CONNECTIONS 2017
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Anat Hoffman

Executive Director, Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)

Anat Hoffman became Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) in April 2002, leading IRAC in its work to promote Jewish pluralism, tolerance, and equality, and to combat racism, corruption, and religious…

Andrea Kulikovsky

Andrea Kulikovsky

Director of Education, Congregação Israelita Paulista (CIP)

Andrea Kulikovsky is currently the Director of Education at Congregação Israelita Paulista (CIP), the largest Reform Jewish congregation in Brazil, responsible for the education, youth movements and young adult programs. Andrea has a Bachelor…

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Andrew Keene

Co-Chair, WUPJ CONNECTIONS

Andrew Keene is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was an active member of NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement in North America. While serving as President of NFTY, Andrew took a gap year…

Asha Sumroy

Asha Sumroy

Participant, Shnat Program

Asha Sumroy grew up just outside London and is a member of the Maidenhead Synagogue. She had always struggled with her Jewish identity, and joining Netzer created an environment where this struggle was positive…

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Attorney Miri Nahmias

Attorney, Israel Religious Action Center

Attorney Miri Nahmias has a Bachelor’s Degree in law, as well as in sociology and international relations, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Miri interned in the field of educational law at Kabiri,…

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Attorney Orly Erez-Likhovski

Director of Legal Department, Israel Religious Action Center

Attorney Orly Erez-Likhovski holds a Bachelor’s Degree in law from Tel Aviv University. After interning in the Israeli Supreme Court, she got her Master’s Degree in law from Columbia University in New York, USA,…

Avi Mayer

Avi Mayer

Spokesman to the International Media, The Jewish Agency for Israel

Avi Mayer is the Spokesman to the International Media for The Jewish Agency for Israel, the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world. He also maintains an extensive online presence and is frequently cited…

Blair Marks

Blair Marks

President, Women of Reform Judaism

Blair Marks was elected president of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) in December, 2013. She became involved with sisterhood in the early 90’s while at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, USA,…

Boaz Dorot

Boaz Dorot

Music Director, WUPJ CONNECTIONS

Boaz Dorot is a composer, arranger, choir conductor, pianist and music educator. He graduated from the Cross-Disciplinary Composition Department in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. His original pieces have been performed by…

Cantor Zoe Jacobs

Cantor Zöe Jacobs

Cantor, Finchley Reform Synagogue

Cantor Zöe Jacobs holds a unique place in Reform Anglo-Jewry as the only ordained Cantor in the Reform Movement; a statistic she is working hard to change! Zoe can mostly be found working at…

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Carole Sterling

Chair, World Union for Progressive Judaism

Carole Sterling is currently the Chair of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and has held many communal leadership positions in the Jewish community, including President of the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism,…

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Charles Rothschild

Secretary, World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)

Charles Rothschild, from Los Altos, California, is the Secretary of the Executive Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). He is also a member of the WUPJ North American Advisory Board (NAAB),…

Cherie Half

Cherie Half

Co-Chair, Engagement Committee, WUPJ North American Advisory Board

Cherie Half is a former president of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Pacific District. She served various terms on the Board of Directors of Women of Reform Judaism. She is co-chair of the Engagement…

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Dan Herman

Director of Tikkun Olam & International Programs, BINA

Dan Herman is the Director of Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and Director of International Programs at BINA. Dan grew up in the Reform Movement in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and got a degree History…

Dani Fessler

Dani Fesler

Managing Director, Leo Baeck Education Center

Dani Fesler, Managing Director of the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa, is a teacher, public administrator, and an expert in the fields of education, government and public service. He holds a B.A. in…

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Daniel Birnbaum

CEO, SodaStream

Daniel Birnbaum was born in New York in 1962 and lived in Queens until age 7, when his family moved to Israel.  Daniel grew up in the desert town of Sde Boker and was…

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David Benjamin

Rabbinic Student, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

David Benjamin is in his fourth year of Rabbinical Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem and serves as acting rabbi for Kehilat Brit Olam in Kiryat Ono, Israel. David…

