Rabbi Becky Silverstein, Board Chair, 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 boards of Keshet and SVARA. He is the first trans rabbi to be hired by a Conservative Synagogue.
Rabbi Dr. Rebecca Joseph is a master educator and organizational development consultant with more than three decades of experience in fundraising and philanthropy. Previously, she held positions in the non-profit sector, higher education and government. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, she earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California-San Diego, BA from Swarthmore College, and held University of California-Berkeley, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Inspired by Judaism and culinary arts, Becky created The Parve Baker blog and founded San Francisco’s 12 Tribes, an award-winning kosher catering company focused on mindful and sustainable lifestyles. Becky lives happily in Berkeley, CA. She loves spending time at JSP’s Studio.
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, Board Treasurer, is a real estate professional with over 16 years of commercial real estate finance and project management experience. Currently, Jeff is a commercial real estate broker with The Colorado Group and Manager of Golden Bear RE, LLC, a real estate investment company. Prior to his work with The Colorado Group and Golden Bear, Jeff was Vice President of Originations for Riverside Capital, LLC, a financial intermediary that helps to finance the construction of affordable housing across the country. Before 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. He has served as a volunteer leader with Hazon and AJWS and once upon a time created and managed an annual event called the Bay Area Eco Tu B’Shvat Seder. 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, their daughter, Avital, and their golden retriever, Frisco.
Rebecca Bloomfield, Board Secretary, is the 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.
Seth Linden is a strategic leader, thinker and team player with over 20 years' experience as a teacher, entrepreneur, foundation professional and consultant. He has ten years of education leadership and business management experience running Tutorpedia and Tutorpedia Foundation, a K-12 social enterprise. His long-term goals are to personalize education, increase college and career access and equity, and design a lab school where physical design and curricular design are equally effective. He is most excited working at the intersections of philanthropy, education and leadership. He has had a passion for art since childhood, and worked most recently as a Jewish professional at the Jim Joseph Foundation. Seth and his family (Sara, Ezra (6) and Pax (3)) are moving to Long Beach after nearly 25 years in the SF Bay Area!
Susan Berrin is Editor-in-chief of Sh’ma Now, a monthly curated “conversation” in print and online that brings together a spectrum of voices around a single theme. She is also editor of two Jewish anthologies, Celebrating the New Moon: A Rosh Chodesh Anthology (Jason Aronson Publishers) and A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Midlife through the Elder Years (Jewish Lights Publishing). Her writing has been included in several anthologies including Praise Her Works: Conversations With Biblical Women and The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom. Susan is a member of the Academic Board of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, Steve Zipperstein, where she is an active gardener, foodie, hiker, friend, and long-distance ima & bubbie.