The Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice

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The Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice was established in memory of Tanette Goldberg (1926-2013), Past President of NCJW SF from 1990 to 1993. Tanette was recognized for her work in 2007 when she received the NCJW Hannah G. Solomon Award.

Tanette was a tireless and committed community volunteer who fervently believed in justice, equality, and affecting positive change. She worked to solve issues in her neighborhood and in the larger Jewish community, including work with the Jewish Community Relations Council and supporting her husband in his decades-long involvement with Hebrew Free Loan.

Tanette Goldberg Scholarship Committee: 

Dena Gardi, Kayla Gold, Linda Kurtz, Katie Koyfman and Bonnie Lindauer.

For more information, please contact the committee chairs Dena Goldberg Gardi and Linda Kurtz at

2023 Application Instructions:

Apply Now! The application deadline is August 22, 2023.

Four awards of $1,250 each and 4 awards of $500 each will be made.

To qualify for this scholarship, you must be:

  • A Jewish woman, enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the 2022-23 academic year.
  • A permanent resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma County.
  • Studying, working, or volunteering to achieve social justice.
  • Willing to report progress in school and community activities to the NCJW, SF Section.

Preference will be given to those working in the following areas of social justice, which are priority areas for the National Council of Jewish Women:

  • Reproductive rights
  • Voting Rights
  • Prevention of human trafficking and advocacy for victims
  • Family safety
  • Women’s and children’s rights in the U.S. and Israel
  • Empowerment programs for low-income girls and women in transition
  • Promoting voting rights and participation

Applications for 2023 will be submitted via the Hebrew Free Loan Assn. website at

See below for previous scholarship recipients

2022 Award Recipients

Maya Eylon – Medical Student, Central Michigan University College of Medicine 

Maya is a born-and-raised Californian, who currently resides in the far-less sunny state of Michigan, where she is a second-year medical student. Maya is committed to ensuring every environment she is a part of is inclusive and equitable for all. Growing up in a state with high rates of homelessness, Maya founded a food recovery initiative in Southern California to combat food insecurity in this vulnerable population. Through her initiative, Maya distributed thousands of meals to those in need. For nearly 15 years, Maya has volunteered with nonprofits like Friendship Circle and Special Olympics to create more caring communities that embrace individuals of all abilities. While in undergrad, Maya created a campus community project advocating for women who have experienced sexual assault, increasing awareness and providing resources and support for women. Maya will continue her social justice pursuits by addressing healthcare disparities and taking action wherever she sees inequity in medicine. As a pediatrician, Maya hopes to provide compassionate care for underserved and marginalized families. Maya is incredibly grateful for the support of NCJW San Francisco and for the social justice work they do for our community

Ruth Ferguson, Master of Public Policy Candidate, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.

Ruth’s studies at the Goldman School are focused on advancing equity and finding feasible policy solutions to far-ranging issues that negatively impact vulnerable Californians. Previously, she worked in the California Legislature on housing and transportation policy and at Hillel International managing programs on disability advocacy, student leadership, and dialogue facilitation. Ruth is the co-founder of Stop Sexual Harassment in Politics (SHIP), a coalition of survivors and political staffers committed to ending sexual harassment & discrimination in politics and government. SHIP was proud to work with leadership in the California Legislature during the 2022 legislative session to introduce critical changes to HR policies that impact California legislative staffers who experience sexual harassment, assault, and/or discrimination. You can follow her work on social media at @ruthie_ferg and @ship_ca.