David Maxa

David Maxa

Student Rabbi, Abraham Geiger Kolleg

David Maxa grew up in Prague. He studied Religious and Jewish Studies at the Charles University in Prague and the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He worked as a Torah teacher at the Union for…

Deborah Blausten

Deborah Blausten

Student Rabbi, Leo Baeck College

Deborah Blausten is a second-year rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College. She holds a B.Sc. in Medical Sciences and an M.A. in Education and Technology from University College London (UCL). She previously worked for…

Dr. Einat Libel Hass

Dr. Einat Libel-Hass

Anthropologist & Teaching Assistant, Ashkelon Academic College

Dr. Einat Libel-Hass is an anthropologist. Her PhD dissertation topic is The Development of Liberal (Reform and Conservative) Judaism in Tel Aviv: Organizational Patterns and Identities. Dr. Libel-Hass is a lecturer in the Sociology Department…

Elan Ezrachi

Dr. Elan Ezrachi

Chairperson, Ginot Ha'ir Community Council & Yeru-Shalem

Dr. Elan Ezrachi, born and raised in Jerusalem, is an independent consultant to international Jewish organizations. After serving as a helicopter pilot in the Israeli Air Force for six years, Elan went on to…

Eetta Prince-Gibson

Eetta Prince-Gibson

Journalist, Moment Magazine

Eetta Prince-Gibson is an award-winning journalist, academic, activist and lecturer. Eetta is currently the Israel Editor for Moment Magazine, after stepping down as the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Report, a position she held for…

Eric Beswick

Eric Beswick

Executive Director, Cape Town Progressive Jewish Congregation

Eric Beswick is currently Executive Director of the Cape Town Progressive Jewish Congregation aka Temple Israel (unique in that it is made up of three centres operating under one umbrella), a position he has…

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Father David Neuhaus SJ

Episcopal Vicar, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Father David Neuhaus is an Israeli Jesuit and serves as Episcopal Vicar in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, responsible for Hebrew-speaking and migrant Catholics in Israel. He has a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University…

Fred Half

Fred Half

Member, WUPJ North American Advisory Board

Frederick Half is a retired engineer who worked for both large and small aerospace, defense, and intelligence firms. He also has his own consulting firm. He is a member of the North American Advisory…

Gael Grunewald

Gael Grunewald

Department Head, Rural Growth and Development Department, World Zionist Organization

Gael Grunewald made Aliyah to Israel from France at the age of 18, married Shira and is now a father to seven children. He graduated from the "Machon Lev" Institute and resides in Ramat…

Gilad Malach

Gilad Malach

Director, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program, Center for Religion, Nation and State of The Israel Democracy Institute

Gilad Malach is the Director of the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program at the Center for Religion, Nation and State of The Israel Democracy Institute. He has authored articles and reports on Haredi employment, higher…

Graham Carpenter

Graham Carpenter

Community Coordinator, New Israel Fund UK

Graham Carpenter is a new addition to the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Executive Board representing the UK. He currently works as the Community Coordinator for New Israel Fund UK, leading on its…

Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman

Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman

Department Head, Diaspora Activities, World Zionist Organization

Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman is Head of the Department for Diaspora Activities in the World Zionist Organization's (WZO) since June 2010. Before that she served as the Associate Director of the Israel Movement for Reform and…

Haim Casas

Haim Casas

Student Rabbi, Leo Baeck College

Haim Casas originates from Cordoba, Spain and is currently finishing his rabbinic training at Leo Baeck College in London. After graduating from the Law School of the University of Seville, he committed himself to…

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Hana Bendcowsky

Program Director, Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations

Hana Bendcowsky is the program director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR). She holds a M.A. degree in Comparative Religions from Hebrew University and has 20 years of practical experience in interfaith…

Igor Zinkov

Igor Zinkov

Student Rabbi, Leo Baeck College

Igor Zinkov is a third-year rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College in London. Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, he was a service leader for the local Reform community. He achieved a degree in engineering and…

Isabel Dunst

Isabel Dunst

Trustee, Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

Isabel (“Liz”) Dunst is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism, where she also served as a Vice Chair and a member of its Oversight Committee. Liz is…

