Leadership & Partners


Tarbuton Board members are volunteers who serve in an advisory capacity.

Shoshi Barkai    Shoshi is a nutritionist and researcher at UCSD. She and her husband Shai are Israelis living in San Diego. Their daughter attended Tarbuton classes and Shoshi and Shai organized Holiday celebrations and prepared and accompanied children for singing performances at Yom Haatzmaout festivals and Yom HaZikaron ceremonies.

Brett Gottlieb    Brett is an American and is married to Lital Gottlieb, Tarbuton’s Operational Manager from 2015-2016.  He brings his experience in finance to the Board. The couple have three children the oldest of which attended Tarbuton’s preschool program.

Tsipi Landen    Tsipi is Israeli.  Tsipi works in strategic communications.  She has grown children and moved to San Diego from the Palo Alto area.  Tsipi coordinates Tarbuton’s Israeli film group and brings Israeli plays, dancers and speakers for adults.

Dr. Sandhya (Sunny) Kathleen Bhalla-Regev    Sunny is an M.D.  She is an American who married an Israeli. The children attended Tarbuton programs in elementary school. Sunny also studied Hebrew in the Adult Ulpan.

Galit Shezifi    Galit is Israeli and is married to an Israeli, Oded.  Galit is an expressive art therapist.  The family participated in holiday celebrations and Galit manages an Israeli book club powered by Tarbuton. Oded has also planned Israeli film outings.

Jennie Starr, CEO/Founder   Jennie is an Israeli-American married to Stuart, who lived in Israel for 7 years. Jennie is a communications professional with a background in Law and product management. Her children attended Tarbuton classes from preschool through 8th grade and participated in holiday celebrations. Jennie manages Tarbuton, organizes Bira v’Nashira and brings Israeli plays and dance shows to San Diego. She also manages the Startup18 Lab and Fellowships.

Galit Urich    Galit, an Israeli is married to Michel, also Israeli.  Their children attended Tarbuton classes. Galit has offered Shishi on the Farm, an Israeli cooking program and is the author of Israeli Food in America an Israeli cookbook written as a Tarbuton fundraiser.

Past Board Members:  Ellen Fox, Tamar Gollan, Eylon Geva, Michal Levi, Marina Weiser, Rabbi Phil Graubart


Israeli-American Council – San Diego
The Ken Jewish Community
Temple Emanu-El
House of Israel
Congregation Beth El
Temple Solel
Beth Israel
San Diego Jewish Academy
Chabad Carmel Valley


Israeli-American Council
Jewish Federation of San Diego County
Leichtag Foundation
Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation
Covenant Foundation
Barnik Tarbut Foundation
The Israeli Consulate, Israeli House (Bayit Israeli) in Los Angeles, CA


World Zionist Organization


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Jewish Education Project Jewish Enrichment Network, New York, NY Learn more





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