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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.

Elyse Everett, Vice Chair, 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.

Bethany Shiner, Treasurer, 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.

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 Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps, winner of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Education, and 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 he co-founded Keshet in 1996.

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.

Sue Beller is an avid supporter of women and girls, and is the immediate past chair of the Hadassah Foundation.  Previously, Sue was a member of the Hadassah National board, serving in several leadership roles including National Strategic Planning Chair, National Young Judaea Chair, and Southern New Jersey Region President. She is an active member of her Jewish community, and is involved in multiple organizations that support women and youth.  Professionally, Sue worked at Bell Labs and Bellcore for close to two decades in systems engineering, strategic planning, and management.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and her master’s degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University.  Sue lives with her husband, Mike, in New York City, and they have three adult children.

Suzanne Feld is the former president FPC of Fort Washington, specializing in recruiting and placement of attorneys and other professionals for law firms, financial institutions, and corporate entities nationwide.  Suzanne serves on the Executive Committee of Women of Vision, the women’s foundation of the Jewish federation of Greater Philadelphia, and was chair of its Grants Committee. Suzanne was trained in speech and hearing and holds a BA and a MA from Temple University.

Rabbi Dena Klein is the Managing Director of New Models at The Jewish Education Project, assisting educators in creating ground-breaking approaches to offer relevant, meaningful Jewish learning. Dena has served as a rabbi of Chavurat Tikvah, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, and Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Dena was ordained and received a Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dena is a trained Moving Traditions supervisor and group leader.

Rabbi Lori Koffman is the current Director of Content and Innovation at Park Avenue Synagogue. Prior to this, Rabbi Koffman was the Director of Engagement and Innovation at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. In her previous career, Rabbi Koffman co-founded and served as the Managing Director of Solera Capital – a female-owned, mission-driven private equity firm – and held senior positions at both CIBC Capital Partners and Lehman Brothers.  Lori received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business, an MA from UC Berkeley, and a BA from Tufts University.

Mike Markovits is an independent consultant specializing in leadership development, succession planning, and executive coaching. Mike previously held executive positions at AchieveMission, IBM, and GE. Mike serves as President of a foundation supporting peer counseling. He 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.

Jasmine Tarkoff is the Consulting Director of Strategic Initiatives for Hope Solutions, a homeless services provider aiming to build micro-home communities on faith-institution owned land. Jasmine is the past-president of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA and the co-convener of the Multi-Faith Action Coalition, 30+ institutions across Contra Costa County that advocate on issues of poverty. With a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Jasmine’s worked in product management and business development in the tech world. A Jew by choice, Jasmine recently received an M.S. in non-profit management at HUC (Los Angeles). Jasmine lives in Northern California with her husband, Rob; her daughter, Alexandra, was a Kol Koleinu Fellow from 2019-2021.

Bobby Zuker 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.

Deborah Meyer, Founding CEO Emerita (she/her/hers), is serving ex officio through March 30, 2023. 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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