Janet Stovin

Janet T. Stovin

WUPJ Representative, United Nations

Janet T. Stovin became an NGO representative for Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) in 1994 and served as its main representative from 1998-2015. During that time she attended the fourth world conference in Beijing…

Jeremy Cronig

Jeremy Cronig

Immediate Past President, NFTY

Jeremy Cronig is from Cleveland, Ohio, USA and studying Policy Analysis and Economics at Ohio State University. Jeremy is an advocate for progressive causes such as gun violence prevention, having co-founded Students United Against…

Joel McCarroll

Joel McCarroll

Mazkir, Netzer Australia

Joel McCarroll is the Netzer Australia Mazkir (Chairperson) for 2017. Joel joined Netzer in 2008 and participated on the Shnat Netzer program in 2014. For the past 3 years Joel has been a Netzer…

Kathryn Fleisher

Kathryn Fleisher

North American President, NFTY

Kathryn Fleisher of Temple Beth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio, is currently serving as the NFTY North American President. Kathryn has been an active member and leader of the Reform Jewish Youth Movement for the…

Klaudia Klimek

Klaudia Klimek

Founder, Jewrnalism Foundation

Klaudia Klimek is a founder of the Jewrnalism Foundation. She has been actively working for the Jewish community for several years, both in her native Poland and globally. She is a chairperson of the…

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Lauren Puris

Liaison to the Knesset & City Hall, Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)

Lauren Puris serves as Liaison to the Knesset and City Hall for the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC). She has worked at IRAC since 1988. In addition to her work at IRAC, she serves…

Larry Wolff

Laurence Wolff

Senior Editor, Moment Magazine

Laurence Wolff is the senior editor at Moment magazine, having formerly served as education researcher and analyst at the World Bank and other international agencies. He is married to Miriam Daniel, whose family helped…

Lesley Sachs

Lesley Sachs

Executive Director, Women of the Wall

Lesley Sachs was born in South Africa and raised in Haifa. She has had a long and successful career in advancing women’s rights and religious freedom in Israel. She served as Executive Director of…

Leslie Bergman

Leslie Bergman

Past President, European Union for Progressive Judaism

Leslie Bergman has held many positions in the Progressive Movement at congregational, national, regional and international levels for more than forty years. He is at present the immediate Past President of the European Union…

Linda Thorn

Linda Thorn

Executive Member, South African Union for Progressive Judaism

Linda Thorn has a B.A. Honours in Speech and Hearing Therapy, B.A.Honours in Psychology, and a M.A. in General Linguistics. Linda is a founding member and previous chair of the Association for Children with…

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Lior Argaman

Director, WUPJ Shnat Netzer

Lior Argaman is married to Didi and the mother of Adam, Yarden and Eden. She has a B.A. in Social Work from Hebrew University and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish…

Maciej Kirschenbaum

Maciej Kirschenbaum

Student Rabbi, Abraham Geiger Kolleg

Maciej Kirschenbaum is a third-year rabbinical student at Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Potsdam, Germany. Maciej was born in Wroclaw, Poland, in 1987. Maciej discovered his Jewish heritage in his early teens, and subsequently became…

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Majed Mohammed Abu Bala

Founder, A Step Forward for the Promotion of Education in Rahat

Majed Mohammed Abu Bala lives in Rahat and holds an M.A. in Business Administration and Economics. He is a graduate of the JDC-Israel leadership management program and various entrepreneurship and municipal administration programs. In…

Moaz Haviv

Maoz Haviv Gelibter

Director, Netzer Olami & TaMaR

Maoz Haviv Gelibter was born in a small village in the center of Israel in 1941. He became an active member of an Israeli youth movement, which led him to kibbutz life at age…

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Mathilda Wise

Participant, Shnat Program

Mathilda Wise was born and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She is 18 years old, and enjoys playing guitar, singing and making art. She went to a co-educational Uniting Church school, and will study…

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Mili Haber

Participant, Shnat Program

Mili Haber lives in Wollongong, few hours south of Sydney, Australia. There is a small Jewish community, although she attended Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra. She attended the Illawarra Grammar School, a private Anglican school…

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MK Stav Shaffir

Member of Knesset

MK for Labor. Member of the Finance Committee in the 19th Knesset, founder and co-chair of the Lobby for the Advancement of Fair Rental Conditions, and founder of the Lobby for Social Justice. Led…

