Honor the 2012 Award Winners with us at our Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2012

We are proud to present our 2012 awardees in the areas of education and leadership, with a special recognition of Akiva Tor, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest for his term of service here in our community. We hope you'll join us as we publicly recognize these outstanding individuals at our Annual Meeting, June 10, the morning of Israel in the Gardens. This year we’re mixing it up with an interactive talk show format that’s guaranteed to entertain! Our host, Fred Raker (a performer and writer who has worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and Johnny Carson) will be interviewing guests who are rolling up their sleeves to make a real impact in our community and around the world.

Join us as we honor community leaders, exceptional educators, and our teen philanthropists at our Annual Meeting.Sunday, June 10, 2012 AMC Loews Metreon, Movie

Theater #15 101 4th Street, San Francisco (Map) 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Breakfast Reception 10:30 AM -12:00 PM Annual Meeting


The Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award: TAMAR RABINOWITZ

Since moving to San Francisco, Tamar Rabinowitz has been teaching Tanach at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, in the Yesod program at Congregation Emanu-El, and for Kevah. Originally from South Africa, she moved to Israel and attended Hebrew University, where she received a degree in Jewish History and a  Masters degree in Jewish Education. She was also in the first cohort of the Educators Program at Pardes Institute. Tamar has taught Tanach for 12 years at various grade levels in numerous cities, schools, institutions, including middle and high-schoolers for seven years at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, and adults in the Florence Melton program in Rockville, MD. Tamar’s interests lie in teacher education and mentoring, which has resulted in her being a Teacher Mentor at JCHS of the Bay and running a teacher training program at Pardes in Jerusalem over the summer. In her spare time, Tamar trains for marathons while avoiding San Francisco routes with steep hills.

The Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education - Early Childhood Education: HADARA GRAUBART

Hadara Graubart, the lead teacher in the Extended Day program at Congregation Beth Sholom Family Preschool in San Francisco, comes from a long line of Jewish communal workers. Her father was an eighth generation Rabbi and her mother has worked at JCCs for 30 years. She has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in journalism from NYU. Hadara was a staff writer at Tablet, an online Jewish magazine, for several years, but her true passion is early childhood education. Nothing brings her more joy than sharing ideas of tzedakah and loving kindness with young children and watching them experience the joy of being Jewish.

The Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education - Congregation or Community School: ARIANA ESTOQUE

Ariana is the Director of Adolescent Education at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco where she teaches multiple grade levels, implements a Jewish Service learning program for bnei mitzvah students, as well as supervises and facilitates all 7th - 12th grade programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s in Education with a focus in Jewish Studies, both from San Francisco State University. Ariana is an alumna of the BJE’s Shofar Fellowship for Teen Educators and received a certificate in Jewish Service Learning from the BJE and San Francisco State University in 2009. In 2011 Ariana co-wrote a Jewish Service Learning Manual for Early Childhood Education which won the Union for Reform Judaism’s Epstein Communicate Award. Ariana was born and raised in San Francisco and has chosen to never leave! She has been married to Marc Estoque for 7 years and has a 5 year old son, Calen and a 3 year old son, Ever.

The Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education - Jewish Day School: JACLYN GUZMAN

Jaclyn Guzman has been a history instructor at Kehillah Jewish High School since 2008. She holds a BA in American History with a minor in Jewish Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. She also holds a Masters in Education with single-subject credentials in Social Studies and English, also obtained at UC Santa Cruz. Jaclyn credits her amazing professors, especially Bruce Thompson, in fostering her interest in Jewish History. Through their encouragement and support she maintained an active involvement in the Jewish community in Santa Cruz and continues that involvement through her school and current community. Jaclyn Guzman currently lives in Fremont, CA with her husband and adorable cat. In her off time, Jaclyn enjoys collecting and reading books as well as traveling to new and exciting places.

The Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education - Informal Education (outside of a school setting): ZEPHIRA DERBLICH-MILEA

Zephira Derblich-Milea grew up in the Bay Area Jewish community and has worked as a violence prevention educator for over nine years. In 2005 she began coordinating Love Shouldn’t Hurt (LSH), Shalom Bayit’s healthy relationships education and dating violence prevention program for Jewish youth. This program has enabled her to connect her passion for promoting healthy relationships with her love for the Jewish community. In 2007 Zephira was awarded a fellowship at the Bureau of Jewish Education and co-authored the successful national LSH curriculum. She also teaches 1st grade religious school at Temple Beth Abraham which gives her the opportunity to look at Judaism from a different lens and at times, to just be silly. When she isn’t in a classroom you will find her on a hike in Tilden Park or dancing and laughing with friends.


The Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Young Leadership Award: TANYA KAMINSKY BERNSTEIN

Tanya Kaminsky Bernstein is the President of the Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD). In her role, Tanya works closely with YAD Board and JCF staff to develop an engaged community of Jewish young adults in the Bay Area by providing a broad range of social, educational, volunteer and leadership development opportunities. She previously served as the YAD Campaign Chair where she helped organize the YAD delegation to Super Sunday, developed recognition programs for giving levels and led the recruitment efforts for the National Young Leadership Mission to Israel. Originally from Lviv, Ukraine, Tanya moved with her family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1994. It was there that she got her first taste of being part of a Jewish community by becoming a member of Young Judaea, attending the Tel Yehudah summer camp and traveling on a summer trip to Israel. Tanya went on to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and to the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley where she received her MBA. In her professional life, Tanya is an Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic growth initiatives within the bank’s Small Business Segment. Tanya recently wed Mark W. Bernstein, and together they enjoy traveling, attending lectures and performing arts events, and taking dance classes.

The Robert Sinton Extraordinary Leader Award: ROSELYNE CHROMAN SWIG

Roselyne Chroman Swig (Cissie) is singularly devoted to philanthropic and community service efforts, at a local, national and global level with a focus on women empowerment, social welfare, fine arts, political advocacy and education. Among other contributions, Cissie is the founder of the advocacy group, Partners Ending Domestic Abuse and is a member of the Collector’s Committee National Gallery of Art. She serves on a myriad of Boards: Vital Voices Global Partnership, the NPR Foundation, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, AIPAC, the American Joint Distribution Committee, and is a past President of both the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.

She has received numerous accolades including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the SF Arts Commission, the GirlSource Wave Award, the Woman of Valor Award from the State of Israel Bonds, and the Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Award. She holds honorary degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of San Francisco, Mills College and Santa Clara University. Cissie is a member, Board of Directors of SwigCo, a private real estate investment company; the founder & president of ComCon International; and the founder, Roselyne C. Swig Artsource (1978-94). Appointed by President Clinton, she is also a former Director of the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program. Cissie attended UCLA and UC Berkeley. She is the wife of the late Richard Lewis Swig and has four children and twelve grandchildren. Cissie was married to her late husband, Richard Swig, for 47 years. She has a son Rick Swig, daughter and son-in-law Susan and Richard Watkins, daughter Marjorie Swig, and daughter and son-in-law Carol and George Sedlack.


The Israel in Our Hearts Award: AKIVA TOR, the Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest Region

Akiva Tor has served as World Jewish Affairs Adviser to the President of Israel, Director of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, and Deputy Director for Palestinian Affairs in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and has written and lectured extensively on Jewish values in the foreign policy of Israel and on ethical considerations in international relations.

He served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces and as infantry captain in the IDF reserves. His personal interests include running, mountain biking and ascending high places. Akiva is married to Naomi, a community social worker. Their home town is Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, and they have four children – Yonah, Zohar, Yehudah and Roni.


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