Belonging Roundtables

Better Together: A Community-based Approach to Advancing Racial Equity

Analucia Lopezrevoredo, Jewtina and Bend the Arc & Elana Schuldt, Rodan Family Foundation

Analucia Lopezrevoredo (she/her/hers), Founder and Executive Director, Jewtina y Co. is a pragmatic sociologist and social entrepreneur, committed to the pursuit of equity, justice, and truth.

Passionate about human development through an asset-based lens, she specializes in designing containers that cultivate POC leadership, liberation, and wellness. In 2019, Analucía founded Jewtina y Co., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Latin-Jewish culture via auto-ethnographic and mixed media storytelling. Through Jewtina y Co., she has empowered thousands of Latin Jews from around the world to collectively partake in recounting la historia jewtina (the Jewtino story) and connect to social justice issues facing the Latino and Jewish communities. In addition to her work with Jewtina y Co., Analucía is the Senior Director of Project Shamash, a racial equity and leadership initiative from Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

Elana Schuldt (she/her/hers) was born and raised in the East Bay, and currently lives there with her husband and two kids Ella (4) and Harlan (2). She serves as President of the Rodan Family Foundation where she leads strategic, evidence-based giving towards the foundation’s goals, which include strengthening the SF East Bay Area Jewish community & developing a “functional cure” for those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Elana is also on the board of directors of the JCC East Bay and Moishe House. Before this, Elana worked for nearly 10 years at the skincare brand Rodan + Fields, with a focus on digital marketing. In her spare time, she loves hiking, exploring, and cooking with her family.

Beyond LGBTQ+ Inclusion: The Transformative Power of Belonging

Exploring the ways that our communities are transformed for the better when LGBTQ members bring our full and authentic selves to the table.

Randi Reed, Rabbi Michah Buck-Yael & Dubbs Weinblatt, Keshet

Randi Reed (she/her/hers) is Keshet Bay Area's Educations and Training Manager. Prior to joining Keshet, Randi helped build LGBTQ teen and community programs for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. She also managed volunteers, community programs, and donations for Covenant House California, the largest youth shelter in Northern California. When she’s not in the office, Randi can be seen cruising on one of her bikes around San Francisco and Oakland or rowing in the San Francisco Bay with her Whale Boat Team, West Coast Rowing.

 

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael (he/they/theirs) serves as Keshet's Director of Education & Training. In that role, he works with Jewish organizations across the United States to develop the tools, knowledge, and confidence to build LGBTQ-affirming communities. They have worked as an educator and a chaplain, and believe that learning together is how transformative change happens. Micah has a BA in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and Rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. When not working, Micah is most likely cooking or baking. Micah lives in St. Louis with his wife, four children, and assorted pets.

 

Dubbs Weinblatt (they/them/their) brings their flair for performance, partnerships, and engagement to their role as Keshet's Associate Director of Education and Training in the New York Metro area, where they work to better integrate LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programming, culture, and leadership in Jewish institutions.

They are the Founder and Executive Producer of Thank You For Coming Out, a queer improv show and now a weekly podcast, and Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Craft Your Truth, an organization that encourages LGBTQ folks to use any kind of performance art as a way to express their stories and connect with their community around them. In Dubbs' free time, they love to read and write and have been featured on Hey, Alma, and are a recipient of the GCN Impact Award.

Different Abilities Make Our Jewish Spaces Stronger

Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Camp Ramah Ojai

Elana Naftalin-Kelman (she/her/hers) is the Tikvah Director at Camp Ramah in California and the Founder and Executive Director of Rosh Pina, an organization that supports Jewish institutions of all types to become more inclusive of people with disabilities. Elana has been working at the intersection of special education and Jewish education for over 15 years. She directs the Tikvah program for kids with disabilities at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, which includes a camper program, a vocational program for young adults, and a camp for families that have children with disabilities. Elana also consults with multiple Jewish institutions to aid them in thinking about how to be more inclusive of Jews of all abilities. She has taught professional development courses in differentiated instruction, behavior management, and teaching Hebrew. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and three sons.

