Hausner Gives Back 2021


We are excited to welcome your family to the first ever Hausner Gives Back Spring Community Event—Sunday, May 2 at 2 pm (virtual). This inaugural event provides an opportunity for the entire Hausner community to join together for a day of giving back. At Hausner we've always prioritized community and tzedakah, and now more than ever, we want to enact the values of Justice, Justice Pursue. 

Please review the below Tzedakah Circle programs and choose one for your family to participate in together. There are recommended grade ranges to help you narrow it down and in most cases we can provide supply kits for each child participating so everyone gets an opportunity to engage, interact and enact Tzedakah in our community.

Event Schedule:

2:00pm | Gather with the entire community for a Welcome Ceremony

  • Opening Remarks - Mallary Alcheck, Event Chair
  • Unveiling of the legacy Justice, Justice, Pursue Art Installation - Rachel Cedar, Event Committee Member
  • Reflections - Carol Piraino, Interim Head of School
  • Meet & Greet - Daniel Lehmann, Incoming Head of School

2:15pm-3:00pm | Attendees proceed to their pre-selected Tzedakah Circles

For questions contact We can't wait to come together to give back with you.

Tzedakah Circle Overviews and Registration

The Gift Of Reading (recommended for K-5 and 6th-Adult)

This Tzedakah Circle will mobilize our community around the pressing issue of childhood literacy. In the spirit of Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof, the Hausner community will partner with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) to support underserved children in our community where educational inequities have grown due to the pandemic.
Track 1:
K-5 Hausner students (and their adults) will purchase books from the JCL wish list for the home libraries of JCL participants. During the program, students will decorate personalized bookplates and Hausner’s beloved librarian, Cressida Hansen, will guide students in writing notes about their own favorite books to be sent to JCL students.

Register: The Gift Of Reading Track 1 

Track 2:
Middle school students and adults will hear from Kara Sanchez, Hausner parent and volunteer with the Spanish-speaking immigrant community about the impact of the Covid crisis on vulnerable students of the Peninsula. They will engage with teen JCL volunteers, participate in a “Book Walk” used in tutoring, and learn about the tutoring experience. Middle school students are welcome to register independently.
Additional volunteer opportunities include tutoring in a Hausner supported online JCL summer literacy camp and specifically for rising 8th graders the Reading Buddies program as part of students service learning for the 2021/2022 school year.

Register: The Gift Of Reading Track 2

Responding To Hunger (recommended for K-8)

Responding to hunger in our community, attendees of this Tzedakah Circle will participate in a game of “Shopping Bingo”. This interactive game will have families filling up their bingo cards as they collect items from their own pantries. Once their cards are full, the items will be packaged in an attractive and useful reusable bag. Gift bags will be delivered to Jewish Family and Children's Services clients. Bags and game supplies provided. Completed bags should be returned to Hausner on Monday 5/3.

Register: Responding To Hunger

For All Abilities (recommended for K-8)

Join this Tzedakah Circle for an inspiring discussion with a 10 year old student advocate on using technology to empower students who are visually impaired, like herself. Participants will engage in a live demo and learn to create accessible content via JiTap app to be used by the children of Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel’s leading non-profit organization furthering the rights, opportunities and services for children and adults with disabilities. iPad and internet access required (Hausner issued iPads can be enabled for this project). Students will have until Friday 5/7 to complete their project. Tech support will be available.

Register: For All Abilities

Lifting Spirits (recommended for K-8)

Connecting with our elders, learning about Shavuot, and giving of ourselves are all expressions of L'dor v Dor (from generation to generation) and present meaningful ways to engage in Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof.

In anticipation of Shavuot, participants will create beautiful flower arrangements and cards for the seniors at the Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto. Families will experience a mini Shavuot seder highlighting Judaism's connection to nature and learn about the kaleidoscope of celebration that is Shavuot. Supplies provided. Floral arrangements must be delivered to Moldaw Residences by 5 pm on Sunday 5/2.

Register: Lifting Spirits

Limud Beyachad: Learning Together (recommended for ages 13 to 113)

Social Justice is woven into the fabric of Judaism. Our endeavor to pursue justice demands that we understand how social justice is part of a bigger picture of Jewish life. This program will expand your perspective on Jewish social justice, and strengthen the connection between your social justice work and the rest of your Jewish life.
Track 1:
Learn together with local Jewish educators and Hausner community members Zoe Fertik, Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky and Rabbi Sarah Graff. Each Jewish educator is offering text study and discussion of our school's theme, Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof (Justice, Justice Pursue). Use the opportunity to learn Jewish text, to hear from our tradition, and to learn from each other.
Register: Learning Together Track 1

Track 2:
Hear from Santa Clara County District Attorney (and Hausner parent '13 & ‘15) Jeff Rosen. A nationally-recognized leader in criminal justice reform, Mr. Rosen’s focus since being elected to the position in 2011 has included jail population reduction, diversion programs for non-violent offenders, expungements for low level drug crimes, prison reform, and the highest ethical prosecution standard. He created a first of its kind, and nationally acclaimed Conviction Integrity Unit to investigate innocence claims and implement the most professional and ethical practices in criminal prosecution. He also implemented the twelve-week Parent Project® course, completed by thousands of local families, to keep young people out of the criminal justice system by helping parents of troubled teens strengthen their families. Learn more about DA Rosen's work, and how Jewish values influence his commitment to pursue justice.
Register: Learning Together Track 2

Event Sponsors

Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof — $10,000+

Ronit Alcheck Bodner and Zack Bodner
The Fertik Family
Jennifer Foster and Sam Zucker
Laura and Gary Lauder
Maya Herstein and Steve Smith
Moshe Looks and Hannah Druckman
Saal Family Fund
Emily and Greg Waldorf
Susan Wojcicki and Dennis Troper

