2021 Award Ceremony & Benefit

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Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 11:00pm – 12:30pm | Via Zoom

2021 Award Recipients

HANNAH G. SOLOMON AWARD

Gail J. Nebenzahl was born and raised in San Francisco where she still lives. She holds a BS from the University of California and an MA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University….  MORE


OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ADVOCATE AWARD

Gia Daniller-Katz, Founder and President of Daniller Consulting Public Affairs

Gia Daniller-Katz is a seasoned public affairs, community engagement and government relations professional, and a passionate advocate dedicated to empowering people, organizations, and communities to reach their full potential…MORE

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ema Shaw, Co-Chair of the Jewish Advocates in Action for Critical COVID-19 Response Program

Emma Shaw is a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School from San Francisco. She has worked extensively with the National Council of Jewish Women and San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking for the past four years… MORE

OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

Mary Steiner, President of the United Nations Association San Francisco Chapter 

Mary Steiner leads civil society organizations and government advisory boards to empower marginalized people with human rights.  The dignity and worth of all persons are her mission… MORE


OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Julia Shaw, Co-Chair of the Jewish Advocates in Action for Critical COVID-19 Response Program

Julia Shaw is a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School. She is very passionate about social justice and has interned with the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco and San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking for four years …MORE

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By Sydney Williams | SEISMIC SISTERS | January 27, 2021

Holocaust Remembrance Day is among us, and so are the scars left behind by the anti-Semitic events of World War II. In 1933, the Nazi regime came into power with a racial superiority complex that lead to the death of 6 million Jews in concentration camps and military attacks. This hateful, systematic, and state-sponsored campaign took tens of millions of souls from us during its reign. A time that will forever remain a stain on our global history, and a pain in our hearts. Once a year (but for some of us, far more than that), we commemorate the lives lost and the wounds to society left behind by the Holocaust.

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Seismic Sisters spotlights an active and influential organization in the Bay Area:  the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) – San Francisco. For over 120 years, the NCJW San Francisco has dedicated itself to uplifting not only Jewish women, but all members of their community regardless of faith or gender. Their leadership team, made up almost entirely of women advocates, strives for a society where just is ≠ justice (as poet Amanda Gorman so eloquently put it during the Inauguration ceremony). Their core areas of advocacy are civic engagement, empowering women, fighting human trafficking, and advancing social justice in Israel. They strive to be a platform for education, assistance, and action against injustices in the Bay Area and beyond. With the help of organizations like the NCJW San Francisco, we take lessons learned from the past to pave righteous paths towards the future.

Sunday, August 30, 2020 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm | Via Zoom

2020 Award Recipients

HANNAH G. SOLOMON AWARD – HON. SUSAN M. BREALL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

Susan M. Breall is a judge in the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco. Currently, she presides over dependency matters in the Unified Family Court. She has been a Superior Court Judge for 19 years…..  MORE

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD – DEBORAH LOPEZ, VICE PRESIDENT OF NCJW SAN FRANCISCO

Deborah Lopez has served as the Vice-President of NCJW for the last 6 years bringing decades of experience in the non-profit Jewish world to our Board…. MORE

OUTSTANDING HUMANITARIAN AWARD – PAULA PRETLOW, TRUSTEE OF THE WEINBERG FOUNDATION

Paula Pretlow has served as a Trustee of the Weinberg Foundation since January of 2018. Ms. Pretlow has built a career helping company leaders maximize shareholder and stakeholder value—negotiating hundreds of millions in revenue across her career…. MORE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAVID CHIU, DISTRICT 17

Assemblymember David Chiu, serving in his third term in the California State Legislature,represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses a half million constituents who live in eastern San Francisco….  MORE

February 29, 2020 | War Memorial Veterans Building

SFCAHT
United Nations Association – San Francisco Chapter
Legion of Honor

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

At the closing of the 11th Annual Awareness Campaign of SFCAHT, we honored the winners of the 2020 Teen Poster and Writing Contest and learned about youth achievements in human trafficking prevention. Youth from across the Bay Area gathered to perform and share experiences in anti-trafficking advocacy. A panel of experts presented about the United Nations’ role in creating a global movement to eradicate human trafficking. Attendees learned how to join the movement locally and help create awareness of human trafficking in their own schools and communities. The Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking co-sponsored this event. NCJW San Francisco presented two awards of the Lillian Foreman Memorial Scholarship to youth at risk of violence and exploitation, clients of Justice At Last, and two awards of the Nancy Surkin Memorial Scholarship to survivors of human trafficking, clients of Asian Women Shelter.

This event was co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking .

January 31, 2020 | University of San Francisco, McLaren Conference Center

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

We hosted a reception and program featuring the Consul General of Mexico Remedios Gómez Arnau, the Consul General of Israel Shlomi Kofman, the National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator of Israel Dina Dominitz, and German Consul and Head of Legal Affairs Thomas Floth, as they discussed the global aspects of human trafficking and how their nations fight this horrific crime.

Attendees had the opportunity to mingle with diplomats and fellows in anti-trafficking while enjoying the cuisine of each country and gaining insight into the international nuances of the field.

