The Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice



The Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice is awarded annually by the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco to current undergraduate or graduate college students who have been involved in social justice work and plan to pursue a course of study that will further their knowledge.

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This is a National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco Scholarship, administered by Hebrew Free Loan. The latter, provides zero-interest loans at no cost to Jewish individuals in Northern California to help them achieve self-sufficiency. 

Scholarship Committee: 

Dena Gardi, Kayla Gold, Linda Kurtz, Deborah Lopez, Katherine (Katie) Koyfman and Bonnie Lindauer

2019 Application Instructions

The information about the 2019 application process will be posted on July 30, 2019

See below for previous scholarship recipients. 

2018  Award Recipients

Laeesha Cornejo - MD Candidate, UCSF School of Medicine, Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved

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Laeesha is currently attending her first year at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  She is a member of the PRIME-US program, a five-year track for medical students committed to working with urban, underserved communities. She received an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College in 2016, where she explored her interests in public health, education, medicine, and social justice. After graduating, she worked at the Low Income Investment Fund on an initiative focused on health, climate-resilience, and equity in six U.S. cities. She also volunteers with the Women’s Community Clinic’s homeless outreach program, delivering health supplies and services to women and children on the streets and in SROs in San Francisco. She is grateful for the support of the Jewish community throughout her education and plans to continue working to eliminate health disparities in urban communities throughout medical school and in her future career as a physician.  

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Jody Bloom - Judaic Studies teacher for sixth and seventh grade at The Brandeis School of San Francisco

Jody Bloom has been a teacher for 18 years. Currently, she is a Judaic Studies teacher for sixth and seventh grade at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. She is also the program manager for the nationally recognized Tzedek (Social Justice) Program. Jody received her B.A. from Brandeis University in Near Eastern Judaic Studies and earned her Massachusetts State certification in Elementary Education. She received her M.Ed. from Teachers College Columbia University in Private School Leadership. Jody was awarded the 2016 Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Day School Education. She is working on her Ed.D from Drexel University in Educational Leadership and Management to be awarded in June 2019. Jody lives in San Francisco with her husband Josh, her son, Matty, and her daughter, Meriah. In summer of 2016, Jody gave birth to her niece, Ella, as a surrogate for her younger sister.

Lindsey Schwartz - Master in Social Worker student, California State East Bay


My name is Lindsey Schwartz and I was one of the fortunate recipients of the Tanette Goldberg Scholarship for my work in social justice. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, received my Bachelor’s from the University of Arizona, and returned back to San Francisco where I pursued work in the community. I have worked in both San Francisco and the East Bay with the homeless family population and in child welfare services. I am currently working towards my Master’s in Social Worker at California State East Bay, and feel invigorated by the programs diversity, the dedicated faculty, and being surrounded by like -minded students who share my curiosity and love for people of all kinds. As a professional, I hope to focus on issues of trauma faced by oppressed populations and support the community at large

Moorea Blythe - A Third Year Student, PsyD Program, Wright Institute

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Moorea, was born and raised in the Bay Area, and is currently a third year student in the PsyD program at the Wright Institute. Her clinical interests include the relationship between physical and mental health, food security and the use of nutrition as a tool in treatment, trauma-focused therapy, and grief and bereavement. Her previous clinical experiences include providing psychotherapy in a community mental health clinic providing sliding-scale mental health services, and consulting in a primary care clinic predominantly with adult women. Currently, she is working at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland's Center for the Vulnerable Child, providing both primary care consultation and psychotherapy services to children ages 0-21 years. She is committed to working from a social justice stance in all the work she does in the present and in the future. 

2017  Award Recipients

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Naomi Violet Forsberg - Masters of Social Work Candidate at San Jose State University

Naomi was born and raised in San Francisco. As a teenager, she collaborated on the creation of a program called Expect Respect S.F. at CCSF, a gender-based violence prevention education program for high school students. The focus on understanding how oppression and interpersonal violence are interconnected and helping students to develop tools to identify unhealthy behaviors and create healthy and equitable relationships in their lives has been a continual focus in her work. She now works in a Wellness Center at a SFUSD high school where she supports teenagers getting access to mental, emotional, physical, and sexual health care. In this position, she created a curriculum for a support group for LGBTQ students in the district and continues to this group weekly. Naomi studied Gender & Women's Studies at City College of San Francisco and UCBerkeley and is now pursuing an Masters of Social Work at San Jose State University. Her grandmother, Alice Schoenwald, was the President of her Chicago neighborhood chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and Naomi is grateful to now be a beneficiary of the generosity of this organization.

