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Please join the New Israel Fund in celebrating four decades of progressive social change in Israel at our Guardian of Democracy Anniversary Dinner on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Gather with community as we honor passionate and committed social justice leaders and activists from Israel and the U.S. Together, we will strengthen NIF’s work for civil and human rights, religious freedom and tolerance, and social justice for all of Israel’s citizens, as we look towards the next forty years.

This year we are proud to feature incredible honorees and speakers who have devoted their lives to fighting for justice. It is our privilege to honor NIF’s inspired leader and CEO Daniel Sokatch for his decade of leadership (and counting)! We are also excited to recognize dedicated activist and supporter Laura Saunders as this year’s New Generations honoree. Last but not least, it is our great pleasure to present legendary social justice leader, Ruth Messinger, as this year’s keynote speaker.

For questions and more information, please contact us.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you!


SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

6:00 PM Cocktails
Followed by Dinner


757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Speakers and Honorees

DANIEL SOKATCHGuardian of Democracy Honoree
LAURA SAUNDERSNew Generations Honoree
MAISAM JALJULIGallanter Prize Winner

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Serra Falk Goldman, George Goldman, Brian Lurie, David Myers

Host Committee

Wendy Bear
Morgan Buras-Finlay
Nancy Goldberg
Leslie Kane
David Katznelson
Alex Levinson
Jeremy Lizt
Orlee Maimon
Jason Steckler
Meghan Stevenson-Krausz

Honorary Dinner Committee

Tamara Abrams
Eric Antebi & Marla Kolman Antebi
Deena Aranoff & Adam Berman
Jane Ariel
Rabbi Melanie Aron & Professor Michael Dine
Eileen Auerbach & Larry Burgheimer
Maia Azubel
Alvin Baum & Robert Holgate
Judy & Ed Berne
Eric Berzon & Danielle Ruymaker
Rachel & David Biale
Michael Bien & Jane Kahn (z”l)
Deborah Bishop & Michael Lieberman
Judy Bloom
Ellen Bob & David Waksberg
Mikhal Bouganim
Michael Brodsky
Lisa Brown & Daniel Handler
Morgan Buras-Finlay & James Finlay
Pamela Burdman
Clergy of Congregation Emanu-El
Hadar Cohen
Dana Corvin & Harris Weinberg
Pamela David
Ilana DeBare & Sam Schuchat
Rabbi Lavey Derby
Lisa Erdberg & Dennis Gibbons
Dr. David Fankushen
Irwin & Concepción Federman
Sybil Fields
Amy & Glenn Friedman
David Friedman & Paulette Meyer
Elizabeth Friedman Branoff & Steven Branoff
Drs. Jonathan Fuchs & Larry Rand
Victor R. Fuchs
Sanford & Linda Gallanter
Jerilyn Gelt
Anne & Nick Germanacos
Candice Gold
Marcia & John Goldman
Susan Sachs Goldman
Neil Goteiner & Nadine Joseph
Jane Gottesman & Geoffrey Biddle
Rabbi Judy Shanks & Dr. James Gracer
Lisa & Joshua Greer
Carl & Gay Grunfeld
Dick & Lois Gunther
Stephen Gunther & Linda Essakow
Jonathan Kaufman & Jill Horowitz
Leslie Kane & Manuel Fishman
Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow
Jim and Cathy Koshland
Hannah Kranzberg
Doris & George Krevsky
Karen & Mel Kronick
Linda & Frank Kurtz
Rabbi Noa Kushner & Rabbi Michael Lezak
Rabbi Susan Leider
Mark Leno
Rachel Levin
Paula & Barry Litt
Brian & Caroline Lurie

Orlee Maimon
Rafael Mandelman
Rabbi Janet Marder
Susan & Willy Mautner
Barbara J. Meislin/Purple
Lady Fund
Diane Merkadeau
Sarah Anne Minkin and Jon Eldan
David N. Myers & Nomi M. Stolzenberg
Louis Newman & Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Don & Shari Ornstein
Dr. Richard & Martha Pastcan
Wendy Peikes
Tomer Persico
Lee Labe Pollak
Deborah Pollak Levy
Norman Postone & Lisa Fruchtman
Orlee Rabin & David Shlachter
Jaime & Tim Rapaport Barry
Lauren Rauch
Alan & Nancy Raznick
Sue Reinhold & Deborah Newbrun
Ben Richeda & Emma Mayerson
Rabbi Dorothy Richman & Dr. Mike Steinman
Susan Romer & Donald Ungar
Phyllis & David Rothman
Françoise Rothstein
Toby & Robert Rubin
Seth & Stephanie Rubin
Sylvia Sabel & Joel Rubinstein
David Salem & Laurie Aloisio
Charlotte Salomon
Lela & Gerry Sarnat
Laura Saunders
Sue & Alan Saunders
James & Emily Scheinman
Sue Ann Levin Schiff
Debra R. Schoenberg
Lynn & Paul Sedway
Rita R. Semel
Elisabeth Semel & James Thomson
Rabbis Beth & Jonathan Singer
Melissa & Steve Sloan
Howard & Ann Sohn
Gary B. Sokol & Paul Blanc
Joelle Steefel
Vera & Harold Stein
Ingrid Tauber & Frank Taforo
Bonnie & Marty Tenenbaum
Sydney Kapchan & Steven Tulkin
Paul and Dorothy Wachter
Marilyn & Murry Waldman
Alix Wall & Paul Bosky
Heidi Stewart & John Weinstein
Rebecca Westerfield & Ivy Fine
Mary Anne & Hugh Winig
Carol & Terry Winograd
Susan & Robert Wolfe
Vincent Worms
Yael Yechieli
Gail Bates Yessne & Peter Yessne
Diane Jordan Wexler & Bruce Beron


Is there parking close by The Four Seasons?
Yes – there are three options.

The Four Seasons special event rate for this event is $30.
Please let the valet attendant know you are attending the Gala.

Jesse Square Garage
223 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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$5 per hour, and the garage is open until 11pm

5th and Mission Parking Garage
833 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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$3 – $4 per hour, and the garage is open 24hrs

Is The Four Seasons accessible by public transportation?
Yes – The Four Seasons is easily accessible by Muni and BART.

Please exit at Powell station.
Walk about 3 mins northeast on Market St.
The hotel is located between 4th and 3rd street.

What is the attire for the evening?
Dress is business formal.

What is the food / menu going to be like?
Our menu for the event is kosher-style and the evening’s entree will be fish (unless a vegetarian meal is requested in advance). Please share any other dietary restriction well in advance so we can make accommodations.

How do we get the tickets we purchased?
Are you mailing them to us? Should we print them out?

Your tickets will be held at the door.

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