October 18, 2019 | War Memorial Veterans Building

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

We proudly co-hosted the memorable presentation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Judge Maria Grazia Giammarinaro at the War Memorial Veterans Building where the United Nations was created 75 years ago. Many thanks to our panelists – SFCAHT Co-Chair Superior Court Judge Susan Breall, NCJW SF Executive Director and SFCAHT Coordinator Antonia Lavine, and Department on the Status of Women Director Dr. Emily Murase. Shout out to United Nations Association-USA-SF President Mary Steiner & team for a great partnership with the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking in organizing and hosting this exciting event! Thank you to the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco and Department on the Status of Women for co-sponsoring! Download Judge Giammarinaro’s report on social inclusion of survivors of Human Trafficking HERE.

September 27, 2019 | San Francisco Federal Building, Conference Center

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

On September 27, we held a full day conference with law enforcement, businesses, survivors, service providers and volunteers to explore good practices and policy solutions in survivors’ protection, restitution, and socio-economic inclusion. Attendees learned about effective partnerships and innovative programs aimed at addressing the root causes of human trafficking, shared their experiences, and networked with other professionals and volunteers fighting this heinous crime.

The conference program included:
Morning Plenary Sessions:
Global Aspects of Survivors’ Assistance and Socio-Economic Inclusion
Effective Strategies in Criminal Procedures from the Defense and Prosecutor Perspectives

Breakout Sessions:
Trafficking and the Disappearance of Indigenous Women and Girls
Youth Want to Know
Vulnerabilities and Challenges in Providing Gender-Based Services
Federal Resources for Survivors

Afternoon Plenary Sessions:
San Francisco Protocols and Services for Child Survivors
The Role of Data Science in Preventing and Rescuing Survivors

Featured Speakers:

  • Hon. Scott Wiener, California State Senator, District 11
  • Hon. Phil Ting, California State Assemblymember, District 19
  • Hon. Garrett Wong, San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge
  • Hon. David Chiu, California State Assemblymember, District 17
  • Hon. Aaron Peskin, San Francisco Supervisor, District 3
  • Elmy Bermejo, Regional Director of Northern California, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office
  • David Anderson, US Attorney for the Northern District of California
  • Tatum King, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations
  • Michael Hartmann, Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco DA’s Office, Former Director, Rule of Law, UNAMA (Afghanistan), and UN International Prosecutor, UNMIK (Kosovo)
  • Ruchira Gupta, Founder, Apne Aap and Director, The Selling of Innocents
  • Matan Zamir, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest
  • Ruth Silver Taube, Supervising Attorney, Workers’ Rights Clinic, Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Wilma Gandoy, Consul for Protection and Legal Affairs, Consulate General of Mexico
  • Clair Farley, Director, San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives

Download the conference full program HERE.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 | Presidio Golf & Concordia Club

The National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco honored the extraordinary achievements of our award recipients at the 2019 Awards Luncheon.

2019 Award Recipients

HANNAH G. SOLOMON AWARD – SALLY LIEBER, STATE ASSEMBLYMEMBER, SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE (RET.)

Sally Lieber is a proven leader with the vision and courage to take on the tough issues affecting our community, and is effective in getting real results….
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OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE AWARD AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER – JEFF ROSEN, SANTA CLARA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Jeff Rosen is a nationally-recognized leader in criminal justice reform. Since 2011, Mr. Rosen has overseen the largest prosecutor’s office north of Los Angeles, serving a population of almost two million….
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INSPIRING PARTNERSHIP AWARD – RAVIT BAER, DEPUTY CONSUL GENERAL OF ISRAEL

Ravit Baer assumed the role of Deputy Consul General in August, 2015. In her position, Ravit heads the Political and Public Diplomacy departments of the Consulate….
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OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD – SANDRA GORDON, NCJW LIFE MEMBER

Sandra Gordon was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Skokie, Illinois. The examples of her parents were strong influences on her and on her dedication to service….
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September 25, 2018 | California State Building, Milton Marks Conference Center

Sponsors: Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Troutman Sanders LLP and National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco

Over 170 representatives of law enforcement, businesses, government agencies, survivor groups, service providers and volunteer organizations gathered for the annual full day conference of SFCAHT to explore good practices and policy solutions in anti-human trafficking collaboration and learn about effective partnerships and innovative programs aimed at eradicating modern-day slavery across the Bay Area. The participants in the conference shared experience and network with other professionals and volunteers fighting this heinous crime.
The conference program included:
Morning Plenary Sessions

  • International Collaboration to Counter Human Trafficking
  • Priorities in Legal and Law Enforcement Collaboration
  • Local Community Collaborations

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Criminal Justice Collaboration
  • Collaboration in Survivor Assistance and Protection
  • Collaboration on Advocacy and Prevention
  • Collaboration in Cases with International Elements

