Deborah Meyer, Founder & CEO (she/her/hers), has dedicated her career to building change-making organizations focused on gender and the Jewish community, including Moving Traditions, which emboldens Jewish youth to thrive and to challenge sexism while building a connection to Jewish life and learning. Deborah credits her commitment to feminism, social justice, and Jewish life to her participation as a teen in the Habonim youth movement; she holds an M.A. from Emerson College and a B.A. from Connecticut College. Deborah serves on the Covenant Foundation Board and she lives with her spouse in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA.
Jennifer Anolik, Curriculum Manager, oversees research, content, and design of Moving Traditions’ signature program curricula. Prior to Moving Traditions, Jennifer taught and developed curricula for after-school and enrichment programs focusing on poetry, environmental art, and mindfulness. A published poet, Jen holds a B.A. in English from Dickinson College and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She lives in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia with her husband.
Pamela Barkley, Director of Strategic Implementation, oversees Moving Traditions’ trainings from application through post training follow-up and consultation. She also directs all aspects of the B’nai Mitzvah Program for partners across the country. Pam has worked as a trainer in Jewish and secular settings, running her own facilitation and training business. She also served as the Director of Education at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, NY as well as an Education Consultant at The Jewish Education Project. Pam holds a Masters in Social Work from NYU and is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer.
Eve Berger, Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic Director, works with our program partners throughout the Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic areas to strengthen and expand our impact on teens in the region. Prior to joining Moving Traditions, Eve was the Bucks County Kehillah Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and has worked as an educator, camp director and community program director. Eve holds a B.S from Syracuse University and an M.A in Health Education, specializing in Human Sexuality from New York University. Eve lives in Doylestown, PA with her family.
Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Chief of Education, helps Jewish communities address the spiritual and developmental needs of pre-teens and teens through his work at Moving Traditions. Prior to Moving Traditions, Daniel served in leadership positions at CLAL-The National Jewish Center of Learning and Leadership, Auburn Seminary, and the Birthright Israel Foundation. Daniel holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studied Talmud at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, and received his rabbinic title from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and their three teenagers.
Robin Cohen, VP, Chief of Finance & Operations, manages Moving Traditions’ Finance, IT, HR and Operations functions. Prior to coming to Moving Traditions, Robin was the CFO for Agent Aloha, Inc. and also worked for private investment banks and financial services companies in Boston and Philadelphia. Robin enjoys traveling and reading, and holds a BS in Finance from Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst, and a Masters in Finance from The Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Robin lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, three children and their shih tzu.
Rabbi Tamara Cohen, VP, Chief of Program Strategy, harnesses and guides the incredible people power of Moving Traditions’ educational design, training, and field staff and builds strategic partnerships in service of expanding the reach and impact of its programs and initiatives. Prior to Moving Traditions, Tamara worked as a spiritual leader and as an educator in Jewish community and higher education settings, with a focus on Jewish feminist, LGBT, and multicultural community building. A published writer and liturgist, Tamara holds a rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, an M.A. in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, and a BA summa cum laude from Barnard College. Tamara lives in Philadelphia with her partner and two children.
Jillian Finkelstein, Development and Communications Specialist, is responsible for managing Moving Traditions’ annual giving program and supports the organization’s communications and marketing work. Jill has worked as a marketing professional for several Jewish organizations, including Lilith Magazine, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, and Nextbook, and also served as a religious school teacher. She has a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies, with a concentration in Women in the Global Perspective, and a minor in Jewish Studies from the University of Delaware.
Sarah Fox, Director of Field Services, promotes program work nationally, and manages Training Conferences and program projects at Moving Traditions. Prior to Moving Traditions, Sarah worked with the Jewish community in Canada and the US as a chaplain and Hillel Director, and then as a synagogue Executive Director. Sarah actively participates in all aspects of Jewish life, from reading Torah to teaching Hebrew School, and holds a BA Honours in Religious Studies and Music from the University of Saskatchewan. Sarah lives in Abington, PA with her family.
Stephanie Freedman, Education Program Manager, oversees the experience of our adult mentors and ensures they have the resources necessary to meet Moving Traditions’ educational goals. Previously, Stephanie managed the development and implementation of training for a mission-driven technology company that helps people access income supports and financial wellness services, as well as for a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Stephanie has a BA in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Organization Development & Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.
Lisa Gersten, Chief of External Relations, is responsible for managing and developing key stakeholder relationships including major individual and institutional funders. Prior to Moving Traditions, Lisa worked as an Assistant District Attorney, senior policy specialist, and most recently spent 11 years as a Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning in the legal services industry. An avid theatergoer, Lisa received her B.A. from Barnard College and holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Lisa lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.
Jessica Glassman, Administrative Assistant, supports the Executive Team of the Organization. Previously, Jessica has held positions on the leadership teams of Habonim Dror’s summer camp, Camp Galil, and the regional group in Maryland. More recently, she led Habonim Dror’s six-week summer to trip to Israel for teens. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Human Development. She lives in New Hope, PA with her family.
Paige GoldMarche, Chicago and Midwest Director, raises Moving Traditions’ mission and builds Moving Traditions’ work emboldening Jewish youth with program partners throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. Paige is a life-long Jewish professional, who has excelled in creating meaningful engagement within the community and has committed her life to educating and empowering the next generation of Jewish adults. Paige has worked at the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, Temple Israel of New York, and for Hillel at the University of Chicago and at Harvard University. Paige holds an MA from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Paige lives in Lincoln Park in Chicago with her wife, Rabbi Megan and their daughter, where their home serves as the Silverstein Base Hillel.
