Berkeley Bear Mishpacha


Parents and alumni gathered in LA for the Berkeley Hillel Parent Parlor event, on November 17, 2022.

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The Berkeley Bear Mishpacha is a special giving community of parents and grandparents that supports Jewish students at Cal.


The Berkeley Bear Mishpacha provides a space for families of Hillel students to give back to their Jewish “home away from home” and enables Hillel to deliver impactful and joyful programming to your students! 

Becoming a member of the Mishpacha is a commitment to contribute a meaningful gift from your family. The minimum giving level is $50/month or $500/year. It’s a way for you to show your love and support for Jewish students at Cal and invest in the future of Jewish life on campus and throughout these students’ lives. Members will receive a Berkeley Bear Mishpacha gift set as a small token of our deep appreciation.

We’re so grateful to the families of Cal Hillel students for their leadership and commitment!

Why We Give – Karen and Zev Fried, Parents of Lucy ’24

“With our coffee from Strada (a staple, we were told), my daughter Lucy and I arrived in the beautiful new Hillel space very close to campus and were greeted very warmly by Rabbi Naftalin-Kelman. The welcoming atmosphere, the cozy nooks to do homework and hang out, the weekly barbecues for students, the Shabbat dinners, and the leadership opportunities all showed us how a large school like Cal can become a close-knit community. As her mom, I was happy to know that among the zillion opportunities offered at such a large and wonderfully diverse school, Hillel would be there to ground her and offer a community.”

“We are so grateful for the meaningful ways Hillel continues to create community for Lucy, and for all Jewish students, during this challenging time. And we are excited for what Hillel will offer in the near future. Therefore, we are offering a pledge of financial support for Lucy’s four years at Cal and invite other families to join us.”



Berkeley Bear Mishpacha

Laurie and Daniel Aladjem, Parents of Gabi ‘24
Lydia and Michael Amar, Parents of Eden ‘26
Susan and Morris Azad, Parents of Iden ’22 and Oren ‘23
Michele and Jeremy Bollinger, Parents of Isie ‘24
Vicki Botnick and Joshua Meyer, Parents to Auden ‘26
Bruce and Monica Braunstein, Parents of Max ‘23
Karen and Alan Brutman, Parents of Aiden ‘26
Jeff Chayette and Meredith Fuchs, Parents of Zoe ’24
Pam Kunick Cohen and Mitch Cohen, Parents of Gabrielle ‘24
Chuck Conway and Dodi Rubenstein, Parents of Daniel ‘25
Michelle and Brian de Haaff, Parents of Jason ‘26
Amy Einhorn, Parent of Tess ‘23
Andrea and Jason Feldmar, Parents to Zachary and Cameron ‘25
Karen and Zev Fried, Parents of Lucy ‘24
Ravid Haselkorn Galatin and Peter Galatin, Parents of Nesyah ‘ 26
Ilanit and Oded Gal, Parents of Ori ‘25
Debie and Don Gallo, Parents of Emily ’21 and Joshua ’25
Sandy and Robert Goldberg, Parents of Josh ‘14
Joel and Michelle Greenberg, Parents of Josh ‘22
Mady and Arthur Jablon Charitable Foundation, Grandparents of Emily ’21 and Joshua ’25
Oksana and Daniel Jacobowitz, Parents of Anna ‘25
Yvette and Paul Joffe, Parents of Ian ‘23
Jeffrey and Gabriella Kaplan, Parents of Alex ’22 and Jess ‘25
Marc and Haley Karish, Parents of Michael ’23, and Benjamin ‘26
Udi Karni and Rebecca Goldstein, Parents to Ben ‘23
Pamela Kurland and David Marchick, Parents to Hannah ‘24
Lisa Langer and Dan Siegel, Parents of Jacob ’26
Michele and Scott Layne, Parents of Ethan ’23
Wayne and Rebecca Selk Levin, Parents of Jenna ‘23
Jane and Robert Lewit, Grandparents of Alex ‘26
Wiebke and Stuart Light, Parents of Ana ‘23
Susie Marcus and Ross Libenson, Parents of Jake ‘21
Sari Markowitz and Stephen Odden, Parents of Claire ’26
Howard and Karen Ort, Parents of Vicki ‘02
Lisa and Alan Petlak, Parents of Andrew ‘26
Irene and Rich Peterson, Parents of Alex ’23
Tammy Plotkin-Oren & Arnon Oren, Parents of Ella ‘24
Alan and Stephanie Pullman, Parents of Sasha ‘25
Dorit Rabbani and Jason Shames, Parents of Yoav ’25
Elizabeth and Jason Resnick, Parents of Gavin ’23
Jana Lehman and Bruce Richland, Parents of Josh ‘24
Rene Rodman, Parent of Maxwell ‘26
Joe and Luba Rosenblum, Parent to Sophie ‘25
Laurie Russman and Ricardo Borisonik, Parents of Rafael ‘23
Michele and Jeff Shepherd, Parents of Elizabeth ‘26
Ariella Kelman and Alex Sherstinsky, Parents of Leeza ‘23
Jack and Laura-Beth Sholkoff, Parents of Ronit ‘22
Anne and David Sipes, Parents of Danielle ‘26
Robin and Barry Steinmetz, Parents of Abby ‘24
Ezequiel Szafir, Parent of Sebastian ‘24
Stuart and Betty Tochner, Parents of Maya and Jonah ‘25
Eric and Michelle Wallace, Parent of Sofia ’26
Dr. Bruce Yawitz and Kathy Emanuel, Parents of Samantha ‘25
Mark Zitter and Jessica Nutik Zitter, Parents of Sasha ‘24


To qualify for membership, parents commit to at least $50 per month.
We thank you for your leadership and commitment!

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