Featured Speakers were:
London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco
Hon. Teri L. Jackson, San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge
Panagiotis Papadimitriou, United Nations Office for Drug and Crimes, Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit
Phil Ting, California Assembly Member, District 9
Alex Tse, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California
Hon. Susan Breall, San Francisco Superior Court Judge
Sarai Smith-Mazariegos, Executive Director, S.H.A.D.E. Movement
George Gascon, San Francisco District Attorney
Anne Kirkpatrick, Oakland Police Chief
Toney Chaplin, San Francisco Assistant Police Chief
Dr. Emily Murase, Director, SF Department on the Status of Women
Sharmin Bock, Alameda County Assistant District Attorney in Charge of HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking)
John Vanek, San Mateo County Human Trafficking Program Coordinator
Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director, Coalition on Homelessness
Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, Director of Victim Services, SF DA’s Office
Russell Wilson, Anti-Trafficking Expert, Consultant & Researcher
Stephanie Richard, Policy & Legal Services Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
Betty Ann Hagenau, Co-Founder and Chief of Strategy Officer, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC)
Sharan Dhanoa, Director of Strategic Development, South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking (SBCEHT)


Download the Conference Program HERE.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 | Presidio Golf & Concordia Club

2018 Award Recipients

HANNAH G. SOLOMON AWARD – HONORABLE CYNTHIA MING-MEI LEE, JUDGE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee was the first Asian American woman Presiding Judge in San Francisco history. A single mother who raised two sons in San Francisco, she is committed to providing equal access to the court for all citizens and ensuring equal justice…
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INSPIRING LEADERSHIP AWARD – ABBY SNAY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF JEWISH VOCATIONAL SERVICES

Abby Snay began her career with JVS in 1975 and served as Assistant Director before becoming Executive Director of JVS in 1984. Since then, she has become JVS’s Chief Executive Officer…
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OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN DIGNITY AND FREEDOM AWARD AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER – DR. GENA CASTRO RODRIGUEZ, CHIEF OF VICTIM SERVICES AND PARALLEL JUSTICE PROGRAMS OF THE OFFICE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE GASCON

Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez is a clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Sacramento State University, a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San
Francisco…
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OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PATSY GREENSTEIN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN SAN FRANCISCO

Patsy Greenstein has been an active volunteer in non-profits since coming to the Bay Area in 1973. Over the years she has served in several leadership positions…
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March 4, 2018 | University of San Francisco, Xavier Auditorium

SFCAHT Interfaith Committee, Northern California Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & St. Ignatius Parish

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

As an interfaith action to raise awareness and work collaboratively towards ending human trafficking, we called upon members of our respective communities to come together for a 2-week business outreach campaign between March 24 and April 7 associated with the observance of Lent/Easter and Passover. We focused our efforts around insuring that hotels are informed about the SB 1193 public notice posting requirements. On March 4 volunteers gathered to launch the outreach campaign with a training provided by members of the SFCAHT Inter-faith Committee and Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking. We formed 25 teams of volunteers who visited hotels in different areas of the city, provided the management with posters to be displayed at the hotel premises and explained the associated legal requirements.

Click HERE to see this campaign featured in Catholic San Francisco newspaper.

If you want to contribute to our efforts to insure SB1193’s implementation by visiting other businesses, please contact SFCAHT Coordinator Antonia Lavine at antonialavine@sfcaht.org
You can download the updated poster HERE

January 11, 2018 | San Francisco City Hall

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

The local media and community members joined together on January 11th for the Annual Press Conference of SFCAHT where leading anti-trafficking advocates, service providers, survivors and Bay Area top government and law enforcement officials announced their priorities for the year in fighting modern-day slavery. We kicked off the month long awareness campaign and honored the 2018 Modern-Day Abolitionist Award winners: Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Melissa Saurwein & Homeland Security Investigations Victim Assistance Specialist Nicole Beeson.
Press Conference Speakers Included the San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Alex G. Tse, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Ryan Spradlin, Supervising California Deputy Attorney General, Maggy Krell, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women’s Director & Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force Against Human Trafficking Dr. Emily Murase, Deputy Consul General of Mexico Guillermo Reyes, FBI Supervising Special Agent Violent Crimes Against Children Andrew W. Krizaj, Freedom FWD’s Co-Founder JaMel Perkins, Victims’ Rights Attorney and Justice At Last’s Founder Rose Mukhar, and Claire’s House Executive Director Leah Kimble-Price.

BY MAYA MIRSKY | J. WEEKLY | JANUARY 9, 2018
Bay Area and Israeli Top officials meet to discuss combatting human trafficking

As Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen stood in the security line at the airport in November, waiting to fly from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, he noticed something that seemed a little ironic.

“The video that’s playing is a video TSA has put together, all about human trafficking,” he said.

As it happened, Rosen and 10 other Bay Area law enforcement officials were on their way to Israel to talk to their counterparts about that very subject, and how the Jewish state has made huge strides in combating it.

The Bay Area delegates met with a range of people working on the problem in Israel, from Knesset members to nonprofit workers, as well as Israel’s national coordinator for anti-trafficking, Dina Dominitz of the Ministry of Justice.

“Industries Impacted by Human Trafficking: Business & Community Fighting Back”

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

October 30, 2017 | San Francisco Federal Building, Conference Center


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The 5th Annual Conference of SFCAHT gathered over 180 participants – law enforcement, businesses, survivors, service providers and volunteers – to discuss the impact of modern-day slavery on industries. The participants learned about effective policies and innovative programs preventing the use of business venues and chains of supply for human trafficking. Professionals and volunteers in the field exchanged experience and network in fighting this heinous crime and assisting the survivors.

