Leaders of the Kenissa Network

Note: Each of the individuals listed below participated in one of the Kenissa Network’s National Consultations. They are the “creatives” who are changing the face of American Jewish life.

When an * appears after the organization name on the listing below, it indicates that the individual no longer is associated with that organization. Nevertheless, every participant in our Consultations remains a member of the Kenissa Network.

The last column identifies the sector in which the organization functions. Kenissa has identified six sectors where most of the cutting edge innovative work is happening in the Jewish community: social justice; spiritual practice; Jewish learning; eco-sustainability/food justice; spiritual communities; arts/culture. Many organizations might have programs that touch on two or more of the sectors. We have listed the sector that is most closely aligned with the organization’s mission.

First Last Organization City, State Sector
R. Katy Z. Allen Jewish Climate Action Network Wayland MA Social Justice
R. Alana Alpert Detroit Jews for Justice Detroit, MI social justice
Aharon Ariel Lavi Garin Shuva Shuva, Israel spiritual communities
Wendy Aronson Judaism Your Way Denver, CO spiritual communities
Hannah Kapnik Ashar Boulder Minyan Boulder, CO spiritual communities
R. Guy Austrian Fort Tryon Jewish Center New York, NY Synagogue
Melissa Balaban IKAR Santa Monica, CA spiritual communities
Matt Bar Bible Raps Philadelphia, PA arts and culture
R. Rachel Barenblat * ALEPH Lanesboro, MA spiritual communities
Shelly Barnathan Or Zarua Havertown, PA Synagogue
Helen Bennett Ayni Institute Boston, MA social justice
R. Tiferet Berenbaum * Temple Har Zion Mt. Holly, NJ spiritual communities
Ross Berkowitz Tribe 12 Philadelphia, PA spiritual communities
Carrie Bornstein Mayyim Hayim Boston, MA spiritual practice
Mariel Boyarsky Selah Seattle, WA spiritual communities
R. Sara Brandes Or Halev Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation Hannaton, Israel spiritual practice
R. Daniel Burg Beth Am Synagogue Baltimore, MD spiritual communities
Sarah Chandler Kehunah.org Brooklyn, NY environment/food
Jeffrey Cohan Jewish Veg Pittsburgh, PA Eco-Sustainbility
Cheryl Cook Avodah New York, NY social justice
Stosh Cotler Bend the Arc New York, NY social justice
Robin Damsky In the Gardens Melrose Park, IL Eco-Sustainibilty
Jessica Deutsch Jewish Artist New York, NY arts and culture
Julie Emden Embodied Jewish Learning Berkeley, CA Jewish learning
Jacob Feinspan Jews United for Justice Silver Spring, MD social justice
Shir Yaakov Feit Kol Hai: Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal Ulster Park, NY social justice
R. Jacob Fine Abundance Farm Northampton, MA environment/food
R. Avi Finegold Jewish Learning Lab Montreal, Canada Jewish learning
Deborah Fishman FED New York, NY Arts and Culture
Carla Friend Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music Initiative Brooklyn, NY Arts and Culture
R. Laura Geller ChaiVillageLA Los Angeles, CA spiritual communities
Rachel Gildiner Gather DC Silver Spring, MD Jewish learning
Cara Gold Grassroots Shabbat Boston, MA spiritual practice
R. Dan Goldblatt Beth Chaim Danville, CA spiritual communities
Bob Goldfarb Darkhei Noam New York, NY Arts and Culture
R. Lisa Goldstein Institute for Jewish Spirituality New York, NY spiritual practice
Monica Gomery Hebrew College/Let My People Sing! Boston, MA spiritual practice
R. Brad Greenstein Moishe House San Diego, CA spiritual communities
Rishe Groner Gene-Sis Brooklyn, NY spiritual practice
R. Jen Gubitz The Riverway Project at Temple Israel of Boston Boston, MA Synagogue
R. Jill Hammer Kohenet New York, NY spiritual practice
David Jordan Harris Rimon Minneapolis, MN arts and culture
R. Lizzi Heydemann Mishkan Chicago Chicago, IL spiritual communities
Peter Horowitz Mile End Chavurah Montreal, Quebec Synagogue
R. Dan Horwitz The Well Detroit, MI Spiritual Community
Jared Jackson Jews in ALL Hues Philadelphia, PA Social Justice
R. David Jaffe Kirva Sharon, MA spiritual practice
Leah Jones TBD Minyan Chicago, IL Jewish Prayer Groups/Independent Minyanim
R. James Kahn * Jewish Social Service Agency, Wash DC Rockville, MD spiritual communities
David Zvi Kalman Jewish Public Media Philadelphia, PA Jewish learning
Danny Kaplan Jewish Council for Urban Affairs* Chicago, IL social justice
Steffi Aronson Karp LimmudBoston Waban, MA Jewish Learning
Andrew Kastner Coastal Roots Farm/Leichtag Foundation* Cleveland, OH environment/food
R. Elie Kaunfer Mechon Hadar New York, NY Jewish learning
Dove Kent Jews for Racial and Economic Justice* Brooklyn, NY social justice
Renna Khuner-Haber Nigun Collective Berkeley, CA spiritual practice
R. Jason Kimelman-Block Bend the Arc Silver Spring, MD social justice
Idit Klein Keshet Boston, MA social justice
David Krantz Aytzim: Ecological Judaism Tempe, AZ Eco-Sustainbility
Greg Lawrence The Tribe Hollywood, FL Social Justice