Moti Shushan

Moti Shushan

Tour Guide

Moti Shushan is a certified tour guide who has lived in Jerusalem for 4 years. After living in Tel-Aviv and Berlin, Moti decided to move to Jerusalem and found it to be one of…

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MP Michał Stasiński

Member of Parliament, Poland

MP Michał Stasiński graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. He was educated at the School of Banking in the same city. He worked as a…

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Nicole Maor

Advocate, Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)

Advocate Nicole Maor made Aliyah from Australia after completing a combined Arts-Law degree, and following years of active involvement in the Reform Movement in Australia, which included the establishment of the Sydney branch of…

Noeleen Cohen

Noeleen Cohen

Chair, Leo Baeck College

Noeleen Cohen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After finishing university, she worked in marketing roles for multinational consumer goods organisations, as well as in Corporate Social Responsibility. Noeleen spent many years lecturing on…

Dr. Oded Avishar

Oded Avissar (Ph.D.)

Director of Education Department, Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism

Oded Avissar (Ph.D.) is the director of the Education Department in Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). A former educator, teacher, director and supervisor in the Ministry of Education, he has a…

Orit Shoshani

Orit Shoshani

Branch Relations & Education Coordinator, Netzer Olami

Orit Shoshani is a Jerusalem native who earned a Bachelor's degree in Education and International Relations from Hebrew University. Orit's love affair with the Progressive Movement began in the summer of 2010, when she…

Paul Liptz

Paul Liptz

Director of Education, Anita Saltz International Education Center

Paul Liptz is the Director of Education at the Anita Saltz International Education Center of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) . He has been involved with several realms of the Reform Movement…

Phyllis Dorey

Phyllis Dorey

Vice Chair, World Union for Progressive Judaism

Phyllis Dorey has been an active member of the Progressive Jewish community both in Australia and globally, undertaking a number of elected leadership positions, including serving as President of her synagogue (Temple Beth Israel…

Professor Anthony Luder

Professor Anthony Luder, MD

Director of Pediatrics, Ziv Medical Center

Professor Anthony Luder was born in London in 1953 to a medical family. He has been Director of Paediatrics at Ziv Medical Centre, Safed since 1992 and is a Vice-Dean of the Faculty of…

Fuad Aleskerov

Professor Fuad Aleskerov

Board Chair, Congregation Le Dor va Dor

Professor Fuad Aleskerov received a degree in mathematics from Moscow State University in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Control in Socio-Economic Systems in 1981. He has held a number of professional positions, including Head…

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Liberal Judaism (UK)

Rabbi Charley Baginsky has been involved with the Liberal Jewish movement since childhood – as both a youth leader with LJY-Netzer and an educator. After studying Theology, first at Cambridge and then King’s College…

Daniel Freelander

Rabbi Daniel H. Freelander

President, World Union for Progressive Judaism

Rabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander serves as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), representing 1.8 million Reform and Progressive Jews and over 1,200 congregations globally. Rabbi Freelander served the North American Union…

Rabbi David Gelfand

Rabbi David J. Gelfand

Co-chair, World Union for Progressive Judaism Rabbinic Circle

Rabbi David J. Gelfand arrived at Temple Israel, one of New York City's synagogues, in 2007, and is committed to teaching Torah in the broadest sense and helping people strive to "Be Torah" in…

Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris

Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris

Principal, Leo Baeck College

Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris is the Principal of Leo Baeck College, where she also teaches a yearlong course on the Megillot. She holds a Ph.D. in feminist biblical criticism. She lives in London with…

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Rabbi Gilad Kariv

President & CEO, Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)

Rabbi Gilad Kariv is the President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). For the last 17 years, Rabbi Kariv has been an active and committed member in the…

Rabbi Helena Rubinstein

Rabbi Helena Rubinstein

Chairperson, Eastern European Council of Reform Rabbis

Rabbi Helena Rubinstein was born in Moscow in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in 1955. She graduated from the Faculty of History at the Pedagogic University in Moscow, and worked for fourteen years as…

