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Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America


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Gib a shnuf tsu dayn guf
– Our Sunday Yiddish yoga class with English translation comes back!
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SAJAC Genetic Symposium 2020

SAJAC Genetics Symposium Recording – Oct 15th, 2020.


SAJAC Genetics Symposium

Are you at risk of getting Ashkenazi Genetic Diseases?
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Dr Karim Kader MD
Dr Franklin Gaylis MD


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Lee Gordon Resume


Johannesburg, Gauteng 2192

I am a pragmatic and goal-driven individual and I welcome challenges as an opportunity to learn dynamically. I am privileged to have received a tertiary education in Business Studies & IT Management which has enabled me to think critically and find solutions that not only fix problems, but also focus on sustainability. I am goal- driven, hard working and I value integrity as integral to all I do. I am a third-generation car fanatic & I am a problem solver and enjoy analyzing any situation and finding the best possible solution. I have also become proficient with hardware and physically have built Computers and Networks. I can diagnose and troubleshoot most issues. My degree has assisted me in learning and doing Object oriented programming and SQL which are skills I have incorporated into my personal business. 

Willing to relocate to: United States of America 

Work Experience 

Custom Car Care Johannesburg, Gauteng
August 2013 to Present 

In 2014 I realized a lifelong dream by opening my own business . The business offers a variety of services such as vehicle repairs, servicing, diagnostics, engine rebuilds, body work, project car builds, etc. The client base encompasses private individuals, companies, schools & contracting on behalf of other providers. As owner I manage client interactions, quote, assign workload, complete mechanical work and manage my team of workers and service providers as needed. My skills from my degree have been applied into all aspects of business management and client interactions which has led me to become successful in the field. 

Systems Implementer
Sybrin Systems Johannesburg, Gauteng
January 2013 to August 2013 

I started out working on a big project for major bank in South Africa ,initially I was shown the ropes in how to manage a virtual server. We used a live and test system which was based in India .I was responsible for management of FICA system at a Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC). Eventually i was needed to be on the clients site alone . I formed part of the team that ensured that this bank based system was functional to ensure the running of the client’s daily operations & to continually maintain this system . I was also tasked with communicating the issues on the test system with the programmers and on some issues i would be able to resolve them myself . I was part of the link between the Business itself and the IT part of the system. I gained valuable experience in client liaison and database administration. 


Bachelor’s in Information Technology Management
University of Johannesburg – Johannesburg, Gauteng
January 2012 to December 2015 

High School (matric)
King David Linksfield – Johannesburg, Gauteng
January 2004 to December 2008 

Yeshiva College – Johannesburg, Gauteng
January 1998 to December 2003 



Vehicle Mechanics (5 years), Automotive Servicing (5 years), Vehicle Diagnostics (5 years), Automotive Restoration (8 years), Electrical Diagnostics & Repairs (5 years), Bodywork (5 years), Vehicle Purchasing (5 years), Business Management (5 years), IT Management (1 year), Budget Projection (5 years), Project Management (5 years), Business Analysis (1 year), Vehicle Suspension (5 years), Excel (3 years), SQL (3 years), MS Office (8 years), SQL (3 years), Visual Basic (2 years), Java (3 years) 

Additional Information 

I have been involved in a community program in training educators on how to use a computer systems where they would teach these skills to learners. I have also completed computer competency courses on the Microsoft service Suite. I am Familiar with the SDLC and ITIL Frameworks . I have enjoyed building networks and now possess detailed hardware and software knowledge as well.

JNF Brunch 03.22.2020

Dear SAJAC members,
Jewish National Fund’s San Diego Love Of Israel Brunch will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 and is JNF’s largest community and fundraising event of the year. We are expecting over 600 people to attend what will be a fun and informative morning! We can’t do it without YOU and would like to invite you to serve as a Table Captain and join our Brunch Host Committee.
By serving on our Brunch Host Committee, we kindly ask that you agree to the following:
1.     Attend the 2020 Jewish National Fund San Diego Love of Israel Brunch which will begin promptly at 10:30 AM (As a table captain, you will be invited to the VIP reception at 9:30 AM.  Details to follow).
2.    Fill a minimum of one table (10 seats) with guests who you believe will be interested in making a meaningful gift to JNF. 
There are two ways to secure a table:
Organize a table of 10 where each guest purchases their individual ticket at $36
– or –
Sponsor a table at $360 ($36 x 10 seats) and invite your guests at no cost to them. 
3.     Since your name lends such integrity, we will include it on all event promotional materials, including the invitation, event website, social media and program.
To confirm your participation, please contact San Diego Assistant, Eliana Amundson at (858) 824-9178 x958 or email
Thank you in advance for your leadership and dedication to Jewish National Fund. We look forward to working with you to make this event a tremendous success!
In friendship and with gratitude,
Leslie Caspi                                                                                         Elaine Chortek & Susan Chortek Weisman
Table Captain Recruitment Chair,                                              Co-Chairs,
2020 San Diego Love of Israel Brunch                                      2020 San Diego Love of Israel Brunch 

Yiddish Classes


Dear Friend of YAAANA, 


Please join our 2020 YAAANA events! By popular demand, Yiddish curses and compliments class and Yiddish erotic and love vocabulary class come back this year! All of our classes and events are for all ages and family-friendly. YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW ANY YIDDISH TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS 😊


January events: 


The new edition of Yiddish for Beginners will take place in the University City area, please e-mail us to be on our student list!

