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Sprouting into the East Bay

Judd and Mira Goodman met at a Mission Minyan Purim party in San Francisco. When they moved to El Cerrito from San Francisco about three years ago, they knew they wanted to connect to Jewish life in their new community, but weren’t sure how.

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A Trip to Israel Sparks an Extraordinary Calling

Jessica Dell’Era first went to Israel on a Birthright trip. She enjoyed herself, and wanted to come back and explore the country at a more relaxed pace. She was also flirting with the idea of going to rabbinical school, so she decided to apply to a summer course at Israel’s Conservative Yeshiva.

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Ukraine: From Deep Need to a Thriving Jewish Community



Federation donors are helping Jews in Ukraine displaced from their homes and supporting the revival of Jewish culture and practice.

Inspiring Our Teachers to Inspire Our Children

Inbal Cohen is a natural teacher. When she was growing up in Israel, she used to play teacher with her aunts and uncles. So after she moved to the United States and her husband encouraged her to follow her dreams, she became a preschool teacher.

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Finding Heart Amid Tragedy

Oshra Levy was relieved. Her husband’s open heart surgery had gone well. After four weeks in the hospital, he was starting to regain his strength at their quiet home in Beit Meir, in the hills just west of Jerusalem. Their peace didn’t last long. In the middle of the night, Oshra woke up to loud banging and evacuation orders shouted over a megaphone.

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Creating a Jewish Legacy

Lisa Wenger, past president of Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek, originally began volunteering because she wanted to give back to her synagogue. “It seemed like a great way to say thank you and help keep things going,” she said. “I didn’t have any deep motivations or lofty goals, just a general desire to be an effective volunteer for something I believe in.”

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