Disrupting Bias in Jewish Spaces

Bias can be an invisible barrier to belonging. This roundtable will explore how we can notice and disrupt bias to create truly inclusive communities.

Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder and Jada Garrett, Be’chol Lashon

Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder PhD. (she/her/hers) is the Director of Education for Be'chol Lashon. She earned her doctorate in Religious Studies at Yale University and has written and taught throughout the world. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, she enjoys learning about Jewish life around the world and cooking a variety of Jewish foods. She lives in Atlanta, GA where she bakes challah regularly.


 

Jada Garrett (she/her/hers) is a thought leader who is focused on building community through inclusive, engaging, and meaningful conversations. Jada has over a decade of experience in leading large-scale transformation programs and excels in program and change management, culture-building, and employee experience. No matter which hat she's wearing, her goal is simple: to empower organizations and thought leaders to build an inclusive culture where diversity of people and thought is welcomed, encouraged, and embraced. Jada’s entrepreneurial spirit, alongside her natural curiosity, arms her with the ability to always improve on experiences. She is a firm believer in Mahatma Gandhi’s teaching that you should be the change that you wish to see in this world. With that teaching in mind and her personal experiences of being Black and Jewish, Jada is on a mission to create spaces where ALL Jews feel represented, appreciated, and that they belong.

Through her work with Be’chol Lashon, Jada consults with Jewish organizations to create and action strategies for becoming a more welcoming, inclusive space. She is very involved in the Atlanta Jewish community: serving on multiple Federation initiatives, working on diversity projects with other local arms of national Jewish organizations, and co-leading a committee at her shul focused on equity.

Jada lives in Atlanta with her daughter. You can often find her taking long strolls through her neighborhood or at local breweries, hunting for the tastiest craft beer.

Enough with “Not Jewish Enough”: Making Judaism Accessible to All

Many people feel (or have been told) that they aren’t enough-Jewish enough, knowledgeable enough, religious enough-when, in fact, we all benefit from embracing different backgrounds and experiences. We’ll dispel some long-running, harmful tropes that impede belonging, and envision a Judaism that recognizes the uniqueness we each bring to our community.

Rabbi Mychal Copland, Sha’ar Zahav & Rabbi Laura Rumpf, Peninsula Temple Beth El and 18 Doors

Rabbi Mychal Copeland (she/her/hers) is passionate about opening the doors of Judaism wider and leading people towards a profound spiritual and religious life that embraces all their disparate identities. She is the rabbi at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco and previously served as Bay Area Director of InterfaithFamily (now 18Doord) and rabbi at two Hillels, UCLA and Stanford. She co-edited Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives (SkyLight Paths, 2016) and her first children’s book, I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book (Apples & Honey Press, 2020), won the Sydney Taylor Honor.

 

Rabbi Laura Rumpf (she/her/hers) congregational rabbi at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, grew up in a loving interfaith home in San Francisco, CA, and graduated from Stanford University. She is happy to be back in her native Bay Area post-ordination from Hebrew Union College. Laura delights in the diversity of ways her job calls her to engage her spiritual curiosity—from leading workshops on resilience for teenagers, to organizing interfaith social justice efforts.

Laura is grateful to the Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship for introducing her to so many warm, inspiring couples and individuals. She enjoys journeying with those who seek support from 18Doors, an organization that empowers people in interfaith relationships to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, helping them find a spiritual home that’s meaningful and meets them where they are.

Exploring Belonging, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Jewish Text

Rabbi Jackie Mates-Muchin, Temple Sinai of Oakland & Rabbi Andy Kastner, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston

Rabbi Jackie Mates-Muchin (she/her/hers) joined the Temple Sinai community in 2005. Rabbi Mates-Muchin focuses her efforts on serving our community through teaching, worship, pastoral care, social justice work, and encouraging the recognition of the vast diversity within the Jewish community. As the first Chinese America Rabbi, she has lectured broadly on the changing nature of the American Jewish community and how established Jewish institutions can become more inclusive.