Leah Kaufman, Student at Columbia School of Social Work

Leah Kaufman graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with dreams of being a doctor. Having been diagnosed at 16 with an incurable autoimmune kidney disease she knew from an early age that she wanted to make sure that every child received the same level of care and support that she had. After graduation, Leah moved to Newark, New Jersey to work at a healthcare nonprofit where she soon realized that she was much more passionate about the social and emotional effects of illness than the actual practice of medicine. Since then, Leah has worked with chronically ill children in Israel to make sure they feel loved and safe during their time in the hospital, advocated for more equitable mental healthcare access to low-income children, and supported programming for low-income new mothers. In 2021 she began her studies at Columbia School of Social Work with a focus in medical social work. She recently completed her first-year internship at JCCANY where she supported foster children with serious healthcare needs from low-income families. She spent her summer at a camp in Southern California for chronically ill children where she supports the emotional needs of campers.  In her free time, she loves to read, listen to podcasts and spend time with family and friends. 

Acacia Tripplett, Political Science freshman, George Washington University

Acacia Tripplett is a freshman at George Washington University studying political science. As a junior in high school, she discovered a passion for social justice advocacy, celebrating diversity and the incredible power of coming together. She looks forward to using her voice to confront injustice in the nation’s Capitol. 

Ilana Shoyket, Third-year Law Student, University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Ilana Shoyket is a third-year law student at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Before moving to Sacramento to pursue her legal education, she spent her childhood in the Richmond district of San Francisco.  Her family’s past, as immigrants and refugees from the former Soviet Union, instilled a deep sense of pride in Ilana’s Jewish identity.  Ilana has been active in her Jewish community as an undergrad at the University of San Francisco and has been serving on the Board of Directors of San Francisco Hillel since she graduated.  When she returns home to San Francisco after law school, Ilana hopes to start her career by defending access to reproductive healthcare across the nation.

S.W., UC Berkeley Masters in Social Work (MSW) Candidate.

S.W, holds BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley. She is committed to working in the areas of health equity, women’s empowerment, and housing and immigration justice. She has volunteered with many nonprofits focused on social justice issues and has done fundraising for a program providing coaching services for social service nonprofit leaders

B.B. , Student at Nurse Practitioner School

B.B. is currently studying in Nurse Practitioner School to become an abortion provider.  She has worked in community health centers and with Planned Parenthood, eventually serving as a center manager at various sites in the East Bay, and has been the clinic manager at two other federally qualified health centers.  Her passion now is to provide direct services as a family nurse practitioner and be a leader in the reproductive justice movement.

K.W., UC Berkeley Masters in Pubic Policy Candidate

K.W. is currently enrolled in a Master in Public Policy Program with a focus on housing, labor and security issues.  After graduating, K.W. hopes to work in Bay Area government or the nonprofit sector implementing local solutions to the larger issues of inequality.   She has volunteered with HIAS, the Jewish refugee agency, tutored English, helped lead Reform Judaism advocacy efforts on economic justice, labor issues, gun violence prevention, gender-based violence and Indigenous rights in Washington DC.  K.W. has also volunteered with the national office of NCJW and Jews United For Justice.

2021 Award Recipients

Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson – Student, UCLA School of Law

Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson is a first-year student (1L) at UCLA School of Law. Born and raised in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, Marissa studied Near Eastern Studies and Spanish Language and Cultures at Princeton University. Her studies focused on questions of migration, such as the nature of citizenship, nationhood, refugeehood, and belonging to communities within or across state borders. She wrote her undergraduate thesis about Arab immigrant communities in Chile and organized student groups to do volunteer work with migrant communities in New Jersey. She graduated from Princeton in 2018 and moved to New York City, where she worked for two years as a case manager for Spanish-speaking immigrant and LGBTQ+ survivors of human trafficking. She moved back to California in 2020 and started at UCLA Law in Fall 2021. After law school, she plans to work as an immigration attorney serving Spanish-speaking immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in California.

Katya Lavine – Medical Student, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University

Katya Lavine grew up in Marin County and is currently a third-year medical student at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. She is pursuing a joint MD-MSc in Population Medicine, and her research focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is passionate about combating gender-based violence and has volunteered as a survivor advocate in the ER throughout medical school. In her medical career, she hopes to care for survivors of sexual violence and contribute to policy and advocacy work in support of survivors.

