Mike Nissenson

Past Chair
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara, CA

What inspires you to serve on the Moishe House Board of Directors?

I can tell you that every time I have attended a mezuzah installation​ at a Moishe House,​ I get chills. Having been brought up with very little Jewish understanding, and purposefully absent in attending much in the way of formal services until ​my early 40s, I never worried much about “continuity.” I should have. It’s a real problem for a people so small. Fortunately, I don’t worry so much anymore. I know M​oishe House ​has the issue’s back. David and the amazing staff ​are ​going to reverse the flow. M​oishe House ​​​is going to get the job of Jewish survival and growth accomplished. I truly believe we are literally changing the course and the destiny of Judaism. Big order; bigger deal! If that weren’t inspiring to me, I would have to be dead.

Past/Present Leadership Positions:
Overseer Board of HUC-LA; Board of Directors of Hillel Santa Barbara; Board of Directors of Beit T’Shuvah; Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (1990- 2000); Executive Director and Campaign Chair of Federation of LA/Valley Alliance; Brentwood Community Center; President and Campaign Chair of Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara; Board and Executive Committee Member: UJC-NY; past Small City Chair for UJC.