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First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service with Rabbi Pearce (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service with Rabbi Pearce (Main)
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service with Rabbi Pearce (Main)
Senior Rabbi, Emeritus Stephen S. Pearce will deliver this evening's sermon. 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 12-1-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 12-1-17
Dec 1 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Thai food will be provided.Adult Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Dec 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Dec 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Erica Assang 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Erica Assang
Dec 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Sara Atkins 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Sara Atkins
Dec 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Cole Valley/Pac Hts. Havdalah 2017 6:30 pm
Cole Valley/Pac Hts. Havdalah 2017
Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cole Valley/Pac Heights Neighborhood Havdalah on Saturday, December 2 at 6:30 PM. "Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it," says the fourth of ten commandments. And Emanu-El in your Neighborhood plans to do just that as … Continued
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Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS) 9:30 am
Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS)
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Emanu-El’s 168th Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS)Give your input on some of the opportunities and challenges we face as a Jewish community at Emanu-El, and about how we can improve our temple home. Our town … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Dec 5 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2017 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2017
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join the Tribe for Men at our annual Chanukah Night Out. We will be eating pizza, playing poker, and giving gelt. And no, we didn’t forget about the onsite Bourbon! After registration, you will receive an email with … Continued
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Brown Bag December 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag December 2017
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions. Noon – 1:00 pm.This time Senior … Continued
Limonata and Learning, December 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, December 2017
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – December 7, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 7, 2017
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
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Men’s Group – December 10th , 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – December 10th , 2017
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - December 10th , 2017
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community. This … Continued
Advancing the Cause: Prager vs Elsner 3:00 pm
Advancing the Cause: Prager vs Elsner
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Advancing The Cause: The Left And Right Visions For American Jewry And IsraelDennis Prager in debate with Alan Elsner of J Street December 10, 3:00 – 5:00 pmPolitical polarization in the US has also spread … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
It’s a Doc’s Lab Chanukah Happy Hour! 5:30 pm
It’s a Doc’s Lab Chanukah Happy Hour!
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
It's a Doc's Lab Chanukah Happy Hour!
It's a Doc's Lab Chanukah!No kids at home? Join us for some Chanukah fun! Let’s rekindle the days of the Barbary Coast & the Gold Rush as we step into living history. Boomers are invited … Continued
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – December 14, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 14, 2017
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
Chanukah Pop Up Menorah Lighting (Marin) 6:00 pm
Chanukah Pop Up Menorah Lighting (Marin)
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Marin Chanukah Lighting 6:00 pm
Marin Chanukah Lighting
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join in with us as celebrate with music, singing, candle lighting, & treats. We will gather by the elephant fountain inside the south end of the mall, near the inside-mall entrance to Barnes and Noble.
Noe Valley Chanukah Lighting 6:00 pm
Noe Valley Chanukah Lighting
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
New Location: Noe Valley Town Square – On the south side of 24th street between Sanchez and Vicksburg streets.   We will have a large menorah, music and treats. All are welcome! 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Chanukah Party for Mishpacha families 5:00 pm
Chanukah Party for Mishpacha families
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Chanukah Party for Mishpacha families at Emanu-El  5:00-6:00 PM  Join us for a special Chanukah-themed gathering at Congregation Emanu-El. There will be festive activities and snacks appropriate for your little ones. After the party, we invite you to stay for the 6:00 PM One Shabbat service and the dinner (pre-registration required) and magic show … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-15-17 7:15 pm
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-15-17
Dec 15 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
After our One Shabbat Chanukah Service, we will be having a beautiful dinner with latkes, dreidels, and fun, followed by a magic show led by Brian Scott for the whole family in Guild Hall. Registration … Continued
YA: 4th Crazy Night Chanukah Party with SHAMATi! 8:30 pm
YA: 4th Crazy Night Chanukah Party with SHAMATi!
Dec 15 @ 8:30 pm – Dec 16 @ 2:00 am
Join us for our fourth annual ‘crazy’ night of Chanukah at Brick and Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission Street), where local Bay Area favorites SHAMATi (https://www.shamatimusic.com/) will be playing the night away! Come schmooze with Bay Area Jews, … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Dec 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
THE Book Club – December 2017 6:30 pm
THE Book Club – December 2017
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join this month's The Book Club with special guest Rabbi Jason Rodich! We will study the real story of Chanukah!Tuesday, December 19Hosted in a private home in San Francisco. Address provided upon registration. Congregant Cost: $10.00; … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
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Young Adult Leadership Committee

Young Adult Leadership Committee

We host over a hundred events every year. How do we do it? Who comes up with all the ideas? The answer is the Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC). These dedicated young adult volunteer congregation members are the brains and brawn behind our programs and events. They comprise a sample of our Young Adult Community: they’re in their 20s and 30s, and they’re awesome!

Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC)

Aaron Bellings

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Aaron Bellings

Aaron is a San Francisco native, and passionate about all things San Francisco! Growing up just a few blocks from Temple Emanu-El, he used to attend summer school and various activities at the congregation. His family relocated to the North Bay at the age of 10, but Aaron’s love of Emanu-El and his Jewish heritage remained. Aaron had a Bar Mitzvah Jerusalem at the age of 13, and has continued to attend High Holy Day services at Emanu-El for years. After receiving his BS in Finance at Santa Clara University, he moved back to San Francisco and enjoys a career in residential real estate with his brother Michael. After moving back, Aaron discovered the various YAC programs that Emau-El had to offer, and was impressed to see how the programs have grown. After a year of attending events, he couldn’t wait to get involved! His first event was a home buyer seminar with a fellow YALC member, which was received very successfully, and is looking forward to contributing to the calendar of fun and original events that Emanu-El’s Young Adult Leadership Committee has to offer.

Jonathan Bloom

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Jonathan Bloom

Jonathan Bloom first attended Temple Emanu-El’s Late Shabbat in 2008, and was instantly hooked. After years of following his television news career through the small and largely Christian towns of Middle America, finding Emanu-El’s vibrant and growing Young Adult Community was like finally coming home. It was the happy end to the first chapter of an exciting Jewish journey that continues to unfold here in San Francisco. A Temple member since late 2008, Jonathan has performed comedic roles in the Purim Follies since 2010, and has been a fixture at other Jewish social events, often as a volunteer bartender and unofficial event photographer. In 2012, after a career move that ended many years of working evenings and weekends, Jonathan took a long-awaited step and joined the Young Adult Leadership Committee, hoping to help shape this dynamic and one-of-a-kind community for his peers and the generations that follow. Jonathan can be found skiing the slopes of Lake Tahoe during the winter, cheering on the San Francisco Giants by summer, and performing pop-up concerts with the a cappella group Scales Of The City when you least expect it. Jonathan can also be seen most weekday evenings on ABC 7, reporting on the tech world’s latest innovations, and the great Bay Area minds that create them.

Rachel Bycer

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Rachel Bycer

Rachel is a native of Syracuse, NY, but a Californian at heart. After graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago and studying abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she ditched her snow boots for flip flops and spent five years happily soaking up the sunshine in San Diego. She previously worked as an AmeriCorps Fellow, a Teach For America Corps Member, and an Educational Director at the Anti-Defamation League. Currently, she is pursuing her passion for education and social justice as a ninth-grade English teacher at Woodside High School and teaches at the Temple Emanu-El Religious School. She is so excited to be on YALC and looks forward to meeting you out in the community!

Amy Curcio

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Amy Curcio

Amy grew up in New York and moved to the Bay Area in 2013. She currently works on autonomous systems in the tech industry. She also loves to cook and host dinners, travel, and explore SF in her free time.

Aaron Hattenbach

Co-Chair
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Aaron Hattenbach

Co-Chair

Aaron grew up in Santa Monica, CA (Go Dodgers!), but his best friends will admit that he’s a NorCal convert and loving everything the Bay has to offer.  He earned a BA in Political Science and Business from Brandeis University where he was Captain of the Varsity Golf Team.  After graduating in 2009, Aaron moved back to Los Angeles and worked in Private Banking/Wealth Management as an investment advisor for several firms before taking the summer of 2014 off to backpack around Europe with a dear friend from High School.  It was during this life changing trip that he decided to take the leap of faith and accept a position with a successful Fintech company in San Francisco.

After attending several Late Shabbat’s earlier this year, Aaron felt an immediate connection with congregants and members of the YALC board that are now some of his closest friends in the city.  Aaron joined YALC in August 2016 after putting on an event at the Ping Pong Club, Spin SF and is very excited to work with the YALC leadership team in planning future events! He enjoys playing golf, travelling the world and learning new songs on his Ibanez AC-240 acoustic guitar.

David Kielsmeier

Phillip Klugman

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Phillip Klugman

Phillip grew up in Central California’s Salinas Valley, where he was a member of Temple Beth El. Phillip left the golden state and traveled to New York for college, where he attended NYU and immersed himself in the strong Jewish community of New York. This led him to join NYU’s Jewish Heritage Program and participate in numerous events at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. As part of this great Jewish community, Phillip traveled to Israel for the first time on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, where he further connected to his Jewish roots and discovered his insatiable love of hummus. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from NYU, Phillip returned to his home state of California where he now works as a brand builder and communications expert, helping brilliant people and companies achieve their communication goals. He joined YALC in 2013 to continue building his strong Jewish identity and to be a part of the great Jewish Community at Congregation Emanu-El.

Wendi Kruger

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Wendi Kruger

Wendi recently moved to the Bay Area in July 2015 is thrilled to be a part of the Emanu-El community. She immediately joined the congregation, after returning from Congregation Emanu-El’s Summer Camp in 2015.  Back in New York, Wendi was also active within the Jewish community. After a memorable and inspiring trip to Israel with the Jewish Enrichment Center-Birthright  Israel Next, she established a team of beginner triathletes within the Jewish community to participate in the NYC Triathlon, while fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her goal is to bring that passion to our young adult community. Wendi is a third grade teacher at a private school in Portola. Her hobbies include triathlons, cycling, hiking, and running.  Wendi joined YALC in February 2016 and is looking forward to her new role!

Allie O'Leary

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Allie O'Leary

Allie joined Emanu-El after moving back to California in 2012 and wanting to get connected to the Jewish community in San Francisco. Allie grew up attending a Reconstructionist synagogue in Orange County. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then ventured into the political world working on the 2008 Obama campaign and moving to Washington, DC. After dabbling in politics, Allie decided to pursue a passion for public health and got her Masters in Public Health from George Washington University. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in public health and works at UCSF in adolescent health. Allie joined YALC in June 2013 after attending many late night shabbats and other YALC sponsored activities in the city. Her family hails from San Francisco and she grew up attending Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s and family reunions at Emanu-El. Allie is an expert people watcher, a dog enthusiast, an avid reader and experimental crafter.

Blake Premer

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Blake Premer

Blake is a connector and takes immense joy helping foster meaningful relationships!

He grew up in Miami and went to college in Washington DC. It’s fair to say he fully lived the D.C. life! Interning at the Democratic National Committee and working in the nonprofit field for 5 years. Eventually, it was time for tech, which led him to the Bay working on creating the next generation of smart homes.

With regards to Judaism, Birthright was the powerful experience that brought a deep connection with his Jewish roots. After attending a late shabbat at Temple Emanu-El that same sense of pride of our people was rekindled. He knew he had to be involved.

A world class culture creator, Blake continues to lead and recommend culture building activities to one of the world largest companies, Samsung. Blake sees the immense value of strength in unity and shared values of compassion, love, and respect. He cannot wait to meet you!

Adam Riley

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Adam Riley

Adam recently moved to San Francisco in December, 2015. He began coming to Late Shabbat at Congregation Emanu-El and felt inspired by the warmth and openness of the community, so he joined YALC to get more involved. Adam grew up in Boulder Colorado as a Reform Jew and moved to Connecticut in high school. He studied Manufacturing Engineering at Boston University and then moved to Orange County, CA.

Adam has also volunteered on the young professional boards of the Jewish Federations of Orange County and Los Angeles. He helped start the Orange County Moishe House in 2009. In 2010, Adam lived in Israel for 6 months, working for a software company and volunteering at a high school teaching English. After leaving Israel, he explored Europe, and ended up working at 3 wineries in Spain and France. Adam loves hosting Shabbat dinners and leading wine tasting events.

Sarah Rothenberg

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Sarah Rothenberg

Sarah is thrilled be joining YALC and grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with such a strong team of professionals in the community. Sarah grew up in Massachusetts and moved to San Francisco in 2013 for a start-up job in Education-Technology. A passionate educator and former tech camp director, Sarah is always looking for new ways to engage learners and foster the love of learning in children and adults. As a life-long learner herself, Sarah spends her time outside of the classroom writing, biking, hiking, running, playing tennis and in the dance studio. Sarah is also a certified children’s yoga instructor and loves getting to share her practice with little ones.