Leah Kaufman – Student, Columbia School of Social Work

Leah Kaufman graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with dreams of being a doctor. Having been diagnosed at 16 with an incurable autoimmune kidney disease she knew from an early age that she wanted to make sure that every child received the same level of care and support that she had. After graduation, Leah moved to Newark, New Jersey to work at a healthcare nonprofit where she soon realized that she was much more passionate about the social and emotional effects of illness than the actual practice of medicine. Since then, Leah has worked with chronically ill children in Israel to make sure they feel loved and safe during their time in the hospital, advocated for more equitable mental healthcare access to low-income children, and supported programming for low-income new mothers. In 2021 she began her studies at Columbia School of Social Work with a focus in medical social work. She currently interns at JCCANY and supports children who have serious healthcare needs from low-income families. In her free time she loves to read, spend time with family and friends and explore local coffee shops.

Sarah Ball – Nurse, Student at Master’s in Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Ball is a nurse in her final year of a Master’s in Nursing program at the University of Pennsylvania where she is studying to become a women’s health nurse practitioner. Prior to beginning her studies, Sarah worked as a reproductive health specialist at Planned Parenthood Northern California providing abortion counseling, gender affirming care, cancer and STD screenings, and contraceptive education. She has also spent time tracing Gonorrhea cases for the CDC and teaching reproductive health education to adolescent girls in Nairobi, Kenya with American Jewish World Services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah volunteered with a bilingual contact tracing team that focused on addressing the disproportionate incidence of COVID cases in the Latinx community in Philadelphia. Currently, Sarah works for a research study that is evaluating the effects of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for PTSD. Across her broad set of interests, Sarah is guided by reproductive justice and trauma informed care frameworks. She believes that universal access to reproductive health care is a human right, and she is studying to become a nurse practitioner so that she can address the disparities in women’s healthcare at both the global and local level. For the time being, Sarah is thrilled to be in clinical rotation at a community-based gynecology clinic in North Philadelphia and she is immensely grateful to the NCJW San Francisco Chapter for their support of her studies.

Reyoot Love Berry – Medical Student at UCSF School of Medicine

Reyoot Love Berry was born and raised in a small town in the Central Valley known as Ceres, California. Living in an area with high uninsurance and poverty rates, she witnessed her own family suffer from these socioeconomic factors, as her mother was an immigrant from Israel and her father suffered from an illness that left her family in poverty for much of her childhood. Despite these barriers, her parents worked hard to become registered nurses and instilled in her compassion and honor in serving others. She is currently a third-year medical student at UCSF School of Medicine and part of a specific track called San Joaquin Valley (SJV) PRIME. SJV PRIME is a track for medical students that are interested in training and serving the Central Valley community, which has some of the highest rates of poverty in the entire state. She is passionate about mental health, LGBTQ health, providing care for medically vulnerable populations, and role of healthcare providers in prevention of human trafficking. She is interested in a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency program, where she can directly serve her community regardless of who they are or where they come from. She believes these together will help bridge her passions for serving and advocating for voices that are most often silenced and unheard. 

Alana Cree – Senior at the University of San Francisco

Alana is a Senior at the University of San Francisco. She is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. Alana currently serves on the San Francisco Hillel student leadership team, where she works on student engagement and inclusivity. Her Jewish identity is a central aspect of her life and she holds ideals such as striving towards justice as well as Tikkun olam very close to her. Alana plans to pursue a career as a social worker or child therapist after she earns her Master’s in Social Work. She would also like to say a special thank you to the National Counsel of Jewish Women and the scholarship committee for choosing her for this immense honor. 

