Berkeley Bear Mishpacha

Join the Berkeley Bear Mishpacha

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


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.”



Founding Members of the Berkeley Bear Mishpacha:

Michele Breslauer & Jeffrey I. Abrams, Parents of Sam ’21
Karen & Zev Fried, Parents of Lucy ’24
Joel & Michelle Greenberg, Parents of Josh ’22
Gabriella & Jeffrey Kaplan, Parents of Alex ’22 and Jess ’25
Michele & Scott Layne, Parents of Ethan ’23
Susie Marcus & Ross Libenson, Parents of Jake ’21
Laura-Beth & Jack Sholkoff, Parents of Ronit ’22
Wiebke & Rabbi Stuart Light, Parents of Ana ’23
Tammy Plotkin -Oren & Arnon Oren, Parents of Ella ’24

Returning Members of the Berkeley Bear Mishpacha:

Meredith Fuchs & Jeff Chyatte, Parents of Zoe ’24
Michele and Jeremy Bollinger, Parents of Isie ’24
Ariella Kelman & Alex Sherstinsky, Parents of Leeza ’23
Amy Einhorn & Matt Futterman, Parents of Tess ’23

New Members of the Berkeley Bear Mishpacha:

Jana and Bruce Richland, Parents of Josh ’24
Yvette and Paul Joffe, Parents of Ian ’23
Robin and Barry Steinmetz, Parents of Abby ’23
Kathy Emanuel and Dr. Bruce Yawitz, Parents of Samantha ’25
Stephanie and Alan Pullman, Parents of Sasha ’25
Anonymous Donor
Oksana and Dan Jacobowitz, Parents of Anna ’25
Wayne and Rebecca Selk Levin, Parents of Jenna ’23

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

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