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. 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
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
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
Cheryl Cook Avodah New York, NY social justice
Stosh Cotler Bend the Arc New York, NY social justice
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
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
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. 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
R. David Jaffe Kirva Sharon, MA spiritual practice
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
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
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
Hart Levine the Beis New York, NY spiritual communities
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
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
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
Blair Nosan Pickle Torah Detroit, MI Jewish learning
Yoni Oppenheim 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company New York, NY arts and culture
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
Shamu Sadeh Adamah Falls Village, CT environment/food
Beth Sandweiss Jewish Meditation Center of Montclair Montclair, NJ spiritual practice
Nigel Savage Hazon New York, NY environment/food
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
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
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

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