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 BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University. Both of Hope’s daughters 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, contemporary American Jewish life and culture, and gender and sexuality, including the mainstreaming of LGBTQ Jews in American Jewish life. He holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University. Jonathan is the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education, winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. Jonathan co-founded Keshet in 1996.

Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D., Treasurer, 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. Shirley holds a master’s degree 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 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 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 her MBA 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 currently Senior Director of Special Projects at Auburn Seminary. She is also Professor Emerita of History at Hebrew Union College (HUC), where she trained and mentored over 500 beloved rabbinical, cantorial and education students and published prodigiously on topics ranging from Jewish women under the Tsars to the Maxwell House Haggadah. Carole graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, was ordained at HUC and earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University. She can be seen on the PBS special, The Jewish People: A Story of Survival, and heard on the the animated short, “The Click Moment: Jewish Feminism 101,” which she wrote and narrated. Along with fellow board member, Lori Perlow, Carole co-curated the national traveling exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age for Moving Traditions with Josh Perelman of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH).

Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson 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. Madelyn serves on the Boards of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York and The Hadassah Foundation and is the co-chair of the Isha Koach Giving Circle and a member of the Jewish Life Task Force at UJA-Federation of New York. She is additionally involved with several committees and advisory boards for Jewish and secular not-for-profit organizations. Madelyn holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Her son participated in Shevet Achim for three years and her daughter is a current Rosh Hodesh participant.

Mike Markovits is a partner at AchieveMission, a non-profit that helps other non-profits improve their management of human capital, and retains an independent leadership consultant practice. Previously, Mike held executive positions at IBM and GE. A member of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, Mike has a BA from Oberlin College, a master’s degree in education from Harvard, and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He serves as President of a foundation supporting the global spread of peer counseling.

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.

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, a program for girls now owned and expanded by Moving Traditions. Once she founded Moving Traditions, Meyer launched the research that led to the development of Shevet Achim for teen boys. A published writer in publications including The Peoplehood Papers, Experience & Jewish Education, and Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens, Deborah holds an M.A. in Communication from Emerson College. Deborah lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband.

Sally Gottesman, Founding Board Chair, 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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