Israel Connections

Consulate

San Francisco

Consulate General of Israel

Pacific Northwest - San Francisco 456 Montgomery St., Suite 2100 San Francisco, CA 94104
Main: (415) 844-7500 Fax: (415) 844-7555 Consulardep@sf.mfa.gov.il www.israeliconsulate.org
Consul general Dr. Andy David Consular: (415) 844-7510 Fax: (415) 844-7555
Deputy consul general Ravit Baer

The official government office representing the State of Israel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Provides passports, visas and other consular services pertaining to the Ministry of the Interior. The office is a resource for information, working to strengthen the connection between Israel and local communities in the region through educational, political, cultural and economic activities. Email updates, speaking opportunities and printed materials are available upon request.

Finance

South Bay

The California-Israel Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 2911 Cupertino,, CA 95015
info@ci-cc.org www.ci-cc.org

A not-for-profit, industry-supported organization dedicated to strengthening business, investment, technology and trade relations between California and Israel. CICC has a network of over 9,000 key players engaged in cross-border opportunities between the two states.   Over the years, CICC has helped hundreds of Israeli technology companies launch successfully abroad while assisting U.S. investors and technology giants identify unique ventures and collaborative partners in Israel.

Fundraising

North Bay

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Northwest Region 240 Tamal Vista Blvd., Suite 260 Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 927-2119 Fax: (415) 927-2163 jalterman@aabgu.org www.aabgu.org
Regional director Judith Alterman
Senior philanthropic adviser Daphna Noily dnoily@aabgu.org

Raises funds and awareness for this world-class institution of education and research, known for leadership in desert agriculture, water management, bio- and nanotechnologies, cybersecurity, global medicine, Hebrew literature and more. The university is a catalyst driving development in the vast Negev region, nurturing the local community and sharing its expertise around the globe. Charitable gifts support scholarships, research projects, buildings and endowments in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

Bay Area

American Friends of Tel Aviv University

(415) 246-7411 csteinberg@aftau.org www.aftau.org
Director, Northern California Carolyn Bell Steinberg

Tau, the ancient Semitic symbol, embodies this university's most basic precepts of higher learning; it signifies reaching out to the four corners of the universe, a quest to explore and understand everything within everything.

Since its founding in 1956, the university has become a world-renowned international center for study and learning, research and innovation. It embraces students of all religions and ethnicities from across Israel, and international students from the Americas, Australia, India, China and elsewhere. It epitomizes Judaism’s and Israel’s highest values — education and democracy.

American Friends of Tel Aviv University enthusiastically and industriously pursues the advancement of the university in the United States: raising money, awareness and influence through international alliances that are vital to the future of this already impressive institution.

 

Marin

American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Pacific Northwest Region 591 Redwood Highway, Suite 2310 Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 231-6720 dilmanen@afhu.org www.afhu.org
Administrative assistant Denise Ilmanen

A national, not-for-profit organization in support of Israel’s renowned center of higher education and research. Forging a meaningful partnership between American Jewry and the people of Israel, this organization helps to ensure the nation's well-being by nurturing Israel’s greatest asset: the intellectual strength of its people. Cultural and educational programs attract people from all walks of life, including Hebrew University and Rothberg International School alumni, American scholars and scientists, and the U.S. public. These programs, as well as missions to Israel and Hebrew University, promote greater understanding of the university’s contributions in fields ranging from technology, medicine and law to agriculture, public policy and Jewish studies. Founded by the American philanthropist Felix M. Warburg in 1925, this organization has been a central force in Hebrew University's rise to international prominence. Today it is part of an international society of friends' organizations spanning more than 25 countries. Donors' support enables the university to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, build teaching and research facilities, provide student scholarships, advance research, and further regional and international peace and pluralism.

San Francisco

American Society for Technion–Israel Institute of Technology

Northwest Region 870 Market St., Suite 800 San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 398-7117 Fax: (415) 398-1734 technion.sf@ats.org www.ats.org
Associate vice president David Chivo
Director, Silicon Valley Susan Packer

The Northwest chapter offers events, seminars and networking sessions with Israel’s top scientific, educational and business leaders, while providing critical support to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, home to three Nobel scientists and one of the world’s finest technical universities. Israel’s only natural resource is the brainpower of its people. Technion graduates are the leading engineers, managers, high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs that power its economy, and its research and entrepreneurship now extend beyond Israel’s borders, truly making a global impact. A collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion has created the Jacobs Technion Cornell Institute. The JTCI Roosevelt Island campus is expected to be completed this year and will house approximately 2,000 full-time graduate students. Other collaborations include the University of Michigan Weizmann Institute of Science and Technion Partnership, and the Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology in China.

San Francisco

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

San Francisco Bay Area Region 870 Market St., Suite 1015 San Francisco,, CA 94102
(415) 547-8360 SanFrancisco@fidf.org www.FIDF.org
Executive director: Jonathan Bernstein

Initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the young male and female soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. Also supports the families of fallen soldiers.

