The Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice

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The Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice is awarded annually by NCJW San Francisco to current undergraduate or graduate college students who have been involved in social justice work and plan to pursue a course of study that will further their knowledge. To administer this scholarship, NCJW San Francisco collaborates with Hebrew Free Loan Assn.

The scholarship was established in memory of Tanette Goldberg (1926-2013), past president of the National Council of Jewish Women, San Francisco Section 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. She worked to solve issues in the public schools where her children attended and in the community. She fervently believed in justice, equality, and effecting positive change, whether in the Jewish community or her neighborhood.

Tanette Goldberg Scholarship Committee: 

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

For more information, please contact us at

2021 Application Instructions:

Apply by August 30, 2021!

This year, we offer 4 scholarship awards in the amount of $1,250 each.

The application period is now open and applications are due August 30, 2021. Recipients will be announced on September 24, 2021.

To qualify, you must be:

  • A Jewish woman, enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A permanent resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma County.
  • Studying or working 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
  • 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

Apply now via the Hebrew Free Loan Assn. website at

See below for previous scholarship recipients

2020 Award Recipients

Julia Hernandez-Nierenberg 

Attending UCLA for dual Masters of Social Welfare and Public Policy.  Areas of focus are the immigration and refugee crisis, racial injustice, foster care and juvenile justice system.

Ariana Bernstein

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

Zoe Lehman

Attending Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Areas of interest are providing care for medically vulnerable populations, with a focus on women, who often can’t access health care, including those with mental illness and IV drug usage

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.

Leah Pickar

Attending Smith College School for Social Work, pursuing an MSW. Interest areas include strengths-based, trauma-informed and person-centered mental health and community services for children, young adults, and families.

Jessica Pullen

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

Amara Altman

Attending UC San Diego for MS in Nursing (psychiatric).  Interest areas are health policy pertaining to social justice issues, working with marginalized populations, violence prevention.

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.”