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.
Oren Henry 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.
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.
MIMI LEMAY is an author and advocate for transgender rights. She has written for and appeared in media nationally and abroad since 2015, including a groundbreaking NBC Nightly News series: Jacob’s Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old. Since then, Mimi and the entire Lemay family have fought for passage of equal protections for transgender individuals in Massachusetts and across the US. In 2019, her critically acclaimed memoir was released; What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son and A Journey of Transformation was recognized as a 2020 Massachusetts Book Awards finalist. In it, she weaves the story of her early struggle with her Jewish faith and her growing belief, as a mother, in her son’s journey as necessary and true. In 2020, she was also named a Commonwealth Heroine, an award granted by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She is an emeritus member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council. Mimi holds a Masters in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She lives on the North Shore with her family, that includes her three children, a potcake puppy and a pug, and she considers herself, gratefully, an eternal optimist.
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.
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.
A passionate champion of human centered design, Xiomara Lorenzo combines her backgrounds in business strategy, data analytics, and product leadership to lead user experience, product, and operations teams at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. As Senior Director, Enterprise Digital, Omni, and AI, she leverages her intrapreneurial background to support the development of engaging and measurable digital experiences. Prior to Blue Cross, Lorenzo worked with Fortune 500 companies, including leading the MassMutual financial wellness startup, Society of Grownups. In these roles, she helped these organizations make data-driven decisions to better serve customers. Xiomara received their MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and BA from Wesleyan University. Additionally, they are the founder of Xiomara Lorenzo Designs, a boutique studio specializing in handcrafted 3D-printed jewelry.
Marc Maxwell has degrees in both planning and architecture. Having earned his Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and then his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his career has consistently focused on integrating thoughtful planning and architectural design into a single practice. Maxwell’s career has included academic research and teaching, corporate employment, and private consulting and design firm positions. Maxwell has specialized in several building and project types, all focused on keeping the eventual building user’s needs in the forefront of the design process, looking towards the long term value of the completed project and renovation of existing structures as the ultimate “green” environmentally conscience philosophy. Maxwell maintains strong community involvement in a number of projects and organizations, sitting on several not-for-profit boards including: Temple Israel Boston, BGLAD (Boston Gay Lesbian Architects and Designers) and Stonewall Communities, Inc., and providing at least 10% of his professional time annually to pro bono activities.
Dara Papo, a licensed clinical social worker, was born in the Bay Area and is continuing a family history of involvement in the Jewish community. She has over two decades experience supporting individuals and communities increase their health and wellness through provision of behavioral health services in community-based settings. Papo is the Director of Whole Person Integrated Care at the San Francisco Department of Public Health which provides services to people experiencing homelessness. Papo participated in the first cohort of the Pathways LGBT Leadership program — a partnership between Keshet and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.ornia, Santa Cruz, and holds a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.