The Conference was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco, Alaska Airlines, Freedom FWD and Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking.

You can learn more about the conference from Jessica Scadron’s article published HERE
Download the Conference Program HERE.

November 21, 2017 | Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Professionals and volunteers from JFCS offices around the Bay Area gathered for this important training to learn what is human trafficking, how to identify the victims and how to help connect them with adequate service and protections. Featured speakers were:

Nancy Goldberg – JFCS’s Past President & Steering Committee Member of the JCEHT and SFCAHT

Antonia Lavine – JCEHT’s Chair & Executive Director of NCJW San Francisco

Dr. Gena Castro-Rodriguez – Chief of the Victim Services Division at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

Sgt. Antonio Flores – Chief of Human Trafficking Division, Special Victims Unit, San Francisco Police Department

Jerilyn Gelt – JCRC’s Board Member & Past President, Member of the JCEHT’s Steering Committee and SFCAHT’s Interfaith Committee

June 11, 2017 | Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, San Francisco 

Keynote Speaker – Mark Leno

Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, 11th Senate District, was elected to the California Senate in 2008. During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, affordable health care, improved transportation and renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians…
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2017 Award Recipients

HANNAH G. SOLOMON AWARD – AMY RASSEN


Amy Rassen is a recognized leader in non-profit management with extensive experience developing and overseeing highly complex non-profit organizations.
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INSPIRING LEADERSHIP AWARD – LYNN BUNIM

Lynn Burrows Bunim currently serves as Director – Special Projects for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).  Following a forty-year career in government and community relations at “the phone company,” Lynn brought her coalition building and public policy experience to WIPP. …
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OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDLINDA KURTZ


Linda Kurtz is a member of NCJW SF Section since 1982 and recipient of the 2012 Hannah G. Solomon Award. She specialized in issues of family safety working with Shalom Bayit and JFCS Task Force on Domestic Violence, and California Family Action…
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OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD DENA GARDI

Dena Gardi is a SF native and lives in San Francisco with her husband, John, three children and a big, happy dog.   She is a graduate of SF State University and holds an elementary teaching credential. She taught briefly, then, entered the corporate world…
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Photo: Margarita Nikolova

Teen Power Event and Honoring the Winners of the Teen Poster & Writing Contest

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

February 13, 2017 | San Francisco Main Public Library, Koret Auditorium
Event Co-Sponsors:
Freedom Forward & National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco

Joined by parents, teachers and community members, youth from across the Bay Area gathered to perform and share experiences in anti-trafficking advocacy and prevention. Supervisor Katy Tang presented the awards to the winners of the SFCAHT 2017 Teen Poster and Writing Contest. Master of Ceremonies was Human Rights Documentary Filmmaker Sheri Shuster. Dr. Emily Murase, SF Board of Education Member and ED of the SF Department on the Status of Women and victim rights attorney Rose Mukhar, Chair of the SFCAHT Teen Poster and Writing Committee, addressed the audience. SFCAHT Chair Marianna Warmee presented the closing remarks.

Download the event program HERE.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Jewish Community Federation Boardroom

Featured speakers:

Rabbi Doug Kahn & Former California State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Sally Lieber

In 2006, the National Council of Jewish Women collaborated with Jewish Family and Children’s Services, New Israel Fund and Jewish Community Relations Council to create The Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking (JCEHT) with a goal to broaden the understanding in the Jewish community regarding the crime of human trafficking/modern-day slavery and to work toward its eradication.

On January 19, we gathered together with Jewish community leaders and local government officials and politicians to celebrate the JCEHT’s 10 year dedicated work and recognize its founding organizations and activists. For 10 years the Coalition has been advocating on behalf of those trapped in modern-day slavery and educating the community about the need prosecute and punish the traffickers.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

January 11, 2017 | San Francisco City Hall

Local media and community members attended the press conference as leading anti-trafficking advocates, service providers, survivors and top Bay Area officials announced their priorities for 2017 in the fight against modern-day slavery. We honored the 2017 SFCAHT Modern-Day Abolitionist Award winners for their groundbreaking work against human trafficking.
Press conference speakers included:

  • San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent in Charge John Bennett
  • Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin
  • San Francisco Police Department Interim Chief Toney Chaplin
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regional Attorney Roberta Steele
  • Huckleberry Youth Health Center’s Director of Programs Mollie Brown
  • Love Never Fails Founder Vanessa Marie Johnson Russell

We honored also the 2017 SFCAHT Modern-Day Abolitionist Award winners for their groundbreaking work against human trafficking.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

December 7, 2016 | San Francisco State Building, Milton Marks Conference Center

Over 170 representatives of law enforcement and government agencies, victim service providers, advocacy groups, legislators, and educators attended the SFCAHT’s 2016 conference.

Download the Conference Program HERE.
Click HERE for information about all conference speakers.

Conference Plenary Sessions and Breakout Workshops

Master of Ceremonies – Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (DOSW)

Welcome – Marianna Warmee, Federal Administrative Judge & Chair, SFCAHT

Honorary Opening Remarks – California Assemblyman Phil Ting

Video Adresses – U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Keynote Adress – Savannah Sanders, trafficking survivor and author

Morning Plenary Panel – Fighting human trafficking by confronting its nature as an organized global market.

