Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen

Chief Program Officer, JASA

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Alan Cohen has worked for more than 25 years in the international and domestic non-profit, foundation, and corporate social responsibility sectors. Alan currently serves as the chief program officer at JASA. In the past, Alan served as the chief of staff at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC); the director of global corporate social responsibility at Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company; as the senior director for strategic planning and organizational resources at UJA-Federation of New York; and as a program officer for JDC’s Former Soviet Union Team. Alan is also on the board of Plaza Jewish Community Chapel. Alan graduated from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, having studied politics and Russian language and literature. After graduating, Alan was awarded the Dorot Fellowship in Israel and spent five years living in Jerusalem. He received a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University. Alan participated in the Selah Leadership Program for a national cohort of social justice leaders and received AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps’s Partner in Justice Award. Alan lives in New York City with his husband, Robert Bank.

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Bennett Decker

Programming Assistant, T’ruah

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Bennett Decker is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a student at the Joint Program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University where he received dual BAs Political Science and Talmud. Bennett currently combines his desire to make the world a more just place and Judaism during his day job at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

Bennett got involved with Keshet for the first time as a participant on the Keshet Teen Shabbaton during his senior year in High School. Since then, Keshet has helped him to find queer Jews to be thought partners, teachers, justice-seekers, and friends together in unique community with. He has also fallen in love with the work that Keshet does, particularly for teens and youth; helping Queer Jews unite those two parts of their identity that Bennett feels are the two most essential parts of his.

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Johanna Fine, SPHR

Chief Human Resources Officer, JCC Chicago

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Johanna Fine, SPHR, is the Chief Human Resources Officer at JCC Chicago. She has a BA in Speech Communications, with certifications in Human Resources Management & Diversity and Inclusion. Johanna started her career in Human Resources in 1996 and has spent most of her career in for-profit organizations. In 2015, Johanna felt the need to give back both professionally and personally, and transitioned into non-profit work, joining the American Osteopathic Association as their VP of Human Resources. In January of 2017, Johanna joined JCC Chicago in her current role, and loves being in a community center, visiting with members and preschoolers. Her work includes partnering with Senior Leadership and Managers to develop their succession planning, employee relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, training & development, performance management, and union/labor relations needs.

Johanna was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois and lives with her wife Laurie, and their three teenage daughters. She enjoys taking their boxer mix dog Luna for long walks and has recently started taking up yoga. In addition to being on the Keshet Board, Johanna also serves on committees with her temple and National Runaway Safeline.

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Lee Jason Goldberg

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Lee Jason Goldberg is an active lay leader at UJA-Federation of New York, serving as Chair of UJAPride, its LGBTQ affinity group, and as a member of its Board of Directors. Lee is also a lay leader with Jewish Federations of North America, serving on its JEDI Committee and as its National Young Leadership Cabinet’s Vice Chair for Inclusion. Lee serves on the Board of Directors and as the founding co-chair of the Ending Mass Incarceration Team at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue, on the Board of Directors of Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and on the Steering Committee of the New York Jewish Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform. 

Lee is an investment banker and attorney. Lee graduated with a BA, cum laude, in Economics-Philosophy from Columbia University and a JD, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, where he has received alumni awards for a scholarship supporting LGBTQ Fordham Law students. Lee was born and raised in Wellesley, MA, has run six NYC marathons, and volunteers with his Havanese, Georgie, as a therapy dog team.

Eli Gurock

Eli Gurock

Founder/CEO, Magic Beans

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Eli Gurock lives in Brookline, MA, and grew up in Riverdale in the Bronx with his wife and high school sweetheart, Sheri. Together, they founded the baby gear and toy retail company Magic Beans in 2004, where Eli is the CEO. He is obsessed with his three kids, diligently practices handstands in his spare time, drinks lots of Starbucks Italian roast coffee, and is very involved in his local independent, egalitarian Minyan. Eli also helps families worldwide navigate the world of baby gear through his popular YouTube channel, which has over 20 million views.

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Oren Henry

Commercial, Regulatory, and Product Counsel at Stripe

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Oren Henry, the Commercial, Regulatory, and Product Counsel at Stripe, has been connected to the Jewish community his entire life. His grandfather a rabbi, his Israeli grandmother a Hebrew school principal, and his mother a Hebrew teacher, Oren’s synagogue in suburban Chicago was his second home while growing up, particularly once he became a Hebrew tutor and religious school aide there. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Oren served as a lead intern for the Jewish Heritage Programs, an alternative to Hillel that aims to engage students in Jewish life, and he also interned at the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. Most recently, Oren served on the recently formed UJAPride committee of the UJA-Federation of New York. After more than fifteen years on the East Coast (attending UPenn in Philadelphia and Georgetown University Law Center in DC and starting his legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City), Oren now resides in San Francisco with his husband.

