Keshet, the national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life will be celebrating the work of three incredible Jewish leaders at Keshet’s annual OUTstanding! awards gala. It is Keshet’s honor to award Rebekah Farber, Dr. Marc Kramer, and Dr. Susie Tanchel the Hachmei Lev Award. In the Torah, the concept of hacham lev suggests that enormous tasks, that holy work, require both skill and spirit, head and heart. As lifelong educators and lay leaders, the award recipients have shown the true meaning of using head and heart, not only in teaching pluralism, but in advocating for and modeling Jewish LGBTQ inclusion and equality in the Jewish day school movement.
Rebekah Farber, former Chair of RAVSAK’s Board of Directors and co-founder of de Toledo High School in West Hills, California. Ms. Farber was instrumental in raising LGBTQ inclusion intentionality as a priority issue among philanthropists and in Jewish day schools.
Dr. Marc Kramer, former Executive Director of RAVSAK. Dr. Kramer is being honored for his work to advance LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish day schools throughout North America. He lives in New York with his husband, Jeffrey Richard, and their three children.
Dr. Susie Tanchel, Head of School of Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, Mass. Dr. Tanchel was, until recently, the only out head of a Jewish day school in the country. Serving as a role model through her own journey of coming out, she played a crucial role in creating a space for LGBTQ students, faculty, and parents to be able to be themselves in the Jewish day school world.
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