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Board

Rabbi Darcie Crystal, Board Chair, teaches Exploring Judaism and Melton Adult Education classes at Central Synagogue. She is a member of the CCAR Ethics Committee. For 13 years, she taught leadership to rabbinical students at HUC-JIR. Darcie is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow and she served for a decade on the Board of the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life/Hillel, including as its chair. Darcie graduated from Princeton University and was ordained by HUC-JIR. Her son and daughter participate in the Moving Traditions groups, Shevet and Rosh Hodesh, respectively.

Rabbi Dena Klein, Vice Chair, is the Director of New Models at The Jewish Education Project, assisting educators in creating relevant, meaningful Jewish learning, and she is the spiritual leader of Chavurat Tikvah in Lower Westchester, NY. Dena received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. A trained Moving Traditions supervisor, Dena leads a Rosh Hodesh group for her congregation’s teens.

Bobby Zuker, Treasurer, is the co-founder of The Village Works, a community co-working space, and is also a real estate investor and developer. Bobby serves as the President of the Brookline Teen Center, Treasurer of Camp Avoda, Vice President of Brookline Youth Hockey, and is on Team Impact’s Finance Committee. Bobby and his wife, Molly, live in the Boston area with their three children; his daughter, Lulu, participates in a Moving Traditions Rosh Hodesh group.

Jonathan Krasner, Secretary, is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University. Jonathan researches the history of American Jewish education, and gender and sexuality, including the mainstreaming of LGBTQ Jews in American Jewish life. He is the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education, winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. Jonathan holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University, and co-founded Keshet in 1996.

Hope Suttin, Immediate past Board Chair, is an Orton-Gillingham reading specialist at The Carroll School in Lincoln, MA. She serves on the Boards of Temple Emanuel and Step into Art, on the Recruitment and Outreach Committee at Gann Academy, on the Advisory Board of Trustees of Reservations, and is a regular volunteer at the Newton Food Pantry. Hope holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. Hope’s daughters both participated in Rosh Hodesh.

Tami Astorino is the Co-President of Rise Gatherings, a retreat experience for women, and a trainer for InterfaithFamily. Since its launch, Tami has held several roles for Moving Traditions, as Education Specialist, Master Trainer, and Rosh Hodesh Group Leader. Tami serves as a Vice President of Women’s Philanthropy, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. from Emory University and an M.Ed. from Temple University. Tami’s daughter and son participated in Moving Traditions Teen Groups, Rosh Hodesh and Shevet.

Elyse Everett is an early childhood education specialist with over 20 years of experience in the field.  She has worked extensively with Reform temples in New Jersey, enriching their early childhood programs. Elyse received a M.Ed. with an additional certification in administration and policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from Cornell University. Elyse, her husband Scott, and three children live in Westfield, NJ.  Elyse’s eldest daughter participates in a Rosh Hodesh group.

Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D., is Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Shirley served as Senior Advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Dean of HUC-JIR in New York, chaplain at Vassar and Carleton Colleges, and a reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio. Shirley holds an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Shirley is currently writing a book on Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and the founding of the Jewish Institute of Religion.

Sheryl Drangel Kaye, previously worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Banking in Hong Kong and for Guggenheim Global Trading. Sheryl is currently a member of the Boards of Lincoln Center, the JCC of Manhattan, and the College Arts and Science and the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of the Wharton Undergraduate School at the University of Pennsylvania, Sheryl received her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. She is a founding member of Neshamot, a Jewish women’s philanthropic venture group in Westchester, NY.

Rabbi Lori Koffman is a Jewish educator in greater New York. She has served on the NCJW national board, JTS Pastoral Care Advisory Committee, and as chair of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Beginning Jewish Families Task Force. In her 19-year finance career, Lori co-founded the first female-owned private equity fund. Lori received rabbinic ordination from the JTS, and holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business, an MA from UC Berkeley, and a BA from Tufts University.

Mike Markovits is a partner at AchieveMission, a non-profit that helps other non-profits improve their management of human capital, and he retains an independent leadership consultant practice. Mike previously held executive positions at IBM and GE. A member of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, Mike has a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He serves as President of a foundation supporting peer counseling.

Bethany Shiner is President and Founder of Balashine Design, specializing in design for small commercial and retail projects. Bethany serves on the boards of two family foundations, both based in Chicago, Slingshot, a non-profit organization for Jewish next-generation funders, and the Early Childhood Learning Center of Adath Israel. Bethany is leading a Rosh Hodesh group in its 6th year. She received her B.S. from Drexel University and her M.S. from Philadelphia University.  Bethany lives with her husband and their two small children in the Philadelphia area.

Deborah Meyer, CEO and Founder of Moving Traditions (she/her/hers), serves ex officio. Deborah has years of experience building Jewish and feminist non-profits. Prior to founding Moving Traditions with Sally Gottesman, Meyer co-directed Kolot, where she helped create and launch Rosh Hodesh for teen girls, now owned and revamped by Moving Traditions, and began the research that led to the creation by Moving Traditions of Shevet for teen boys. Deborah writes and speaks on gender and Jewish life, and she holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Communications from Emerson College. Deborah and her spouse live in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA.

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