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Rachel Bernstein
Rachel Bernstein

Rachel Bernstein is a mortgage broker and a native of San Francisco. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Rachel worked as a development associate for Brandeis Hillel Day School. She has been a loan consultant for the past 10 years specializing in first time home buyers, seasoned home buyers and investment property purchases and refinances.

Rachel met her husband while living in Israel and they have been living in San Francisco for the past 14 years.




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Andy Cheng
Andy Cheng

Andy Cheng has nearly 20 years of marketing, sales and general management experience with industry leading organizations such as Kaplan Inc. a Washington Post Company and Bayer MaterialScience. He is currently on the worldwide product marketing team for Apple, Inc. Andy is the Executive Vice President of Membership for the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association. He has also co–authored a business case study and been a business school guest lecturer. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and his Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Andy converted to Judaism in 2008 and became a Bar Mitzvah in 2012. He and his family are members of Congregation Beth Am, in Los Altos Hills, CA.

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Denise Davis
Denise Davis

Denise Davis, MD is a University of California San Francisco Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Faculty Development at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Center for Excellence in Primary Care and a Fellow of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. Dr.Davis is an educator, mentor, speaker and consultant, coaching medical professionals to improve communication in healthcare. Denise received a 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.

Denise is an involved member of her Conservative synagogue and has served Camp Bechol Lashon both as a Co–Director and as a Torah reader. Denise has extensive experience on the boards of Jewish nonprofit organizations. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter, Aviva Ruth.

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Steve Jill
Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards is a retired Partner of O'Melveny and Myers where he was Co–Chair of the Project Development and Real Estate practice group. He is now a partner with Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips in their Orange County office. Steve has been active in virtually all aspects of the acquisition, sale, exchange, financing, ground leasing, leasing and development of improved and unimproved real estate for both individual and institutional clients.

Lehigh University, B.A., with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1969.
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1973
Root-Tilden Scholar; Law Review (1971-1973)

Steve has been active on the Board of Directors for Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, CA. and is a past President. He has served on the Boards of a variety of charitable organizations including the Orange County Jewish Federation and The Rose Council.

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Jill Edwards
Jill Edwards

Jill Edwards is a retired registered Physical Therapist. During her 20+ years of practice, she developed and created multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs for patients with chronic pain.

Jill has been involved in non–profit organizations all of her adult life. She has served as Board Chair for The Friendship Shelter, The Wellness Community, and Women of Temple Bat Yahm, as well as serving on the Boards of several other non–profit organizations. She is still involved with many of these organizations. She has volunteered for Be'chol Lashon in fund raising efforts for the organization, with emphasis on the Abayudaya Community of Uganda.

Steve and Jill live in Laguna Beach and have 3 adult children and one grandson.

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Nzinga Kone
Nzinga Kone

Nzinga Koné–Miller is a Senior Vice President at M+R, a strategic consulting firm that helps nonprofits build movements, raise money, and create political change. A team and account lead, project manager, and strategist, Nzinga has over a decade of experience helping nonprofits use digital technology to mobilize their supporters. Formerly a member of the trailblazing nonprofit consulting and technology firm Carol/Trevelyan Strategy Group (CTSG), Nzinga has managed digital implementation and devised fundraising and advocacy strategy for a variety of organizations including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, California Academy of Sciences, The Nation magazine, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Studio Art from Williams College.

Nzinga has been active with Be'chol Lashon and the Institute for Jewish and Community research for over 14 years. She is a member of Congregation Beth Sholom, in San Francisco, CA.

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Iris Aluf Medina
Iris Aluf Medina

Iris Aluf Medina is descendent from Spanish Jews who were expelled in 1492 by the Spanish Inquisition and settled in Turkey. Born and raised in Istanbul in a strongly Jewish household, Aluf Medina grew up speaking Ladino at home, Turkish in the world, and English at school.

Having run a successful clothing business in Turkey, Aluf Medina immigrated to the United States where she met and married a fellow Turkish Jew. Together they are raising two sons and visit Turkey every summer.

She is an avid cook.

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Danielle Meshorer
Danielle Meshorer

Danielle Helene Meshorer is the Be'chol Lashon International Director and director of the Abayudaya development project. Danielle has been working with the Institute since June 2003.


Meshorer graduated summa cum laude in anthropology and psychology from the University of Vermont and received an M.A. in international and inter-cultural management from the School for International Training with a concentration on conflict transformation across cultures.


Before coming to the Institute, Danielle worked at the Palestine-Israel Journal in Jerusalem and the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel. She also lived and worked in Cameroon teaching and working on economic development projects. Danielle married Gregg Dessen in June 2007 and are the proud parents of Zoe and Maya.


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Karen Robbins
Karen Robbins

Karen Robbins is a social worker, organizational development and management consultant, working in the non-profit sector since 1969. She served for 20 years with the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, including 7 years as the Executive Director.

As a volunteer, she has worked as a mediator with Marin County Juvenile Probation and has served on and led many organizational boards and committees, including terms as board chair of the Women's Foundation of San Francisco, and chair of the Marin County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission.

She holds a B.S. degree in Social Work from Simmons College and an M.A. in Organizational Development, and is a certified mediator. She is a resident of Mill Valley California.


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Sarah Spencer
Sarah Spencer, LMFT

Sarah Spencer earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her marriage and family therapy practice is focused on adolescent identity development and multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-religious blended families. She also works in schools as a diversity counselor.

Ms Spencer has extensive experience as Jewish eductor. She directed Club 18 at JCCSF for five years, a space for teens to explore and express their identities through a variety of social, educational and leadership activities.

Ms Spencer was raised in San Francisco in a large, blended multicultural family and is raising two “Jewmaican” children with her husband Kirk.

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Amy Tobin
Amy Tobin

Amy Tobin has led and supported nonprofit community, arts, and activist organizations for over 19 years. Her expertise includes organizational development, social entrepreneurship, fund development, inclusive public programs, and community development.

She has produced and curated dozens of visual and performing arts programs, nurturing emerging artists and engaging new audiences.

As the founding Executive Director of the David Brower Center, Amy led the establishment of a welcoming, world–class destination for environmental and social action. The Brower Center, a LEED Platinum rated building in downtown Berkeley, features a gallery and exhibition program, 24,000 square feet of progressive office space, and a thriving conference center for the nonprofit community. As the founding Artistic Director of The Hub at the JCCSF, Amy helped instigate a national conversation about contemporary Jewish identity through the arts.

Amy received the Gerbode Foundation fellowship in 2012 and the Joshua Venture fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs in 2001. During her tenure at the Brower Center, she served on the boards of the Downtown Berkeley Association and the Nonprofit Centers Network. She currently serves on the board of Joshua Venture Group.

A vocalist, musician, and performer, Amy has released two albums and toured nationally with "The Esther Show," a cabaret rock opera and modern interpretation of the biblical Book of Esther.


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Diane Tobin
Diane Tobin

Diane Tobin is the Founder/CEO of Be'chol Lashon (2000) and the author of In Every Tongue: The Racial & Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People (2005). Before co-founding the Institute for Jewish & Community Research with Dr. Gary Tobin z'l (1994), a think tank providing innovative research and pragmatic policy analysis, Ms. Tobin specialized in publishing, corporate identity and marketing (1984-1994). She has served as a community leader including president of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (1986-1989). Diane Tobin is the mother of six children, including an adopted African American son.





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