Voices for Good – Cohort 2

J- Camp Director | Oshman Family JCC 

Rebecca’s Jewish journey started at summer camp and her local synagogue in central Florida. She decided to pursue a career in Jewish education after an incredible year abroad, volunteering on the OTZMA program. She studied Education and Jewish Studies at NYU to earn an MA and became an iFellow with the iCenter for Israel education. She spent five years at the Union for Reform Judaism running Kesher, the URJ Birthright Israel program and the Roswell Klal Yisrael fellowship, a program providing young adult leaders an opportunity to travel around the world, learn about progressive Jewish communities and bring back meaningful change to their community. She came to California in March of 2020 to join the team at the Oshman Family JCC and share her enthusiastic camp spirit, pandemic or not. In her free time, she loves to play with her dog Oreo and go on lots of active adventures like hiking, biking, skiing and water sports.

Rebecca Bigman

Youth Programs Coordinator | Kehilla Synagogue

Natalie Boskin has been involved in Jewsh education since she was a teacher’s assistant as a 13 year old at Kehilla. She earned a BA in Comparative Religion from the University of Puget Sound in 2015 and has worked in this position as well as a b’nei mitzvah teacher for Kehilla since graduation. She also works as the Youth Educator for Shalom Bayit, providing teen dating violence prevention workshops to Jewish youth throughout the SF Bay Area. She cares deeply about weaving anti oppression work into her work as a Jewish educator and believes that loving her students for who they are is at the center of everything she does.

Natalie Boskin

Preschool Director | Peninsula Jewish Community Center

Nicole has been a part of the PJCC staff since 2008, supporting the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children of all ages with programs from sports leagues to summer camp. She was the founding manager of the PJCC’s after school program Treehouse @ the J, before serving as the Director of Youth, Family and Recreation and now as the Preschool Director.  Nicole has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from Notre Dame de Namur University. Her educational journey coupled with Jewish communal work, have formed the framework for her own growth and leadership development.

Nicole Francis

Project Director, Jewish Teen Foundation | Jewish Community Federation

Rachel graduated from the University of Arizona with a double major in Psychology and Judaic Studies and earned her MA in Crisis and Trauma from Tel Aviv University.  In 2014, Rachel found herself in San Francisco (kudos to many summers at Camp Newman for drawing her to the Bay) and started working at the Jim Joseph Foundation, igniting her passion for philanthropy.  Rachel now runs the Jewish Teen Foundation, where she can combine her love of philanthropy, teen empowerment, social justice, and the Jewish community/Israel to name a few.  If you are looking for Rachel outside of the nonprofit space, you can most definitely find her at the beach.

Rachel Halevi

Youth Educator | Peninsula Temple Beth El

Ashley Jerome believes that for the Jewish community to thrive, all voices of every age group need to be heard and included and that is what she strives to achieve.  Ashley has worked with youth and teens in Jewish communities across the country for over 10 years in a variety of programs. She has a Masters in Jewish Education with a certificate in Informal Education, Youth Leadership, and Camping from Hebrew College and earned her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine.

Ashley Jerome

Senior Regional Director | BBYO 

Sasha Joseph is passionate about creating radically welcoming Jewish spaces. In her seven years as a Jewish professional she has worked hard to promote the diversity of Jewish life into all programming and experiences. Sasha is an alumna of The University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Human Relations. Living as an immigrant and a Jewish Woman of Color, sparked her passion for social justice. Currently Sasha serves as the Senior Regional Director of BBYO in the Bay Area where she helps teens navigate their own unique Jewish identities and develop themselves as leaders. When not working with teens, you can find Sasha catching up and (sometimes) podcasting about the latest and greatest TV shows. She hopes to one day combine her passion of traveling and reality shows to compete on The Amazing Race!

Sasha Joseph

Director of Community Education | JFCS Holocaust Center

Yedida Kanfer teaches about the Jewish past in order to enlighten the Jewish present.  In exploring Jewish history and the Holocaust with teens, undergraduates, and adults, Yedida encourages critical thinking about the world today: what are our responsibilities to each other, and to our larger society?  Yedida manages the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives, and she loves to use primary sources in her teaching.  She received her PhD from Yale University in Russian, East European, and Jewish history, and has contracted with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.   When she is not teaching, Yedida loves activist work, singing Jewish/Yiddish music, and bird watching.

