Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the Tanette Goldberg Scholarships for Social Justice! Hebrew Free Loan partnered with the San Francisco section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to award nine scholarships to Jewish women students who are studying or working in the area of social justice and who intend to pursue social justice after graduation. This year’s group of applicants was so outstanding that NCJW awarded not only four scholarships of $1,250 each, as it does every year, but an additional five scholarships of $500 each. See the list of winners below.


Julia Hernandez-Nierenberg
Attending UCLA for dual Master’s degrees in Social Welfare and Public Policy. Areas of focus are the immigration and refugee crisis, racial injustice, foster care, and juvenile justice system.

Ariana Bernstein
Attending Prescott College for a Master’s of Social Work. Areas of interest are helping sexually exploited children, human trafficking, and incarcerated women.

Zoe Lehman
Attending Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of interest are providing care for medically vulnerable populations, with a focus on women, who often can’t access health care, including those with mental illness and IV drug usage.

Gil Sosnik
Attending USC for a Master’s of Social Work. Interest areas are restorative justice, vulnerable and marginalized communities, and youth.


Birtukan Belete
Attending Columbia School of Social Work. Interest areas are homelessness and housing, as well as economic and racial equality.

Hannah Berman
Attending UCLA School of Medicine. Interest areas are health equity, proactive medicine, and providing medical care in a low-income hospital setting.

Leah Pickar
Attending Smith College School of Social Work for a Master’s degree. Interest areas are mental health and social services for vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Jessica Pullen
Attending Stanford to receive an MD and MS in environmental studies. Interest areas are health equity, reproduction rights, environmental justice, and food security.

Amara Altman
Attending UC San Diego for an MS in Nursing (psychiatric). Interest areas are health policy pertaining to social justice issues, working with marginalized populations, and violence prevention.

Hebrew Free Loan provides interest-free loans to Jewish individuals in Northern California to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Our loans support individuals who are overcoming financial challenges or pursuing lifelong dreams.

Inspired by Jewish values, the National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW) strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

The Tanette Goldberg Scholarship for Social Justice was established in memory of Tanette Goldberg (1926-2013), past president of the National Council of Jewish Women, San Francisco Section from 1990 to 1993. Tanette was recognized for her work in 2007 when she received the NCJW Hannah G. Solomon Award. Tanette was a tireless and committed community volunteer. She worked to solve issues in the public schools where her children attended and in the community. She fervently believed in justice, equality, and effecting positive change, whether in the Jewish community or her neighborhood.