Lisa Lepson * UpstartLab/Joshua Venture New York, NY stakeholder
Ilana Lerman Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, MA social justice
Meredith Levick * Hazon New York, NY environment/food
Stephanie Levin Peninsula Jewish Community Center Foster City, CA Jewish Learning
William Levin Alliance Community Reboot (ACRe) Brooklyn, NY Jewish Learning
Hart Levine the Beis New York, NY spiritual communities
R. Aaron Levy Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism Toronto, ON Independent Minyan
Jeff Levy-Lyons Jewish Climate Action Network NYC New York, NY Social Justice
Daniel Libenson Institute for the Next Jewish Future Chicago, IL Jewish learning
Audrey Lichter ChaiMitzvah West Hartford, CT Jewish learning
Julie Lieber * Kevah Denver, CO Jewish learning
R. Sara Luria * Immerse NYC Brooklyn, NY spiritual practice
Naomi Malka Adas Israel Community Mikvah Washington D.C. Spiritual Practice/Meditation
Leora Mallach Ganei Beantown (Beantown Jewish Gardens) Boston, MA Eco-Sustainability
Jakir Manela Pearlstone Center Baltimore, MD environment/food
R. Natan Margalit Organic Torah Boston, MA Jewish learning
Patricia Eszter Margit Art Kibbutz Bronx, NY arts and culture
R. Miriam Margles Danforth Jewish Circle Toronto spiritual communities
Elan Margulies Hazon Brooklyn, NY Spiritual Community
Kohenet Annie Matan Matanot Lev (Gifts of the Heart) Toronto, Ontario Arts and Culture
Yavilah McCoy Ayecha/Visions* Newton, MA social justice
R. Avram Mlotek Base Hillel New York, NY spiritual communities
R. Lee Moore Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah* Kent, OH Jewish learning
Elad Nehorai Hevria Brooklyn, NY Social Justice
R. Dev Noily Kehilla Community Synagogue Oakland, CA Earth-based Pluralistic
Blair Nosan Pickle Torah Detroit, MI Jewish learning
Yoni Oppenheim 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company New York, NY arts and culture
Kohenet Stacey Sephirah Oshkello Living Tree Alliance Moretown, VT Earth-based Pluralistic
Kasey Passen * OneTable Chicago, IL Spiritual Community
Nati Passow Jewish Farm School Philadelphia, PA environment/food
Eden Pearlstein Darshan Brooklyn, NY arts and culture
R. Scott Perlo * Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington, DC Jewish learning
Kendell Pinkney Kaleidoscope New York, NY arts and culture
Ari Pomerantz * Moishe/Kavod House – Boston Boston, MA social justice
R. Aaron Potek Gather DC Washington, DC Jewish learning
Sammy Rosenbaum * The Well – Atlanta Atlanta, GA Jewish learning
Ahava Rosenthal Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Newton, MA Jewish Learning
Jon Adam Ross The In[heir]itance Project New York, NY Arts and Culture
R. Isaiah Rothstein Be’chol Lashon Brooklyn, NY Jewish Learning
Shamu Sadeh Adamah Falls Village, CT environment/food
R. Jan Salzman Ruach haMaqom Burlington, VT Synagogue
Irene Lehrer Sandalow SketchPad Chicago, IL Jewish Learning
R. Regina Sandler-Phillips WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources New York, NY Social Justice
Beth Sandweiss Jewish Meditation Center of Montclair Montclair, NJ spiritual practice
R. Dana Saroken the Soul Center Baltimore, MD Spiritual Practice
Nigel Savage Hazon New York, NY environment/food
Ruth Schapira The Mussar Institute Holland, PA Spiritual Practice
R. Rami Schwartzer Bais-DC Bethesda, MD spiritual communities
Margot Seigle Jewish Resilience Gathering Millerton, NY spiritual communities
Sara Shalva DC Jewish Community Center* Reston, VA Jewish learning
Jane Shapiro Orot Chicago Chicago, IL Jewish learning
Adam Sher Hazon Falls Village, CT environment/food
R. Jeremy Sher HaEmek Palo Alto, CA spiritual communities
Misha Shulman School for Creative Judaism Brooklyn, NY Jewish Learning
R. Garth Silberstein Organic Yeshiva Sacramento, CA Jewish learning
R. Ruth H. Sohn Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction  Los Angeles, CA spiritual practice
R. Josh Stanton Tribe* New York, NY Jewish learning
R. Kaya Stern-Kaufman Rimon Housatonic, MA spiritual communities
Ilana Sumka Center for Jewish Nonviolence Bruges, Belgium  social justice
Craig Taubman Pico Union Project Los Angeles, CA Social Justice
R. Rachel Timoner Congregation Beth Elohim Brooklyn, NY spiritual communities
Naomi Tucker Shalom Bayit Oakland, CA social justice
Karla Van Praag JOIN for Justice Boston, MA social justice
Aharon Varady Open Siddur Project Cincinnati, OH spiritual practice
R. Michael Wasserman The New Shul Scottsdale, AZ spiritual communities
Rob Weinberg Experiments in Congregational Education* Evanston, IL stakeholder
Micah Weiss West Philly Shteibel Philadelphia, PA spiritual communities
Judi Wisch PJ Library Springfield, MA Jewish learning
Lawrence Yermack Center for Jewish Spirituality San Rafael, CA spiritual practice
Zahara Zahav Union for Reform Judaism – National Campaigns* New York, NY social justice
R. Shawn Zevit Mishkan Shalom Philadelphia, PA spiritual communities