2020 Award Recipients

Zoë Lehman – Medical Student completing a dual degree MPH/DO program at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Zoë Lehman is a 4th year medical student completing a dual degree MPH/DO program at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She worked in public health and harm reduction for ten years before realizing she could opt for a more sleep depriving career, and starting medical school. With roots in syringe exchange and reproductive health education, Zoë has continued to find delight in her wonderful patients and their incredible stories. Focusing on medically vulnerable populations that are systematically prevented from getting excellent care; Zoë has sought rotations in urban safety net hospitals, rural clinics, street medicine and abortion care. As a physician Zoë aspires to provide comprehensive care, meet her patients where they are physically and emotionally and be the doctor that people feel comfortable being honest and vulnerable with. Zoë is honored to accept the Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice and is so grateful for the opportunities it provides. Zoë is a glitter enthusiast, avid napper, lover of sunshine and all caffeinated beverages 

Julia Hernandez Nierenberg-MSW & MPP Dual Degree Candidate at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Julia is a highly motivated and enthusiastic second-year dual degree Master of Social Welfare and Master of Public Policy student at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs. As a youth and family advocate with fluency in Spanish, she is interested in acquiring social work and public policy tools to continue advocating for equitable treatment and care of my community members. She has experience providing compassionate and methodological counseling services in diverse community-based settings. She is skilled in developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships and supporting families progress toward planned treatment and life goals.

Amara Altman – Masters Prepared Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Candidate, UC San Francisco.

Amara Altman is a masters prepared nurse who is currently studying to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at UC San Francisco. She is a compassionate individual with high levels of personal integrity who is accountable, innovative, and dedicated to providing exceptional culturally sensitive care to underserved patients with mental illness. She has six years of significant research, education, and leadership experience as a registered nurse at UC Davis Medical Center. She feels it is important to advocate for children and families in order to reduce disparities that currently exist. She has held multiple leadership positions and completed evidence-based projects that improved patient safety and overall health outcomes. She is currently facilitating a cognitive behavioral therapy group for staff and researchers within UCSF Office of Population Health to help with the anxiety and uncertainty due to the current pandemic. She also just started her preceptorship at Marin County Behavioral Health in the adult and pediatric medication clinic. Amara hopes to continue caring and advocating for women and children upon graduation from her psychiatric nurse practitioner program. She has dedicated her life to helping others and will continue fighting for social justice through political activism and her direct clinical work with patients.

Leah Pickar – Smith College School for Social Work, pursuing an MSW.

Leah Pickar was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California and currently lives in Berkeley, CA. She earned her B.A. in Community Studies and Psychology at UC Santa Cruz, and is currently completing her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Smith College. She is currently serving young people in Berkeley as the counseling intern at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. As a counseling intern, Leah provides mental health counseling services to 7th grade students, most of whom would not have access to mental health services if not for the school-based counseling program. Prior to beginning graduate school, Leah provided case management services to unhoused families in San Francisco for 2.5 years. She also worked as a counselor with trauma-surviving youth in residential treatment and as a coach to adults in out-patient treatment. Leah’s graduate degree will allow her to continue a career dedicated to providing strength-based and trauma-informed therapeutic services to children, youth, and families. She is grateful for the generous financial support she has received towards her graduate education from various Jewish, community-based non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.

Ariana Bernstein

Attending Prescott College for Masters in Social Work.  Areas of interest are helping sexually exploited children, human trafficking; incarcerated women.

Gil Sosnik

Attending USC for Masters of Social Work.  Interest areas are restorative justice, vulnerable and marginalized communities and youth.

Birtukan Belete

Attending Columbia School of Social Work.  Interest areas are homelessness and housing, economic and racial equality.

Hannah Berman

Attending UCLA School of Medicine.  Interest areas are health equity, proactive medicine, providing medical care in a low-income hospital setting.

Jessica Pullen

Attending Stanford to receive MD and MS in environmental studies.  Interest areas are health equity, reproduction rights, environmental justice and food security.

