Board

Sally GottesmanCo-Founder and Board Chair, has long been committed to Jewish and gender issues, having worked for the Israel Women’s Network and The New Israel Fund, and having served on the Boards of American Jewish World Service, Americans for Peace Now, the Jewish Funders Network, and The Jewish Women’s Archive. Currently, Gottesman is on the Board of Encounter. She also serves on the Board of her family business, Edison Properties, LLC.. A consultant to not-for-profit organizations, Gottesman graduated from Wellesley College and the Yale School of Management. Read an interview with Sally Gottesman.

Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson serves on the Boards of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, and The Hadassah Foundation, is a member of the Teen Engagement Task Force at UJA-Federation of New York, and is involved with several committees and advisory boards for Jewish and secular not-for-profit organizations.  Madelyn has over 20 years of experience in the field of investment management and marketing, and is a member of the investment committee for a family office.

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Rabbi Balin writes and lectures on topics as diverse as Jewish women in Tsarist Russia and the Maxwell House Haggadah, and can be seen on the PBS special “The Jewish People: A Story of Survival.” Rabbi Balin co-curated the national traveling exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age with fellow Board member, Lori Perlow, and Josh Perelman of the National Museum of American Jewish History, which created the exhibit with Moving Traditions.

Alisa Robbins Doctoroff is the president and immediate past chair of the UJA-Federation of New York, having served for more than ten years on its Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal. In addition, Doctoroff is past president of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and Congregation Or Zarua and serves on the boards of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Mechon Hadar. Read A Conversation with Alisa Robbins Doctoroff.

Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D. is a Reform rabbi, historian and journalist. She has served as Dean at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, as a chaplain at Vassar and Carleton Colleges, and as a reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio. She holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, and she is currently writing a book on Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and the founding of the Jewish Institute of Religion.

Sheryl Drangel Kaye previously worked as Operations Officer for Morgan Stanley Investment Banking in Hong Kong and was Director of Recruiting for Guggenheim Global Trading.  Sheryl is currently a member of the Boards of Lincoln Center,  the JCC of Manhattan and the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a founding member of Neshamot, a women’s philanthropic venture group, and is actively involved in UJA of Westchester, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Birthright, and The Whitney Museum. Sheryl is a graduate of the Wharton Undergraduate School and received her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Jonathan KrasnerSecretary, is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor on Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University and the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education, winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. Krasner researches American Jewish education, contemporary American Jewish life and culture, and gender and sexuality, including the mainstreaming of LGBTQ Jews in American Jewish life. In 1996, Krasner co-founded Keshet. He holds an Masters in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Brandeis 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. Previously, Markovits held executive positions at IBM and GE. Markovits serves as President of a foundation supporting the global spread of peer counseling and he is a member of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program. Markovits has a BA from Oberlin College, a Masters in Education from Harvard, and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, MIT.

Deborah MeyerCo-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, has a career of building and leading non-profits, primarily women’s and Jewish organizations. In addition, for four years Meyer helped manage a private Jewish Montessori pre-school. Prior to founding Moving Traditions with Board Chair Sally Gottesman, Meyer co-directed Kolot, where she helped create and launch Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!  Meyer holds an M.A. in Communication from Emerson College. 

Lori Perlow, serves on several not for profit boards primarily in the area of Jewish education.  She is a board member of UJA Federation New York and serves on the cabinet of the Commission for Jewish Identity and Renewal.  In addition, Perlow is a member of the leadership circle for the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning. Perlow co-curated the national traveling exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age with fellow Board member, Carole Balin, and Josh Perelman of the National Museum of American Jewish History, which created the exhibit with Moving Traditions.

Hope SuttinVice Chair, is a special education teacher at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA.  An active lay leader in her Jewish and secular communities, Suttin serves on the Recruitment and Outreach Committee at the Gann Academy, on the Advisory Board of the Trustees of Reservations, and as a board member of  Step Into Art.  She is a former board member of CJP’s Women’s Philanthropy. Both of Suttin’s daughters have participated in Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! groups. Suttin holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University.