473K: A Belonging Experience

We all yearn for connection and a sense that we matter

Registration is Full!

Interest in 473K has been so robust, registration is closed and we have started a waiting list. If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible (by emailing Sadie Simon) so we can free up your spot. All cancellations before February 6 will receive a full refund.

473,000 people live in Jewish households in the Bay Area—the fourth largest Jewish community in the U.S., according to the 2018 Portrait of Jewish Life and Communities. We are Black, Asian, Latinx, White and mixed race; Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrachi, and Ethiopian. We are from Israel, Russia, Morocco and around the world. We are LGBTQ and straight; Jews and non-Jews. And although we identify in different ways, we long to belong.

That's what we'll explore at 473K: A Belonging Experience. This event is a day of hands-on communal learning to help us grow our Jewish communities through mindsets and practices that build belonging. You will leave empowered with tools, knowledge, and partnerships to help many more people find their place in Jewish spaces.

Belonging means that everyone is seen, heard and valued for their unique gifts and identities. It's about building trust and connection among members of a community, embracing differences and opening hearts. It’s stretching our communities beyond being welcoming and creating the structures needed to include more Jewish people in the Bay Area.

The event includes light breakfast, lunch, and snacks - Kosher dietary laws observed.

Who should attend?
People who work or volunteer within established and/or new Jewish organizations. This may include clergy, Jewish professionals, volunteer leaders, social entrepreneurs, and funders. Our recommendation is to send 2-3 people from one organization that will return more informed on how to connect more people to Jewish life and implement fresh ideas within their own institutions and programs. We encourage participants who reflect the wide diversity within our community including Jews of Color, LBGTQ leaders, young adults, and those representing the multiple identities of our 473K.

Program Agenda:

Arrival and Welcome
9:30 -10:00 am

Check-in, enjoy light refreshments and meet fellow 473K participants. The 473K welcome team will be here to greet you. Participants will be invited in advance to join small learning groups to facilitate connection with their peers at the conference.

Presenters are listed under each session title.

The Power of Belonging for 473K
10:00 -11:45 am    

Experience the why, what and wow of belonging in small learning groups:

  • Hear and share stories of belonging and exclusion in Jewish places
  • Learn belonging principles to create meaningful Jewish connection for all
  • Explore intersections of belonging with diversity, equity and inclusion

Wendy Verba, Managing Director of Community Impact, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Lindsey Newman, Director of Community Engagement, Be’chol Lashon
Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav

11:45 am -12:45 pm        

Fuel up with delicious Jewish cuisine from Epic Bites reflecting the diversity of our 473K. Certified Vaad Hakasharuth of Northern California, with vegan and gluten-free options. Catch up with people you know, take some quiet time, or join an open lunch circle in the auditorium where you will be instantly included.

Breakout Sessions – Putting Belonging Principles into Practice
12:45 - 2:30 pm            

Bring your belonging challenges, re-design existing activities, or create something new.

1. Jewish Connection in an Age of Loneliness

Rabbi Eric Weiss, President & CEO, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
Kyla Sokoll-Ward, speaker, facilitator and Moishe House resident
Wendy Verba, Managing Director, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

2. Building Racially Diverse Communities

Gamal Palmer, Senior VP Leadership Development, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Lindsey Newman, Director of Community Engagement, Be’chol Lashon

3. A Fresh Start: Giving Programs and Events a Belonging Makeover

Maia Tchetchik, Organizational Development Consultant
Joel Abramovitz, Senior Family Educator, The Kitchen
Liat Ellert, Director of Joint Ventures, Israel Association of Community Centers

4. Physical Spaces that Promote Belonging

Michelle Tandowsky, Board Chair, URJ Camp Newman
Jan Reicher, Executive Director, Byer Square at San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living
Lauren Schlezinger, 473K Planning Team Lead

 5. Bonded Groups: Building Blocks of Belonging

Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman, Chief Officer for Community Building, Israeli Association of Community Centers
Julie Golde, Culture of Belonging Consultant

6. Healing Rifts and Bridging Divides: Lessons from Israel and the Bay Area

Barak Loozon, Director, Israel Office, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Rachel Barton, Director of Engagement, Israel & Global, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Closing Session
2:45-3:30 pm           

Re-connect with your small groups, share something you learned, get inspired and make plans for continued learning and experimentation through post-event educational opportunities, tools, and community.

473K: A Belonging Experience is presented by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund in partnership with Be'chol Lashon and the Israeli Association of Community Centerswith support from the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, JIMENA, and Keshet.


473K Planning Team 

Joel Abramovitz
Joey Blatt
Ari Eisen
Julie Golde
Zelig Golden
Danielle Meshorer
Lindsey Newman
Lisa Pavlovsky
Lauren Schlezinger
Maia Tchetchik
Wendy Verba
Andrea Zussman 

473K Host Committee

Carol Booth
Beth Cousens
Leah Filloy
Kimberley Greenberg
Nicole Hakimi
Janet Harris
Ayelet Krieger
Stephanie Levin
Jan Reicher
Tali Ronen
Jackie Shelton-Miller
Sadie Simon
Kyla Sokol-Ward
Michelle Tandowsky
Diane Tobin
Danit Trau
Sarah Waxman
Rabbi Eric Weiss
Karen Wisialowski
Rabbi Bridget Wynne


February 13, 2020
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Commonwealth Club,
110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
San Francisco
$75.00 (Cost should not be a barrier. If this creates a financial hardship, contact SadieS@sfjcf.org)


Organized By: 
The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Sandra Ramirez-Noguchi