Rabbi Joel Oseran

Rabbi Joel Oseran

Vice President Emeritus, WUPJ

Rabbi Joel D. Oseran is Vice President Emeritus of International Development of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). In 1986 Rabbi Oseran made Aliyah to Israel and joined the staff of the World…

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Rabbi Josh Weinberg

President, ARZA

Rabbi Josh Weinberg has been President of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) since 2013. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, engaging in the NFTY-EIE program, and studying at…

Julia Margolis

Rabbi Julia Margolis

Chairman, South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED)

Rabbi Julia Margolis is the only female Rabbi in South Africa. She was born in Moscow, USSR. At the age of 12, her family made Aliyah to Israel, where she completed high school and…

Rabbi Lawrence Englander

Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander

Chair, International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists (ARZENU)

Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander is the founding Rabbi of Solel Congregation in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, serving there since its inception in 1973 until his retirement in June 2014. He now serves Solel as Rabbi…

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein

Vice Chair, ARZENU Olami

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein is a member of the rabbinic team at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue in London. Born and raised in Germany, Lea was ordained at Leo Baeck College in 2012. She is…

Rabbi Leon A. Morris

Rabbi Leon A. Morris

Incoming President, Pardes Institute

Rabbi Leon A. Morris is the incoming President of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. He is currently on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). A…

Rabbi Lisa Tzur

Rabbi Lisa Silverstein Tzur

Executive Director, Positive Jewish Living

Rabbi Lisa Silverstein Tzur is a renowned spiritual leader, yogini, musician, and Israeli dancer. Her ongoing work in the areas of spirituality, yoga, music, wellness, dance, and Jewish culture has earned her a reputation…

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith

Rabbi, Alyth Synagogue in Golders Green

Mark Goldsmith has been Rabbi at Alyth Synagogue in Golders Green, London since 2006. He was previously Rabbi at two other London Progressive Synagogues since gaining smicha at Leo Baeck College in 1996, where…

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Rabbi Marla J. Feldman

Executive Director, Women of Reform Judaism

Rabbi Marla J. Feldman is the executive director of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). Previously, Rabbi Feldman served as the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)'s Development Director and the director of the Commission on…

Meir Azari

Rabbi Meir Azari

Congregational Rabbi & Executive Director

Rabbi Azari was appointed congregational Rabbi and Executive Director of Beit Daniel in 1991. He holds a B.A. degree in Jewish History and Political Science from Haifa University, and a M.A. degree in Jewish…

Miri Gold

Rabbi Miri Gold

Rabbi, Kehilat Birkat Shalom

Rabbi Miri Gold was born in Detroit, Michigan, with family roots in Belarus. She graduated from the University of Michigan cum laude in 1971 with a degree in Philosophy. She made Aliyah to Kibbutz…

Naamah Kelman

Rabbi Naamah Kelman

Dean, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute Of Religion

Rabbi Naamah Kelman is a descendent of 10 generations of rabbis, becoming the first woman to be ordained by the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem in 1992, where she is currently the Dean. Born…

Nir Barkin

Rabbi Nir Barkin

Director, Israel-Diaspora Department; 'DOMIM-aLike' Initiative, IMPJ

Rabbi Nir Barkin, a sixth generation Jerusalemite, serves as the first director of the newly established Israel Diaspora Department of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). He leads the DOMIM-aLike initiative,…

Rabbi Ofek Meir

Rabbi Ofek Meir

Director, Israel Rabbic Program, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Ofek Meir was appointed the Director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2015. A graduate of the program, Rabbi Meir was…

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Rabbi Richard Address

Founder, Jewish Sacred Aging

Rabbi Richard Address was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and served on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) for over 3 decades as a Regional Director,…

Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Rabbi Steve Burnstein

Head of Global Leadership Development & Education, World Union for Progressive Judaism

Rabbi Steve Burnstein is Head of Global Leadership Development and Education of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), where he is responsible for cultivating lay and professional leadership by working closely with our…

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Rabbi Steven A. Fox

Chief Executive, Central Conference of American Rabbis

Rabbi Steven A. Fox is the Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism in North America and worldwide. Since joining the CCAR in 2006,…