Speakers:
Moderated by Marianna Warmee

  • Brian Stretch, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of CA
  • George Gascon, San Francisco District Attorney
  • John Bennett, Special Agent in Charge, FBI
  • Rebecca Marcus, San Francisco Deputy Public Defender
  • Elmy Bermejo, Regional Representative for the U.S. Secreatary of Labor
  • Ryan Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations

Afternoon Plenary Panel – The use of technology and innovative practices to confront the criminal market and help victims.

Speakers:
Moderated by Dr. Emily Murase

  • Brooke Istook, Director of Strategy and Operations, THORN
  • Robyn Levinson, HEATwatch Coordinator
  • Marnie Webb, CEO, Caravan Studios
  • Greg McEachern, Commander, San Francisco Police Department
  • Shamarea Bailey, trafficking survivor, NALLS Foundation
  • Tatyana Foltz, trafficking survivor, SHADE Foundation

Workshop 1: Human Trafficking Prevention & Demand-Supply Reduction

Speakers:
Moderated by Rose Mukhar, attorney for trafficking survivors & Chair, SFCAHT teen poster and writing contest and teen empowerment event

  • Rani Singh, Managing Attorney, Collaborative Courts & Mental Health, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
  • Robyn Levinson, HEATwatch Coordinator, Alameda Country District
  • Johanna Gendelman, SF Human Services Agency, Department of Social Services
  • Angelina Romano, MSW, Program Family & Community Support Department, SFUSD
  • Savannah Sanders, trafficking survivor and author

Workshop 2: The Role of Socially Responsible Businesses in the Fight against Human Trafficking

Speakers:
Moderated by Teddi Silverman, National Council of Jewish Women

  • Katy Tang, Supervisor, District 4, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Mike Brosnan, San Mateo County Human Trafficking Coordinator
  • Beverly May, Director of Governmental Affairs, CA Massage Therapy Council
  • Susan Kim, Manager, EEO Compliance and Community Programs, San Francisco International Airport
  • Regina Evans, trafficking survivor, SHADE Foundation

Workshop 3: Addressing the Use of Internet & Social Media for Human Trafficking Marketing & Recruitment

  • Speakers:Moderated by Antonia Lavine, SFCAHT Coordinator and Executive Director, NCJWSFMike Sena, Director, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC)
  • Jessica Owen, Deputy Attorney General, CA Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • Melissa Saurwein, Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations
  • Brooke Istook, Director of Strategy and Operations, THORN
  • Maryia Jackson, trafficking survivor, NALLS Foundation

Workshop 4: Challenging the Golbal Nature of Labor Trafficking

Speakers:
Moderated by Minouche Kandel, Women’s Policy Director, SF DOSW

  • Leah Chen Price, Anti-Trafficking Director, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
  • WIlma Gandoy, Consul for Protection and Legal Affairs, Consulate General of Mexico
  • Robert Garcia, Regional Administrator, Region IX, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Cristy Dieterich, Program Manager, Newcomers Health Program, SF Department of Public Health
  • Mana Barari, Senior Staff Attorney, Wage Protection Program, Employment Law Center, Legal Aid Society

Keynote Address – Sally Lieber, Former California Assembly Speaker pro Tempore and Mayor of Mountain View; Sponsor of CA’s first human trafficking law, AB 22

Closing Remarks – Antonia Lavine, SFCAHT Coordinator

May 15, 2016 | Presidio Golf & Concordia Club, San Francisco

Dedicated to Our Members, Volunteers & Supporters

Aaron Peskin, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 3.

2016 Award Recipients

HANNAH G. SOLOMON AWARD – SYLVIA YEE

Sylvia Yee is Vice President of programs at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, which works to advance rights and create opportunities so that all people can live with dignity… 
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OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN DIGNITY & FREEDOM AWARD – JAMEL PERKINS

JaMel Perkins has been a community volunteer and activist for the past 40 years. Since moving to California, she has been directly involved with the issue of domestic violence and has spent the past four years focusing on human trafficking…
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OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – ROBIN BRASSO

Robin Brasso is an experienced educator and advocate for equality in education. Robin dedicated 37 years of teaching at three inner city middle schools. In addition to her impressive career in education, she is being recognized for her extraordinary community service…
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Photo: Margarita Nikolova

Co-sponsors: The Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking in Collaboration with the Israeli Consulate General in San Francisco and San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco

Reception, Video Screening and Panel Discussion with IsraAID’s:

  • Chief Operating Officer – Navonel Glick (Voni)
  • Emergency Medical Team Leader – Dr. Iris Adler
  • Global Partnership Director – Yotam Polizer

Download the flyer HERE.

