Sisterhood Presents:

Sisterhood Shabbat  |  Book Discussion

Sisterhood Dor l’Dor Shabbat Service
Friday, April 25th, 6:15 p.m.

Judy Shear

Judy Shear

Join us in honoring Judy Shear, Recipient of the Tifereth Israel Sisterhood President’s Award.

Please join us for a delicious Shabbat Dinner following the service. Adults $18. Children (5-10) $9. Your payment is your reservation, and must be received by April 23rd. RSVP online or mail checks to Tifereth Israel Sisterhood.

Judy Shear has been a dedicated and active member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue and Sisterhood since 1986. She has traveled around the world, from a small town in her native Argentina, through Israel, to join our congregation as a devoted and respected volunteer.

Growing up in Argentina as the child of Jewish immigrants from White Russia, strong Jewish involvement was always a part of her life. Her father founded a Jewish School and Community Center in Resistencia, Argentina, where Judy was raised. As a young woman talented in both drawing and math, she studied Architecture in Buenos Aires, where she received her degree. The 1967 Revolution in Argentina changed her next plans! Winning a scholarship to a Master’s program in Town Planning to the Technion in Israel changed her life’s course. While earning her Master’s at the Technion, (in her second language, Hebrew) she met a young American student with similar talents, and despite language barriers, they fell in love and married in 1969. Judy and her new husband, Hillel Shear, finished their advanced degrees together and began an epic tour throughout Europe and on to his native Pennsylvania, eventually choosing San Diego as their home in 1974. Together they started their architecture firm, Shear Design and Associates, specializing in single and multi-housing projects, among many other spectacular projects over the past 40 years. Judy is a specialist in lighting design as well. She is responsible for the redesign of our Chapel and the beautiful lighting in our Sanctuary and Social Hall! Although Hillel has recently retired to pursue his artistic talents, Judy continues to work in her field. They will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this year.

Their first son Aaron was adopted in 1977, and has a successful IT business based in San Francisco. Second son Michael, z”l, was born in 1978. Also a brilliant and talented soul, Michael suffered from birth with Cystic Fibrosis, and sadly, succumbed to the disease in 2002.

Despite the demands of a busy architecture business, family and motherhood, and personal health challenges of her own, Judy has always taken the time to be involved in causes she believes in. She has been a longtime officer and spent many years as President of San Diego’s section of National Council of Jewish Women, where she continually supported and lobbied for social and political choices of concern to her. As one of the few women architects at the time, Judy became active in her professional organization, Women in Architecture. She has served us diligently as a Board Member and Administrative VP of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, as well as serving on committees and projects too numerous to mention. Judy also has continued her love of education and learning by participating in book groups, study sessions, conferences and conventions, always taking the time to fully understand and explain issues in depth.

But now we honor Judy Shear for her dedicated service to Tifereth Israel Sisterhood. Judy has served as a Gift Shop volunteer, traying cakes for Shabbat with our Circle committee, planning many Sisterhood Shabbat services, Installations, Fundraisers, innumerable programs and projects, has attended conventions, and served as a volunteer on almost every Sisterhood committee. She particularly loves Social Action and Educational Programs, and those concerning Israel. She has been Membership VP and is currently Program VP, as well as serving us for the past three years as President.

We can always count on Judy to take a reasonable and well thought out position to solve any problem. Judy’s hand is always raised when help is needed. Her indomitable spirit is a joy to behold. Judy has truly earned this honor. Sisterhood is lucky to have this remarkable, talented, intelligent woman in our midst as a leader and trusted friend. Thank you to Judy for all your years of loving service to Tifereth Israel Sisterhood!

Sisterhood is proud to honor Judy Shear with the 2013-14 President’s Award!


Book Discussion Group: The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
Saturday, May 17th, at noon

Woman Reading a Diary

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can’t resist.

But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what’s at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right.

Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved.