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.

Letter from Tanette Goldberg's Family 

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

2016 Application Instructions

To qualify you must be: 

  • A Jewish woman, currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student. 
  • A permanent resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Sonoma County. 
  • Studying or working to achieve social justice. 
  • Willing to report progress in school and community activities to the NCJW San Francisco Section. 

Application Deadline: September 9, 2016

How to Apply: Download the application form HERE.

Scholarship applicants are also eligible to apply for a Hebrew Free Loan

See below for previous scholarship recipients. 

The 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

Jamie is a Psy.D. doctoral candidate within the field of clinical psychology. Currently in her 4th year at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA 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, CA. 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.

The 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.

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. 

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.

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."