2019 Award Recipients

Bezawit Getaneh Abebe – SJD Candidate, Golden Gate University

Bezawit Getaneh Abebe was born in Ethiopia. She grew up in Hawassa and received her LLB from Hawassa University. She did an internship in Ethiopian Human Rights Council where she assisted young girls and women who survived human trafficking from Arab countries. This experience motivated her to work in advocacy for the rights of women and children. After graduation, she worked as a law lecturer in Africa Beza University College, Ethiopia. In 2009, she moved to Israel where for the last 10 years, she worked in Legal philanthropic organizations that strive for the integration, empowerment and equality of the Ethiopian Israeli community. She worked at Tebeka, advocating for the Ethiopian community’s Human Rights, where she was lecturing Human Rights all over Israel. While working in Tebeka, she won a scholarship from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and was able to go to The Hague, Netherlands to study public international law at the International Court of Justice. She also worked in The David Foundation, which works on leadership and education for Ethiopians. Beza holds a masters in government and diplomacy from IDC Herzliya and a masters in law (LLM) from Tel Aviv University. Bezawit is currently a SJD doctoral candidate at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a research fellow at Be’chol Lashon advocating for diversity within the Jewish community.

Emily Felber – PsyD Candidate, PGSP-Stanford Consortium

Emily is a 3rd year doctoral candidate in the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium studying to be a clinical psychologist. She is currently training at StarVista’s Women’s Enrichment Center, a community mental health treatment program for women uniquely designed to address substance abuse and mental health issues with a strong focus on the treatment of trauma. Last year, Emily served our nation’s veterans by providing mental health care at the Palo Alto VA. In addition, Emily currently conducts clinical assessments on a research study at Stanford University looking at alternative treatment options for individuals with treatment-resistant depression, and she also works with the Stanford Tobacco Treatment Program providing counseling to cancer patients interested in smoking cessation. In the future, Emily hopes to use her training to help increase access to high-quality mental health care for those of disadvantaged socioeconomic status.

Chelsea Gelbart – MSN Candidate, University of California, San Francisco

Chelsea Gelbart is a nurse currently pursuing her Master’s in Nursing to become an adult primary care nurse practitioner at UCSF. Prior to nursing school, she spent 5 years working at NARAL Pro-Choice California advocating for progressive reproductive health policies at the state and federal levels. Her first major policy victory was passing the Abortion Access Bill, landmark legislation allowing advanced practice providers to provide aspiration abortions. This bill addresses statewide shortages of abortion providers and is grounded in decade long research around the safety and patient preference of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives providing full spectrum reproductive health care. Her other work in reproductive rights includes access to contraception, sexual education, and investigating anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers. Chelsea is passionate about providing reproductive care as a primary care provider and choose UCSF specifically to be trained under a law she helped pass. She is also dedicated to serving communities with chronic health conditions and those facing access challenges, like those she experiences personally living with type one diabetes. Outside of school, she finds strength and courage through rock climbing, ski mountaineering, and trail running.

Michaela Moss – PsyD Candidate, PGSP-Stanford Consortium

Michaela grew up in Claremont, California, where she realized her passion for social justice work through her involvement in Temple Beth Israel’s Social Action Committee. She completed her undergrad at UC Berkeley where she studied psychology and public health. During her time at UC Berkeley, she became interested in working to address food insecurity, access to reproductive health services, and health disparities among marginalized communities through her work at both Highland Hospital and the Berkeley Student Cooperative. Since graduating in 2017, Michaela has worked as a Health Educator for Marin City Health and Wellness Center where she created a food security program for patients with chronic conditions and provided one on one prenatal screenings for expecting mothers. Currently, Michaela is a first year doctoral student studying clinical psychology in the PGSP Stanford Consortium Psy.D. program. She aims to continue her social justice work by using her therapy skills to impact those living in marginalized communities.

