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Chaim Ezra Harrison

Communications Manager

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Chaim brings his experience in content creation, dedication to LGBTQ equity, and love of storytelling to Keshet as the Communications Manager.

Before joining Keshet, Chaim served as a Writer/Editor at the Union for Reform Judaism and the Senior Copywriter at the digital marketing firm Ignite. He also provides consulting as a branded content writer, essayist, and script editor.

Chaim earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his Certificate in Jewish Leadership from Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. Chaim is also a Professional Certified Marketer® (PCM®) and Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP) with dual certification from the American Marketing Association and Digital Marketing Institute.

Chaim lives in the metro Detroit area with his wife and four pets and is passionate about screenwriting, Kabbalah, and everything related to owls.

Hannah Henschel

Associate Director of Education and Training for Cohort Learning.

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Hannah brings their background in advancing Jewish life to be more equitable for all to their work as Keshet’s Associate Director of Education and Training: Cohort Learning.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Hannah worked as a Tzedek Social Justice Fellow at the Asheville JCC where they were able to work with Keshet to create the first-ever JCC Transgender inclusive locker room policy. After their time as a fellow, they worked locally at the Ohio State University as their Innovation Fellow. Most recently, Hannah worked for Hillel International as their Manager for Engagement and Wellness where they managed and facilitated numerous cohorts for Hillel International professional and college students that focused on disability inclusion, mental health, and LGBTQ+ inclusion. While working at Hillel they designed Hillel’s International’s first-ever immersive abroad opportunity specifically for LGBTQ+ college students and helped bring mental health training to hundreds of international college campus professionals.

Hannah currently lives in Washington, DC where they spend their time exploring the green spaces in the city, taking care of their house plants, and reading graphic novels.

Rabbi Eliana Kayelle

Bay Area Education and Training Manager

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Rabbi Eliana Kayelle brings a deep love of education and community as the Bay Area Education and Training Manager. They hope to inspire people to think about how Jewish texts and traditions relate to them here and now—and how they can be used while working for an equitable future.

Eliana is originally from Long Island, NY where they’ve worked as a theater-maker, Jewish educator, and community organizer. They have directed and choreographed productions across the New York area at academic and professional levels. Eliana was on the steering committee and ritual team of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Long Island where they worked on local campaigns and ritual actions. Eliana was also on the Long Island roundtable of Jewish educators for The Jewish Education Project. They worked for Temple Beth El of Huntington as the youth group director and school t’fillah leader. Before that, they were the Assistant Director for Camp Ga’avah, a year-round program for LGBTQ youth. Since relocating to California, Eliana has joined the Camp Tawonga team as their summer ‘22 Jewish Program Director and as an educator for their B’nei Mitzvah program.

Eliana received rabbinical ordination as part of the first cohort of Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary. In spring 2022, Eliana launched You Gotta Give ‘Em Torah, which offers adult education focused on identity, sexuality, and spirituality. Their work has been published by Lilith and HeyAlma.

Eliana is a fat nonbinary queer Jew who believes in collective power and radical listening in order to work towards a future where there is liberation for all people.

Jaimie Krass

Director of Youth Programs

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Jaimie brings her background in Jewish education and leadership with her passion for LGBTQ community building as Keshet’s Director of Youth Programs.

Prior to joining Keshet, Jaimie worked with the Hillels at Muhlenberg and Columbia/Barnard; leading more than 600 students on meaningful immersive experiences in the US and abroad as well as designing and leading LGBTQ+ inclusion and leadership trainings for Hillel International conferences and other Jewish organizations. Jaimie has her MA in Jewish education and professional leadership from the Jewish Theological Seminary and her BA in Jewish studies and political science from the University of Florida.

Outside of work, Jaimie volunteers as a crisis counselor for LGBTQ+ youth with The Trevor Project and also works to support Russian-speaking LGBTQ+ Jewish youth in Brooklyn. She loves camping, taking in as much theatre as possible, taking long drives in her car (Ela) and can recommend a good taco place in every neighborhood of NYC.

Tracey Labgold

Florida Education & Training Manager

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Tracey has spent her career as an educator and facilitator dedicated to creating safe spaces, having experienced bullying herself in her childhood. Whether it be through facilitating anti-bullying and diversity awareness workshops, helping others to understand the impacts of implicit bias, or promoting LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish spaces, Tracey loves to engage people in meaningful conversations about the possibilities available when each of us is safe to show up as our full self.