The class will be focused on conversational Yiddish and will include everyday greetings, common idioms, and the very basics of grammar.

We will also learn a few Yiddish songs.

There will be 6 sessions on Sunday afternoons, starting on January 26th.

When: 01/26, 02/02, 02/09, 02/16, 02/23, 03/01 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: 5225 Fiore Terrace, San Diego, CA 92122

How much: $70 for the whole series or $15 for individual sessions



January 19th: Yiddish Curses and Compliments Class

Would you like to learn to curse a nudnik in Yiddish?

Or perhaps you want to give a Yiddish compliment to a gute neshume? If yes, then this class is for you! 

When: Sunday, January 19th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Where: The House of Israel, Balboa Park, 2156 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

How much: $15



February events:


February 13th: Libe un erotik – Love and Erotic Yiddish Vocabulary Class

Celebrate Valentine’s Day’s Eve with YAAANA – learn Yiddish love vocabulary!

Hear Eros entice Yidn in Yiddish… See Sappho seduce shikses… Watch Cupid coax meydlekh in the mame loyshn

When: Friday, February 13th, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: TBD

How much: $15

Chocolates and champagne included! 😊


February 21st: Yiddish themed Shabbat dinner at UCSD Hillel

This event is hosted by the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America. This event is free and open to general public.

When: Friday, February 21st, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: UC San Diego Hillel, 8976 Cliffridge Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037


Questions? Please email or

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with KlezCalifornia – KlezCalifornia became our new fiscal sponsor.

Learn more about KlezCalifornia and our partnership here: 


If you are interested in donating to YAAANA, please use this new link:


If you prefer to donate to us directly, there are 6 days left to donate through Jewcer to help us cover our 2020 expenses:



We are looking forward to welcoming 2020 with you!


SAJAC Menorah

La Jolla Hanukkah Party Dec 22 @ 7.00 pm






7:00-10:30 PM




Tickets have been selling fast to Hanukkah X: Fire & Stars! Get yours before we sell out!

Soul X + Audrey’s Tent present to you this special experience at Trilogy in La Jolla on the 1st night of Hanukkah. Join us for a transformative guided experience as we celebrate Hanukkah, journeying through fire, lights, stars, and sound as we integrate its powerful message of light over darkness into our lives.

We will begin on the Rooftop with a fire show & Menorah lighting. 

Because this night occurs on the Winter Solstice – the darkest day of the year, we will observe the stars through a telescope and learn about the galaxy with Cosmologist & Professor of Physics at UCSD, Brian Keating. 

We will then head down to the 2nd floor for a private guided Sound Meditation on 8 messages of wisdom we can take into our lives from the 8 lights of the Menorah, guided by Rabbi Bortz and John Beck. 

We will cap off our event with an LED Movement Show, Dreidel Tournament, and special parting gifts. Happy Hanukkah!

Special Gift: The first 35 attendees will be gifted a free copy of the book: Losing The Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor.

*Adults of all ages, as well as students in High School & College are all welcome to attend*



FRIENDSGIVING Fiesta Nov 29 & 30th 2019

Chai+ Project (Ages 18+)
November 29th and 30th
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Bonfire, Beach Sports, Sparks Cycle and Fiesta

View Braai Bonanza’s Photo Gallery

Fun! Fun! Fun! at our Braai Bonanza, that we held at the JCC Community Park on Sunday, Oct 27th.
Simply click on the first photo and then use the to the right of the image to see the rest …. Enjoy!

Silent Auction Art Donations

Braai Bonanza – Art donated for Silent Auction

Silent Auction Art Donations


Susie Lotzof – California Dreamin’ Acrylic on canvas – framed and wired 13 x 25
– great to hang in any kid’s room – Value $400 – Minimum bid $100 – & now you bid!


Narisa Broderick  – Original Oil on Canvas – 22 x 28 – Value $400 – Minimum bid $100 – Your bid?



Ilana Silverman – African Lady with Fruit Basket –  Original Acrylic on Canvas – 16 x 20
Value $750 – minimum bid – $150 …. make a bid!!



Pamela Nathan – ‘Oh So Pink!’ Watercolor on Paper – 11 x 14 – Value $85 – minimum bid $20 -Make your bid!



Atara Baker –  Series VI  Oil on canvas – mixed media – 48 x 40 – Value $4200 – You can have it for $1000 – Atara has exhibited in NYC Galleries – click here to see Atara Baker’s Bio



Jenifer Broomberg – Pears – 18 x 14 – Oil on Canvas – Value  $500 – You can have it for $141.00



Tova Galgut – A Vase in your Life – mixed media – 16 x 20 – $150 value – Minimum bid $35 – What’s your bid?