Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School | 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto | 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Technology is woven into every aspect of our daily lives and has the potential to be a neutral, positive, or negative influence. Join us for a rich conversation about the ethical and educational implications of technology for our individual lives, our communities, and the world.

Kehillah Gala 2017 Co-Chairs: Corinne Lipmann, Hillary Mickell, and Apryl Stern

Featuring a Panel of Experts

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David Fischer

David Fischer is the Vice President of Business and Marketing Partnerships at Facebook, where he is responsible for Facebook’s rapidly growing advertising business and manages the Sales and Marketing teams worldwide. Prior to joining Facebook in 2010, David was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. David previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Treasury Department and prior to that, he was an Associate Editor at U.S. News & World Report.

David holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s in business administration from Stanford University. He is recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. David serves on the boards of the Ad Council, Squaw Valley, Equal Opportunity Schools, and Keys School.


Irina Raicu

Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University. She is a graduate of SCU’s School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University (where she also taught for a number of years). Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the San Jose Mercury News, and Re/Code. As a teenager, Raicu immigrated to the U.S. from Romania; her background informs her interest in the Internet as a tool whose use has profound ethical implications worldwide.

Anne Toth

Anne Toth

Anne Toth is a well-known technology policy expert with a focus on online privacy. Anne was most recently at Slack Technologies where she oversaw policy, security, corporate social responsibility, people operations and recruiting for the world’s fastest-growing business enterprise software company. Prior to joining Slack, Anne was the Head of Privacy for Google+ and was Yahoo!’s Chief Trust Officer overseeing privacy, data governance, child safety, advertising content policy, and related policy areas from 1998 to 2011. Anne has testified before Congress about online privacy and behavioral advertising and before the Article 29 Working Party in Europe on search data retention policies. She has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Glamour Magazine, Financial Times, Guardian, PBS Newshour, ABC News and many other media outlets on the topics of privacy, security, diversity and the role of women in technology.

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Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute and the author of ten books on Jewish ethics. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews. He studied at the University of Texas, Harvard University, Yeshiva University, Columbia University, and was ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (the YCT Rabbinical School) in New York where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and he received two additional private rabbinic ordinations. As a global social justice educator, Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in about a dozen countries around the world and a film crew followed Shmuly for over a year to produce a PBS documentary (“The Calling”) about the training of religious leadership.


This year, we are honoring the visionary individuals who have helped create Kehillah’s Laboratory for Engineering Arts (LEA): Hagit and Oren Zeev (Eyal ’14, Shira ’19) planted the seed and then provided the financial resources for the creation of the LEA. Daniel Kelley, our Technology and Engineering Arts Coordinator, developed the vision for the space together with Jennifer Idleman, Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, and both partnered with Kathleen Edwards, Dean of Math, Science, and Technology to developing the lab and its programs.

100% of the funds raised at this year’s gala will support the Alison Ruebusch Scholarship Fund.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jenny Circle at

Current Sponsors

Net Neutrality – $25,000
Bobby and Fran Lent

Artificial Intelligence – $10,000
Abbe Braitman
Ellen and Steve Karel
Warren and Barbi Lazarow
Oren and Yasmin Lukatz

Virtual Reality – $5,000
The Boal Family
Eve Bernstein and Alex Gersznowicz
Cindy Gilbert and David Greenstein
Alexis Deller Kushner and Ari Kushner

Biowearables – $2,500
W.L. Butler Construction
David and Phyllis Cook
Linda and Jim DeMartini III
David Fischer
Ben and Adean Golub
Lisa Friedman and Jim Harris
Darren and Debra Kleinberg
Rosita and Steve Newman
Rowena Dodson and Roger Rosner
Deirdre Lyell and Max Schireson
Apryl and Raymond Stern

Social Media – $1,000
Martha and Michael Adler
Altman Aranow Charitable Foundation
(Amy and Dan Schiff, Julie and Stuart Krigel, Ruth and Al Sporer)
Fred and Nicole Aron
Amir and Sharon Ashkenazi
Albert and Drucie Belman
Paz and Ron Brill
Ellen and Marc Brown
Murali and Priya Dharan
Eyran and Linor Eylon
Yossi David and Ora Gittelson-David
Brad and Emeri Handler
Gary and Laura Lauder
Corinne and Paul Lipman
Julie Dorsey and Daniel Leemon
Seth and Sharon Leslie
Jim Heeger and Daryl Messinger
Barbara Gottesman and Michael Mitgang
Tony Richmond and Pilar Parducci
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Zack and Orli Rinat
Ken and Nancy Rudin
Eran and Haggit Sandhaus
Judy and Lee Shulman
Michael and Judy Steinhardt
Studio Bondy Architecture
Tad and Dianne Taube
Beth and Richard Treitel
Adrienne and Neil Tuch
Debra and Zvi Weiss