Ari Kristan

Ari Kristan

Partner, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP

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Ari practices employment and higher education law as a partner at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein in Boston.  In this role, Ari advises organizations on how to avoid employee conflict and minimize the risk of litigation. Ari also represents businesses and non-profits, including colleges and universities, in state and federal court.  In addition, Ari serves as an investigator of claims of workplace misconduct and allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment on university campus. Ari frequently presents and writes about anti-discrimination laws and workplace issues, with a special focus on the creation of inclusive and equitable workplaces for LGBTQ+ employees. Ari has served as a Board member for the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and chaired the organization’s Committee on Transgender Inclusion.

Ari graduated from Tufts University and received her law degree from Boston University.  Before law school, Ari worked for campus Hillels at UCLA and Tufts University.  Along with her wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Eleanor, Ari is an active member of Temple Shalom in Medford, MA. Ari is passionate about the outdoors, books, biking, and dogs.

Liana Krupp

Liana Krupp

President and Trustee of the Krupp Family Foundation

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Liana Krupp is the President and Trustee of the Krupp Family Foundation, which focuses its work on capacity building and community partnerships across the Jewish, food and arts sectors. She is deeply involved in the Foundation’s strategic work and is a patron of the arts nationally and internationally. In her work, Liana finds new ways of connecting racial and economic equity as well as broadening racial and gender representation in the organizations she is involved with. It has empowered her to step beyond the traditional role of a grant maker, to become an active ally, advocate and adviser to the partners the Foundation supports.

Krupp began her career in the fashion department at Interview Magazine. After her time at Interview, she worked as a stylist, writer, and TV producer in New York City before relocating to Boston. There she lent her expertise to digital publishing, communications, and PR, and created a long-running news site for the creative industry in New England. She now directs the Krupp Family Foundation’s work full time, alongside her other philanthropic endeavors including: the Curators Circle for the Fashion & Textile Arts Department at MFA Boston; New England Foundation for the Arts Advisory Council; Boston Arts Academy Fashion Technology Advisory Council; Board of Trustees at Ballroom Marfa (TX); Chinati Contemporary Council (TX);  and Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Leadership Council.

Liana currently divides her time between Boston and the west side of Los Angeles with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Frankie.

 

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Rabbi Adina Lewittes

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Rabbi Adina Lewittes (Dini) is the founding rabbi of Sha’ar, a northern NJ/NYC-based, values-driven Jewish community oriented around the call to societal, environmental and spiritual sustainability. Sha’ar provides multiple gateways into Jewish life exemplified by a commitment to inclusiveness, diversity, innovation, scholarship, excellence and collaboration.

Dini recently served as the Scholar in Residence at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in NYC, a synagogue renowned for its commitment to social justice and spiritual activism. Dini is also a member of the senior rabbinic faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School.

Previously, Dini served as the Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School at JTS, and founded a synagogue in Englewood, New Jersey, modelling shared leadership and collective communal responsibility. Dini regularly enjoys speaking engagements in the US and Canada and publishing essays on topics including Jewish identity, leadership, Jewish innovation, sexual/gender diversity, multifaith/multiheritage marriage and engagement, and contemporary Jewish spirituality. She is married to Andi Lewittes, and has four children, two stepchildren, and one incredible dog.

Davia Loren

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington

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Dr. Davia Loren is a woman of myriad intersectional identities. She’s been practicing medicine for nearly 25 years, maintaining board certifications in both General Pediatrics and Newborn Intensive Care. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle where she has been living since 2004, she’s a member of Temple Beth Am there. Davia is a peer-trainer for the University Of Washington Office Of Healthcare Equity where she will be providing workshops on gender & sexuality identity diversity as well as on bias & micro-aggressions. Davia’s identities include mom (her three kids range in age from 15 to 21) and cherishing companion to her beloved partner, Jane.  

Davia has served as the Medical Director of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Camp Kalsman since 2006, the Medical Liaison for the URJ-NFTY USA Camping System since 2016 and is now one of five physicians leading the URJ Medical Advisory Team. She is a passionate advocate, activist, and ally for gender diversity education and inclusion; she helped develop Camp Kalsman’s gender inclusion program. Davia is a member of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. She’s provided expert testimony to the Washington State Senate on inclusion of transgender health care in insurance coverage, she speaks about gender diversity to audiences on a regional and national level. Davia was elected to the URJ North American Board as the first openly transgender person in 2019. As a passionate board member for LGBTQ+ presence in Jewish life she has participated in their groundbreaking DEI Taskforce, and is presently a member of the Trustees Committee. Davia loves to hike, cook (especially for Jane), and pretty much anything that involves being out on the water.

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