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Jewish Heritage Month: San Diego

2010 Jewish Heritage Month Heroes

Jewish Heritage Month


As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions and influence they have made to the Jewish community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KPBS. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Jewish Heritage Month programming from May 17 through June 27.

Congratulations to our 2010 Diversity Local Heroes of the Year:

EllenBeckJHM.jpg        Dr. Ellen Beck
        UCSD School of Medicine
        San Diego, CA

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Dr. Ellen Beck is founder of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project (SRFCP), which serves more than 2,000 low-income patients each year. The SRFCP immerses 250 medical students into a community-centered healthcare model offering an equivalent of $1.6 million in service. Dr. Beck developed a national in-depth training program for faculty focused on health needs of the underserved and created the first fellowship in underserved healthcare. She is passionate about transforming public school education and has co-founded a comprehensive wellness program at Golden Avenue Elementary School. Dr. Beck is currently working to develop legislation that increases physician volunteerism in California.

MarjoryKaplanJHM.jpg        Marjory Kaplan
        Jewish Community Foundation
        San Diego, CA

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Marjory Kaplan is president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) and holder of the Miriam and Jerome Katzin Presidential Chair. For each of the last five years, JCF has been a leading grant provider in the region. In her 16 years at JCF, Kaplan has built JCF's donor base exponentially and developed highly innovative programs, such as the Endowment Leadership Institute (ELI) and the Youth Philanthropy Program. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kaplan's entrepreneurial leadership and work in developing best practices in philanthropy have significantly strengthened the funder and nonprofit infrastructure of the community.

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