a member of the board of directors, the campaign chair for the
Young Leadership Division, and a member of the Finance and Joint Allocations Committees.
Additionally, she is an incoming national cabinet member for United Jewish Communities.
Rebekah has worked in client management in the professional services sector for the past
10 years. With a bachelor’s degree in ﬁnance and a minor in statistics from Miami University
(Ohio), she has a background in corporate ﬁnancial analysis and operations.
The Students, Teachers, and Staff of Tehiyah
For Your Kind Generosity
Thank You for Your Support in These Times of Need
By Rebekah Wildman and Harrison Alter, 2009-10 Development Co-Chairs
In a year of many challenges, we are grateful to our over 430 supporters for
ensuring that Tehiyah can thrive even in times of need. Thanks to your generosity,
we exceeded our goal for the 2008-09 Tehiyah Fund by raising $220,000.
THANK YOU. In addition, we were able to secure several grants for a fundraising 2008-09
total of $580,000, nearly 25% more than last year. 59%
These dollars are needed more than ever. After requests for ﬁnancial aid Sources 38%
jumped 20% for the 2008-09 school year, our business ofﬁce received a re-
cord number of applications for the 2009-10 school year. Approved requests
for ﬁnancial aid exceeded $1,000,000. Behind this number are many stories of 3%
personal hardships — lost jobs, illnesses, and divorces. Tehiyah couldn’t turn its
back on its families in need. 2008-09 Tehiyah Operating Budget
Tehiyah remains absolutely committed to staying ﬁnancially accessible to TAP, food services, rentals,
families who seek a Jewish education for their child(ren). This commitment and miscellaneous
can only be fulﬁlled with the continued help and generosity of individual donors 13%
and agencies, such as the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation of the
Greater East Bay, the Jim Joseph Foundation, Keren Keshet — The Rainbow
Foundation, and the Koret Foundation. Tuition
The Jim Joseph Foundation is committed to supporting Jewish education in
the San Francisco Bay Area through a two-year emergency grant. Tehiyah will
receive nearly $200,000 over the next two school years for its ﬁnancial aid
While ﬁnancial aid is the biggest need that our fundraising efforts address, donation dollars and grants also help us
to sustain and grow our curriculum.
spring of 2009. The journey was underwritten by an $87,000 grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, as part of the Bay
Area Jewish day school Israel education project (BASIS).
lished creative arts program, raising nearly $20,000.
who continues to support the program that was established in memory of her late husband, David Rosenzweig, z”l.
its security system, including installation of a new intercom system and additional surveillance cameras.
school classroom thanks to a grant from the Legacy
Heritage Fund. The SMART Board is an interactive
whiteboard, which is connected to a computer and
uses touch technology to interact with the display, to
visit Web sites, and to access databases.
With a notable 100% participation by the faculty,
staff, and board of trustees in the 2008-09 Tehiyah
Fund campaign, and 85% participation from the par-
ents, we feel conﬁdent that this positive fundraising
trend will continue during our 30th anniversary year.
Thank you again for your dedication and support!
Rebekah Wildman, mother of Aviva (second grade), and
Harrison Alter, father of Reuben (third grade), Celia (seventh
grade), and Isabel (class of 2009), are leading Tehiyah’s
fundraising efforts in the 2009-10 school year.
Guests at our Two Nights, One Community dinners: Terry Friedkin
(right), board president of the Jewish Community Federation of the
Greater East Bay, with husband Stephen and Tehiyah alumni parents
Allan and Hannah King
2008-09 Annual Report
This report contains information about gifts to Tehiyah for the 2008-09 school year.
In preparation for this report, we have tried to avoid errors and omissions. If any
discrepancies are found, please accept our apologies and report them to the development
ofﬁce. If your name was not listed as you prefer, please let us know so that our records
may be corrected. If your gift was received after June 30, 2009, your name will appear
in the 2009-10 Annual Report.
