Tami Astorino M.Ed. has been a part of the development and growth of Rosh Hodesh for the past decade. She combines her years of experience as a group leader and trainer with her warm and enthusiastic approach to inspire group leaders to fulfill their special role in girls lives. Prior to coming to Moving Traditions, Astorino was a school guidance counselor specializing in group facilitation. In addition to her work with Moving Traditions, she works with InterfaithFamily Philadelphia and teaches yoga.
Tamara Cohen, Chief of Innovation, is a recognized Jewish feminist activist, teacher and writer, having worked for Ma’yan: the Jewish Women’s Project at the JCC in Manhattan and Hadassah, the Jewish Women’s Archive, Kolot and Project Kesher. She served as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs at the University of Florida, Associate Dean of Students at Gratz College, and was the Spiritual Leader of the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life. Cohen is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Barbra Berley-Mellits has created and developed Rosh Hodesh since 2000 as an author, trainer and facilitator. For 20 years, her work as a training, program development and curriculum-writing consultant has focused on enhancing the self-esteem and interpersonal skills of people of all ages. Berley-Mellits holds a M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Chief of Education and Program, specializes in innovative educational leadership. Prior to joining Moving Traditions, he was founding Executive Director of Birthright Israel NEXT and he directed graduate-level training programs at Auburn Theological Seminary and CLAL. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Brenner has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of America’s most influential rabbis.
Sarah Fox, Program Manager and Philadelphia Program Director, has worked in the Jewish community for over 15 years, serving as a Chaplain and Hillel Director in Canada, as well as working with BBYO. She joined Moving Traditions after working for several years as a synagogue Executive Director. In addition to her work with Moving Traditions, Fox is a Hebrew School teacher and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor. She received a B.A. Honours in Religious Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.
David Lieberman is a life-long New Yorker and graduate of Vassar College. Lieberman has led Shevet Achim Groups at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City for six years. Through the B’nai Jeshurun teen program David leads service based teen trips to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, New Orleans and Israel. In addition to his work as a Jewish Educator, David is an EMMY award winning documentary film and television editor whose work include We Could Be King, Magic Camp, Notes from Liberia, and the ESPN show Hell Week. This year he is hard at work on a new feature documentary about women’s lacrosse on a Native American reservation.
Robyn Levitan, National Program Director, comes to Moving Traditions after a thirteen-year career in business litigation. Philadelphia Magazine named Levitan as a Super Lawyer. Prior to becoming an attorney, Levitan worked as a recruitment director for Philadelphia Region BBYO. Levitan holds a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and she received a full tuition merit scholarship to Temple University Law School where she served as the Law Review’s managing editor.
Deborah Meyer, Founder and CEO, has 25 years of experience building non-profits, primarily women’s and Jewish organizations. In addition, for four years, Meyer helped manage a private Jewish Montessori pre-school. Prior to founding Moving Traditions with Chair Sally Gottesman, Meyer co-directed Kolot, where she helped create and launch Rosh Hodesh Meyer holds an M.A. in Communication from Emerson College.
Nicole Nevarez, New York Director, has been a Rosh Hodesh supervisor and group leader since 2006. Over the past 15 years, Nevarez has taught youth in a variety of Jewish communal settings. Nevarez received a B.A. from American University in Arts & Cultural Management with a minor in Jewish studies, and she has spent time spent learning and living in Israel, including at Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.
Richard Stern is a Clinical Psychologist based in Philadelphia. Stern uses a variety of family therapy, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches, developed during his clinical training. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he was awarded the prestigious New School Prize Fellowship. He has published a number of research articles in the area of family therapy treatment for depressed adolescents.