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Mission

JHTC’s mission is connecting the Jewish High Tech Community and its friends together to enhance our opportunities for education and giving back to the community.

The JHTC aims to improve the quality of life in the Silicon Valley for Jewish people working in and around technology and for the Jewish and South Bay communities more generally by educating them about important trends and issues in technology. Longer term, our goal is to develop charitable and professional development programs.

FAQ

How often does the JHTC group meet - and where?
Regular meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. at the Fenwick & West Silicon Valley Conference Center in Mountain View. Special meetings are periodically added throughout the year.
How can I volunteer to help the JHTC?
JHTC thrives because of the members who contribute time and expertise to helping the organization. If you’d like to be part of this dynamic team, please contact us.
Is the JHTC a non-profit?
We incorporated at the end of 2008 and were granted 501(c)3 status in 2010 so annual memberships, sponsorships and other donations are tax deductible.
Do I have to be a member to attend events?
Events are open to all. We are pleased to invite you to become a member of the non-profit JHTC, and as such, to take advantage of the many benefits of membership. The Jewish High Tech Community enhances the lives of its members – and those in the larger community through exceptional learning, networking, and social experiences.
Is JHTC membership open to everyone?
Membership in the JHTC is open to people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds.
How can I connect with other JHTC members?
Join us at our events! Then, request an invite to join the JHTC Linkedin group. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and email: info@jhtc.org.
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JHTC incorporated at the end of 2008 and was granted 501(c)3 status in 2009. Annual memberships, sponsorships and other donations are tax deductible.

BOARD of DIRECTORS

An active board and the organizers behind JHTC events

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Tanya Okmyansky, President

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Peter Hoffman
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Andrew Baum
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Andrew Feit
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BOARD of ADVISORS

Silicon Valley leaders and longtime supporters of the JHTC

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Morey Schapira

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Martin Griss

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Stuart Leudan

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Greg Mathis

History

The Jewish High Tech Community has a history going back to the 1980s and flourished in the run up to and during the dotcom explosion. Harry Saal and Joe Seidler, in cooperation with Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, founded JHTC in 1989 to build a sense of community among the many Jewish people working in Silicon Valley. Since then, many friendships and business relationships have been established, creating a real sense of community among Jewish techies.

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JHTC Founders gather in 2002: Harry Saal, Joe Seidler, Dan Rubin, Al Platt

Joe served as the first president, followed by Sam Gill, Steve Benjamin, Dan Rubin, Lloyd Dickman and Neal Greenberg. Many other individuals were active and crucial to the early success of JHTC, including Jerry Brenholz, Fred Stein, Harry Saal, Alan Bennett, Dick Sirinsky, Reba Cohen, Arlyne Diamond and Ken Toren (representing Federation).

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Bill Lazar

JHTC relaunched in March of 2006 under the leadership of Bill Lazar, when Shelley Hebert, Executive Director of the Campus for Jewish Life, made an impressive presentation on this amazing community project to a small group at Kol Emeth. Fenwick & West partner Barry Kramer graciously used one of his partner sponsorships to again make the terrific Silicon Valley Conference Center available to us beginning with the May meeting that same year.

JHTC incorporated at the end of 2008 and was granted 501(c)3 status in 2009. Annual memberships, sponsorships and other donations are tax deductible.

Today, the JHTC Board of Directors (see above) are active organizers of monthly events in Silicon Valley, easily accessible in Palo Alto or Mountain View. JHTC hosted technology events are free to members and volunteers, while open to the public for a tax deductible donation.

Thank you to our Sponsors