Tehiyah Fund and ($1,800 – $3,599) Nancy and Eugene Bardach
Rona Bar-Din and Theodore Levin
Restricted Donations Anonymous (4) Lisa Cohen Bennett and Terrence
Edona and Matthew Abarbanel Bennett
Thank you for sustaining Tehiyah Harrison Alter Cyndi and Peter Berck
through gifts to the Tehiyah Fund, to Debra and Marc Barach Lauren Snider Brandt and Rabbi James
restricted funds, and through partici- Laurel Bray-Hanin and Scott Hanin Brandt
pating in our annual dinner talks — Emily and Andy Cohen Halle Brown and Daniel Emerling
Two Nights, One Community. Leslie Crary and Andrew Stoloff Carol Brownstein and David Lieberman
Jill and Martin Dodd Karah Dunlap Chaver and Alon
The Machers’ Club Laurie and Jonathan Earp Chaver
Heike and Eric Friedman Merle and Seymour Cohen
Tzadik— Sylvia and Simon Guendelman Judith and Neil Collier
Righteous Person ($18,000+) Arlene Immerman and David Brown Amy Coty
Bathea and Sam James Debbie Dare and Joseph Gold
Michelle J. Schwartz Rita and Howard Kashner Melissa Eizenberg and Adam Diamant
Joan and Kang Kiang Amy and Mort Friedkin
Eitz Chayyim— Sheri and John Madden Terry and Stephen Friedkin
Tree of Life ($7,200 – $17,999) Robinn and Daniel Magid Danna Gillette-Pascal and Steven
Linda Manoogian and Nancy Ostrow Pascal
Miriam Moussaioff and Andrew Kim and Steven Marder Tanya and Ernest Goldsmith
Greenberg Laurie and Stuart Marson Ruth and Gregg Gorrin
Jodi and Paul Warner Linda Press-Wulf and Dr. Stanley Wulf Judy Hahn and Ben Lerman
Malka and Dr. Perry Scheinok Ilan and Marlene Keret
Madrikh— Cathy and Dov Rosenfeld Allen and Hannah King
Leader Jacqueline and Dr. Mark Sutter Gail and Greg Marell
Amy and Steve Utstein Amy and Philip Mezey
($5,400 – $7,199) Madeline and Neil Weinstein Dalia and Lance Nagel
Rebekah and Jonathan Wildman Joan Fenichel Rubin and Rick Rubin
Robin and Gene Millstein Eileen and Robert Ruby
Sharon Shoshani and David Goldstein
The Supporters’ Club
($3,600 – $5,399) Claire Sylvia and Peter Menell
Anonymous Marjorie and Barry Traub
Family ($540 – $1,799)
Lauran and Adam Mizock Orit Vogel and Igal Sarfaty
Martha and Leon Muraro Vera and Joe z”l Zatkin
Lael Rubin Jean and Jay Abarbanel
Jennifer Traub and Paul Epstein Tanir Ami and Joshua Konecky
Victoria and Steven Zatkin Kitzi and Bruce Baker
Debbie and Joshua Bamberger
Yedid—Friend ($180 - $539) Marcia and Richard Mathog American Leak Detection
Mechanics Bank Betsy Ami
Anonymous (7) Virginia J. Morgan Leah and Ayal Amzel
Barbara Anscher and Steven Binder Joan and Milton Morris Merav and Gilad Arnold
Joanne Backman and Harry Pollack Thao Ngo Troy Arnold
Tania Balazs Gvishi and Zvi Gvishi Megan and Chris O’Brien Gene and Amy Baker
Sharona Barzilay and Tom Graff Rena Pasick and Stephen Garber Janet and Richard Ball
Julie Batz and Jhos Singer Plant Construction Shelly Ball and Jeff Burack
Thea Becker Barbara and Larry Quirico Jeanne Bamberger
Jessica Bentley Katie and Amnon Rodan Deborah Banks and Randy Porter
Karen and Rabbi Mark Bloom Ginny Roemer and Joseph Sylvia and Ron Banks
Betsy Brazy and John Cartan Zicherman Rebecca Bardach and Eliot Goldstein
Sharon and Ronald Brown Yehudit and Ivan Rothman Ursula and Irving Batz
Rebecca Chemla and David Chemla- Sharon and Peter Rukin Edgar Becker
Vogel Taly Rutenberg and Joel ben Izzy Joan and Robert Berke
Beverly Cheney and Avrum Gratch Galila and Eli Sadi Madeleine Berke
Leslie and Aaron Cohen Judy and Hillel Salomon Robin Blum
Ronnie and Stuart Cohen Ellen and Jack Saxe Linda and Peter Boero
Carol Cosman and Robert Alter Janet Schneider and Andrew Kahn Linda and Richard Botton
Valerie and Brendan Creane Jan Schreiber and David Hudson Jean Bradman
