To encourage the distribution of Torah Values and Ethics from generation to generation (L'dor V'dor).
To assist all sects of Judaism in awakening every Jewish Soul to their purpose in repairing the world through good deeds, impacting government, religion, and family morals.
To work with Interfaith organizations and families in bringing peace and unity to our communities.
To develop outreaches like the Coalition for Sephardic Ladino Legacy that will enhance our communities.
We believe in everyone's right to worship G-d as they feel in their heart. While we are in respect of all faiths, We do not as Jews believe , teach or embrace the Messianic movement nor do we co-mingle with any other doctrine but for the one described in our 13 principles of faith by Maimonides. (Listed on this page).
We are in full support of Jewish schools and Synagogue Life . We encourage membership and support as priority for the Jewish Family. We are in full support of the Jewish Federation and it's goals to provide a Jewish experience for all those in the diaspora. We applaud the work of other Jewish efforts and educational venues and consider ourselves partners with them.
Wanda (Calime) Florence (Hannah), Treasurer, Executive Board Member Wanda has been a practicing attorney for 35 years, the majority of her career handling all matters pertaining to labor and employment law. She has served on various local Bar Committees, including the Judiciary Committee. In addition to this, she has traveled domestically and abroad with Rabbi Elisheva directing special events and managing staff. She has assisted for many years in leading tour groups to Israel. She is an officer on the Executive Board of Directors for Ayekah Jewish Foundation and has given her time in third world countries such as India and South America visiting and helping orphanages in slum areas. Wanda enjoys reading, traveling and all aspects of being a Wife, Mother and Grandmother.
Janet Rasmussen, Secretary, Executive Board Member Janet is retired from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department where she last served as the Chief of Police for the City of Hughson, California. She has 36-years of vast law enforcement experience and is one of the pioneers for women in the field of law enforcement. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Sherman Block Leadership Institution. Janet has traveled with Rabbi Elisheva domestically and abroad. She has been asked to address law enforcement leaders here at home and in South America. She currently serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for Ayekah Jewish Foundation and is the Treasurer for Congregation Beth Shalom in Modesto, California.
Gavriela Perez , Board Member Composer and Songwriter Gavriela is a Cantorial Intern for The Coalition for Sephardic Ladino legacy and serves on the Board of Directors for Ayekah Jewish Foundation. She has traveled with Rabbi Elisheva domestically and abroad and performed in front of many large groups that Rabbi Elisheva was called to address including but not limited to Government leaders and members of the United Nations. She is a songwriter and Ladino, Spanish and Hebrew vocalist. Her family origin being from Andalucia and later Guadalajara, Jalisco gives her great insight into our work today. She is fluent in English, Spanish and comfortable in Ladino. She enjoys teaching music and encouraging others to grow in their musical gifts. Manny Aldana, Board Member Business Owner/Accountant Manny Aldana was born in Palawan, Philippines. The 5th of eleven children to Antonio Aldana and Gliceria Aldana. After a series of circumstances and residential moves Manny found himself married and residing in Los Angeles. He worked his way through school and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Accounting. Today Manny serves on the Board of Directors for Ayekah Jewish Education. He and his wife Cherrie have worked with Rabbi Elisheva since 2007. They have helped spearhead many of Ayekah's efforts including but not limited to "The Golden Age of Jewish Spain" conference and have assisted logistically in all our special events.
Irene (Hernandez) Pursel Irene recently retired from the Department of Corrections where she spent 31 years in law enforcement. 14 years into her tenure she was promoted to the rank of sergeant. She has served in leadership positions for Religious/charitable non-profit organizations and now serves on the Board of Directors for Ayekah Jewish Foundation. She is a member of Congregation B'nai Jacob in Bakersfield, California and serves there on the Board of Directors and Ritual Committee. There she also leads the Sisterhood one of the most prevalent women's groups in our Jewish communities since the early 1900's. This group provides a social and spiritual experience associated with the synagogue. Irene is married and resides in Bakersfield, California. Tamara (Ahuva) Tagge, Board Member Tamara has 20 years of experience as a California State Credentialed teacher. She is personal Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Elisheva since 2010 and serves as a Board Member in support of the vision of Ayekah Jewish Foundation and the Coalition for Sephardic Ladino Legacy. She has traveled to Israel, and South America to help work on special projects. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology and recently was instrumental in building a virtual credentialed charter school where she was named department Chair of the Middle school. Her efforts in "Tikkun Olam" (repairing the world) have reached throughout the Americas. (to contact Tamara write to; Ayekahinfo@gmail.com)
Ritual Advisor, Houshang Fourzan
Reaching the Diaspora
THIRTEEN PRINCIPLES OF FAITH
Belief in the existence of the Creator, who is perfect in every manner of existence and is the Primary Cause of all that exists.
The belief in G-d's absolute and unparalleled unity.
The belief in G-d's non-corporeality, nor that He will be affected by any physical occurrences, such as movement, or rest, or dwelling.
The belief in G-d's eternity.
The imperative to worship G-d exclusively and no foreign false gods.
The belief that G-d communicates with man through prophecy.
The belief in the primacy of the prophecy of Moses our teacher.
The belief in the divine origin of the Torah.
The belief in the immutability of the Torah.
The belief in G-d's omniscience and providence.
The belief in divine reward and retribution.
The belief in the arrival of the Messiah and the messianic era.
The belief in the resurrection of the dead.
The most widely accepted list of Jewish beliefs, compiled by Rambam (Maimonides).
"El mundo descansa sobre tres pilares: la Torá, el servicio Divino y la bondad" (Avot 1:2).
Hope is essential to life, it is life itself defending itself. Never lose Hope!
"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.' Carol Buchner
Gavriela Perez, Cantorial Intern
Tamika Crump, Sound Logistics
If you are planning for a year, sow rice, if you are planning for a decade, plant trees, if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. (Chinese proverb)