Alight 100: One hundred days of giving back is an intensive, 100-day awareness and fundraising campaign, running December 4, 2014 – March 15, 2015. Our goal is to generate awareness and enthusiasm about our work, and to raise $1.5 million.

We invite you to follow our progress and learn more about how Federation and Foundation are impacting our community through Learning, Caring, Culture, Israel, and Giving Back.

Click here to watch a short video about Alight 100.

Our Stories

FAMILIES NEVER HAVE ENOUGH TIME

Meet Liora Brosbe, Youth & Family Concierge

“I am both a match-maker, and a provider of resources. I help Jewish families find the best ways to connect to their community”

The Youth and Family Concierge: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight learning in our community.

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LIGHTING UP MY LIFE

Meet Elizabeth W., Holocaust Survivor

I am a Holocaust survivor who is nearing 80 years of age, and I live by myself. I have few people to call on for emotional or financial support. My social security income is barely enough to pay for my rent, a doctor’s co-pay and some food. When I came down with a severe case of shingles last year, I really didn’t know how I could pay for my medications and as well as the attendant I needed to help me regain my health.

Holocaust Survivor Services: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight caring in our community.

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OUR FUND HELPS US SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY

Meet Karen & James Holtz, Donor-Advised Fund Holders

Israel and the local Jewish community are very important to us. We established a Donor Advised Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay a couple of years ago, and now we manage all of our charitable giving to Jewish organizations through the Foundation.

Donor-Advised Funds at The Jewish Community Foundation: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight giving back in our community.

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EDUCATORS’ ISRAEL SEMINAR

Meet Molly Shapiro, local youth educator

“As the Director of Youth, Community and Connection at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, I was honored to participate in Federation’s Educators’ Israel Seminar last summer. I joined together with four of my colleagues from East Bay congregational schools for this fully subsidized ten-day trip to Israel.”

The Educators’ Israel Seminar: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight Israel in our community.

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REVOLUTIONARY CONVERSATIONS: IDEAS OF LATE

Meet Dan Schifrin, Ideas of Late Producer

“I’m honored to be working with Federation to curate public conversations that explore how scholars, artists, musicians, farmers, educators and others are creating the New Jewish Thing right in front of our eyes.”

Federation’s Ideas of Late conversation series: just one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight culture in our community.

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GROWING THROUGH OUR STORIES

Meet the Threshers,
a PJ Library® family

“Hi, I’m Nicole Thresher. My family lives in Alameda, and we are members of Temple Israel. Our children are 3 and 5 years old. We have been receiving PJ Library books for more than two years.”

Helping Jewish families grow together through the PJ Library: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight learning in our community.

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SAFELY ARRIVED

Meet Aza Grigorenko, Ukrainian refugee

“On behalf of the thousands of Jews caught up in the Ukraine crisis, I say спасибі (thank you)! You are carrying out the mitzvah of caring for the sick and saving lives. You are making a difference in my life.”

Providing humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight caring in our community.

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ENGAGED IN LEARNING

Meet Rena Dorph, Edah co-founder

“As a founder of Edah in Berkeley, I led a grassroots effort to design a new model for after-school Jewish education. We founded Edah on the belief that every child in our community needs access to meaningful, joyful, and affordable Jewish learning experiences. Federation played a pivotal role in Edah’s development, and provides on-going financial support and consultation.”

Providing support to innovative Jewish afterschool programs for children:: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight learning in our community.

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SUPPORTING ISRAEL: AT TIMES OF CRISIS AND OPPORTUNITY

Meet Zohar Avigdori, one of 1,200 in the Dror Israel Movement

Federation provides support to the 1,200 educators living on Dror Israel kibbutzim. Last summer, you helped us address the pressing humanitarian needs caused by the war with Gaza.

When rockets from Gaza rained down on Israel, and tens of thousands of Israelis found themselves running to bomb shelters, we were able to jump into immediate action to support our most vulnerable populations — children, the elderly, and people with physical disabilities.

Providing support to Israel in times of crisis and times of opportunity: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight Israel in our community.

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EXPANDING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION TOOLKIT

Meet Ruth Petersen Shorer, a leader in early childhood education

I’m Ruth Petersen Shorer. I am the Director of Early Childhood Education for the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay. When a parent first learns that their child has special educational needs, it can be frightening and overwhelming. Federation provides funding to help us improve the quality of life for the many families in our school.

Providing support for special needs education: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight learning in our community.

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SUSTAINING OUR TEMPLE THROUGH LEGACY GIVING

Meet Maynard Lichterman, Temple Isaiah Past President and Endowment Committee Co-Chair

Temple Isaiah is a home and a community for us and our 900 congregational families. Costs are continually rising, and our members meet the increased need with generous donations. Realizing that we can not continue to meet the needs of the congregation though annual giving alone, we established an endowment fund with The Jewish Community Foundation and incorporated legacy giving into our fundraising strategies to secure the future of the congregation.

Encouraging Jewish organizations to thrive through legacy giving: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight giving back in our community.

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FEEDING CONNECTION: JCC KOSHER LUNCH

Meet Jerry Weintraub, JCC member and volunteer

I’m Jerry Weintraub. I’m 76 years-old and have lived in Berkeley for 41 years. Since I retired 12 years ago, I have been an active volunteer and member at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay. For me and many other attendees, the JCC’s Kosher Lunch is a focal point in our week and a chance for lively conversation, laughter, good food, and friendship.

Feeding connections for older adults: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight caring in our community.

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BUILDING JEWISH COMMUNITY: ONE FILM AT A TIME

Meet Claire V., a Film Festival Committee Member

As a Jewish woman in her 30’s from Istanbul, Turkey, I was drawn to Federation’s East Bay International Jewish Film Festival because I grew up watching movies from many different countries and couldn’t easily find them at my local Contra Costa theatres. I missed the global perspective that international films provided me as I grew up.

Bringing international films to local audiences: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight culture in our community.

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TEENS COMMITTING TO LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE

Meet Judith Silverberg-Rajna, an East Bay Jewish Teen Leader

I am Judith Silverberg-Rajna, and I am proud to serve on the Leadership Council of this year’s East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation. After my first year on the Council, I knew I wanted to be apart of this amazing program again and take on a bigger role.

Encouraging teens to become leaders and future philanthropists: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight giving back in our community.

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JAMMING WITH DROR ISRAEL

Meet Yossi Melman, Israeli teen

I am Judith Silverberg-Rajna, and I am proud to serve on the Leadership Council of this year’s East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation. After my first year on the Council, I knew I wanted to be apart of this amazing program again and take on a bigger role.

Encouraging teens to become leaders and future philanthropists: one of a hundred ways Federation is helping to alight giving back in our community.

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