Andrea and Jay Dodge Andrea Schumer Joanna Wise Bradman and Asa Bradman
Lara and Richard Dutta Joan and Dr. Lawrence Schwartz Sheila and Arthur Braufman
Ruth Ehrenkrantz and Spencer Klein Ruth Schwartz Suzannah and Richard Bray
Kayla and Barak Engel Helaine and Marc Schweitzer Diane and Stephen Brett
Deborah and Daniel Ezekiel Joyce Selkow and Rod Fujita Jan Bridges
Lisa Fink and Robert Milton Claire Sherman and Ed Anisman Carole and David Brodsly
Susan Frankel and Moshe Maler Heidi and Alan Shonkoff Ellen Brosbe
Marie and Gary Freschi Patricia Sinclair Cathy Fara Brown and Wilbert
Amy and Glenn Friedman Fran Smallson and Christopher Brown
Rabbi Tsipi Gabai Jackson Libby and Bill Brown
Tamar Gershon Drs. Nancy and Robert Stepsis Inga and Adolf Bruk
Revital and Eli Gilad Pat and Cliff Stoll Danu Calderon
Laura and Alexander Givental Donna Sidel Straus Maureen Clearﬁeld and Adam
Jodi and Gordon Gladstone Douglas Straus Whyte
Barbara Goddard Gail and Gene Taback Lorna Cogan and Bob Schwartz
Ruth Goldenberg and Alon Marcus Lisa Tabak and Jeff Lipsett Vally and John Coggshall
Suesan and Saul Grabia Renee and Dan Talmon Dana Cohen
Lara and Philip Grace Nan Toder and Dan McClosky Jane and Jeremy Cohen
Carol Greenberg Hoffman Bracha and Robert Trabin Eve Contente and Adam Duhan
Iris Greenberg-Smith and Jeremy Tali Weininger Nancy and David Coolidge
Smith Deborah Weinstein Katja Cooper
Judy and Sheldon Greene Allison Kent Weiss and Paul Weiss Shawn Corne
Jessica Hadari Nancy Wilkinson and Randall Peter Craig
Diane Halberg and Josh Langenthal Matamoros Carol and James Cunradi
Linda and James Helman Diane and Joshua Wirtschafter Madelyne and Jay Daneman
Jean Henderson Katya and James Woodmansee Marcia and Holvis Delgadillo
Carol and Tony Henning Robert Zivnuska Harriet Dubin
Pam and David Hornik Michal and Michael Dubrovsky
Jewish Community High School of Kehillah—Community (up to $179) Alla Eﬁmova
the Bay Robin Eig
Francine Jolton and David Stone Anonymous (14) Phyllis and Murray Elowitz
Elisabeth Kashner and Jonathan Elizabeth Addison Ruth Elowitz and Todd Rumph
Stern Aﬁkomen Jewish Books, Gifts & Ellen and Ronald Emerling
Karen Klier and James Leventhal Arts Drs. Lois and Charles Epstein
Marcia Lovelace and Dennis Fagaly Frances Alexander Nadyne and Phil Epstein
Dayna Macy and Scott Rosenberg Marilee Allan and Tom Ashkenas Sue and George Ezekiel
Orna and Eyal Maoz Julie Allecta RoseMarie Ezra
Susan Marcus and Amie Miller Galit and Jesse Alpert Nancy Facher and Glenn Wolkenfeld
Barbara Fierer and Robert Brandfon Steve Kornfeld Nancy Schliesser
Viktor and Nina Filippova Jennifer Krebs and Amy Patti Schneider and Sammy Joselewitz
Sandra Fox and Gary Hayter Oppenheimer Marti and William Schoen
Anita and Dr. Ernest Friedman Rosalind and Paul Krebs Steven Schoenfeld
Karen Friedman and David Marcus Patrick La Cava and Will Carter Onna Schwindt and Matt Cunitz
Jean and Ron Friedman Patricia and Joel Lamke Barbara Sheehy and Alan Wilkins
Joan and Dale Friedman Viviana and Thomas Lang Carol and Dr. Stephen Shore
Rhoda and David Freedman Liat Lazer and Doron Neuburger Arie Shoshani
Sigal Gafni and Jay Sordean Jeanne Leibowitz Michele Shoshani
Judy Gale Lillian Lerman and George Domingo Moshe and Jane Shweky
Deena Gannot Bev Lesch and David Osburn Magda and Seymour Silberman
Elena Givental Ruth and Jon Levin Rochelle Silberman and Robin Kingsbury
Karen and Paul Gladstone Michele Levine Titi Singer and Yoram Litwin
Jean Glasser Yonit Levy Anthony Solomita
Jeanette Glasser Janet Lipkin and Barry Shapiro Kim Stanley
Kate and Gabriel Gliksman Debra and Michael Lobatz Rica and Willy Steinberg
