473K: A Belonging Experience

May 04, 2021 to May 06, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


At the 473K Belonging Experience, we will co-create a new vision of Bay Area Jewish communities where everyone in our diverse population can find belonging during this time of crisis and beyond.

There are 473,000 people living in Bay Area Jewish households representing a rich diversity of abilities and ethnic, religious, racial, gender, and sexual identities. Yet very few of our 473K feel a meaningful connection to a Jewish community. 

Join hundreds of leaders of all kinds from across our Jewish landscape to explore how we can create more just and equitable Jewish communities – especially as we emerge from this year of collective trauma. A third morning of immersive small group “design studios” on May 6 will offer those who want a deeper dive and a chance to create resources to benefit the whole community. Learn more about the Federation's Culture of Belonging work and last year's 473K conference here.

Read about our commitment to diversity.

Who belongs at 473K?
Anyone who wants to cultivate vibrant, inclusive, and resilient Jewish communities in the Bay Area. We encourage people to bring all of their diverse identities which may include: volunteer and professional leaders of Jewish organizations, emerging Jewish networks and groups; funders and donors; social entrepreneurs; Jews of Color, LGBTQ+, diverse ethnic and religious identities, different abilities, Jewish and non-Jewish.

How is 473K different from other conferences?
As we have all learned this year, it's harder to connect with each other through a screen. Although we will gather virtually, we will do so in a variety of formats that will enable us to learn, co-create and interact with one another in meaningful ways. Every session will include small group interactions, will be built around conversations, not presentations or speakers, and will model belonging practices as we learn about belonging.

View our Guideposts for 473K Conversations.

Review the schedule of events for each day, as well as Roundtable and Design Studio descriptions and speaker biographies.


May 4 & 5, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Everyone Belongs Gathering – short opening and closing plenary sessions; moderated conversations and reflection
  • Roundtables – facilitated generative conversations about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging challenges in Jewish communities
  • Affinity Group Spaces – facilitated drop-in rooms for identity-based affinity groups

► Register for the Design Studios

May 6, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Design Studios expand the tools and knowledge of the entire community by bringing together small (and mighty) groups of diverse individuals to design practical resources to enhance belonging in Jewish life. From building inclusive rituals to putting belonging back on your board, each Design Studio is an immersive workshop for people who have particular experience with the topic and can actively co-create a tool or resource for use by the broader community.

Panelists and Facilitators:

  • Bezawit Abebe, Be’chol Lashon
  • Joel Abramovitz, The Kitchen
  • Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Be'chol Lashon
  • Angel Alvarez-Mapp, Jews of Color Initiative
  • Tova Birnbaum, Oshman Family JCC
  • Rafael Brinner, The Federation 
  • Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael, Keshet
  • Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Sha'ar Zahav
  • Kimberly Duenas, Jewtina Y Co.
  • Liat Ellert, Israel Association of Community Centers
  • Jada Garrett, Be'chol Lashon
  • Kiyomi Gelber, Camp Tawonga
  • Danny Grossman, The Federation 
  • Sasha Hippard, Urban Adamah
  • Kenny Kahn, Be'chol Lashon
  • Rabbi Andy Kastner, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston
  • Maya Katz-Ali, OneTable
  • Natasha Kehimkar, Malida Advisors
  • Aliza Kline, OneTable
  • Sarah Levin, JIMENA
  • Annie-Rose London, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
  • Analucia Lopezrevoredo, Jewtina y Co. and Bend the Arc
  • Jenni Mangel, Jewish LearningWorks
  • Leah Marquis, The Federation 
  • Arya Marvazy, KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad
  • Rabbi Jackie Mates-Muchin, Temple Sinai
  • Danielle Meshorer, The Federation 
  • Rabbi Jessica Minnen, OneTable
  • Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Camp Ramah
  • Lindsey Newman, Be'chol Lashon
  • Gamal Palmer, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
  • Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, Congregation Emanu-El
  • Randi Reed, Keshet
  • Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein, Jewish Federations of North America
  • Rabbi Laura Rumpf, Peninsula Temple Beth El and 18 Doors
  • Jackie Shelton-Miller, Community Leader
  • Elana Schuldt, Rodan Family Foundation
  • Leah Shapiro, Congregation Emanu-El
  • Maia Tchetchik Sharir, Consultant
  • Dona Standel, The Federation 
  • Sapir Taib, JIMENA
  • Dasha Tass, Cultural Brigade, Israel
  • Danit Trau, The Federation 
  • Dubbs Weinblatt, Keshet
  • Adam Weisberg, Urban Adamah
  • Marcella White-Campbell, Be'chol Lashon


473K: A Belonging Experience is presented by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund in partnership with Be'chol Lashon, Bend the ArcJews of Color Initiative, Jewtina y Co., JIMENAKeshet, OneTable and the 473K Community.

Any organization may be listed as a member of the 473K Community if they care about creating belonging for our diverse Jewish population, want to be publicly connected to the event, plan to have folks attend, and are willing to get the word out to their constituents once we open registration. Please contact Sandra Ramirez-Noguchi to add your organization to the list!

473K Community


473K Planning Team:

Joel Abramovitz, The Kitchen
Rachel Barton, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
Sam Goldman, Burning Man; Board member, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
Eliezah Hoffman, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
Maya Katz-Ali, OneTable
Lindsey Newman, Be’chol Lashon
Gamal Palmer, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Lauren Schlezinger, Consultant
Jackie Shelton-Miller, Community Leader
Wendy Verba, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
Jo-Ellen Pozner Zeitlin, Board President, Oakland Hebrew Day School


Julie Golde, Consultant
Danielle Meshorer, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
Maia Tchetchik Sharir, Consultant


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