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Lena Simony - second year student at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.

Lena grew up in Berkeley, California and discovered her passion for social justice as a student in the Berkeley Public school system. In high school she was involved with Jewish Youth for Community Action, a non-profit that teaches Jewish youth about social justice and self-advocacy. Through Jewish Family Children's Services and the JVS Kohn internship she was connected to Shalom Bayit, Bay Area’s first Agency dedicated to ending domestic violence in Jewish homes, and in the past 2 years has led workshops to youth about healthy relationships, healthy boundaries and consent. She is dedicated to transforming the ways that young women feel about their autonomy and sense of self. Today she spends her time continuing her work with Shalom Bayit, hoping to reach as many youths in the Bay Area as possible. She is also an actor in the Bay Area, and is working to get her Bachelor degree in Religious Studies and Theatre.

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Daniela Gilbert - Deputy Director of the California Partnership for Safe Communities

Daniela has spent eight years working to reduce gun violence and incarceration and improve police-community relations. As Deputy Director of the California Partnership for Safe Communities, Daniela has partnered with community, civic, and criminal justice leaders to reduce shootings by 30-40% in ten cities across California. Daniela has also developed trainings for police on how to build the public’s trust, and received a certificate of recognition from former California Attorney General and newly elected Senator Kamala Harris for this work. An Oakland native, Daniela graduated from Harvard College in 2009 with a B.A. cum laude in Sociology and a Spanish Language Citation. Daniela was a Harvard College Women’s Leadership Award Honoree, and received an Americorps Scholarship for Service. Daniela is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. 

Sarah Graffman - Aspen University, Nursing Forensics Studies

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Sarah was born and raised in Orange, California and lived there until she went to U.C. Santa Barbara for undergraduate school. After graduation she decided to return to school and pursue a career in nursing.  This decision brought her to Oakland California where she has been ever since.  After graduation she started working for Alameda Health System, an urban public trauma center, as an emergency nurse and has been there for 19 years. Sarah’s experience also includes 3 years of emergency nursing at the U.C. San Francisco Medical Center.  During her nursing career she has participated in research, the Nursing Peer Review Committee, informatics, and Nursing forensics.  It is her participation as a nurse champion working the physicians assistants and the social services staff at the hospital, local police departments, and the Justice Center of Oakland to care for domestic violence victims, rape victims, and victims of human trafficking that propelled her into the graduate program at Aspen University specializing in Nursing Forensics.  

2016  Award Recipients

Ali Wolf - Juris Doctor Candidate at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Prior to attending UC Hastings, she was the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services in New York City, where she conducted trainings and provided technical assistance for legal professionals, law enforcement and social service professionals on the issues of commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic trafficking. Ali received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in International Affairs with a focus in Middle East Studies. She has worked both internationally and nationally to prevent and combat the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth, and plans to continue to work in the area of human rights as she enters into the legal field. 


Brea Kaye - International Political Economy Student at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

Since she has come to understand the meaning of social justice, Brea has been involved in activism and advocacy surrounding women's health and safety. Her activism work spans from a grassroots anti-harassment campaign in high school to being a Peer Ally at her university to working with the phenomenal staff at Shalom Bayit towards peace in the home. She hopes to take this experience and knowledge into the future and continue to make a difference wherever and whenever she can



Jenna Klein - Juris Doctor Candidate at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Jenna Klein is in her second year at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Originally from Los Altos CA, she graduated in 2014 from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in psychology. Since coming to law school, she has been a part of a variety of student organizations such as If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, the Boalt Hall Jewish Students Association and the Boalt Hall Women's Association. She also serves as the director for the Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project, a student led volunteer project that works within the local bay area community to combat human trafficking. This past summer, Jenna worked in Bangkok, Thailand as an intern with the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT). She is excited to participate in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley during the spring semester and she is looking forward to working with the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City this upcoming summer. She sincerely appreciates the generous support of this community.

