AJWS At 30: Celebrating our Global Leaders

Please join us on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in San Francisco for a very special evening celebrating 30 years of fighting for a better world!

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Please join us as we celebrate three decades of pursuing justice and equality worldwide.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Terra Gallery
511 Harrison Street, San Francisco


Ruth Messinger, Alejandra Ancheita, and Sir Michael Moritz

Ruth W. Messinger is President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world. After a remarkable 18-year presidency, Ruth will soon take on a new role as AJWS’s first Global Ambassador, continuing her crucial work of engaging global leaders, rabbis and interfaith leaders to speak out on behalf of oppressed and persecuted communities worldwide. Ruth joined AJWS in 1998, following a 20-year career in public service in New York City.

As a leading activist for human rights around the globe, she lectures widely and holds leadership roles in the faith-based advocacy arena. She chairs the social justice committee of the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and is a member of the World Bank’s Moral Imperative working group on extreme poverty. Ruth has been honored by many national Jewish organizations and has been named for the past decade among the “world’s most influential Jews” and religious leaders by The Forward, The Jerusalem Post and The Huffington Post.


Mexican land and labor rights champion and attorney Alejandra Anchieta has brought hope to some of her country’s poorest and most disenfranchised citizens: migrants, workers and indigenous people. She and ProDESC, the organization she founded, fight illegal mines and hold companies accountable for the damage they are causing the land and the people who depend on it for survival. Alejandra has received death threats and suffered attacks in the local media for her courageous work. In 2014, she received the international Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for human rights.”


Michael Moritz is Chairman of Sequoia Capital and was one of the founders of Sequoia’s businesses in China and India as well as its public market, global growth and long-term asset management businesses. He has served on the boards of Google, LinkedIn, PayPal and Yahoo! and today is a director of emerging companies such as Instacart, Klarna, Skyscanner, Stripe and Sugar. He is the author of three books, including the #1 best-seller, Leading, co-authored with former Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. The Welsh-born San Franciscan is the son of refugees from Nazi Germany. As philanthropists, he and his wife, Harriet Heyman, have endowed several major university scholarship funds and signed “The Giving Pledge”—committing to donating at least half of their wealth to charity.

Cocktail Reception and Hors d’oeurves | Kosher Option Available
Program | Dessert Reception

Cocktail Attire

Gala Co-Chairs

Marci and Marc Dollinger
Amy and Eric Sahn


Mariel and Matt Balaban
Judy Bloom
Elizabeth Friedman Branoff and Steven Branoff
Cynthia and Jay Cohan
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Sonia Daccarett and
Alex Bernstein
Sallie DeGolia and
Martin Bronk
Mark Donig
Ruth Donig-White and Robert White
James Dubey
Dr. David O. Findley
Dr. Patricia Hellman Gibbs and Richard Gibbs
Jocelyn Goldfein and
Bryan Johnson
Rabbi Marvin Goodman
Elizabeth and Joel Hausman
Jane Kahn and Michael Bien
Julie King and Donald Abramson
Wendy and Howard Kleckner
Cathy and Jim Koshland
Hannah Kranzberg
Cheryl Laven
Sharon and Seth Leslie
Susan E. Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat
Judith and Andrew Mendelsohn
Gerri and Larry Miller
Sharon A. Miller
Gale Mondry and Bruce Cohen
Kirsten Muetzel
Elliot Onn
Joni and Russ Pratt
Kathy Reich and Ken Meyer
Sheri and Paul Robbins
Judy Rosloff and Stewart Florsheim
Katherine Haynes Sandstad
Alexis Sclamberg
Ilana Shapiro
Deborah and Larry Stadtner
Vera and Harold S. Stein, Jr.
Anne and David Steirman
Laura Talmus and Ace Smith
Carol A. Weitz
Heidi Winig and David Liotta
Diane and Howard Zack


Rabbi Camille Shira Angel
Rabbi Melanie Aron
Rabbi Ryan Bauer
Rabbi Allen B. Bennett
Rabbi Mark Bloom
Rabbi Barnett J. Brickner
Rabbi Lee Bycel
Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Rabbi Jill Cozen-Harel
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Rabbi Lavey Derby
Rabbi Aderet Drucker
Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Rabbi Dennis Eisner
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Rabbi Nathaniel Ezray
Rabbi Carla Fenves
Rabbi Stacy Friedman
Rabbi Pamela Frydman
Rabbi Marvin Goodman
Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz
Rabbi Sarah Graff
Rabbi Corey Helfand
Congressman Mike Honda
Rabbi Daniel Isaacson
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Rabbi Susan Leider
Rabbis Michael Lezak and Noa Kushner
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
Rabbi Janet Marder
Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Rabbi Jason Rodich
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum
Rabbi Beth Singer
Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf


Marion and Stanley Bergman
Barbara and Eric Dobkin

Amy and Eric Sahn

Amalgamated Bank
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Cynthia and Jay Cohan
Eileen and Richard Epstein
Diane and Marc Greenwald
Felicia and Benjamin Horowitz
Pam Klem and Tom Dubin
Kathleen and Richard Levin
Lisa and John Pritzker

The Dollinger Family
Lori Oleinick Dube and Monte Dube
Marty Friedman
Rabbis Elyse Frishman and Daniel Freelander
Carol M. Joseph
Wendy and Howard Kleckner
Cathy and Jim Koshland
Beth and Robert Kraft
Jimena Martinez and Michael Hirschhorn
Ruth W. Messinger and Andrew Lachman
Joanne Moore
Joni and Russ Pratt
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick and Josh Rolnick
Jolie Schwab and David Hodes
Judy and Jack Stern
Francine Lavin Weaver
Carol A. Weitz
Bea and Sam Wilderman

Robert Bank and Alan Cohen
James Dubey
Kaye Foster
Susan E. Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat
Kathy Reich and Ken Meyer
Bill Resnick and Michael J. Stubbs
Kristine A. Stallone and Patti Preiss
Barbara and Scott Waxman
Carol and Terry Winograd

Sallie DeGolia and Martin Bronk
Elizabeth and Joel Hausman
Roger Low
Daryl Messinger and James Heeger
Laura Talmus and Ace Smith
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Judy Bloom
Elizabeth Friedman Branoff and Steven Branoff
Pamela Burdman
Congregation Emanu-El
Ruth Donig-White and Robert White
Dr. David O. Findley
Rabbi Stacy and Frank Friedman
Jocelyn Goldfein and Bryan Johnson
Elissa Horowitz
Jane Kahn and Michael Bien
Sharon and Seth Leslie
Gerri and Larry Miller
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Sheri and Paul Robbins
Judy Rosloff and Stewart Florsheim
Laura Saunders
Lee Scheuer and Kimberly Fraedrick
Deborah and Larry Stadtner
Anne and David Steirman
Mary Anne and Hugh Winig

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