Congratulations to the 2021 winners of the Tanette Goldberg Scholarships for Social Justice!

Hebrew Free Loan partnered with National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco Section (NCJW SF) to award six 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 SF awarded not only four scholarships of $1,250 each, as it does every year, but an additional two scholarships of $500 each. See the list of winners below.

$1,250 AWARD WINNERS

Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson is a first-year law student at UCLA. Born and raised in San Francisco, Marissa studied Near Eastern Studies and Spanish Language and Cultures at Princeton University, where she focused on questions of migration, such as the nature of citizenship, nationhood, refugeehood, and belonging to communities within or across state borders. She worked in New York City for two years as a case manager for Spanish-speaking immigrants and LGBTQ+ survivors of human trafficking. Marissa moved back to California in 2020 and, after law school, plans to work as an immigration attorney serving Spanish-speaking immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in California.

Katya Lavine grew up in Marin County and is currently a third-year student at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. Katya is pursuing a joint MD-MSc in Population Medicine, and her research focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She’s passionate about combating gender-based violence and has volunteered as a survivor advocate in the ER throughout medical school. In her medical career, Katya hopes to care for survivors of sexual violence and contribute to policy and advocacy work in support of survivors.

Leah Kaufman graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with dreams of being a doctor. Having been diagnosed at 16 with an incurable autoimmune kidney disease, Leah knew from an early age that she wanted to make sure every child received the same level of care and support that she had. After graduation she moved to Newark, New Jersey, to work at a healthcare nonprofit, where she learned she was more passionate about the social and emotional effects of illness than the actual practice of medicine. Since then, Leah has worked with chronically ill children in Israel to make sure they feel loved and safe during their time in the hospital, advocated for more equitable mental healthcare access to low-income children, and supported programming for low-income new mothers. This year she began her studies at Columbia School of Social Work with a focus on medical social work. Leah currently interns at JCCANY and supports children who have serious healthcare needs from low-income families.

Sarah Ball is a nurse in her final year of a Master’s in Nursing program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she’s studying to become a women’s health nurse practitioner. Sarah previously worked as a reproductive health specialist at Planned Parenthood Northern California providing abortion counseling, gender affirming care, cancer and STD screenings, and contraceptive education. She has also spent time tracing Gonorrhea cases for the CDC and teaching reproductive health education to adolescent girls in Nairobi, Kenya, with American Jewish World Services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah volunteered with a bilingual contact tracing team that focused on addressing the disproportionate incidence of COVID cases in the Latinx community in Philadelphia. She now works for a research study that is evaluating the effects of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for PTSD. Sarah is guided by reproductive justice and trauma informed care frameworks, believes universal access to reproductive health care is a human right, and is studying to become a nurse practitioner so she can address the disparities in women’s healthcare at both the global and local level. Sarah is currently in clinical rotation at a community-based gynecology clinic in North Philadelphia.

$500 AWARD WINNERS

Reyoot Berry grew up in a small town in the Central Valley that has high uninsurance and poverty rates. Reyoot’s mother was an immigrant from Israel, and her father suffered from an illness that left her family in poverty for much of her childhood. Despite these barriers, her parents worked hard to become registered nurses and instilled in her compassion and honor in serving others. Reyoot is currently a third-year medical student at UCSF School of Medicine and part of a track called San Joaquin Valley (SJV) PRIME for medical students interested in training and serving the Central Valley community. She’s passionate about mental health, LGBTQ health, providing care for medically vulnerable populations, and the role of healthcare providers in preventing human trafficking. Reyoot is interested in a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency program, where she can directly serve her community regardless of who they are or where they come from. She believes these together will bridge her passion for serving and advocating for voices often silenced and unheard.

Alana Cree is a Senior at the University of San Francisco, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. Alana serves on the San Francisco Hillel student leadership team, where she works on student engagement and inclusivity. Her Jewish identity is a central aspect of her life, and she holds ideals such as striving towards social justice and tikkun olam. Alana plans to pursue a career as a social worker or child therapist after she earns her Master’s in Social Work.

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.