Prior to her service at Temple Sinai, Rabbi Mates-Muchin served as the Assistant Rabbi in Buffalo, New York for three years. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2002 and received numerous awards for her academics and service. Her thesis entitled "The Analects of Confucius and Its Parallel in Early Rabbinic Thought" was a reflection of her Chinese and Jewish traditions. Rabbi Mates-Muchin is a native of San Francisco and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with high honors and while in Santa Barbara met her husband, Jonathan. They live in Oakland with their four children. 

Rabbi Andy Kastner (he/him/his), Vice President of Jewish Life, joined CJP in October, where he leads the Jewish Life team, advancing the content and connectivity with Greater Boston’s Jewish communities. Andy will be moving from the Bay Area to Boston in July. Before moving to Boston he and his family are working to complete a 550-mile circumnavigation hike of San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail. Andy was interim CEO of the East Bay Federation where he navigated the recent integration of the two Federations and continued his role on the San Francisco-based Federation over the following year to ensure a successful transition.

Fish Out of Water: Newcomers to Israel and the Bay Area and their Search for Belonging 

Bezawit Abebe, Be’chol Lashonl, Tova Birnbaum, Oshman Family JCC & Alex Rif and Dasha Tass, The Cultural Brigade, Israel

Bezawit Getaneh Abebe (she/her/hers) was born in Ethiopia. She grew up in Hawassa and received her LLB from Hawassa University. She did an internship in Ethiopian Human Rights Council where she assisted young girls and women who survived human trafficking from Arab countries. This experience motivated her to work in advocacy for the rights of women and children. After graduation, she worked as a law lecturer in Africa Beza University College, Ethiopia. In 2009, she moved to Israel where for the last 10 years, she worked in Legal philanthropic organizations that strive for the integration, empowerment, and equality of the Ethiopian Israeli community. She worked at Tebeka, advocating for the Ethiopian community’s Human Rights, where she was lecturing Human Rights all over Israel. While working in Tebeka, she won a scholarship from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and was able to go to The Hague, Netherlands to study public international law at the International Court of Justice. She also worked in The David Foundation, which works on leadership and education for Ethiopians. Beza holds a master's degree in government and diplomacy from IDC Herzliya and a master's in law (LLM) from Tel Aviv University. Bezawit is currently an SJD doctoral candidate at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a research fellow at Be’chol Lashon advocating for diversity within the Jewish community.

Tova Birnbaum (she/her/hers) is the Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto and head of the Bina-OFJCC partnership. She was born in B'nai B'rak in an Ultra-Orthodox home and was one of the founders of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. Tova had recently served as the Central Shlicha (emissary), Director of the North America Region of the World Zionist Organization. She is a teacher of Talmudic Rabbinic Literature, a Judaic studies lecturer, and a Theater Midrash workshop facilitator. She is also a Secular Jewish lifecycle ceremonies officiant. Tova is an actress and a Jewish performance artist. She is an alumna of the inaugural cohort of the Mandel Executive Leadership Program, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master's degree in theater from Tel Aviv University. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter.

Alex Rif (she/her/hers) is a cultural-social entrepreneur and community organizer, who synthesizes storytelling and cultural-hacking with her public policy experience to amplify unheard voices in Israeli society, particularly, Russian-speaking immigrants. Founder and CEO of One Million Lobby, the first Israeli lobby to advocate for a better social, economic, and cultural reality for the 1.2 million RSI and The Cultural Brigade, a platform for cultural-hacking projects, led Novy-God and other country-wide projects, which rebranded Russian-Israeli culture and made the Russian-speaking immigrants feel at home. Currently also writing a TV series about the 90’s immigration wave from the former Soviet Union for the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan). Previously, she led employment policy for marginalized populations at the Ministry of Economy.

Alex was recognized by ‘Globes’ as one of the 20 most influential Israeli female activists, and her poetry book, ‘Silly Girl of the Regime,’ won the Matanel award. She holds an MA in Public Policy (Civil Service Cadet Program) and a BA in Political Science & Business Administration, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mother to Gur (3) and partner to Daniel.

From the Inside Out: Shaping Emotional and Physical Safety in Jewish Spaces

Crossing “mechitzahs” (partitions) to explore the emotional and physical safety of the Bay Area Jewish Community, and how we create it, share in it, and violate it.