San Francisco

Jewish National Fund

San Francisco Regional Office
(415) 677-9600 x970 dschlesinger@jnf.org www.jnf.org
Executive director, Northern California & Pacific Northwest Don Schlesinger

Support and participate in Israel's development, including new communities, medical centers, schools, research and development, and, of course, making the desert bloom.

East Bay

The Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Jewish Community Foundation

P.O. Box 370 Berkeley, CA 94701-0370
(510) 809-4953 Fax: (510) 381-8344 www.jfed.org
Israel Center director of engagement & special projects Judith Markowitz

Sponsors a variety of programs and initiatives that strengthen relationships between the East Bay Jewish community and communities in Israel. Provides financial assistance to teens and college-age students for study, long-term programs and organized teen trips to Israel.

Information & Advocacy

San Francisco

A Wider Bridge

2912 Diamond St., Suite 348 San Francisco, CA 94131
(866) 288-5774 arthur@awiderbridge.org www.awiderbridge.org
Executive director Arthur Slepian
Director of programs and development Tyler Gregory


Pro-Israel organization that builds bridges between LGBTQ people in North America and Israel, strengthening both communtiies through learning and collaboration. It is a movement of LGBTQ people and allies, Jews and non-Jews, with strong interest in and commitment to Israel and its LGBTQ community. It also inspires LGBTQ Jews to deepen their connection to Jewish peoplehood through engagement with Israel and its vibrant LGBTQ community.

San Francisco

BlueStar 


96 Jesse St., third floor San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-6300 Fax: (415) 777-8525 bluestarpr@bluestarpr.com www.bluestar.us.com

Providing free resources: Demonizing and delegitimizing Israel is endemic on many college campuses and in many communities. This agency's poster and video resources help volunteers humanize perceptions of Israel and show how Israelis are building a more peaceful and hopeful future for their children. Write On for Israel Teen Program: Each year, nearly 100,000 Jewish high school graduates enter college mostly unprepared to deal with the anti-Israel environment on many campuses. The teen program's goal is to change that by giving young people a background in Jewish and Israeli history, and teaching them the critical thinking skills and tools necessary for them to become powerful pro-Israel advocates, spokespeople and opinion leaders—before they reach college. Fellows College Program: Many Jewish communal organizations educate students about Israel and teach advocacy skills. However, this program combines three areas—fighting anti-Israel vitriol, advocating for Israel and dealing with bullying—into a specialized solution. Write On for Israel Adult Program: The goal of this program is to ensure that those who care about Israel’s future can discover their courage, learn advocacy skills and feel empowered by the support of like-minded peers.

San Francisco

ISRAEL21c

44 Montgomery St., Fax: 41st floor San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 318-8964 info@israel21c.org www.israel21c.org

Nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to disseminate information about 21st-century Israel with the goal of educating Americans about the vibrant, creative and real Israel.

San Francisco

J Street

sfbayarea@jstreet.org www.jstreet.org

Political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, it advocates policies that advance shared U.S. and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Supports the people and State of Israel, their right to defend themselves and to live in peace and enduring security. Views Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, living in peace and security alongside the state of Palestine as the national homeland of the Palestinian people. Believes ending the occupation and achieving two states is essential to Israeli and American national interests and security as well as to Jewish and democratic values. Being pro-Israel means speaking out for policies that promote Israel’s interests and align with the organization's values and against those that don’t, irrespective of the present government’s policies. As supporters of Israel, the organization supports not only the right but the obligation to speak out when the policies or actions of the American or Israeli governments damage those interests or run counter to our values.

Peninsula

Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group

1448 Cedarwood Drive San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 574-8303 Fax: (650) 573-1217 LTraubman@igc.org http://traubman.igc.org/global.htm
Co-founders Libby and Len Traubman

Provides experiential dialogue workshops, and free guidelines and videos. The group includes Jewish, Muslim, and Christian women, men and young adults committed to invigorating public peace processes in the United States, the Middle East and worldwide. The documentaries produced include "Peacemakers: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp," "Dialogue at Washington High," "Crossing Lines in Fresno," "Abraham's Vision: Graduation Day!" and in 2012, "Dialogue in Nigeria: Muslims & Christians Creating Their Future."

San Francisco

New Israel Fund

235 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 543-5055 Fax: (415) 543-6066 sf@nif.org www.nif.org
Regional director Orli Bein

From Israel's first rape crisis centers, to the passage of the law banning torture in civilian interrogations, NIF-funded organizations have driven positive social change and furthered justice and equality. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, the organization has provided over $300 million to more than 900 organizations since its inception in 1979. More than a funder, NIF also has an action arm: Shatil, the New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change. Today, the organization is advocates for democratic values, builds coalitions, empowers activists and often takes the initiative in setting the public agenda.

Sonoma

Sonoma County Israel Committee

131 Brookhill Court Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 537-2211 EliCohen@Israelupdate.info www.IsraelUpdate.Info
Chair Dr. Eli Cohen

For 15 years,  this committee has served as the focal point in Sonoma County on issues related to the State of Israel and the fate of Jewish people throughout the world. The purpose is CLEAR: Communicate, Learn, Educate others about Israel, Advocate for the Jewish people, and Respond to anti-Semitism.