Rabbi Dr. Zohar


                     Etz Hasadeh

New York, NY


Rabbi Bella


                    Bayit: Your Jewish Home

St. Augustine Beach, FL


Rabbi Daniel


                    Moving Traditions

Montclair, NJ





Burlingame, CA




                    National Coalition Building Institute

Silver Spring, MD


Rabbi Debra


                    The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning

Bloomfield, CT




                    The Bible Players

Philadelphia, PA





Mount Rainier, MD


Kohenet Keshira

haLev Fife

                    Kesher Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA


Rabbi Brian


UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Brooklyn, NY




                    Spruce Street Minyan

Philadelphia, PA




                    Alberta Shul

Portland, OR


Kohenet Rinah Rachel


                    Our Sacred Circles

Durham, NC




                    JQ International

Los Angeles, CA




                    Minyan of Thinkers CONNECT Cohorts

Olympia, WA



Goldstein Parker

                    Jewfolk, Inc.

Minneapolis, MN





Philadelphia, PA




                    Jewish Initiative for Animals

Los Angeles, CA


Rabbi Cantor Ellen


                    Tidewater Chavurah

Virginia Beach, VA


Na’amah Wendy


    Imeinu Doulas and Jewish Birth Worker Collective

Berkeley, CA





Oakland, CA


Rabbi Evan J.


                    The Jewish Studio

Potomac, MD



Liben Yarmush

          Achayot: Sisterhood of Jewish Women Writers

Linden, NJ


Rabbi David Evan


                    Temple Beth El of City Island

Briarcliff Manor, NY


Rabbi Laurie


                    Beineinu, NYC

Brooklyn, NY




                    Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Brookline, MA


Rabbi Jeremy


                    Bnai Israel Community

Willimantic, CT


Hazzan Jodi


                    Congregation Mekor Shalom

Tampa, FL




Adat Shalom Reconstructionist congregation,  Hamidrasha Beoranim

Rockville, MD




                    New Synagogue Project

Washington, DC


Rabbi Benjamin



New York, NY




                    Center City Kehillah

Philadelphia, PA


Rabbi Ariel



Portland, OR




                    Urban Moshav

Albany, CA


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