Robyn Kotzker, Director of Operations & National Counsel, directs the operational planning and project management for Moving Traditions’ programs and new initiatives, oversees the organization’s evaluation processes, and serves as in-house legal counsel. Previously, she spent 13 years in business litigation, having been named by Philadelphia Magazine as a Super Lawyer. Robyn worked for Philadelphia Region BBYO before becoming an attorney. Robyn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Temple University School of Law, where she served as the Law Review’s Managing Editor. She lives in Huntingdon Valley, PA with her family.
Jennifer Kraft, Colorado Director, is responsible for strengthening and expanding Moving Tradition’s regional programs and building institutional capacity in Colorado. Jen comes to Moving Traditions with 20 years of experience developing Jewish educational and welfare programs overseas with the JDC, where she also led fundraising efforts throughout North America. She has served as an advisor to non-profit organizations, philanthropists and businesses in management, fundraising, and legacy design. In Colorado, Jen established and leads West Side Jews, a volunteer-led social and cultural network serving more than 95 individuals and families in Northwest Denver. Jen has a B.A. from Tufts University, a MSW from Columbia, and a M.A. in Judaic Studies from JTS. She lives in Denver with her daughter.
Lyn Manus, Finance Specialist & Office Manager, supports the Finance, IT, and Operations functions of the Organization. Prior to Moving Traditions Lyn held administrative positions at Jewish communal institutions for more than 25 years, including 10 years at the religious school of Temple Sinai in Dresher, PA. Lyn has also co-taught preschool at various synagogues in the Philadelphia area. In her spare time, Lyn is a self-proclaimed Shopaholic, doting grandmother, and loving mother of her two grown children and their significant others. She enjoys spending time outdoors at the beach or kayaking. Lyn lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband and their cocker spaniel.
Adalis Marrero, Controller, prepares all the accounting work for month-end close; oversees grant-related budget and schedules to support financial reports; and plays a lead role in the preparation of audited financial statements. Prior to coming to Moving Traditions, Adalis worked in the for profit as well as nonprofit sectors; she has worked in the following industries: Software Distribution, Insurance, Transportation and Entertainment. Adalis holds a BS in Accounting from Rowan University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Adalis enjoys theatre, museums and spending time with her family. Adalis lives in New Jersey.
Brian Mono, VP, Chief of Advancement, is responsible for creating, leading, and executing fund development strategies that enable growth. Prior to joining Moving Traditions, Brian served in the dual roles of Annual Campaign Director of Reconstructing Judaism, the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement, and the Associate Director of Development for Camp Havaya (formerly Camp JRF). Brian previously served as the Director of the Center for Jewish Life and Learning of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, where he enjoyed providing grants and raising funds for informal Jewish education programs. Prior to the Federation, Brian was an award-winning reporter for the Jewish Exponent. A graduate of the University of Michigan, with a Master’s Degree in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Brian lives in Bella Vista, Philadelphia with his wife Jessica and their two children.
Julia Papiyan, Manager of California Programs, is responsible for strengthening, supporting, and cultivating partnerships in the Los Angeles area at Moving Traditions. Prior to Moving Traditions, Julia worked within the non-profit and public sphere, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, The New York City Mayor’s Office, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she worked in management, community development, and planning. Julia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University. She lives in Los Angeles and enjoys runs on the beach, cooking, and traveling.
Alisha Pedowitz, California Director, has made her career working with teens, using the richness of Jewish community, ritual, tradition, and wisdom to help them thrive. Alisha has worked as an educator and communal professional at Jewish camps, schools, and agencies throughout California, and she is a third-year Rosh Hodesh community group leader. Alisha holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management, a MAEd with a Concentration in Experiential Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Hebrew Letters from American Jewish University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Rachael Perice, Foundations Relations Associate, helps manage and support the relationships between Moving Traditions and the foundations that support its important work. Rachael previously worked at Reconstructing Judaism as both a communications and fundraising professional. During this time, she managed fundraising efforts for its subsidiary organization, Havaya Summer Programs. Prior to that, Rachael handled the marketing efforts for an IT staffing company in New Jersey. She is the Rebbetzin at Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson, N.J. where her husband serves as the senior rabbi. She holds a master’s in Public Relations and a bachelor’s in Radio/Television/Film Production from Rowan University. Rachael lives in Philadelphia with her husband and adorable cat, Oreo.
Stacy Shapiro, Northeast Program Specialist, works with partners throughout the northeast to strengthen our partnerships and grow our programs. Stacy has been a Jewish Educator for over 20 years, focusing mainly on teens and pre-teens. With a strong connection to the Reform youth movement and URJ camping, she has served on faculty for a variety of URJ camps and is an alum of the URJ Kutz Camp. Stacy is also an experienced Rosh Hodesh and B’nai Mitzvah program leader. Stacy has a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, MS in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Masters in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew Union College. She has two grown children and lives in NY with her husband.
Elizabeth Kaufman Taylor, Database Administrator, manages the Salesforce Database at Moving Traditions. Prior to Moving Traditions, Liz worked in the Jewish community for more than two decades in both Israel and North America in various arenas including development, Jewish camping, Israel programming, and family education. An avid community organizer and games player, Liz received a B.A from Rutgers University and Masters degrees from the Hornstein Program of Jewish Communal Service and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, both at Brandeis University. Liz lives in Rydal, PA with her family.