Rabbi Becky Silverstein is a genderqueer, trans rabbi currently working as the Education Director at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. Rabbi Silverstein believes that creating spaces where individuals can have their whole selves recognized and valued is essential to healing individuals, communities, and the world. In the Jewish community, active engagement with Jewish tradition, texts and culture is an essential strategy for fulfilling this goal.
Rabbi Silverstein grew up in Great Neck, New York, and found his synagogue to be a safe haven. Having realized during his tenure at Smith College that he was more passionate about running the Kosher Kitchen than his engineering classes, Becky began his path to Hebrew College where he was ordained in 2014. Rabbi Silverstein currently serves on the board of Keshet, a nonprofit working for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. He is the first trans rabbi to be hired by a Conservative Synagogue.
Beth Cousens, a creative and strategic thinker, works with leaders in Jewish education and in Jewish life to help organizations ensure success. Her focus on partnership, creative and relevant Jewish educational ideas, and strategic thinking have helped her to be a respected voice in this field. For almost two decades, Beth has helped to lead Jewish educational organizations in program and policy development.
Beth joined The Jewish Federations of North America in July 2015 to launch the Jewish Education and Engagement Office. As Associate Vice President at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, she launched the department of Organizational Learning and invigorated the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience, creating new initiatives and setting new priorities within Hillel. In the planning department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, she was responsible for launching change projects in congregational education, Jewish overnight camping, and teen participation in Jewish life. Most recently, she served as a consultant to a variety of community-based and national Jewish organizations, supporting their strategy development and evaluation efforts. Beth has a PhD in Jewish education and was the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She is the author of numerous articles and research publications about Jewish life and living. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.
Carrie Endries is Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Impact Investments at Reynders McVeigh Capital Management, a socially responsible investment firm that works with individuals, families and foundations. Prior to joining RMCM, Carrie was a Principal and Executive Committee Member at Lowell, Blake & Associates where she conducted global stock and bond research and advised directly on client assets. Carrie has been a professor at Harvard University in History and Literature and was a teaching consultant at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University. Carrie started her career as a technology researcher at Forrester Research in Cambridge.
Carrie graduated from Bowdoin College and earned a Ph.D. in Latin American History from Harvard University. Carrie is the current Board Chair at Camp Starfish, a program for emotionally and behaviorally challenged kids. She enjoys mentoring social impact start-ups through the Social Innovation Forum's impact accelerator. She has also served on boards in the microfinance field and is a current member of the Boston Economic Club. Carrie lives with her husband and daughter in Somerville, MA, where they are active in supporting their lively urban community.
Jeff Levy, Treasurer, is a real estate professional with over 16 years of commercial real estate finance and project management experience. Currently, Jeff is Vice President of Originations for Riverside Capital, LLC, a financial intermediary that helps to finance the construction of affordable housing across the country. Prior to joining Riverside, Jeff worked as an independent real estate consultant performing underwriting and due diligence on both affordable, new markets, and market-rate transactions. Previously he spent six years as an Associate Director with AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC and two years with the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation.
Jeff has a long history of volunteer leadership with Jewish organizations. In addition to his involvement with the Jewish Studio Project, he currently serves on Hazon’s Colorado Advisory Board. Jeff is the founder of the Boulder Jewish Commons Housing Initiative (BJCHI). Jeff holds a Master’s in City Planning and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his undergraduate degree in Economics and City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker. Jeff lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Becca, and their dog, Frisco.
Joshua Joseph, a leader in the Jewish community, is a man who wears many hats. He is a real estate investor who previously worked for a big bank in institutional real estate lending, managed commercial leasing for a large private REIT, and co-founded a real estate tech startup. Within the Jewish community, in addition to being a thought leader, Josh currently sits on the boards of the local Jewish Community Federation, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the Jim Joseph Foundation. His current obsession within the Jewish community is how the generation currently guiding American Jewry makes a successful transition to the rising generations of Jews, the “silent majority”.
A dedicated student and teacher, Josh was an English and Child Development double major at Tufts University and holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is always striving to add new insight to organizations with which he is involved, searching for sources of knowledge that affirm, elaborate on, or challenge his current thinking. Josh has also enjoyed volunteering his time to teaching at local schools. Most importantly, Josh is a devoted husband and father. He lives South of Market in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.
Rebecca Bloomfield is the Associate Director of Adamah: The Jewish Farming Fellowship, where she helps cultivate the soil and the soul to produce food, to build and transform identities, and to gather a community of people changing the world. Rebecca received her BA in International Development from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and received her Certificate in Organic Farming from Michigan State University. Rebecca has taught at The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, managed the Organic Farmer Training Program at Michigan State University, and operated her own small farm business, Bloomfield Farm, in Ottawa, Canada. She was recently published in The Center for Jewish Peoplehood's Peoplehood Papers. She values good food, strong community, and the connection to something-greater, and loves yoga, early morning lake swims, and any time spent at her family's cabin in Temagami, Ontario.
Zvika Krieger is the U.S. Department of State's Representative to Silicon Valley and Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation. He works with the technology and innovation sectors on tackling global challenges and helps the State Department plan for the impacts of emerging technology trends. He teaches "Hacking for Diplomacy" in Stanford University's Management Science and Engineering program and "Designing for Refugees" at Stanford's d.school. He previously created and led the Department's Strategy Lab, a team that utilizes design thinking, strategic foresight, and visual facilitation to convene diverse stakeholders and generate innovative solutions to complex international challenges. He also taught the inaugural Institute for Design + Public Policy at the Rhode Island School of Design. He was previously a Strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where his portfolios included climate change, Middle East strategy, policy innovation, and emerging technology, and for which he received the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.
Before joining government, Krieger spent almost a decade as a journalist, including as a foreign policy correspondent at The Atlantic, editor and writer at The New Republic, and Middle East correspondent for Newsweek based in Egypt and Lebanon and covering most of the Arab world. He is a Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University, a certified Design Thinking instructor by the LUMA Institute, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and a member of the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society. He has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
The Jewish Studio Project Advisory Board is comprised of a collection of extraordinary leaders across specializations, including: clergy, entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders and financial experts.
- Adam Berman (Founder and Executive Director, Urban Adamah)
- Rachel Biale (Parenting Consultant and Former Regional Director of Progressive Jewish Alliance)
- Lisa Cerrina (Art Therapist; Founder, Creative Flow studio)
- Rabbi Sharon Cohen-Anisfeld (Dean, Hebrew College Rabbinical School)
- Itai Dinour (Education Portfolio, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust)
- Ron Feinstein (President and CEO, Lifeline Systems)
- Rabbi Art Green (Rector and Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Hebrew College Rabbinical School)
- Lisa Gross (Founder and CEO, The League of Kitchens)
- Rabbi Avi Killip (Director of Project Zug and Alumni Affairs, Mechon Hadar)
- Max Klau (Chief Program Officer, New Politics Leadership Academy)
- Sophie Krentzman (Major Gifts Officer, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston)
- Daniel Langenthal (Director of Experiential Learning and Teaching, Brandeis University)
- Rabbi Benay Lappe (Founder and Rosh Yeshiva, Svara)
- Or Mars (Vice President, Wexner Foundation)
- Rabbi Jeff Summit (Neubauer Executive Director, Tufts University Hillel)