Tikkun Olam — $5,000+

Yael and Elie Alcheck
Anonymous, in memory of Zdena Bajer
Lisa Friedman and Jim Harris
Julie Dorsey and Daniel Leemon
Shamrock Office Solutions

Shamrock Office Solutions Logo


Chesed — $3,600+

Boris Glants and Vera Gribanov
Mark Pomotov and Jennifer Malnick
Eric and Rebecca Stein
Hadassah and Martin Strobel, in honor of Gabriel's graduation

Tzedakah — $1,500+

Mallary and Mike Alcheck        
Wendy Allyn and David Barkan, in honor of Carol Piraino and Ani Varro
Anonymous, in honor of Carol Piraino and the Hausner Staff
The Boyanowski/Weisman Family        
The Gordon Family        
Eva and Mark Gurevich        
Valerie and Zachary Hoffman        
Derek and Angela Konigsberg        
Eliana Krulig and Guiellermo Krovblit        
Daniel and Lisa Lehmann, in honor of Elizabeth Lehmann
Carol Piraino        
The Tassa Family, in honor of the amazing Hausner Faculty and Staff
Randi and Brent Tworetzky

Shalom — $500+

2019 Laila Lavan Event Committee, for the anniversary of the 2019 Laila Lavan Spring Benefit
Madeline Chaleff and David Arfin        
The Ben-David Family        
Fay Twersky and Jill Blair         
Dahlia and Ilan Blech, in honor of Emma and Noah Weinberg
Anessa and George Farber        
Andi and Rick Frenkel        
Ari and Nicole Gesher        
The Hall Family        
Rudy and Stephanie Hoffman, in honor of our grandchildren, Siona, Edie, Perri, and Noa
Laura and Gene Karshenboym      
Susie Packer and Shlomi Krepner, in honor of Valerie Hoffman  
The Kuniyoshi Family        
Nittai Malchin '07        
Rabbis Janet and Sheldon Marder, in honor of the wonderful Hausner Teachers and Staff
Aliza and Raanan Peleg        
Neal and Andrea Potischman        
David and Sally Porush, in honor of the Hoffman girls
Moti and Eynat Rafalin        
The Romanoff Family        
Amber and Jeff Rosen        
The Sandel Family        
Dan and Carmen Steinberg        
Daniela and Gabriel Weintraub 

Kehilla — $180+

Eugene Agronin and Qi Wang        
Anonymous (11)        
Yifhat and Yoav Arnstein        
Lauren and David Berman        
Tal and Shachar Binyamin        
Randi S. Brenowitz        
Kimberley Brummer        
The Feldstein Family        
Stan and Carol Field        
Ellen and Irwin Friedman        
Bryan and Deborah Getz        
Ora Gittelson-David, in honor of 7th Grade Students who have participated in Avodah La'Olam
Arie and Jackie Grapa        
Ken and Michelle Greenebaum        
Judy and Jerrol Harris        
Hillary Hazan-Glass, in honor of the Hausner Community
Sandy and Jay Hirsh, in memory of Gail Schlachter
Miranda Junowicz, in honor of Jakob Arjouni
Abi Karlin-Resnick and Andy Cheng        
Marcia and Michael Katz        
Dan Kletter Charitable Trust        
Jessica Labes, in memory of my mother, Barbara
Ilana Landsman and Family        
Elizaveta Piatigorsky and George Mandrusov        
Miriam Wolf and Dani Moskowitz        
The Nitschke Family        
Jody and Sebastian Passanisi, in memory of Shulamit Gittelson
Nathaniel and Andrea Persily        
Tali and Amit Ronen        
Gayle and Simon Rosenbach        
The Rosenberg/Zulman Family, in honor of Carol Piraino
Rabbi Sarah Graff and Scott Roy        
Esther and George Rubin, in honor of the Hausner Administration, Faculty, and Staff
Noah and Anne Rubin        
Gabriel R. Sanchez        
Sara Sandel, in memory of Judith Lev
Adam and Sarah Varro        
Ani Varro        
Miriam and Steve Watenmaker        
Eran and Orit Ziv        
Lee Zulman, in honor of the Hausner faculty and staff

Other Generous Sponsorships

Erin and Rafael Amsili        
Karen Strobel and Jon Bernstein, in honor of Hausner Faculty and Staff
Myrna Bodner        
Adrienne and Michael Bresler        
Nancy Brown        
Anita Castellano-O'Gara        
Sally Goodis, in honor of present and past kindergarten students
Bonnie Hallac        
Betsy Marder Friedman and Mike Friedman        
Barbara and Gene Kates        
Evan Kirshenbaum and Susan Slater        
Diane and Michael Marinoff, in honor of our grandchildren, Zoe and Zeke Adler
Dr. and Mrs. Albert Ray        
David and Lena Romanoff        
Don and Roberta Rosenberg        
Cora and Tyler Ross        
Pearl and Lawrence Schainker        
Judy Schiffer        
Dr. and Mrs. Michael L. Steiner, in honor of our grandchildren, Jared and Dalia
Elisa Weizman        
Kathleen Young        

The Spring Scholarship Fundraising Campaign is underway. Please help ensure that all families can attend our diverse and inclusive school.

Sponsor The Event

Event Committee

Mallary Alcheck, Chair
Rachel Cedar
Zoe Fertik
Jennifer Foster
Nicole Gesher
Ye'ela Naor
Susan Steiner Saal
Tamar Savir

Sponsorship Committee

Valerie Porush Hoffman, Chair
Julie Dorsey
Andi Frenkel
Lisa Friedman
Mike Friedman
Sarah Gabbay HaCohen
Laura Karshenboym
Dan Leemon
Nittai Malchin
Susie Packer
Mark Pomotov 
Emily Waldorf