2024 Heart & Soul Gala - JFSSD
Moving Forward Together

Thank you for joining us at the 2024 Heart & Soul Gala!

Gala Video Highlights

Together, We’re Creating Hope

Every day at Jewish Family Service, we create hope in our community through our actions. Person by person. Family by family. Moving Forward Together.

Sharon & David Wax
Mitzvah Honorees

The Wax family’s profound impact and belief in Tikkun Olam serves as an inspiration for generations to come, reflecting Sharon and David’s belief in the power of community to create positive change.

Barbara & Ed Shapiro, The Shapiro Foundation, HIAS
Mitzvah Honorees

Sharing a commitment to Welcome the Stranger, The Shapiro Foundation and HIAS collaborate with JFS to assist the most vulnerable migrant from around the world..

Gala Honorees

Sharon & David Wax

As part of a multigenerational family that has been making an impact in San Diego County for decades, Sharon and David Wax have strengthened the Jewish community, while also supporting the critical needs of San Diego’s greater community. Their enduring support has helped countless individuals and families move forward, embodying the value of tikkun olam/repairing the world.

The Wax family’s profound impact serves as an inspiration for generations to come, reflecting Sharon and David’s belief in the power of community to create positive change.


Barbara & Ed Shapiro, The Shapiro Foundation

Sharing a commitment to Welcome the Stranger, The Shapiro Foundation and HIAS collaborate with JFS to assist the most vulnerable migrants from around the world. HIAS, our longtime immigration and resettlement partner, works to support refugees and advocate for the rights of displaced people. The Shapiro Foundation has been integral to streamlining the travel process enabling asylum seekers to directly reconnect with their families throughout the U.S.

The strategic partnership between all three organizations provides Safe Mobility Offices (SMO) – a new, innovative legal pathway for asylum seekers.

Honorary Chairs

Evelyn & Ernest Rady

Gala Chairs

Cindy & Larry Bloch

Lisa & Gary Levine

Honorary Committee

Nancy & Matt Browar

Ellen Charo

Liz Nederlander Coden & Daniel Coden, M.D.

Hanna & Mark Gleiberman

Marie Raftery & Dr. Bob Rubenstein

Lauren Wax & Dan Kaushansky

Randi & Charles Wax

Sheava & Bryan Wax

Join us for a fun, elegant evening of family and philanthropy!

Thank You to Our Underwriters



Joan z”l & Irwin Jacobs

Marie G. Raftery & Dr. Robert A. Rubenstein

Sharon & David Wax



CARS-Charitable Adult Rides & Services


Marsha Berkson & Family

Lee & Frank z”l Goldberg

Jerri-Ann & Gary Jacobs

Karen & Jeff Silberman


Cindy & Larry Bloch

Marjorie & Sheldon Derezin

Diane & Elliot Feuerstein

Hanna & Mark Gleiberman

Lisa & Gary Levine and A.J. Gallagher

Arlene & Louis Navias

The Shapiro Foundation

Randi & Charles Wax

Logo for Gallagher: Insurance, Risk Management, Consulting

Heart of the Family

Belmont Village Senior Living – La Jolla

Jamie Carr

Crust Kitchen

Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

Jewish Federation of San Diego

Sylvia Liwerant


Meiselman Family

Network Distribution

Congresswoman Lynn Schenk & Terry Fechter

University of California San Diego

Network-Distribution logo

Heart of Gold

Bank of America Private Bank

Judy & Larry Belinsky

Matt & Nancy Browar

Deborah Bucksbaum & Lee Maio

Capital Auto Auction

City National Bank

Liz Nederlander Coden and Daniel Coden, M.D.

Congregation Beth Israel

Theresa Dupuis & Gary Kornfeld

Susanna & Michael Flaster

Claire & David Guggenheim

Emily & Chris Jennewein | Times of San Diego


Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg, LLP

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS

Sandy Levinson

Barbara & Thomas Lincoln

Barbara & Mathew z”l Loonin

Danielle & Brian Miller | Geppetto’s

Molly’s Angels Foundation

Caroline & Nicolas Nierenberg

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Arlene Rosen

Safdie Rabines Architects

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Neil Senturia & Barbara Bry

Susan Shmalo

Linda Silverman

Nancy & Alan Spector

Jill & Mark Spitzer

The Salk Institute

Karin & Tony Toranto

Sheava & Bryan Wax

Rick Weitzen

Emma & Leo Zuckerman

Capital Auto Auction logo
Logo for Beth Israel
TImes of San Diego logo
Molly's Angels Foundation logo
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest logo
Logo for Safdie Rabines Architects

Gala Patron

ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Honorable Jan Adler & Karen Hartz

Sarah Bakhiet

BYCOR General Contractors

Mary & Jon Epsten

Linda Fredin & Gary Frost

Gay & Lesbian Fund for San Diego

 Jean & Franklin Gaylis

Dr. Rachel & Ryan Goldenhar

Jennifer & Mathew Kostrinsky

Linda & Edward Janon

Seth Krosner & Phil Johnson

Anita & Rabbi Marty Lawson

Leichtag Foundation

LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care, Ohr Ami, The Jewish Hospice Program
and The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation

Morgan Stanley PWM, Bancroft Bleimeyer Sonder Group

Susan & Jim Morris

Beth Goldenberg Newton

Fern & Lee Siegel

Jill Stone

Susan Chortek Weisman & Eric Weisman

Rachel & Adam Welland

Helene & Allan Ziman

BYCOR LOGO - Vertical
Logo for Light Bridge Hospice Community Foundation
Morgan Stanley-logo


Bonnie Foster Productions

Gravity Productions

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