CONNECTIONS 2017

Cherie Half

Co-Chair, Engagement Committee, WUPJ North American Advisory Board
Cherie Half

Cherie Half

Cherie Half is a former president of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Pacific District. She served various terms on the Board of Directors of Women of Reform Judaism. She is co-chair of the Engagement Committee for the North American Advisory Board (NAAB) of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). Cherie has been the congregational committee chair of a twinning program with a Progressive congregation in Poltava, Ukraine for 17 years. During that time she was involved with fundraising for the community, and also for the Netzer Camps that educate youth in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) about Progressive Judaism. In 2004 and 2009, Cherie led the development of a program that used airline miles and home hospitality to bring FSU leadership to the San Francisco Bay Area and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for cultural and educational exchanges. This evolved into the “Smiles for Miles” program that was able to transport 10 people from the Former Soviet Union, Israel and France to San Francisco for CONNECTIONS 2011. Fred and Cherie have three children, Lauren, Jonah, and Julie, and seven grandchildren.