Lina Lenberg - Ed.D. candidate, University of San Francisco, Department of International and Multicultural Education

Lina is an educator who is dedicated to empowering students to become conscientious, compassionate, globally-minded human beings. She currently works as the Assistant Head of School at Woodside International School in San Francisco where she runs a Social Justice Club, teaches an ESL class, and works with teachers to integrate social justice into their curricula. During her summers, Lina has participated in a number of volunteer projects abroad where she has worked with refugees, orphans, children and adults with disabilities, HIV-positive women, environmental groups, and a wide range of young people from many countries. She is pursuing her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco, and she looks forward to continuing to promote social justice by developing transformative educational experiences for youth.

2015 Award Recipients

Polina Smith - MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Polina Smith is passionate about art and social justice. She received her BFA in theater for social change from Concordia University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies, with an emphasis on art for social change. After completing her BFA, Polina moved to San Francisco to work with The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, creating theater with women who have been incarcerated and are living with HIV. Polina has worked with The Medea Project for the last seven years and recently finished a run of Birthright?, a full-length show created in collaboration with Planned Parenthood. In 2014, Polina founded Crescent Moon Theater Productions, a circus-theater-dance company focused on creating innovative and socially relevant work. Their premier production, In my Mother’s Name, won the 2014 Best of Fringe Award.  The company recently finished a run of their new show, La Alquimista: a Circus-Theater Fable, inside the Tenderloin National Forest. Polina is currently working onBlessed Unrest: an arts and social justice festival that will take place at CounterPulse theater in February 2016. She is deeply honored and grateful for the  Tanette Goldberg Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice.   Learn more about Polina's work at


Asya Sorokurs - J.D. Candidate, University of California, Davis, School of Law

Asya immigrated to the United States from Russia at an early age and grew up in the Bay Area. She attended Foothill College, where she was the President of Jews, Israelis, and Friends and instituted the first annual Jewish Heritage Month at the school. She has a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and is currently attending UC Davis School of Law. This year she is working to help victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abusers.  

Jamie Goldstein - Psy.D. doctoral candidate within the field of clinical psychology

Jamie is currently in her 4th year at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Jamie is working to specialize in serving adolescent girls and adult women with histories of trauma through the lens of social justice. Her clinical experience includes counseling in a high school setting in East Oakland, providing services at a drug and alcohol outpatient setting for adolescents on probation, and providing psychotherapy and psychodiagnostic assessments at a community resource center. Currently Jamie is serving girls and women through a private practice setting in Oakland, California. In partial requirement to obtain her doctorate, Jamie is conducting qualitative research on the internal assets that foster resiliency in adolescent girls on probation. In the fall she will begin her pre-doctoral internship at Western Psychological and Counseling Services in Portland, Oregon. Jamie is passionate about her role as a psychotherapist to the greater community and is committed to empowering the voices of the voiceless.

2014 Award Recipients

Danielle Aubin - Graduate Student at Humboldt State University.

Danielle has done international work in Guatemala, India, Thailand, and Rwanda, and continues with the Canal Alliance, Community Violence Solutions, and serving on the Marin County Human Rights Commission. Her endeavors and studies are quite impressive and demonstrate her passion and commitment to social justice issues, both internationally and domestically.

Isabel Ullmann - Freshman at UC Berkeley

Even at a young age, Isabel has used her passion and commitment to end human trafficking to educate others. She started Teaching To Stop the Traffick, and has since employed that dedication in her political work to make changes happen. She is currently a Peace and Conflict Studies student in the hopes of alleviating social injustices.

Laura Rumpf - Rabbinical student Hebrew Union College, L.A.

Laura has been involved in many of the Bay Area's Jewish social justice organizations (including the NCJW) that are near and dear to our hearts. Her passion and dedication to girls', women's and immigrant rights is quite impressive and inspirational. She is making a significant difference in her work to correct social injustices. 

Katherine Koyfman - Freshman at Dominican University, San Rafael

Katherine has taken her passion and commitment for Tikkun Olam to get involved at a very young age. Her social media campaigns to promote awareness (among other activities) is very interesting, impressive, and inspiring. Her emphasis on political science and media will have a significant impact on making a "better world with less apathy and more people making a difference; a world with less bias and more people seeking the truth; a world with fewer defeated and more who persevere- a world of justice."