2018 Award Recipients

Laeesha Cornejo – MD Candidate, UCSF School of Medicine, Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved

Laeesha is currently attending her first year at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She is a member of the PRIME-US program, a five-year track for medical students committed to working with urban, underserved communities. She received an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College in 2016, where she explored her interests in public health, education, medicine, and social justice. After graduating, she worked at the Low Income Investment Fund on an initiative focused on health, climate-resilience, and equity in six U.S. cities. She also volunteers with the Women’s Community Clinic’s homeless outreach program, delivering health supplies and services to women and children on the streets and in SROs in San Francisco. She is grateful for the support of the Jewish community throughout her education and plans to continue working to eliminate health disparities in urban communities throughout medical school and in her future career as a physician.

Jody Bloom – Judaic Studies teacher for sixth and seventh grade at The Brandeis School of San Francisco

Jody Bloom has been a teacher for 18 years. Currently, she is a Judaic Studies teacher for sixth and seventh grade at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. She is also the program manager for the nationally recognized Tzedek (Social Justice) Program. Jody received her B.A. from Brandeis University in Near Eastern Judaic Studies and earned her Massachusetts State certification in Elementary Education. She received her M.Ed. from Teachers College Columbia University in Private School Leadership. Jody was awarded the 2016 Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Day School Education. She is working on her Ed.D from Drexel University in Educational Leadership and Management to be awarded in June 2019. Jody lives in San Francisco with her husband Josh, her son, Matty, and her daughter, Meriah. In summer of 2016, Jody gave birth to her niece, Ella, as a surrogate for her younger sister.

Lindsey Schwartz – Master in Social Worker student, California State East Bay

My name is Lindsey Schwartz and I was one of the fortunate recipients of the Tanette Goldberg Scholarship for my work in social justice. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, received my Bachelor’s from the University of Arizona, and returned back to San Francisco where I pursued work in the community. I have worked in both San Francisco and the East Bay with the homeless family population and in child welfare services. I am currently working towards my Master’s in Social Worker at California State East Bay, and feel invigorated by the programs diversity, the dedicated faculty, and being surrounded by like -minded students who share my curiosity and love for people of all kinds. As a professional, I hope to focus on issues of trauma faced by oppressed populations and support the community at large.

Moorea Blythe – A Third Year Student, PsyD Program, Wright Institute

Moorea, was born and raised in the Bay Area, and is currently a third year student in the PsyD program at the Wright Institute. Her clinical interests include the relationship between physical and mental health, food security and the use of nutrition as a tool in treatment, trauma-focused therapy, and grief and bereavement. Her previous clinical experiences include providing psychotherapy in a community mental health clinic providing sliding-scale mental health services, and consulting in a primary care clinic predominantly with adult women. Currently, she is working at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland’s Center for the Vulnerable Child, providing both primary care consultation and psychotherapy services to children ages 0-21 years. She is committed to working from a social justice stance in all the work she does in the present and in the future.

2017 Award Recipients

Naomi Violet Forsberg – Masters of Social Work Candidate at San Jose State University

Naomi was born and raised in San Francisco. As a teenager, she collaborated on the creation of a program called Expect Respect S.F. at CCSF, a gender-based violence prevention education program for high school students. The focus on understanding how oppression and interpersonal violence are interconnected and helping students to develop tools to identify unhealthy behaviors and create healthy and equitable relationships in their lives has been a continual focus in her work. She now works in a Wellness Center at a SFUSD high school where she supports teenagers getting access to mental, emotional, physical, and sexual health care. In this position, she created a curriculum for a support group for LGBTQ students in the district and continues to this group weekly. Naomi studied Gender & Women’s Studies at City College of San Francisco and UCBerkeley and is now pursuing an Masters of Social Work at San Jose State University. Her grandmother, Alice Schoenwald, was the President of her Chicago neighborhood chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and Naomi is grateful to now be a beneficiary of the generosity of this organization.