Rafi Brinner & Leah Marquis, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and Kenny Kahn, Be’chol Lashon

Rafi Brinner (he/him/his) leads the Community Security Program at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, providing guidance, advice, and training to promote the safety and resilience of Jewish organizations and interfaith partners. His work draws on a 23-year federal career, more than half of it based in the Bay Area building a network of security and public safety contacts. Raised in Berkeley, Rafi now splits his time between his Oakland home and Zoom.

 

Leah Marquis (she/her/hers) joined the Federation as the Community Security Program Manager in September 2020 after completing her M.A. in Political Communication at American University. She works in community security with a background in public policy and a passion for executing social justice measures. She is a collaborative policy implementer meaning that she enjoys learning and then taking action. As a Millennial and young professional community leader, she believes that it is the ultimate quest of her generation to drive sustainable solutions to the systemic changes that we are witnessing right now. She looks forward to exchanging knowledge and resources as we practice the divine mitzvah of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).
 

Kenny Kahn (he/him/his) is an assistant principal at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA. He has been involved with Be’chol Lashon since its founding and was the co-director of Camp Be’chol Lashon for many years. In 2013, he received the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, and in 2012 he received the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California's Golden Bagel Award for his contributions to local youth athletic programs. He received a BA in literature, creative writing, and poetry, and MAs in education from U.C. Santa Cruz and U.C. Berkeley.

Giving with a Racial Equity Lens

Angel Alvarez-Mapp, Jews of Color Initiative & Danielle Meshorer, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Angel Alvarez-Mapp (he/him/his) is the Director of Programs & Operations for the Jews of Color Initiative. Before becoming the program manager, Angel served as executive director of Congregation Beth Sholom. Angel is a seasoned nonprofit professional with extensive experience developing comprehensive strategic plans, capital campaigns, and communication/marketing plans. He has provided strong leadership and strategic direction to organizations for more than ten years.

Angel attended St. Mary’s College of California for Business Administration and the Art Institute of California, San Francisco for Graphic Design. He is a member of the Regional Council for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, the Israel & Global committee of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and a board president of Association Media & Publishing, the premier membership organization serving the needs of nonprofit publishers, business operation executives, communications professionals, designers, and content generators. He lives in Los Angeles.

Danielle Meshorer (she/her/hers) is Director of Collaborative Philanthropy at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund with a portfolio split between working with donors giving collaboratively around mission-driven DEI-related issues such as LGBTQIA+ and gender equity, and work to transform systems and culture to advance diversity, racial equity, inclusion and belonging inside The Federation. Danielle comes to her work at the Federation with over twenty years of experience working on challenges posed by conflict, injustice, unequal access, and bias in the United States and in several countries. Danielle worked for a joint Palestinian-Israeli journal in Jerusalem focusing on roundtable conversation and volunteered with the Interfaith Encounters Association facilitating understanding among Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals living in Israel.

After encountering an African community in Cameroon newly converted to Judaism, Danielle awakened to racial and ethnic diversity in the Jewish community internationally and in the United States, and joined Be’chol Lashon, first as a Bay Area Program Manager and later as the International Outreach Director. Danielle remains on the Be’chol Lashon Advisory Committee and lives in San Rafael, CA with her husband, two daughters, and dog, Djibouti.

Lessons Learned: Belonging and Social Isolation During Pandemic Times

Sasha Hippard, Urban Adamah; Maya Katz-Ali, OneTable; Danit Trau, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Sasha Kaori Hippard (she/her/hers) was born in Sendai, Japan, and grew up in San Francisco, California. She is an educator, activist, and creative collaborator committed to working towards a more just, anti-racist, and sustainable food system to nourish our communities, our hearts, and our bodies. Before Urban Adamah, she was working in several Oakland School District locations, teaching urban permaculture, art, and cooking skills. She has worked in farming and landscaping in the United States, Japan, Spain, and Bosnia. She is a proud graduate of Smith College, B.A. Sociology and International Relations and the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Theatre

 

Maya Katz-Ali (she/her/hers) was born and raised in a multicultural home in Oakland, California. She explored and (reluctantly) fell in love with the East Coast while completing her B.A. and M.A. at Clark University in Massachusetts. She interned and studied abroad where she learned about building community across global contexts and bringing people together. One of Maya’s favorite things to do while traveling is meeting with local Jewish communities. She sees sharing stories, traditions, and values as central to our growth as a global community. She currently works as the Bay Area Field Manager at OneTable where she hopes to inspire people to bring Shabbat into their lives in a way that feels authentic and relevant to them.