Yedida Kanfer

Grant Operations Associate | Jim Joseph Foundation

Heidy is a passionate advocate for social, racial, and economic equity. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heidy worked on development and community engagement as Director at Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. Heidy also spent six years working in Finance, Institutional Asset Management, as Associate for the Analytic Investors Equity Team at Wells Fargo Asset Management and as Analyst for Bank of America’s Global Banking and Markets. Heidy grew up in Southern California and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from American Jewish University. Heidy enjoys exploring national parks, climbing, hiking, yoga, reading, and painting.  Heidy lives in San Francisco with her partner, Scott, and their new puppy.

Heidy Zohar Ramirez

Program Officer | Jim Joseph Foundation

Rachel is passionate about Jewish education and engagement and elevating experiences that inspire people to live connected, meaningful, and purpose-filled lives. She has worked across sectors in and out of the Jewish community as an entrepreneur, community builder, communications and development manager, and programming and operations director. Rachel received her MS in Organizational Leadership & Innovation at The Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and earned her BA in International Studies Political Science, with an emphasis on Communication, at the University of California, San Diego. Rachel is a Founding Board Member of Alliance for Girls, the largest regional alliance of girl-serving organizations and leaders in the country, mobilizing girls’ champions to advance equitable communities in which every girl thrives.

Rachel Shamash Schneider

Development Director | Berkeley Hillel

Molly works hard to help people experience a sense of belonging by creating community and connection without barriers. She has been driven by this for as long as she can remember and has recently transitioned into the role of Development Director at Berkeley Hillel after serving as the Senior Director of Engagement there for five years. She studied abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and graduated from Mills College in Oakland with a BA in Psychology and Music. It is important to know that her love of icebreakers may only be surpassed by her love of a good pun.

Molly Shapiro

Grants Officer | Koret Foundation

Alison is passionate about the need for the larger American Jewish community to embrace its diversity. As a biracial woman who grew up in an interfaith family, she offers a different perspective of the Jewish experience. Alison earned her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University in Massachusetts. She has worked in philanthropy for 14 years, with the last five years working for Jewish funders who support Jewish organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. The work has come full circle for Alison, as she now helps fund organizations that she had connections to as a child growing up in San Francisco.

Alison Wong Stein

Community Programs Manager | Wilderness Torah 

Ilana is an experiential educator, network weaver, and community builder. Her journey in the Jewish outdoor education field began at Urban Adamah where she was a fellow in 2016. The fellowship transformed her connection to Judaism. This experience inspired her deep connection and continued passion for creating and facilitating spaces for spiritual growth and nature connectedness. Since then she has worked for Hazon (in Detroit) and Pearlstone (outside of Baltimore) to create and run a wide variety of programs, including community Shabbats on an urban farm, working with environmental justice activists, and immersive programming for youth. She was a part of the 3rd JOFEE Fellowship cohort (Jewish Outdoor Food Farming Environmental Education). Ilana holds a BA from Dickinson College in Environmental Studies and a minor in Studio Art.

Ilana Unger

Voices for Good – Cohort 1

Executive Director | Contra Costa Midrasha

Devra works towards a future where teens feel safe, heard and capable of transforming their world today.  At CCM she’s shepherded an intergenerational documentary project, exchange program between American and Israeli teens and renewed the Teen Philanthropy Board. She teaches food justice, yoga and gardening, and loves to examine  women in the Torah with students of all ages. Previously, Devra produced theatre, television and news.  She is the recipient of the 2020 Award for Excellence in Jewish Youth Education and Engagement from Jewish LearningWorks.  She has a BA in Theatre (Directing) from ASU. Devra was born in Phoenix and currently lives in Richmond, CA with her family.