Lena Sibony – second year student at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill

Lena grew up in Berkeley, California and discovered her passion for social justice as a student in the Berkeley Public school system. In high school she was involved with Jewish Youth for Community Action, a non-profit that teaches Jewish youth about social justice and self-advocacy. Through Jewish Family Children’s Services and the JVS Kohn internship she was connected to Shalom Bayit, Bay Area’s first Agency dedicated to ending domestic violence in Jewish homes, and in the past 2 years has led workshops to youth about healthy relationships, healthy boundaries and consent. She is dedicated to transforming the ways that young women feel about their autonomy and sense of self. Today she spends her time continuing her work with Shalom Bayit, hoping to reach as many youths in the Bay Area as possible. She is also an actor in the Bay Area, and is working to get her Bachelor degree in Religious Studies and Theatre.

Daniela Gilbert – Deputy Director of the California Partnership for Safe Communities

Daniela has spent eight years working to reduce gun violence and incarceration and improve police-community relations. As Deputy Director of the California Partnership for Safe Communities, Daniela has partnered with community, civic, and criminal justice leaders to reduce shootings by 30-40% in ten cities across California. Daniela has also developed trainings for police on how to build the public’s trust, and received a certificate of recognition from former California Attorney General and newly elected Senator Kamala Harris for this work. An Oakland native, Daniela graduated from Harvard College in 2009 with a B.A. cum laude in Sociology and a Spanish Language Citation. Daniela was a Harvard College Women’s Leadership Award Honoree, and received an Americorps Scholarship for Service. Daniela is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Sarah Graffman – Aspen University, Nursing Forensics Studies

Sarah was born and raised in Orange, California and lived there until she went to U.C. Santa Barbara for undergraduate school. After graduation she decided to return to school and pursue a career in nursing. This decision brought her to Oakland California where she has been ever since. After graduation she started working for Alameda Health System, an urban public trauma center, as an emergency nurse and has been there for 19 years. Sarah’s experience also includes 3 years of emergency nursing at the U.C. San Francisco Medical Center. During her nursing career she has participated in research, the Nursing Peer Review Committee, informatics, and Nursing forensics. It is her participation as a nurse champion working the physicians assistants and the social services staff at the hospital, local police departments, and the Justice Center of Oakland to care for domestic violence victims, rape victims, and victims of human trafficking that propelled her into the graduate program at Aspen University specializing in Nursing Forensics.

2016  Award Recipients

Ali Wolf – Juris Doctor Candidate at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Prior to attending UC Hastings, she was the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services in New York City, where she conducted trainings and provided technical assistance for legal professionals, law enforcement and social service professionals on the issues of commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic trafficking. Ali received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in International Affairs with a focus in Middle East Studies. She has worked both internationally and nationally to prevent and combat the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth, and plans to continue to work in the area of human rights as she enters into the legal field.

Brea Kaye – International Political Economy Student at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

Since she has come to understand the meaning of social justice, Brea has been involved in activism and advocacy surrounding women’s health and safety. Her activism work spans from a grassroots anti-harassment campaign in high school to being a Peer Ally at her university to working with the phenomenal staff at Shalom Bayit towards peace in the home. She hopes to take this experience and knowledge into the future and continue to make a difference wherever and whenever she can.

Jenna Klein – Juris Doctor Candidate at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Jenna Klein is in her second year at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Originally from Los Altos CA, she graduated in 2014 from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in psychology. Since coming to law school, she has been a part of a variety of student organizations such as If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, the Boalt Hall Jewish Students Association and the Boalt Hall Women’s Association. She also serves as the director for the Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project, a student led volunteer project that works within the local bay area community to combat human trafficking. This past summer, Jenna worked in Bangkok, Thailand as an intern with the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT). She is excited to participate in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley during the spring semester and she is looking forward to working with the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City this upcoming summer. She sincerely appreciates the generous support of this community.

Lina Lenberg – Ed.D. candidate, University of San Francisco, Department of International and Multicultural Education

Lina is an educator who is dedicated to empowering students to become conscientious, compassionate, globally-minded human beings. She currently works as the Assistant Head of School at Woodside International School in San Francisco where she runs a Social Justice Club, teaches an ESL class, and works with teachers to integrate social justice into their curricula. During her summers, Lina has participated in a number of volunteer projects abroad where she has worked with refugees, orphans, children and adults with disabilities, HIV-positive women, environmental groups, and a wide range of young people from many countries. She is pursuing her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco, and she looks forward to continuing to promote social justice by developing transformative educational experiences for youth.