Danit Trau (she/her/hers) was born in Petach Tikvah, Israel, and moved to Marin County one short year later. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics with a minor in Business Administration at the University of Oregon, which somehow led her to work as a Jewish professional! Danit has been at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund for seven years, working a number of years on its Israel & Global portfolio, and currently oversees its young adult engagement work. She’s in love with living in the Richmond District of San Francisco and enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, keeping up with great new music, and constantly building community.

Opportunities and Challenges of Mizrahi and Sephardic Inclusion in Jewish Life

In this conversation, we will elevate all voices, challenge assumptions, and create a deeper understanding of the barriers to belonging for Sephardi and MizrahiJews. The roundtable will explore ideological and cultural diversity among individuals and Jewish institutions in the Bay Area.

Sarah Levin and Sapir Taib, JIMENA

Sarah Levin (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, an advocacy and education institution dedicated to advancing the rights and heritage of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews from North Africa and the Middle East. JIMENA’s primary goal is to ensure that the accurate history of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews is incorporated into mainstream Jewish and Middle Eastern narratives in order to create balance in attitudes, narratives, discourse, and negotiations about Middle Eastern refugees and the modern Jewish experience. At JIMENA, Sarah has conceptualized and developed a number of campaigns and projects for Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews to explore, preserve, protect, and share their heritage, identities, and experiences. In partnership with a multitude of organizations and activists, Sarah is proud to continue leading domestic and international efforts to pursue acknowledgment, justice, and redress for former Jewish refugees and their descendants.

Sapir Taib was born and raised in Israel and grew up in Modiin. She graduated from Bar Ilan University with a B.A. in Political and Social Science, which led her to pursue international opportunities in foreign relations. Sapir represented Israel on official government delegations to South Korea and Taiwan, she served as a program coordinator for Birthright, and as an active member of the Israel Youth Exchange Authority. Most recently, Sapir worked as a corporate event manager for Funzing; an Israeli startup that creates a marketplace for unique experiences hosted by individuals.
Sapir arrived in San Francisco, CA three years ago and immediately got involved with the Jewish community. She joined the board of the World Zionist Organization and currently oversees San Francisco Bay Area social media groups for local Jewish and Israel-related events. As an Israeli with Tunisian and Libyan origins, Sapir has been volunteering with JIMENA since her arrival in the USA and she looks forward to contributing towards JIMENA’s mission by sharing her Sephardic and Mizrahi traditions and history with diverse audiences.

Start Where You Are: How Jewish Organizations Can Make Deep Change for Racial Equity and Belonging

Annie-Rose London, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, Kimberly Duenas, Jewtina Y Co., Kiyomi Gelber, Camp Tawonga & Adam Weisberg, Urban Adamah

Annie-Rose London (they/them/their or she/her/hers) is an organizer and social justice facilitator who seeks to create raucous experiences of joy and pleasure to counteract systems of dehumanizing oppression. Their passion is creative leadership and transformative group facilitation for thriving and equitable organizations. They have called themself an organizational consultant, a performer, a ritual leader, a Jewish educator – today they call themself happy to meet you. Annie-Rose works with progressive organizations and community groups as an equity trainer, facilitator, and creative strategist. In addition to their work as Bay Area Coordinator with the Roundtable, they facilitate in partnership with InterPlay, The Arts and Social Change Jam, E3: Education, Excellence and Equity, and Earth Activist Training Social Permaculture Trainings. To learn more about Annie-Rose, visit annieroselondon.com.

