Israeli Gvanim Participants Visit San FranciscoMay 21, 2012
The Bay Area Jewish community is among the most diverse in the country. As a region of innovators and entrepreneurs, it makes sense that our community offers so many doorways into Jewish life. It also makes sense that JCF would be the driving force behind Gvanim (hues of color), an innovative program that works to strengthen Israel’s democracy by creating a cadre of leaders to spread the message of Jewish pluralism to ever-widening circles of Israelis.
The most recent group of Gvanim leaders−representing a wide swatch of Israeli society −came to San Francisco earlier this month as part of the year-long leadership education program. It was so inspiring to hear directly from them how grateful they are to our Federation for the opportunity to take part in this program, and how they are working to improve Israeli society as a result.
Here’s a short video featuring three of the participants Rachel Azaria – Member of the Jerusalem City Council, Dr. Nir Tsuk – Managing Director of Ashoka Israel, and Helen Buchumensky – Co founder and Executive Director of Fishka talking about what the program means to them and how they are implementing what they learned back home.