JVS celebrates 30 years of Kohn interns

For 30 years, Jewish Vocational Service’s Kohn summer internship program has been matching up college students who want to get a taste of Jewish communal service with Bay Area organizations eager to mentor them.

On Aug. 14 at the JCC of San Francisco, this summer’s crop of 30 interns was feted at a luncheon attended by the interns, their supervisors, friends, family and JVS staff. JVS board member Dana Corvin welcomed the crowd of nearly 100 people, as did J. publisher Steve Gellman.

J. publisher Steve Gellman speaking at Aug. 14 luncheon photo/jvs-jenn isfan

“While the skills you’ve learned and the spaces on your resumes we’ve helped you fill are important, it’s the people you’ve met, and the conversations you’ve had, that are the real takeaway of this program,” Gellman told the crowd, noting that not only has J. been a longtime participant in the program, but his daughter, Eva, was a Kohn intern this summer at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, working with the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

Julia Nierenberg, a rising junior at American University in Washington, D.C., interned with Be’chol Lashon, a Jewish diversity advocacy organization in San Francisco, working to expand its online curriculum and produce materials for alternative-break trips to Latin America.

Telling the crowd she’s “never had an experience quite like” the Kohn program, Nierenberg said it makes her “even more excited to move back to the Bay Area and continue my involvement with our Jewish community.”

The eight-week Kohn program receives partial funding from the Eva Heller Kohn Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, as well as the Milton and Sophie Meyer Fund. Applications for next summer will be available in December at www.jvs.org. — j. staff