Kimberly Dueñas (she/her/hers) is a California native with a global spirit, tracing her roots to rural El Salvador as well as Europe. From the Jewish Community Center in Mumbai, India to classrooms in Los Angeles, Kimberly is passionate about providing meaningful spaces for people to develop deeper connections to their own identities and the world around them. Her enthusiasm for community building, education, justice, and storytelling gave rise to her co-founding Jewtina y Co., a community on a mission to celebrate and elevate the Latin-Jewish community. At the heart of her work as the Community Manager, she integrates her background as a Certified Mindfulness and Wellbeing strategist and yoga teacher to practice wellness as a restorative force of healing in our communities and beyond.

Kiyomi Gelber (she/her/hers) is the daughter of a Japanese-American mother and Jewish-American father. She graduated from Pomona College in 2007 with a degree in Environmental Analysis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Environment. She has worked at the intersection of experiential education and social justice at nonprofits including Mission Graduates, New Door Ventures, Amigos de las Américas, the Mosaic Project, and Kiva. After participating in the Dorot Fellowship in Israel, Kiyomi attended graduate school at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kiyomi is currently an Assistant Director at Camp Tawonga, a residential Jewish summer camp located just outside of Yosemite National Park, where, in addition to staff hiring, training and at-camp directing, Kiyomi leads racial justice transformation work. Kiyomi is also a member of the Jewish Community Federation of the Bay Area’s Racial Justice Task Force and offers consulting services through Tawonga Institute. Kiyomi is happiest when it is sunny, loves dancing, going on runs, and swimming in natural bodies of water, and is currently learning to play guitar!

Adam Weisberg (he/him/his) serves as Urban Adamah’s executive director. Prior to that, he served for eight years on Urban Adamah’s board of directors. Adam has a deep passion for UA’s work at the intersection of Jewish tradition, mindfulness, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Before joining Urban Adamah, Adam spent eight years as director of the Diller Teen Initiatives and before that as Executive Director of Camp Tawonga and Berkeley Hillel. He was also one of the early directors of the Teva Learning Center, which makes coming to UA feel like coming full circle in the most meaningful ways. Adam has also worked in a variety of roles in the Jewish community in New York, Israel, and Bulgaria and has served as a coach and mentor for fellow professionals through Hillel, Repair the World, the iCenter, BBYO, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. He spent his time in college and graduated school studying English, Social Work, and Jewish Studies, each of which is a gift he tries to remember to unwrap each day.

Who Will Lead Us and How Will We Get There?

Natasha Kehimkar, Malida Advisors, Gamal Palmer, Federation of Greater Los Angeles & Dona Standel, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund

Natasha Kehimkar (she/her/hers) is an executive coach and strategic advisor to organizations around the world. As CEO and founder of Malida Advisors, she helps companies improve their leadership capabilities and culture, so they can meet and exceed their goals. She brings over two decades of experience leading global human resources, talent acquisition, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in multiple industries. A member of Peninsula Temple Beth El, Natasha is a board member and advisor to private companies and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA in Sociology, a Master's degree in HR and Labor Relations, and she is an accredited professional coach. Natasha is an Indian Jew married to a Chinese-Hawaiian Jew-by-choice, and together they are raising two Korean Jewish children.

Gamal J. Palmer (he/him/his) is Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the LA Federation and a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist and keynote speaker. A graduate of Yale, a student of Oxford University with a strong background in organizational leadership and inclusion, Palmer has worked with hundreds of leaders, executives, and CEOs to help them diversify their teams, and increase effectiveness and collaboration. He’s worked with large-scale businesses and nonprofits including Sempra Energy, Live Nation, Intuit, Yale, UCLA, USC Business School, ITVS, Cultivate Advisors, Wexner Heritage Fund, to name a few. Through the Diversity Gym, he’s worked with 1,000s of individuals to help them find acceptance and foster inclusion. Gamal has worked with social impact entrepreneurs in over 15 African countries, the Middle East, and the US, as well as being an International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Aspen Institute Fellow, Schusterman Foundation Global Leader Fellow, Los Angeles Global Justice Fellow, and Durfee Foundation SpringBoard Fellow. Gamal sits on three national boards: UpStart Lab, Jews of Color Initiative, and American Jewish World Service. He brings a deep understanding of the human condition, and the ability to teach professionals how to leverage their personal stories and authenticities to navigate and overcome differences.

