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 Moving Traditions Rosh Hodesh groups for teen girls.
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 Moving Traditions Rosh Hodesh group for her congregation’s teen girls.
Bobby Zuker, Treasurer, is the co-founder of two businesses, The Village Works, a community co-working space, and Green Line Growers, an urban hydroponic farm, and he is on the board of Jumpshell, a real estate start up. Bobby serves as the President of the Brookline Teen Center, Treasurer of Camp Avoda, Budget Chair of Temple Beth Avodah, 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; their eldest son, Charlie, participates in a Moving Traditions Shevet group.
Rabbi Darcie Crystal, Secretary, 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.
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 Moving Traditions Rosh Hodesh group.
Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D., is a Reform rabbi, historian and journalist and a Senior Advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 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 previously worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Banking in Hong Kong and for Guggenheim Global Trading. Sheryl Chairs the Board of the JCC of Manhattan and serves as a member of the Boards of Lincoln Center, 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.
Jonathan Krasner 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 he co-founded Keshet in 1996.
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.
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 former Moving Traditions Board member Rabbi 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 a Moving Traditions Rosh Hodesh group.
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 a Moving Traditions Rosh Hodesh group.
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, serves ex officio. Deborah has years of experience building Jewish and feminist non-profits and she helped manage a Jewish Montessori preschool. 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 updated by Moving Traditions. Deborah writes and speaks on gender and Jewish life. She 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.