Find more information about IsraAID HERE.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

February 10, 2016 | Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Library

At this event we honored the winners of the 2016 Teen Poster and Writing contests. Youth from across the Bay Area will gathered to share experiences in anti-trafficking advocacy and prevention.Youth speakers shared at the event how you can help fight human trafficking in your own back yard and rescue the victims. There were many special performances, including one from the Regent Collective Dance Company from Notre Dame High School.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco

January 14, 2016 | San Francisco Jewish Community Center, Kanbar Hall

Co-sponsored by SFCAHT, JCEHT, and the Consulate Generals of Germany, Mexico, and Israel, over 250 people- law enforcement, city officials, non-profit victim service providers, local social justice activists and community members- attended this special reception and program featuring the Consul General of Germany, Stefan Schlueter, the Consul General of Mexico, Dr. Andres Roemer Slomianski, and the Israeli National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Dr. Merav Shmueli, as we explored important and fascinating issues such as:


*How are these nations addressing human trafficking in their own countries and what can we learn from their comparative anti-trafficking models?
*What are the most important international aspects of trafficking here in the Bay Area?
Mingle with diplomats of Mexico, Germany and Israel while enjoying the cuisine of each country and gaining insight into the international nuances of anti-trafficking.

Download the event flyer HERE

January 13, 2016 | Our Lady of the Visitacion Catholic School San Francisco

Inspiring anti-trafficking awareness program of the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco (NCJWSF) in collaboration with U.S. Fund for UNICEF gathered more than 200 parents, teachers and students at Our Lady of the Visitacion Catholic School San Francisco! Following the screening of Not My Life documentary, NCJWSF Board member, Federal Judge Marianna Warmee, NCJWSF Executive Director, Antonia Lavine and Chandni Jain from U.S. Fund for UNICEF presented about modern day slavery in the Bay Area.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking & National Council of Jewish Women of San Francisco
January 12, 2016 | San Francisco City Hall, Room 408

Top government officials and law enforcement presented about their anti-trafficking priorities. We also honored the recipient(s) of the 2016 Modern-day Abolitionist Award. Speakers included the following officials:

  • Acting United States Attorney, Northern District of California, Brian Stretch
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Director of Violence Prevention, Diana Oliva-Aroche
  • San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon
  • Regional Representative for the United States Secretary of Labor, Elmy Bermejo
  • San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang
  • Homeland Security Special Agent in Charge Ryan Spradlin
  • Northern California Regional Intelligence Center Director Mike Sena
  • Health and Human Services Regional Administrator Robert Garcia
  • SFPD Deputy Chief TBA
  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Special Assistant on Human Trafficking, Monica Ramirez
October 16, 2015 |Phillip Burton Building | San Francisco

The conference brought together more than 170 attendees to learn from educators, survivors, direct service providers, government agencies, and law enforcement about the practical aspects of collaboration in combating all forms of human trafficking. The program featured best practices and strategies for agencies and communities to coordinate anti-trafficking efforts & assist victims.

Featured speakers included: Acting US Attorney, Northern District of CA, Brian Stretch

  • Special Litigation Counsel, Human Trafficking Unit, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C., John Cotton Richmond
  • Kamala Harris’ Human Trafficking Coordinator, Maggy Krell
  • San Francisco Supervisor, District 4, Katy Tang
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, Office of San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Paul Henderson
  • ED and Founder of Bridget’s Dream, Leah Albright-Byrd

Click HERE the conference program.

Breakout Workshops

Strategies for a Victim-Centered Approach to Services

Holistic strategies for addressing victim trauma and models for clinical support. Victim remedies and resources

Speakers:

  • Jaclyn “Jakki” Bedsole, MSW CSE-TAY Case Manager MISSSEY
  • Elise Geltman, Clinician and Supervisor, WestCoast Children’s Clinic
  • Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, Chief of Victim Services, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

Effective Policy and Advocacy Strategies

Survivor-lead advocacy models impacting state, local, and national anti-trafficking policy.

Speakers:

  • Autumn Burris, Founder & Director of Survivors for Solutions
  • Angela Guanzon, Survivor Advisor Caucus Member, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

Innovations in Enforcement

Improving enforcement by developing innovative partnerships with civil agencies and the private sector and collaborating across disciplines.

Speakers:

  • Maggy Krell, Human Trafficking Coordinator, CA Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women/SF Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Trafficking
  • Sgt. Inspector Antonio Flores, Special Victims Unit, San Francisco Police Department
BY DREW HIMMELSTEIN | J. WEEKLY | AUG. 14, 2015
Antonia Lavine (left) and Rachel Ungar work to end human trafficking. photo/drew himmelstein

A hundred years ago, a crisis engulfed thousands of vulnerable Jewish women from Eastern Europe. Lured by false promises, they arrived in America and found themselves the victims of human traffickers who forced them to work as prostitutes.

The National Council of Jewish Women fought tirelessly against this so-called “white slavery” and worked with immigration officials to meet single women who arrived at Ellis Island or Angel Island, taking them to shelters and helping them find jobs.

August 5, 2015 | Levy Family Campus, Los Gatos

More than 200 attended the gathering in Levy Family Campus, Los Gatos. The event was co-hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County, National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco, Jewish Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking.

The speakers included:
Zoe Lofgren, Representative (D-CA 19th District)
Jeff Rosen, District Attorney for the County of Santa Clara
Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 2

The South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking presented a highly informative discussion panel consisting of:
Eric Quan, San Jose Police Department (SJPD)
Paula Estanislao, District Attorney (DA) Assistance
Ruth Silver Taube, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center (KGACLC)
Perla Flores, Community Solutions Division Director

May 31, 2015 | Presidio Golf & Concordia Club

2015 Award Recipients

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2015 Awards Luncheon last Sunday! We honored our award recipients for their outstanding achievements and celebrated our 115 years of compassionate and courageous community service! 

