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HaZamir Teen Choir

What: HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir is a Jewish musical youth movement of 38 choral chapters across the U.S. and Israel. Now entering its 26th year, HaZamir engages hundreds of Jewish teens annually who meet weekly to rehearse high-level Jewish choral music and create a pluralistic peer community. HaZamir prepares the next generation of Jewish choral singers, composers and conductors, builds an inclusive peer community across denominations, and provides a platform for contemporary and classic Jewish choral music.

Launching in 2018, this project led by Aviva Angel will open a chapter in San Diego for teens. Open to all teens in the community, the program will also offer High School credit. Teens will also participate in a four day festival in NYC with other choir chapters.

When: The choir will be led by a local community member, meet at the San Diego Jewish Academy. Fees and dates will be available on the HaZamir Choral web site here.

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Danielle Rugoff

Danielle is the Director of Venture Philanthropy, GenNext / GenNext Foundation. Danielle moved to San Diego from Texas where she founded a successful Jewish program, Makom, for young professionals. She is a strong proponent of experiential Jewish programming .

Danielle has also worked for Hillel International, AIPAC and Atuda, Young Professionals Division of Israel Bonds where she was the Founder and Co-Chair in charge of educating the Greater Dallas Area on the importance of investing in Israel Bonds.

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There’s More  Danielle serves on the Board of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, is active in AIPAC and NextGen programs of the Jewish Federation of San Diego county. Danielle is currently a participant of the M2 Relational Engagement Circle. Danielle participated in the Jewish Community Hackathon in 2017 and has been an active advisor of the Startup18 Lab.  Her project to re-envision Makom in San Diego won seed funds at the Hackathon.


What: A dynamic young community reanimating Jewish life through celebration, learning, and sacred mission. Makom was piloted in Dallas, Tx in 2012 and founder Danielle Rugoff  is working to re-establish the program here in San Diego, CA.  Makom engaged hundreds of Jews by shattering preconceived notions on what young Jews want. 

Makom proved that Jewish communal innovation can succeed in any corner of the country, including smaller Jewish communities like Dallas, TX and San Diego. In Dallas, as in many cities throughout North America, Orthodox outreach organizations and synagogue affinity groups offer the only young adult engagement options. Through grassroots community building, Makom provides a new option designed to connect young Jewish adults with Jewish life on their own terms.

An initiative incubated by Dallas’ oldest and largest Conservative synagogue, Makom breathed fresh energy into Jewish life in Dallas, enhancing the Jewish identities and spiritual growth of all those who participate.  Danielle seeks to do the same thing here in San Diego. For participants, mostly non-synagogue members, Makom reimagines how to integrate daily Jewish experiences into people’s lives.

When:  In San Diego, Danielle has run pilot events in collaboration with other organizations, including a unique Shabbat experience, and a Seder experience at sunset at the beach.

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