Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Campaign Letter

Dear Friend,

We welcome you to a moment of exciting transition. At the end of March, Deborah will pass the mantle of CEO to Shuli Karkowsky, most recently Executive Vice President at Hazon. With this change, the era of founding leadership at Moving Traditions will come to an end.

This is a moment to pause, to celebrate, and most importantly, to leave Moving Traditions with a powerful gift for the future – one that we realize together.

The prospect of providing a gift for the future deeply excites us, as it ties directly into our dual inspirations for founding Moving Traditions: the idea that every generation reshapes Jewish tradition for their own time, and the belief that feminist partnership and collaboration is deeply valuable, powerful, and relevant.

We are determined that the gift offered to Moving Traditions should carry on the work of enriching, connecting, and expanding the field of Jewish feminist youth education and activism. We are thus delighted to share that the board has identified an incredible opportunity: to expand investment in and to dedicate the Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellowship in our joint names.

We truly love this idea. Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellows are the current and next generation of feminist Jewish activists. They may be in high school today, but they are already leaders, doers, and collaborators-in-change.  We can see the future through them, a future clarified and brightened by their commitment to Judaism, feminism, and the values we hold dear.

To realize this gift and honor, the board has announced a special campaign to raise $750,000 by March 31, 2022. These funds will underwrite the Meyer-Gottesman Kol Koleinu Teen Feminist Fellowship, as well as support expanded organizational capacity across Moving Traditions. We already have $450,000 committed, and we are now inviting Moving Traditions’ closest supporters like you to join in this significant and memorable effort.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gersten at lgersten@movingtraditions.org or (646) 269-1550.

With gratitude and warm wishes,


Deborah Meyer and Sally Gottesman

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