The Presidio Golf Club was packed with over 100 guests, among them were leaders of our partnering community-based organizations, city agency representatives, community advocates, and local legislators. Congressman Michael Honda and Supervisor Jane Kim sent congratulatory letters on the occasion of our celebration. Senator Mark Leno honored our award recipients with special certificates of recognition. 

Rabbi Doug Kahn’s highly inspirational and uplifting Keynote address was momentous! You can see it attached HERE.

To top off our event we presented our guests with  a copy of the brilliant NCJW-SF 115-year history book authored by Victoria Cooper.

We congratulate our officers and directors on their installation and look forward to a very successful term of our newly elected Board.

Thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors and everyone in attendance!

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Photo: Margarita Nikolova

Wednesday, April 25 | 2015 Sunnyvale

On behalf of the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking, Jerilyn Gelt, JPAC’s Chair and JCRC’s Board Member and Antonia Lavine, NCJW San Francisco’s Executive Director and San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking’s Coordinator presented in front of a group of 40 Jewish/Israeli professionals in Silicon Valley to raise awareness about human trafficking. After their presentation, followed by a screening of a documentary on the theme of child sex trafficking, Jerilyn and Antonia answered questions from the audience.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | Jewish Community Center of San Francisco | 3200 California Street, Room 205

For over 15 years, the staff and volunteers of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in Israel have been identifying changes and patterns in human trafficking and migration. Tamara Newman brought insight from the Hotline’s work on protecting the rights of refugees, migrant workers, and victims of human trafficking. Download Flyer HERE.

Tamara Newman is the Director of Resource Development at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. She made Aliya to Israel from Australia in February 2013 prior to which she worked on the launch of the New Israel Fund in Australia. Hotline for Refugees and Tamara Newman are grantees of NCJW and New Israel Fund.

Cosponsored by the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking and National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco
March 11, 2015 | Church Center, United Nations, New York

At this year’s NGO Parallel Session of the UNCSW in New York, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, SFCAHT, and National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco co-sponsored a workshop on the theme “Combining Government, Civil Society, and the Tech Industry to Fight the Hidden Epidemic of Human Trafficking in San Francisco and Beyond.”

The Church Center of the United Nations was packed for the workshop. The audience was actively engaged with great questions for our panelists: Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women; Emily Murase, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women; Antonia Lavine, SFCAHT; and Marnie Webb, Caravan Studios.

February 12, 2015 | San Francisco Main Public Library, Koret Auditorium

SFCAHT culminated a month of raising awareness with a special youth-focused event. Youth from across the Bay Area gathered to share experiences in anti-trafficking advocacy and prevention. Speakers shared at the event how youth can help fight human trafficking in our own back yard and rescue the victims. There were many special youth performances and presentations.

The National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco Section (NCJWSF) announced their newly created, “Nancy Surkin Memorial Scholarship for Survivors of Human Trafficking.”

Debra Surkin (middle), daughter of Nancy Elliot Surkin, for whom the honor is named, presented to Sarai T. Smith-Mazariegos (left), Co-Founder of MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting & Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) the first two awards of this scholarship to youth human trafficking survivors, clients of MISSSEY. The scholarship will be awarded annually to survivors of human trafficking served in the Bay Area.

San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang, District 4 (right), assisted by Human Rights attorney and SFCAHT Steering Committee representative Rose M. Mukhar presented the awards to the winners of the 2015 Teen Poster Contest. The winners shared their artistic process, and the meaning behind their creations.

February 9, 2015 | Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco

The Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking in collaboration with Shared Hope International presented a panel discussion and screening of “Chosen”, a documentary explaining the ways traffickers are recruiting children into sex trafficking. The audience learned how to identify and prevent such victimization.

Among the panelists were Sergeant Antonio Flores, SF Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, Cari Herthel, a trafficking survivor, Nancy Goldberg, and Laurel Botsford, Shared Hope Ambassador (pictured from left to right).

January 12, 2015 | Room 408 of the SF City Hall

Supervisor Katy Tang and other top City officials and law enforcement gave a press conference about their priorities in combating human trafficking.
At this event, we also honored the recipients of the 2015 Modern-Day Abolitionist Award.

CLICK HERE to download Press Release
CLICK HERE to see the video

December 3, 2014 | Milton Marks Conference Center, California State Building


The Conference was a tremendous success!
State legislators, city officials, state and federal law enforcement, community advocates and victim service providers met for a full day to discuss local policies and practices to combat labor trafficking. The 100+ participants attended several panel presentations featuring stellar speakers, and worked in groups to develop recommendations for improved local policies and laws to combat labor trafficking.
For more information, see the materials from the conference below.