2015 Award Recipients

Polina Smith – MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Polina Smith is passionate about art and social justice. She received her BFA in theater for social change from Concordia University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies, with an emphasis on art for social change. After completing her BFA, Polina moved to San Francisco to work with The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, creating theater with women who have been incarcerated and are living with HIV. Polina has worked with The Medea Project for the last seven years and recently finished a run of Birthright?, a full-length show created in collaboration with Planned Parenthood. In 2014, Polina founded Crescent Moon Theater Productions, a circus-theater-dance company focused on creating innovative and socially relevant work. Their premier production, In my Mother’s Name, won the 2014 Best of Fringe Award. The company recently finished a run of their new show, La Alquimista: a Circus-Theater Fable, inside the Tenderloin National Forest. Polina is currently working onBlessed Unrest: an arts and social justice festival that will take place at CounterPulse theater in February 2016. She is deeply honored and grateful for the Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice. Learn more about Polina’s work at

Asya Sorokurs – J.D. Candidate, University of California, Davis, School of Law

Asya immigrated to the United States from Russia at an early age and grew up in the Bay Area. She attended Foothill College, where she was the President of Jews, Israelis, and Friends and instituted the first annual Jewish Heritage Month at the school. She has a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and is currently attending UC Davis School of Law. This year she is working to help victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abusers.

Jamie Goldstein – Psy.D. doctoral candidate within the field of clinical psychology

Jamie is currently in her 4th year at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Jamie is working to specialize in serving adolescent girls and adult women with histories of trauma through the lens of social justice. Her clinical experience includes counseling in a high school setting in East Oakland, providing services at a drug and alcohol outpatient setting for adolescents on probation, and providing psychotherapy and psychodiagnostic assessments at a community resource center. Currently Jamie is serving girls and women through a private practice setting in Oakland, California. In partial requirement to obtain her doctorate, Jamie is conducting qualitative research on the internal assets that foster resiliency in adolescent girls on probation. In the fall she will begin her pre-doctoral internship at Western Psychological and Counseling Services in Portland, Oregon. Jamie is passionate about her role as a psychotherapist to the greater community and is committed to empowering the voices of the voiceless.

2014 Award Recipients

Danielle Aubin – Graduate Student at Humboldt State University.

Danielle has done international work in Guatemala, India, Thailand, and Rwanda, and continues with the Canal Alliance, Community Violence Solutions, and serving on the Marin County Human Rights Commission. Her endeavors and studies are quite impressive and demonstrate her passion and commitment to social justice issues, both internationally and domestically.

Isabel Ullmann – Freshman at UC Berkeley

Even at a young age, Isabel has used her passion and commitment to end human trafficking to educate others. She started Teaching To Stop the Traffick, and has since employed that dedication in her political work to make changes happen. She is currently a Peace and Conflict Studies student in the hopes of alleviating social injustices.

Laura Rumpf – Rabbinical student Hebrew Union College, L.A.

Laura has been involved in many of the Bay Area’s Jewish social justice organizations (including the NCJW) that are near and dear to our hearts. Her passion and dedication to girls’, women’s and immigrant rights is quite impressive and inspirational. She is making a significant difference in her work to correct social injustices.

Katherine Koyfman – Freshman at Dominican University, San Rafael

Katherine has taken her passion and commitment for Tikkun Olam to get involved at a very young age. Her social media campaigns to promote awareness (among other activities) is very interesting, impressive, and inspiring. Her emphasis on political science and media will have a significant impact on making a “better world with less apathy and more people making a difference; a world with less bias and more people seeking the truth; a world with fewer defeated and more who persevere- a world of justice.”