Dona Standel (she/her/hers) has over a decade of experience in the Jewish non-profit sector, committed to creating spaces and experiences in the Bay Area community that encourage and are guided by learning, belonging, and equity. It is with these values that Dona manages Leadership Development at the Federation which includes governance, committee management, creating pathways for leadership, and running the Fed Fellows program. Dona was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of Voices for Good, JFNA’s NextGen Fellowship, and a Fed Fellow herself! Her background is in education, organizational leadership, and community engagement and she enjoys walking Lands End in San Francisco, playing with her daughters, coaching with At the Well, and facilitating a Rosh Chodesh group.

 


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Building Board Culture

Maia Tchetchik Sharir, Federation Culture of Belonging Team and Organizational Consultant

Tchetchik Sharir (she/her/hers) is a passionate community builder dedicated to bringing people together and advancing the Jewish community’s Culture of Belonging. Maia is the owner of Maia Tchetchik Consulting, a leading partner in designing the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund's Culture of Belonging, and head of content at the International Community Building Hub in Israel.  Maia brings almost two decades of experience building community and positive work cultures in the US and Israel to her current roles. She’s served on the ICC@Oshman’s JCC’s Steering Committee, the Wornick Jewish Day School Board of Directors, and founded “Kol Banot”, a community mother-daughter Bat Mitzvah Journey. Maia holds an MBA, is a certified group facilitator, and a graduate of the “Gvanim” program for Israeli leaders. After 8 years in the US, Maia recently moved back to Israel. She loves the outdoors, planning new adventures, and hanging out with her family, friends, and her spoiled dog.

Global Communities of Practice

Liat Ellert, Israel Association of Community Centers & Jenni Mangel, Jewish LearningWorks

Liat Ellert (she/her/hers) leads the department for Strategic Partnerships at IACC  (Israel Association of Community Centers), which in charge of the collaborations and partnerships of IACC at the strategic and national level, since 2018. Between 2017-2018 Liat was Chief of staff for the General Director of The Ministry of Education. Mr. Shmuel Abuhav.  Between 2010 – 2017 directed 2 community centers at the northern county of IACC – Katsrin Community Center (2010-2015) and Rosh Pinna (2015-2017).
Previous to IACC, she was working at the Prime Minister's Office at the Department for Policy Implementation and was directing the fields of local municipality, Aliyah, and welfare, and part of the committee for the joint work of the Government with JAFI, Birthright, and Masa. Liat holds an MA in Political Science and majors in Policymaking and implementation.

Jennie Mangel (she/her/hers) believes passionately that networks and connected learning are essential tools for individual and organizational growth. As Director of Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks Jenni leads communities of practice and other cohort-based learning experiences for Jewish communal professionals. Jenni has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993. Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in History with a Minor in Education. Jenni was selected for the inaugural class of Tikea Fellows in 2001, directed the Shofar Fellowship in 2007-8, and is currently the director of the second cohort of the Voices for Good Fellowship.

Inclusive Shabbat Rituals

Aliza Kline, OneTable

Aliza Kline (she/her/hers) is a passionate community builder dedicated to bringing people together and advancing the Jewish community’s Culture of Belonging. Maia is the owner of Maia Tchetchik Consulting, a leading partner in designing the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund's Culture of Belonging, and head of content at the International Community Building Hub in Israel.  Maia brings almost two decades of experience building community and positive work cultures in the US and Israel to her current roles. She’s served on the ICC@Oshman’s JCC’s Steering Committee, the Wornick Jewish Day School Board of Directors, and founded “Kol Banot”, a community mother-daughter Bat Mitzvah Journey. Maia holds an MBA, is a certified group facilitator, and a graduate of the “Gvanim” program for Israeli leaders. After 8 years in the US, Maia recently moved back to Israel. She loves the outdoors, planning new adventures, and hanging out with her family, friends, and her spoiled dog.

