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Debbie Kornberg named to Jewish Federation post

SAN DIEGO – The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Kornberg as Planning Officer for the Community Planning & Innovation (CP&I) Center. Debbie is charged with facilitating community-wide planning in Jewish education throughout San Diego County, and implementing innovation grant planning and funding. The CP&I Center assesses needs and opportunities to empower Jewish people, provides planning support to community partners, and invests each year in Jewish education, caring and innovation locally, nationally, in Israel and overseas communities.

Kornberg provides professional leadership for the Jewish Education Services Council, a new community advisory council that will identify education priorities, increase access to Jewish education, and support a new framework for planning communitywide Jewish education. Kornberg will work with the plethora of Jewish organizations in San Diego that provide educational entry points in Jewish life, to stimulate coordination and collaboration in order to increase participation and improve overall outcomes.

“The San Diego Jewish community is fortunate to count Debbie Kornberg among our treasured planning professionals,” said Lisa Haney, Director, Community Planning & Innovation Center. “As a community-building and fund-raising organization, Federation’s board and management are thrilled with the addition of a professional with Debbie’s broad and deep experience in planning, education and community engagement, to our staff,” she added.

Prior to joining the Jewish Federation, Kornberg served for 10 years at the San Diego Jewish Academy as Director of Jewish Life and Programs, and Director of Golda Meir Lower School’s Judaic Studies. She also was the Jewish Academy’s community liaison to several community partner synagogues. With extensive planning, administrative, programming and teaching experience, Kornberg worked closely with the Agency for Jewish Education, many schools and non-profit Jewish organizations throughout San Diego County and the U.S. In addition to her work with day schools,

Kornberg has experience in early childhood education, the supplementary school system and informal Jewish education. Previously, Kornberg was Educational Director for a synagogue on the East Coast overseeing a preschool, religious school, Hebrew high school and multiple youth groups.

Kornberg holds a Masters degree in Jewish Education from Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a Bachelors of Arts degree in History and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She and her husband, Rabbi David Kornberg, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Am, have two children and live in Carmel Valley.

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