Molly and Bernard Goldberg Nancy Lord and Ellen Leibowitz Adam Stern
Selma and Nahum Goldberg Wendy and Brian Lukas Virginia and Robert Stern
Julie Golde Jocelyn Lux Nina Stonebarger
Matthew Golde Desmid Lyon Vincent Taldone
Enrique and Jovi Goldenberg Richard Lyon Dina Tasini
Andrea and Gregory Goldman John MacKinney Judith and Bruce Taylor
Diane Kaplan Goldstein and Bob Cilla and Dr. Joseph Marcus Karen Tiedemann and Geoff Piller
Goldstein Norma and Michael Meltzer Leslie Valas and Alan Finkelstein
Julie Goldsmith and Jose Lopez Marissa Meyers Fabrice and Stephanie Vincent
Phil Gomshay Terry Meyers and John Gibbins Fred Wabnik
Randal Gory Jennifer and David Miller Jane Wabnik
Grand Bakery Bonnie and Bernie Mizock Etai Weiniger
Clementine and Joseph Greenberg Alison Green and Donald Moats Dawn Weinstein and Rasmus
Freddy and Gary Greene Maggie Moore Nielsen
Lynn Greene Alisa and Calvin Morrill Suzanne and Peter Weschler
Carl Greenhut Mindy and Richard Myers Polly White
Laurie Greenhut Jessica Nagel Carole and Irving Wigdor
Margret and Milton Greenstein Theresa Nelson and Bernard Smits Maxine and Marvin Winer
Ilene Grossman and Glenn Sullivan Aurora Ortiz and Paolo Guiducci Irene Winston
Hilda Hanin Judy Penso Carol Wirtschafter
Isabel and Henry Hanin Mira and David Peretz Amy Wolf
Allan Hauskens Stephanie and Steven Peterson Irene Wolins
Phyllis Helfand Stephanie Piper Diana Wood and Mark Rasmussen
Catherine and Scott Hendrick Linda and Nelson Polsby Lisa and Jonathan Wurtele
Kay and Barry Hilt Elise Prowse Nirit Yakov
Lilach and Gal Hochman Robert Quon Franny Yep and Simon Labov
Marilyn Holland Miriam Rabinovitz Sue Young
Donna Horwitz Denise Resnikoff and Dr. Leonard Beverly Zell
Maribe Jacard and Fred Caploe Kristal Reni Aniela and Miguel Zuliani
Sarah Jackson and Eric Silverberg Linda and Mayer Riff Florence and Alex Zwerdling
Susan Johnson Rena and Mordecai Rosen
Paulette Kallow Jean and Dr. Coleman Rosenberg Gifts in Kind
June Kamerling and Dana Meyer Ricki and Jerold Rosenberg
Jane R. Kaplan Benjamin Rosenfeld Phil Gomshay
Martha and Zafrir Kariv Barbara and Chuck Rubin Amy and Philip Mezey
Daniela Kaufer and Michael Shapira Barry Sacks Peaceable Kingdom
Jane Kemp Samuel J. Salkin
Dawn Kepler and Mark Snyder Betty and Gershon Salomon
Julia and Mark Kesel Karen Salomon and Jim Sugarman
Jennifer Kirsch Nadine and David Samuels
Laura Klein and Anthony Corman Miriam and Hy San
Sondra and Burton Kornfeld Emmy Scharlatt and Michael Davey
Gifts in Honor Laurie and Stuart Marson Imre Kertesz
Nan Toder and Dan McClosky Madeleine Berke
Merav Arnold Adam Mizock Joseph and Sarah Liebenson
Lisa Cohen Bennett and Terry Karen Klier and James Leventhal Jean Glasser
Bennett Debra and Michael Lobatz Mark Podsedly
Nancy Bardach Clara and Elias Mizock Sheri and John Madden
Rebecca Bardach and Eliot Drs. Nancy and Robert Stepsis Eli Resnikoff
Goldstein Mira Peretz Denise Resnikoff
Sasha Batz-Stern Judy Collier Stephen Shore
Virginia and Robert Stern Lisa Cohen Bennett and Terry Jerry Rogoway
Joel ben Izzy Bennett Lisa C. and Terry Bennett
Troy Arnold Saeng C. Phan Shalva Sorani
Theresa Nelson Marie and Gary Freschi James Cunradi
Isabel and Simon Cohen Bev Lesch and David Osburn David D. Freedman
Merle and Seymour Cohen Paul Preston Joe Zatkin
Harriet H. Dubin Anonymous Victoria and Steve Zatkin
Sheri and John Madden Aaron Robbins Herman Bernstein
Kate Feld Madelyne and Jay Daneman Peter Boero
Laura Klein and Anthony Corman Chio F. Saephan
Rabbi Tsipi Gabai Bev Lesch and David Osburn Grants
Julie Batz and Jhos Singer Gershon Salomon
Lance Nagel Karen Salomon and Jim Sugarman The Jewish Community Federation and