Rabbi Uri Lam

Rabbi Uri Lam

Spiritual Leader, Congregação Israelita Mineira (CIM)

Rabbi Uri Lam is the spiritual leader of Congregação Israelita Mineira (CIM) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, affiliated with the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). He is a psychologist with a…

Rabbi Yael Karrie

Rabbi Yael Karie

Rabbi, Sha’ar HaNegev

Rabbi Yael Karie was born in Haifa and is a registered tour guide. She has led over 40 Birthright tours, and it was this work that exposed her to the Reform Movement and deepened…

Yoram Mazor

Rabbi Yehoram Mazor

Head of the Rabbinic Court, Court of the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis (MARAM)

Rabbi Yehoram Mazor is from the second generation of rabbis of the Reform movement in Israel. For 33 years, beginning in 1974, he served as a rabbi in various Movement congregations in Israel. For…

Yehudit Werchow

Rabbi Yehudit Werchow

Director of Education, MASA

Rabbi Yehudit Werchow was born in Argentina and grew up in Israel. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Literature from the Hebrew University and a M.A. in Religious Education from Hebrew Union…

Rachael Pass

Rachael Pass

Rabbinic Student, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rachael Pass is a first-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She is currently completing her Year In Israel and will be continuing her studies on the New York campus…

Raul C. Gottlieb

Raul Cesar Gottlieb

Chair, World Union for Progressive Judaism-Latin America

Raul Cesar Gottlieb lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is the chair of World Union for Progressive Judaism-Latin America (WUPJ-LA), editor of Devarim Magazine, former worship director and board member of Associação Religiosa…

Rebecca Steinberg Herson

Rebecca Steinberg Herson

VP of Marketing, Anodot

Rebecca Steinberg Herson is the Vice President of Marketing at Anodot, an Israeli startup company in the field of real-time big data analytics and machine learning. She has guided scores of small and large…

Reut Noyman

Reut Noyman

Director, Jewish Peoplehood Education Center- Yachdav

Reut Noyman is the director of Jewish Peoplehood Education Center-Yachdav, and the director of Israel and Overseas in the Education Department at the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). For 5 years,…

Reuven Marko

Reuven Marko

Chairperson, Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)

Reuven Marko is now serving his second term as chairperson of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). A member of the “Natan Ya” congregation, he joined Reform activities in Israel in…

Rinat Safania

Rinat Safania Schwartz

Rabbinic Student, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rinat Safania Schwartz is married to Liron and the mother of four-year-old Ariel. She was born in Jerusalem and lives in Kibbutz Naan. She holds a B.A. in psychology, a Master's Degree in educational…

Rita Fruman

Rita Fruman

Director, WUPJ Operations & Programs in FSU

Rita Fruman has been an active participant in the Netzer Reform youth movement since 1999. She was born in Grodno, Belarus and lived there until 2003. After graduating from a training course of young…

Robin Moss

Robin Moss

Head, UJIA Centre for Israel Engagement (UK)

Robin Moss is the Head of the UJIA Centre for Israel Engagement, the central agency within the British Jewish community for expertise, analysis and programming on Israel. He is acknowledged as one of the…

Rodrigo Baumworcel

Rodrigo Baumworczel

Portuguese & Spanish Desk Coordinator, Netzer Olami & TaMar Olami

Rodrigo Baumworczel is an Israeli Brazilian currently pursuing a Masters at Hebrew University in Jewish Education. He made Aliyah in 2016 after working for five years as a teacher in a Jewish school in…

Sergio DellaPergola

Sergio DellaPergola

Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University

Sergio DellaPergola is a specialist on the demography of world Jewry and has published over two hundred papers, books, and articles on historical demography, the family, international migration, Jewish identification, and population projections in…

Shani Wiss-Goldman

Shani Wiss-Goldman

Participant, 'Hammula' program for teens

Shani Wiss-Goldman was born in Jerusalem in 1999. Shani participated in the 'Hammula' program for teens with developmental disabilities in the Reform Movement “Havayah” summer camp. Since Shani was a little girl, she thought…