Small Groups for Large Spaces

Jackie Shelton-Miller, Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris & Leah Shapiro, Congregation Emanu-El

Jackie Shelton-Miller (she/her/hers) is a non-profit consultant, facilitator, and community leader. She loves to bring people together. Responding to the isolation of the pandemic, last year she founded a weekly virtual women's challah-baking group. She is a small group leader for Congregation Emanu-El’s B’Bayit program, connecting congregants to each other and building belonging. She was a consultant for Lest We Forget, a photo exhibition of living Holocaust survivors, and Lost Stories, Found Images: Portrait of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam by Annemie Wolff. Jackie serves on the board of Sinai Memorial Chapel and is a Bay Area Wexner Heritage Alumni Delegate. She co-chairs the Parent Association at The Jewish Community High School and is a past board member of the JCF. A graduate of the Coro Fellowship, UC Hastings, and UC Berkeley, Jackie, her husband, and three boys belong to Congregations Beth Sholom and Emanu-El.

Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (she/her/hers) has been serving Congregation Emanu-El since 2019.  After spending a year as Director of Congregational Engagement in 2019, Rabbi Parris officially joined the clergy team in 2020.  
Born and raised in Ossining, NY, Rabbi Parris graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in History and Arabic with a focus on African American studies.  After graduation, she spent two years teaching middle school math at a public charter school in New Orleans as a Teach for America Corps Member.  Rabbi Parris was ordained as a Reform rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where she also earned her Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management from the Zelikow School.  During rabbinical school she served as student rabbi at Congregation Brith Sholem in Ogden, UT, and as community organizing rabbinic intern and Teen School Program Chair at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA.  She also worked as the California statewide community organizing intern for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, as Admissions Ambassador for HUC-JIR, and as a grief counselor at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center.  Prior to joining Congregation Emanu-El, Rabbi Parris began her rabbinic career as the Senior Jewish Educator at Columbia-Barnard Hillel. Rabbi Parris lives in San Francisco with her husband Zachary and their dog Brisket.

Leah Shapiro (she/her/hers) is an Engagement Manager at Congregation Emanu-El and has worked in the Jewish professional world for over a decade. Leah joined Emanu-El in 2019 and oversees the Young Adult Community in addition to the new small groups initiative Emanu-El B’Bayit, alongside Rabbi Sarah Parris.
Leah graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development and has devoted her career to working with the Jewish community in the Bay Area.  Prior to joining Emanu-El, Leah worked with teens at Jewish Family and Children’s Service and with college students at Santa Cruz Hillel.  Leah has a deep passion for helping Jews connect with their Jewish roots and find their Jewish community.

“Talmud” for DEI and Belonging

Lindsey Newman and Marcella White-Campbell, Be’chol Lashon

Lindsey Newman (she/her/hers) is the Director of Community Engagement at Be’chol Lashon, an organization that advocates for the racial, ethnic cultural diversity of the Jewish community. Lindsey currently co-chairs the Racial Justice Taskforce for the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. She has over a decade of experience working to advance racial justice in the Jewish community and in the fields of women’s rights advocacy and early childhood education. She participated in the 2016 Selah Leadership Cohort, was a 2018 Fellow of the Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership, and received her B.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  Lindsey is a board member of NCJW San Francisco and a co-author of Not Free to Desist, an open letter challenging the Jewish community to re-imagine its commitment to racial justice.

Marcella White Campbell (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of Be’chol Lashon, an organization that has advocated for the diversity of the Jewish people for more than 20 years. Previously, Marcella served as Be’chol Lashon’s Director of Marketing and Communications.
Before joining Be’chol Lashon, Marcella was a branding and storytelling consultant, guiding clients towards developing clear, innovative, and culturally sensitive content and media. Prior to that, she was a brand and marketing manager and copywriter. Marcela holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MA in Literature from SFSU, where she focused on the memoirs of early 20th-century Jewish American women writers and received the Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement. Her writing has been published in numerous outlets, including The Forward, Kveller, Huffington Post, and Jewish&, Be’chol Lashon’s online publication that amplifies the voices of ethnically and racially diverse Jews.
Marcella lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children, both of whom are Camp Be’chol Lashon lifers. She is a Board Member of Or Shalom Jewish Community and a Board Member Emeritus of French American International School.