FED Talks: February - Countering Antisemitism

February 22, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


We’re leading a dialogue between fundholders, partners, and donors on how to create a positive impact in our communities through Jewish-driven philanthropy. Each monthly session addresses a timely and relevant theme based on the interests of our community and features experts in the field and organizations working to advance change.

February: Countering Antisemitism

Across the United States, Jewish communities have been grappling with alarming levels of antisemitism in recent years: in schools and universities, on social media, in workplaces, and in the public square. The rising tide of hate speech, particularly online, has left many members of the Jewish community feeling scared, isolated, and even unsafe.  

What can we do about this troubling trend? How can we help the next generation understand our collective histories and create a future free from antisemitism? Join us to discuss the Jewish community’s ongoing efforts to counter antisemitism in the Bay Area, around the country, and online.

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Interests: Meetings, Virtual
Organized By: 
The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Mary Hanley
Tal-Or Cohen Montemayor, Founder and Executive Director, CyberWell
Tal-Or Cohen Montemayor, Adv., is the founder and Executive Director of CyberWell - the first ever open database dedicated to fighting online antisemitism. Tal-Or is an expert in digital social platforms, hate speech and extremism. She focuses on online antisemitism and social media hate speech policies, alongside hate crime reporting and legislation. Leveraging the latest methodologies and technologies in big data management, machine learning and lexicon development, Mrs. Cohen Montemayor has led a variety of open-source intelligence research projects, providing analysis and consulting services to the Institute of National Security Studies, the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and the Jewish Agency.

A Reichman University (IDC Herzliya) magna cum laude graduate of Government and Law and a member of the Israeli Bar, prior to launching CyberWell, Tal-Or worked in the business and web intelligence space at a boutique consulting firm in Tel Aviv. Tal-Or is a proud American olah, who moved to Israel from Maryland at the age of 18 to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces as a lone soldier.
Brian Fong, California Program Director, Facing History and Ourselves
Brian Fong is the Program Director for the California regional office of Facing History and Ourselves. Brian supports educators and school districts in developing inclusive, equitable student-centered learning environments through the study of literature and history. Brian has taught middle and high school social studies and humanities since 2003. He served as a lecturer and Director of the Teacher Education Program for Social Studies Pre-service teachers at Brown University. He is a certified K-12 administrator and is a National Board Certified Social Studies Teacher.
Tyler Gregory, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Bay Area
Tyler (Tye) Gregory serves as the CEO of JCRC Bay Area (Jewish Community Relations Council), the largest collective voice of Bay Area Jews, pursuing a just world where Jewish identity is embraced and all people can thrive. Since Tye’s arrival at the beginning of a pandemic that has seen a marked rise in hate against minorities, JCRC has mobilized Jewish communities and our neighbors to combat antisemitism and anti-Asian and anti-Black racism. Under his leadership, JCRC has also become a leading Jewish organization ensuring fair and inclusive ethnic studies curricula in California public schools. Previously, Tye served as executive director of A Wider Bridge, the LGBTQ organization advancing equality in Israel through international support and cooperation. During his six years with A Wider Bridge, the organization grew from a Bay Area startup to a leading national LGBTQ Jewish organization. Tye also spent several years working for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in San Francisco. He is a proud graduate of UC Davis, and a native of San Diego.
Moderator: Natasha Kehimkar, Chief Executive Officer, Malida Advisors
Natasha Kehimkar is CEO of Malida Advisors, a boutique people & talent firm. Together with her team, Natasha helps clients remove internal friction and build organizational resilience, so they can meet and exceed their goals. She brings over two decades of experience leading global human resources, talent acquisition, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in multiple industries. Natasha is a board member and advisor to private companies and nonprofit organizations, and she currently serves as a Board member with JCF, JCRC, and Camp Newman. She holds a BA in Sociology, a Master's degree in HR and Labor Relations, and she is an accredited executive coach and team coach. Natasha is a Canadian-born Indian Jew married to a Chinese-Hawaiian Jew by choice. They live on the Peninsula with their two Korean-Jewish children and a puppy named Roti.