Activities held throughout the year.  Each year, the committee organizes the countywide celebration of Israel’s Independence Day and as well as a countywide memorial for those who died in service to the Jewish people, in conjunction with local synagogues and temples. In addition to providing the county with programming on Israel throughout the year, the committee also provides programming related to anti-Semitism throughout the world and other matters affecting the Jewish people.

The committee is strictly nonpolitical.  It supports and works with all non-political Zionist organizations, as well as synagogues, with Israel programming and programming in support of the Jewish people worldwide.

It also provides an email service at www.List.IsraelUpdate.info  to keep people up to date about pro-Israel activities in the county.

 

San Francisco

StandWithUs

San Francisco Voice for Israel, Northern California Chapter
johannaw@standwithus.com www.standwithus.com
Northern California associate director Johanna Wilder

An international, nonprofit organization believing that education is the road to peace. Dedicated to informing the public about Israel and to combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues. Believes that knowledge of the facts will correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and will promote discussions and policies that can help promote peace in the region. Through print materials, speakers, programs, conferences, missions to Israel, campaigns, social media and Internet resources, this organization works to ensure that the story of Israel’s achievements and ongoing challenges is told on campuses and in communities around the world. SF Voice 4 Israel is the Northern California Chapter of StandWithUs. Mailing list: groups.yahoo.com/group/sfvoice4israel; Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/22259707003; Twitter: @sfv4i.

Local Israeli Services

Peninsula

Chabad Israeli Community of the Bay Area

1650 Channing Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 804-5019 www.chabadisraeli.org
Rabbi Menachem Landa
Sonia Landa

Home away from home for the Israeli community throughout the year. Torah classes, kids, family and High Holy Day programs and services. Women's gathering group. One Family project, volunteer circle for families.

Peninsula

Israeli Cultural Connection (ICC)

Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8608 icc@paloaltojcc.org www.paloaltojcc.org/icc
Director Ronit Jacobs

Offers a variety of exciting programs and activities (in Hebrew and/or English) for the local Israeli community as well as Israeli-themed events that engage the entire Jewish community. The mission is to strengthen relationships between American Jews and the Israeli community and to build a deeper connection to Israel. Activities include lectures by well-known speakers from Israel, Israeli movie nights, social gatherings, holiday events, children's activities and more.

San Francisco

Israeli House

Consulate General of Israel 456 Montgomery St Fax: Suite 2100 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 844-7503 Fax: (415) 844-7555 israeli-house@sanfrancisco.mfa.gov.il www.israeliconsulate.org

A joint project of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Immigration Absorption aimed at strengthening and maintaining the relationship between Israelis living abroad and Israel. A virtual home, providing the Israeli community with cultural events, activities for children and holiday celebration in Hebrew. In addition, advises and guides Israelis who have decided to return to their homeland and provides them with the information required for their journey back.

Travel

San Francisco

Birthright Experience


Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6284 Fax: 415) 495-5986 jasonh@sfjcf.org www.jewishfed.org
Program manager Jason Harris (415) 512-6284

Free, 10-day immersive experience in Israel for Jewish young adults, ages 18-26. Visits to Jewish historical and holy sites, authentic encounters with Israeli peers, and outdoor adventures. The experience strengthens personal Jewish identity, Jewish communities and solidarity with Israel. More information is at www.birthrightisrael.com

San Francisco

Hebrew Free Loan

131 Steuart St, Suite 520 San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 546-9902 Fax: (415) 546-7479 info@hflasf.org www.hflasf.org
President Sharon Silverman
Executive director Cindy Rogoway

Provides interest-free loans, up to $15,000, to help Jewish residents of Northern California cover the costs of traveling to Israel on an organized program. As loans are repaid, funds are recycled for new loans. Hebrew Free Loan has proven the success of this model over the past 120 years, with a repayment rate of 99.75 percent.

Bay Area

Livnot U’Lehibanot

(888) 8-Livnot www.livnot.org

Livnot offers 1-6 week Israel Experience programs in mystical Tsfat, the center of Kabbalah. Exploring the Galilee with all one's senses, hiking, volunteering, learning and living like a local. For young Jewish adults, ages 21-30. Participants live in Tsfat and integrate with the local community through meaningful volunteering, nature hikes and spirituality workshops.
Also hosts local alumni groups.

Bay Area

Volunteers for Israel

San Francisco Region– Northern California 5971 Balboa Drive Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 387-6000 Fax: (866) 514-1948 san-francisco@vfi-usa.org www.vfi-usa.org
Regional manager Jack Fruchtman

Recruits participants to connect with Israel by working 
alongside Israelis performing civilian duties on Israel Defense Forces bases. Volunteers spend
 one to three weeks living and working on non-combat ISD bases. Free room and kosher
 board during workweek; weekends are on one's own. Programs are open to ages 17 to 120. 16-year-olds may come with 
parent.