Shannah Zilcha

Shannah Zilcha

One Day Social Volunteering

Shannah Zilcha was born in Israel to an Olah who came from Los Angeles and brought a Reform Jewish lifestyle to the family. She grew up in the Reform congregation Kehilat Ra'anan where she…

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Sharona Yekutiel

Director, Keren b’Kavod

Sharona Yekutiel is a mother of three and lives in Jerusalem. She holds an M.A. in non-profit management, and a B.A. in Education and Jewish Studies. She has also completed a course in spiritual…

Arseny Nikitenko

Shimon (Arseny) Nikitenko

Student Rabbi, Institute for Modern Jewish Studies

Shimon (Arseny) Nikitenko was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1990. Since the age of 10 he has studied in several Jewish religious schools in Belarus. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Belarusian State…

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Shimon Smith

Musician

Shimon Smith is an Israeli-American musician, cantorial soloist and songleader living in Tel Aviv. He also serves as the bass singer for the world renowned acapella groups “Voca People” and “Beatbox Element.” Shimon sings…

Sonja Guetner

Sonja Guentner

Co-Chair, WUPJ CONNECTIONS

Sonja Guentner is currently the Chair of the Union progressiver Juden (UpJ) in Germany. The main focus of her work is the institutional re-establishment of Progressive Judaism in its home country. Under her leadership,…

Stephane Beder

Stéphane Bédèr

Senior Vice Chair, World Union for Progressive Judaism

Stéphane Bédèr’s involvement with the Jewish community started by leading and organizing Jewish camps in France and trips in England and Israel. He has assisted with the development of a multilingual Progressive community in…

Steve Denenberg

Steve Denenberg

President, ARZA Australia

Steve Denenberg spent 40 years in professional and volunteer positions in Social Work and Community Services, including 16 years as the CEO of Jewish Care, 7 years as CEO of Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney,…

Steve Lurie

Steve Lurie

Past Natiojnal Chairman, South African Union for Progressive Judaism

Steve Lurie matriculated at Hyde Park High School in Johannesburg in 1970 and in 1972 obtained a Diploma in Agriculture from Cedara Agricultural College. He worked for 28 years at Hillside Farm in Balfour,…

steven Bauman

Steven Bauman

Past Chairm, WUPJ

Steven Bauman is enjoying his four grandsons while chairing a Beth Am Jewish LearningWorks/San Francisco Federation initiative to increase inclusion of kids with special needs and their families in Jewish communal activities. Steve is…

Susan Bass

Susan C. Bass

First Vice President, Women of Reform Judaism

Susan C. Bass has been affiliated with the Reform Jewish Movement institutions during every phase of her life. A member of her Temple Youth Group (TYG), she attended regional conventions and kallot across the…

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Sveta Kundish

Student Cantor, Abraham Geiger Kolleg

Sveta Kundish was born in the Ukraine in 1982. She began studying music at age seven. In 1995 she settled in Israel with her family. She continued her music studies in the Ironi (Municipal)…

Yael Cobano

Yael Cobano

Founder & President, Reform Jewish Community of Madrid

Yael Cobano was born in Ceuta, a small multicultural Spanish city on the north coast of Africa, and is the founder and President of the young Reform Jewish Community of Madrid. She holds a…

Yair Lootsteen

Yair Lootstein

Co-Chair, WUPJ CONNECTIONS

Yair Lootsteen currently serves as Deputy Chair of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and is charged with overseeing that organization's financial affairs. He has been on the IMPJ Board since…

Yonatan Melamed

Yonatan Melamed

Development and Overseas Relations Department, Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)

Yonatan Melamed works in the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) Development and Overseas Relations Department. He holds an M.A. in International Development and Social Change, and has conducted extensive research on…

Yosef Abramowitz

Yosef Abramowitz

CEO, Arava Power Company

Named by CNN as one of the top six leading Green Pioneers worldwide, as Person of the Year by the Israel National Business and Energy Conference, by PV Tech as “one of the most…

Yuval Newman

Yuval Newman

Director of People with Disabilities Inclusion Program, Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)

Yuval Newman leads the People with Disabilities Inclusion Program of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). Yuval served on the board of Kehillat Yozma, the Reform congregation in Modi’in, for 15…