Tracey has a MA from Teacher’s College of Columbia University and taught high school English in both the New York City Public Schools and in Florida. Tracey chaired ADL Florida’s Regional Board for 4 years and taught Hebrew School at her shul for 13 years where she also served on many committees and worked part time in the school office.

She and her wife, Michelle, have 5 children. Tracey loves to read and runs half-marathons and does yoga when she has spare time.

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Talia Makowsky

Communications Manager

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Talia has a passion for community building, learning, and a knack for producing well-crafted social media posts. She comes to Keshet from the Jewish Museum of Maryland, where she made sure each visitor had a thoughtful, accessible experience. Her commitment to making the museum a more inclusive place included leading the institution’s participation in the Keshet Leadership Project. She found this opportunity to combine her Jewish identity and queer identity invigorating and Talia hopes to help more people discover how to be wholly themselves.

In addition to her experience at the museum, Talia has worked in Baltimore City Public Schools as a literacy tutor and volunteer tutor coordinator. She also has served at various Jewish congregations as a religious school teacher and worked at Eden Village Camp as the Aquatics Director. These experiences impressed upon her how important it is to inspire confidence in young people.

When not writing for work, Talia is usually writing for one of the many D&D campaigns she enjoys, sharing insights from fat liberation podcasts, or spending time with her partner and dog, Sassquatch.

 

Sarah Mamlet

Operations Manager

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Sarah is thrilled to bring her strong organizational skills, eye for detail, and passion for Judaism and social justice to her new role as Keshet’s Organizational Manager. Her background is in electoral and community organizing, and she has spent the last year working as an organizer on progressive local, state, and national campaigns.

A recent graduate of Vassar College, Sarah majored in psychology with minors in math and Jewish studies. She was an engaged member and leader of Jewish student groups, led campus voting mobilization efforts, and was a member of various choirs and theatre groups.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys singing, traveling, reading too many novels, and trying to pet every dog in the greater Boston area.

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Jackie Maris

Chicago Education & Training Manager

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Jackie is a queer, South African Pisces with a love for education and community-building.

She has worn various facilitator hats as a madricha (summer camp leader) and Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education) with Netzer, as a Hebrew school teacher at Temple Israel in Cape Town, and as Co-Chair of the Limmud Conference in Johannesburg.

Before Keshet, Jackie worked as Education Coordinator with Roundabout Theatre Company, overseeing the theatre’s intern and apprentice programs for early-career professionals interested in the Broadway arts industry. She also worked in Juilliard’s admissions department, supporting their audition season, while pursuing her Masters degree in Arts Administration at New York University. Prior to this, she completed her undergrad in Anthropology, History, and Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town.

When she’s not working, Jackie serves on the board of Tapestry (a chamber choir in NYC), volunteers with Books Through Bars (mailing books to incarcerated folks), and collects zines on fat liberation (shoutout to Etsy).

Elana Ohl

Annual Giving & Events Manager

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Elana brings her passion for creating meaningful space, Jewish social justice, and well-organized calendars to her role as Annual Giving and Events Manager. Her experience in startup sales and events, as well as a past life in Off-Broadway directing, inform her work in executing successful events and experiences with Keshet.

Elana is from Washington DC where her spirit for activism and schmoozing was ignited. She earned her BFA from The New School in New York City and now lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and her Dutch Shepherd, Pepper. A recent stint in Philly covers Elana’s East Coast wanderings; she looks forward to many games of Jewish Geography with you. When she’s not working, Elana can be found cooking and/or pickling, doing hot yoga, or at the library.

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Dan Reiser

Program Marketing Associate

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Dan carries with him his enthusiasm for racial justice, labor rights, Jewish solidarity work, and housing justice organizing to his position as Program Marketing Associate at Keshet. He feels most fulfilled when he can freely inhabit the intersection between queerness and Judaism, and he has a long-term goal of pursuing rabbinical school with this intersection in mind.

Before Keshet, Dan worked for a Holocaust education nonprofit that focused on illuminating the hidden stories of the Holocaust, and he also worked for a housing justice organization near Chicago, Illinois.

Dan is a graduate of Barnard College with a degree in Sociology and a Minor in Race and Ethnicity. He lives in New York City and spends their free time listening to Daniel Kahn on the M train, crocheting kippot, and attempting to master film photography.

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