From the Press

(From left) Josef Paldus-Farmwald with his Moldaw buddies, Manny and Bee Cherkas, Jan. 18, 2023. (Photo/Sarah Sherwood)
Emma Goss / The Jewish News of Northern California

The Buddy Program between Hausner students and the Moldaw Residences senior living community is a long-standing project that has been running for four years. The students and seniors are paired together for activities such as playing board games or observing Jewish holidays. This year, the students are writing short stories and essays about their Moldaw buddies to enter into the Better Together National Essay Competition. The program has been a success with many students and seniors forming close bonds

Tal Binyamin

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the high school class of 2023, representing less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide. Among the semifinalists are three Hausner graduates: Zachary Berman (Kehillah Jewish High School), Danielle Gillai (Los Altos High School), and Shira Goldhaber-Gordon (Gunn High School). Kol Hakavod and good luck to our grads in the next stages!

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in Mountain View, 2019 (Photo/JTA-Ian Tuttle-Getty Images)
Dan Pine / The Jewish News of Northern California

Last week we announced the generous gift from Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to Hausner and other Jewish institutions in the Bay Area. This week our Head of School, Rabbi Danny Lehmann, was interviewed for an article in the JWeekly:

“It gives me a lot of hope for the future of philanthropy in the Bay Area. [The grants are] an incredible model of how the resources Silicon Valley has generated can be transformative if applied to the Jewish community. I hope this is the beginning of a growing movement, not only for Mark and Priscilla … but for other tech leaders who have enormous resources. The impact they can have on the Jewish community is profound.”

Hausner soccer field