Click HERE to view the flyer
Click HERE to view the agenda

Video of the Conference
(Video & Photo Credit: Margarita Nikolova)

Mar., Aug. & Sept. 2014 | Seton Medical Center and Temple B’nai Emunah

NCJWSF organized a series of film screenings and panel discussions on human trafficking issues, most recently at Seton Medical Center in collaboration with the Mayor of Daly City, David Canepa. Our featured speakers included: Sally Lieber, Former Pro-Temp Assemblywoman; Sister Caterina Chu, Daughters of Charity; Nancy Goldberg, SFCAHT’s Co-Chair; Marianna Warmee, Federal Administrative Judge, EEOC; and Antonia Lavine, President of NCJWSF and JCEHT Chair. Mayor Canepa presented NCJWSF with a letter of recognition.

Many thanks to April Lapidus, Memberships Chair, for organizing this series of events. Special thanks to Sandra Gordon and Pamela DiGiovanni for their remarkable leadership and collaboration with Mayor Canepa.

Sunday, June 15, 2014 | Presidio Golf Club

Local legislators, city and consular officials, community activists, and NCJW friends attended our annual membership meeting to honor the NCJWSF 2014 Award Recipients:

  • Senator Mark Leno – Hannah G. Solomon Award
  • Jerilyn Gelt – Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award
  • Theresa Sparks – Outstanding Advocate for Human Rights Award

Supervisor Scott Weiner presented the awards and delivered a key speech. Congratulatory addresses were made by Rabbi Doug Kahn, JCRC’s Executive Director; Becky Buckwald, New Israel Fund’s Executive Director; Linda Janourova-Tang, Vice Consul General of the Czech Republic; Nancy Goldberg, JFCS’s Board Member and SFCAHT Co-Chair; and Randi Fields, Director of Bay Area Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Guests were entertained by live classical music. 

PRESS RELEASE  |  PROGRAM

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Photo: Margarita Nikolova

Saturday, April 5 , 2014 | San Francisco Law Library at 1145 Market Street, 4th Floor Seminar Room

Volunteers met for a brief orientation about the SB 1193, received materials, and spread out in groups of two to canvass the neighborhoods. Please join us for future public notice actions to take a stand against modern-day slavery in our city.

sb1193_alameda_county_final11x17_1.pdf
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SFCAHT and Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking (JCEHT)

February 27, 2014 | The German Residence, 1960 Jackson Street, San Francisco

German Consulate, Opera Parallèle, Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking and San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking co-sponsored a reception to promote the upcoming American Premier of Adam Gorb’s powerful anti-trafficking opera, Anya17

Featured Speaker: Former Speaker pro tem of the California Assembly, Sally Lieber

February 11, 2014 | San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium

Supervisor Katy Tang presented SFCAHT’s 2014 Modern Abolitionist Awards to Genice Jacobs, Diana Oliva-Aroche and San Francisco Police Department Special Victim Unit’s Human Trafficking Task Force Panelists identified the most vexing challenges in addressing the issue of trafficking demand.

Press Release (doc)

January 10, 2014 | San Francisco City Hall, Room 400

Awards presented to the winners of the 2014 Anti-Human Trafficking Teen Poster Contest. Launching of the San Francisco Human Trafficking Public Notice Campaign.

December 16, 2013 | The Jewish Community Federation Board Room | Second Floor, 121 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA

Experts from the Equal Employment Commission and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security discussed the complex dynamics of labor trafficking crimes.

November 14, 2013 | Gallery of the Mexican Consulate General, 532 Folsom St, San Francisco

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The screening was followed by a panel presentation in Spanish to further explore the issue of human trafficking. Featured Speakers:

Tony Flores from the SF Police Department’s Special Victims Unit; Jadma Noronha, the Anti-trafficking Program Manager at SAGE; Delia Montiel and Amanda Reichmuth, Victim/Witness Advocates, SF DA’s Office Juvenile Division.

August 2, 2013 | Federal Building, 90 7th Street at Mission | San Francisco, CA

Welcome: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, CA-14
Featured Speakers: Supervisor Katy Tang, Nancy Goldberg and Julie Soo, SFCAHT’s Co-Chairs

Educators, health care providers, government agencies, law enforcement and community organizations gathered for a conference dedicated to ending child sex trafficking in San Francisco and Bay Area. Participants developed policy recommendations to address modern day slavery phenomenon locally.
MCLE and CEU credits made available for certain sessions.


View Program Agenda and Speakers (pdf)

June 30, 2013 | Presidio Golf Club

Featured Speaker: Dr. Andy David – Consul General of Israel

2013 Award Recipients

  • Nancy Goldberg – Hannah G. Solomon Award for extraordinary community involvement and action
  • Emma Mayerson – Outstanding Advocate for Social Change Award
  • Emily Murase, Ph.D. – Outstanding Advocate for Women’s Rights
  • Sue Warburg – Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, a partnering organization in the creation of the film.

January 23, 2013, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Jewish Community Federation Board Room

The screening was followed by a panel discussion. Speakers included experts from U.S. Fund for UNICEF and JCEHT.

Download the flyer HERE.

June 10, 2012 | Presidio Golf Club, San Francisco

Hannah G. Solomon Award presented to Linda Kurtz for extraordinary dedication and leadership

Five outstanding women awarded:

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier for her work in reproductive rights
  • Sharmin Bock for her work in anti-trafficking
  • Naomi Tucker, Shalom Bayit, for her work in family safety
  • Kim-Shree Maufas, SF School Board for her work in girls in education
  • Ruth Morgan for her work in restorative justice

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