Campaign Manager | Camp Tawonga

Mollie joined Tawonga in 2019 and manages the strategy and execution of the annual campaign. She has spent her career in various fundraising, communication and marketing roles, including working at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, Ma’ase Olam, and Avodah, where she also served as a corps member. Mollie earned a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Jewish studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Hebrew University.

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Director of Experiential Education | Kehillah Jewish High School

Sarah believes that she can help create extraordinary futures by empowering students to create their own experiences outside of the classroom. Before beginning her work at Kehillah, Sarah served as the Student and Jewish Life Coordinator at Hillels of Westchester developing the leadership skills of students and helping them create Jewish life on their campuses. Prior to this work she taught in supplementary religious school programs in several synagogues on the East Coast. Sarah completed her undergraduate work in Jewish Studies at Penn State and earned Master degrees in Religious Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Sarah Canfield-Dafilou

Director, Chapter and Advisor Experience | BBYO

Amanda is passionate about empowering Jewish teens to catalyze social change. She provides strategy, curriculum and coaching to the 700+ BBYO chapters across the globe, and previously served as BBYO’s Regional Director in the Bay Area. She has worked in museums, connecting history and contemporary social justice issues, and in teen philanthropy, investing in Jewish teen social entrepreneurs with the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Amanda has a BPhil in History and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College and an MA in Museum Studies from SUNY’s Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Youth Program Manager| Shalom Bayit

Zephira has worked as a violence prevention educator for over 17 years. In 2005 she began managing Love Shouldn’t Hurt, Shalom Bayit’s outreach and prevention program for Jewish youth. This program has enabled her to connect her passion for preventing domestic violence with her love for the Jewish community. In 2012 Zephira was awarded the prestigious Helen Diller Award for Excellence in Informal Jewish Education.

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Senior Associate Rabbi | Congregation Shomrei Torah

Rabbi Kramer believes that being a rabbi means trying to heal our fractured world one moment at a time. Through the years at Shomrei Torah she has grown as a teacher of Torah and focused on myriad issues including women’s rights, homelessness, immigration, environmental action, and LGBTQ equality. In Summer 2021 Rabbi Kramer will leave the Bay Area to become the Senior Rabbi at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah in Overland Park, KS.

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Chief Engagement and Innovation Officer | Peninsula JCC

Stephanie is a deep believer in the transformative power of relationships and community. At the PJCC, Stephanie leads engagement and innovation strategies for the Center, creates opportunities for community engagement and strategic partnerships, and leads staff in programming efforts of all types for people at every age and stage of life. Stephanie brings significant expertise in Jewish Family Education, Special Needs Education and Inclusion, Social Justice programming, Jewish Camping, and Preschool and Elementary Education to her work. Stephanie holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Mills College and is a graduate of the Tikea Fellowship for Educators of Jewish Teens. She was awarded the prestigious Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Informal Jewish Education in 2009. In 2020, Stephanie was selected to participate in Class 4 of the Wexner Field Fellowship.

Rabbi | Temple Isaiah

Rabbi Alissa Miller joined the clergy of Temple Isaiah after being ordained from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2007. She also earned her Master of Arts in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in May 2005. In addition to other rabbinic duties, she oversees their vibrant programs for youth, teens and young families, directing Noar Night (teen school) and Camp Kefli, and coordinating their Kulanu “youth group style” family programs.  In 2017 she received the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize as a rising leader in the field of Jewish education.

Rabbi Alissa Miller

Program Officer | Koret Foundation

Rachel joined the Koret Foundation in 2018 and supports Koret’s Jewish grantmaking portfolio. Prior to Koret, she served as the assistant director of community engagement at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. Rachel earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California School of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Jewish nonprofit management from the Zelikow School at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in history and religious studies.

Rachel Schonwetter

Senior Program Manager, Leadership Development | Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

With over a decade of experience in the Jewish non-profit sector, Dona is committed to creating spaces and experiences in the Jewish community that encourage and are guided by learning, belonging, and equity. It is with these values that Dona manages Leadership Development at the Federation which includes running the Fed Fellows program, as well as governance work and committee management. Her background is in education, organizational leadership, and community engagement and she enjoys walking Lands End, playing with her daughters, and facilitating a Rosh Chodesh group.

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