Judy Kunofsky, who lives in El Cerrito, has a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C.L.A. and moved to the S.F. Bay Area to teach for two years at U.C. Berkeley. Her next career was as an environmentalist, working for 25 years for the Sierra Club, Greenbelt Alliance, and Yosemite Restoration Trust. She is now a fundraising consultant (JMJ Consulting) specializing in grant writing and training, and Executive Director of KlezCalifornia, which connects people and communities with Yiddish culture. She is an active member of Congregation Netivot Shalom (Berkeley) and the East Bay feminist khavura Nishmat Shalom. In 2000-2002, she co-organized (with Rivka Greenberg) a multi-organization series of lectures on Gender and Judaism.
Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project recorded an in-depth interview with Judy about her Jewish identity, values, and experiences, which can be viewed at