Board

Hope Suttin, 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.

Jonathan Krasner, Vice Chair, 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.

Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D., Treasurer, is a Reform rabbi, historian and journalist. She served as Dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, chaplain at Vassar and Carleton Colleges, and a reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio. Shirley holds an M.A. in journalism from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in history 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, Secretary, 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 Carole B. Balin, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Special Projects at Auburn Seminary and Professor Emerita of History at Hebrew Union College (HUC). She has published on Jewish women under the Tsars and wrote and narrated the animated short, “The Click Moment: Jewish Feminism 101.” Carole graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, was ordained at HUC, and earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University. With Lori Perlow, Carole co-curated the national traveling exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age for Moving Traditions with the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson is a member of the investment committee for a family office. Among other volunteer efforts, Madelyn serves on the Boards of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York and The Hadassah Foundation, and on the Jewish Life Task Force at UJA-Federation of New York, and she co-chairs the Isha Koach Giving Circle. Madelyn holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Her son participated in Shevet Achim for four years and her daughter now participates in Rosh Hodesh.

Rabbi Darcie Crystal teaches for and is the NY Campus Coordinator of Leadership Initiatives and she runs co-curricular programs in Social Responsibility and Outreach/Inclusion at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Darcie is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow and for the past decade has served on the Board of the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life/Hillel, which she Chaired from 2011-2014. Darcie graduated from Princeton University and was ordained by HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Dena Klein 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.

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.

Deborah Meyer, CEO and Founder, is responsible for the mission and vision of Moving Traditions and has years of experience building non-profits. Prior to founding Moving Traditions, Meyer co-directed Kolot, where she helped create and launch Rosh Hodesh for teen girls, now owned and expanded by Moving Traditions. After founding Moving Traditions with Sally Gottesman, Meyer led research underpinning Shevet Achim for teen boys. Deborah holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Communications from Emerson College. Deborah and her husband live in the Philadelphia area.

Lori Perlow has a career in documentary film and television production , and has served on several not-for-profit boards, primarily in the area of Jewish education and the arts, including at UJA- Federation of New York. With Carole Balin, Lori co-curated the national traveling exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age for Moving Traditions with the National Museum of American Jewish History. Lori holds a degree from Chatham College, and her daughter participated in Rosh Hodesh.

Renée Sackey is an attorney and a founding director of Team Capital Bank. An active volunteer, Renée is a Trustee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, a Board member of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, and a former Chair of the Women of Vision Foundation, which benefits the lives of Jewish women and girls. Renée is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. Renée’s granddaughter participates in Rosh Hodesh.

Sally Gottesman, Former Board Chair and Co-founder, is a consultant to not-for-profit organizations who co-founded Moving Traditions with Deborah Meyer in 2005 and led the Board until 2017. She Chairs the Board of Encounter and serves on the board of her family business, Edison Properties, LLC. Long committed to Jewish and gender issues, Sally worked for the Israel Women’s Network and The New Israel Fund, and served on the Boards of American Jewish World Service, Americans for Peace Now, the Jewish Funders Network, and the Jewish Women’s Archive. Sally graduated from Wellesley College and received an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Read an interview with Sally Gottesman here.

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