Misha Safyan

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Misha Safyan

Misha is a native San Franciscan that grew up in the Sunset and graduated from Lowell High School. He studied Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, after which he earned a Master’s degree at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. His professional career started at NASA Ames working on small satellite technologies, and he currently works at Planet Labs launching satellites into space to help humanity better understand our planet. Misha joined YALC in May 2017 and is honored and delighted to serve on the committee.

Cara Walden

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Cara Walden

While Cara was raised in New Jersey she always had a sense for adventure and knew she wanted to travel the world.  Having always had a passion for international service, after graduating from Hobart and William Smith colleges in 2011 she made plans to travel abroad. In addition to being a Peace Corps and AmeriCorps alum, she has lived and worked in seven countries where she facilitated and oversaw community development and outreach. On returning to the United States she moved to Portland, Oregon where she received a masters in International Development and Service from Concordia University. Having fell in love with the west coast, upon graduation, she moved to the bay area in 2016. Throughout her time abroad she always was able to find a jewish community to welcome her in, so when she moved to San Francisco she knew she wanted to help facilitate and strengthen the community here. As soon as she attended her first Late Shabbat at Congregation Emanu-El she was inspired by the friendliness and compassion if everyone she met and knew she had found something she wanted to be a part of. She is so excited to be on YALC and looks forward to meeting you out in the community!

Anna Weinstein

Co-chair
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Anna Weinstein

Co-chair

Anna was born in the Ukraine and grew up on the Peninsula. During her college years at UC Berkeley, Anna worked at Hillel and was a co-founder and president of the Jewish Business Association.

After receiving her BS in Business Administration, Anna lived in the East Bay and worked in financial services, helping thousands of clients obtain residential mortgage financing and educating first time homebuyers. In 2014, Anna moved to San Francisco and discovered the welcoming, warm community and interesting programming at Emanu-El. Anna currently works as an Operations Manager at a leading FinTech start up in San Francisco and enjoys spending her spare time exploring San Francisco, working out, cooking, and planning/attending Emanu El events.

After a few years of attending events, Anna joined the 2016 Young Adult Summer Camp Committee and loved planning camp. Anna became a YALC member in late 2016 and is excited to plan fun, enriching events and getting to know members of our thriving young adult community.

Aaron Weisinger

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Aaron Weisinger

Aaron Weisinger has been an Emanu El congregant for the past five years along with his wife Erica. He lives close to the temple and has been on the YALC since 2014. Aaron grew up in Danville and attended UCSB for his undergraduate degree before obtaining his MBA at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. He enjoys spending weekends in Tahoe where he enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, fishing and relaxing.

Tal Yeshanov

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Tal Yeshanov

Tal was born in Israel and grew up in Cupertino, CA. She became very involved in Jewish life in high school as an active participant in the Israeli Scouts and BBYO. She attended U.C. Berkeley where she continued immersing herself in Jewish life. She served as the Vice President of Programming of the Jewish Student Union at Hillel and the co-founder and president of the Jewish Business Association. After graduating Tal moved to San Francisco and worked in finance analyzing mutual funds. Her finance career was put on hold when the economy collapsed in 2008 so she went backpacking across South America for 6 months. While travelling she was able to further strengthen her connection to Israel as she had the opportunity to meet many fellow Israeli travelers (post army travel is very common in Israel and many young adults travel to South America after their service). Tal returned to San Francisco with a strong connection to Israel and instantly became involved in the Jewish and Israeli scene. She loves planning and attending Young Adult events.

Alina Jordan

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Alina Jordan

Alina was born in St. Petersburg Russia and immigrated to Boston when she was five years old. She became very involved with Hillel at the University of Rhode Island where she studied International Business and Spanish. The opportunities that Alina was granted through her involvement in Hillel sparked her passion for the Jewish community, leadership, and travel. After graduation is when Alina’s real adventures began. She spent a year teaching English in Spain and then four years in Chicago. Although Alina loved the windy city, after surviving the Polar Vortex, she decided to chase the sunshine and moved to San Francisco (where she learned there was more fog than Sunshine but she still loves it).

Alina works as a commercial real estate broker, and in her spare time enjoys meeting new people, exploring all the CA has to offer, creating art, and being involved in the community. She is extremely excited to be part of YALC and to help plan great events for the community.