Tali Weininger Herb Samuels Foundation of the Greater East Bay
Ruth Gorrin David Samuels The Jim Joseph Foundation
Marilyn Holland Bob Schwartz The Keren Keshet Foundation
Seth Gorrin Lisa Cohen Bennett and Terry The Koret Foundation
Marilyn Holland Bennett Sinai Memorial Chapel
Andrew Greenberg Lev Sugarman U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Sondra and Burton Kornfeld Betty and Gershon Salomon
Kalil and Pele-Or Greenberg Gail Taback Matching Gifts
Sondra and Burton Kornfeld Anonymous
Deborah Weinstein Bank of America Matching Gifts
Heike and Eric Friedman Program
Diane Wirtschafter Barclays Global Investors
Carol Greenberg Hoffman Chevron Humankind
Lisa Wurtele Gordon & Rees
Will Carter and Patrick La Cava
Lisa Cohen Bennett and Terry Macy’s Matching Gift Program
Nancy Lord and Ellen Leibowitz
Bennett NorCal Mutual Insurance Company
Tehiyah’s Talented Teachers Novartis
Marie and Gary Freschi Wells Fargo Foundation Educational
The TAP staff Matching Gift Program
Danna Gillette-Pascal Steven
Pascal Jonothon Rich
Event Sponsors and
Betty and Gershon Salomon Supporters
James Leventhal Gifts in Memory
Alla Eﬁmova Tehiyah Day School celebrated its
Joseph Lèvy Paul Dubin community for the third straight year
Yonit Lèvy Sheri and John Madden with a series of dinner parties featuring
Aaron Lèvy -Wolins Olga Dubrovsky inspiring speakers and fabulous meals
Laurie and Jon Earp Michal and Michael Dubrovsky by local chefs. Please thank and
Marcia Lovelace Elliott Glasser support our chefs and sponsors by
David Osburn Jean Glasser patronizing their businesses. Mention
Richard Lyon Sylvia D. Gomshay your Tehiyah connection and help us
Lisa Cohen Bennett and Terry Rebecca Chemla build our community.
Bennett Sam Hamburg
Liam and Natasha Marder Jose Lopez
Kim and Steven Marder Patricia Kemp
Tehiyah extends a heart-felt thank Melissa Fernandez, Chez Panisse Mechanics Bank
you to our brilliant speakers, out- Restaurant & Café Millstein & Associates
standing chefs, generous sponsors, Cynthia Fung, Restaurant Furenzu The Mizock Family
kind hosts, dedicated event commit- Rabbi Tsipi Gabai, head of Judaic Oakland Kosher Foods
tee, energetic volunteers, and nearly studies at Tehiyah Plant Construction Company
200 guests who attended the 10 Erin Gepner, Personal Chef and Purple Wine Company
community dinners. Catering Rodney Strong Vineyards
Lauren Kiino, Bracina and Il Cane Saffron Gourmet
Thank You Rosso Saul’s Restaurant and Deli
Anthony Paone, Sea Salt Restaurant Michelle Schwartz and MiLa Fine Arts
Speakers/Performers Andrew Stoloff, Red Tractor Cafe The Sutter Family
Joel ben Izzy Jerome Waag, Chez Panisse The Warner Family
Frances Dinkelspiel Restaurant & Café Yali’s Cafe
Klaus Flouride Sponsors Hosts
Candye Kane Aﬁkomen Susan Berger and John Gertz
Josh Kornbluth American Leak Detection Emily and Andy Cohen
Keni el Lebrijano and Friends C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery Maggie Heredia-Peltz and Michael Peltz
Rachel Naomi Remen Copy Central Marlene and Ilan Keret
Daniel Sokatch Dana Cohen Laurie and Stuart Marson
Caitlin Stansbury Grand Bakery Lauran and Adam Mizock
Gary Stewart Greenberg Inc. Miriam Moussaioff and Andrew
Chefs Hagafen Cellars Greenberg
Matthew Abarbanel, Tehiyah parent Jewish Community High School of Ginny Roemer and Joseph Zicherman
Doug Borkowski, Il Cane Rosso the Bay Cathy and Dov Rosenfeld
Lyell Cash, Grace Street Catering Live Oak Landscape Debbie Sanderson and Michael O’Hare
Siew-Chinn Chinn, Chez Panisse The Marson Family
Restaurant & Café Marvin Gardens
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