Amram was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Keshet’s first LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton in August 2012, and has remained involved with Keshet’syouth programming ever since –as a participant, volunteer staff member, and intern. It was because of Keshet that Amram felt empowered to come out in his Orthodox community at age 15, and then co-found the first GSA at a Modern Orthodox high school during his junior year. In 2017, he joined the Keshet Youth Programs Team full-time and is now the Associate Director of Youth Programs. In his work on the youth Programs Team, he has helped grow Keshet’sShabbaton program from two Shabbatonim a year to six in 2019, and has also helped build up the structure to empower LGBTQ Jewish teens and young adults all over North America as leaders in our Jewish and LGBTQ communities both in-person and through Keshet’s suite of online programs that launched in the spring of 2020. Having been involved with Keshet’s youth programs since he was a teenager himself, Amram believes that the Jewish community is better when LGBTQ Jewish young people can bring their full selves, ideas, and power to our community and when LGBTQ Jews have access to mentorship and leadership development to help bring those ideas to life. He brings a passion for Torah, the social sciences, and art to his work as an educator and organizer and is excited. A proud, lifelong New Yorker, Amram lives in upper Manhattan with his husband, Jamie Weisbach, and their two cats, Perle and Herschel. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Jewish Professional Studies at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. He lives his life with an unironic, unwavering love of cats, kale, coffee, and pop music.
S. Bear Bergman is the author of six books and the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books and writer of the advice column Ask Bear for Bitch Magazine. His most recent book for grownups (Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter) made several “Best Of” lists and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Bergman is a much loved speaker and storyteller at universities and festivals alike, because his signature blend of wit and warmth brings all the people to the yard (regardless of their sex designation, gender identity, or gender expression, which he would like to remind you are not the same thing).
Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife (she/they) sprinkles sparkles, disrupts expectations, and offers blessings wherever she goes. She serves as Oreget Kehilah (Executive Director) of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, Founding Kohenet of Kesher Pittsburgh, and Program Director of the ALEPH Kesher Fellowship. She also enjoys working with Keshet, Beloved Builders, Jewish Learning Collaborative,and serving on the board of Kavod v’Nichum. Additionally, she delights in serving as a shlichat tzibbur, life spiral ceremony/ritual creatrix, teacher, facilitator, liturgist, and songstress. Her work in these realms is informed by her lived experience as a queer, bi-racial, Jewish person, her belief that Book, Body, and Earth are equal sources of wisdom, and the quandries she encounters as a scholar of the Orphan Wisdom School. Keshira received Kohenet smicha in 2017 and earned her BS 2000 and MS 2001 at Carnegie Mellon University. After many years of traveling and living in Australia, she and her beloved once again make their home on Osage and Haudenosaunee land, also called Pittsburgh, PA. www.keshirahalev.com
Carson Gleberman (she/hers) is proud to be Vice Chair of Keshet’s board. She is a Tony-awarded theater producer and investor, whose credits include Bright Star (Tony nomination), Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award), It Shoulda Been You, and the national tour of Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. She is also Board President at Page 73 Productions, whose 2019 co-production A Strange Loop transferred to Broadway (Tonys, Best Musical, and Best Book of a Musical). Previous professional chapters span health care operations, banking, strategy consulting, and a blog for straight, cis parents about being allies for their children and their friends. In addition to her BA from Yale, she also holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School. She lives with her husband Joe on the Upper West Side, where they raised three children to be discerning mavens of many kinds of food. If she’s not there, she’s probably at the yarn store, theater, or tennis courts.