Phil Rosenblatt, Boston
Phil Rosenblatt is a partner at the Boston law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish. Inspired by the Jewish Organizing Initiative’s founding Executive Director, Michael Brown, Phil joined the JOI Board many years ago and has worked with their leadership to guide the organization through a number of exciting transitions, culminating in JOIN for Justice’s collaboration with PJA & JFSJ to bring the organization to a whole new level. Phil also serves or has served on the Board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, as Vice President and Board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, as President of the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, as an Executive Committee and a Board member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, as President of the Lincoln Station Phase I Homeowners Association in Lincoln, New Hampshire, and as a Board member of the Loon Mountain Alpine Ski Race Team, also in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Phil received a BA from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife Nancy and dogs Hannah and Bode. Their two sons live in Washington, DC and Houston, Texas.
Jordan Berg Powers, Boston
Jordan Berg Powers is the Executive Director at Mass Alliance, where he previously served as Deputy Director of Mass Alliance. In his nine years there, he has helped elect new progressive leaders across the state, recruited progressive champions to run, and trained hundreds of grassroots organizers. In 2015 Jordan was recognized for his exceptional work in politics as an inaugural inductee into the 40 under 40 Poly Award. Using his expertise in talking to ordinary voters about progressive policy, Jordan is active in campaigns for saving public education, gender equality and more progressive tax system for the Commonwealth. He conducts trainings across the state on campaign strategy and management, candidate recruitment, progressive messaging and women in politics. Jordan has a Masters in International Politics from the London School of Oriental & African Studies as well as a B.A. in International Development and a B.A. in Economics from American University.
Rabbi Noah Farkas, Los Angeles
Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas is co-founder of the Seminary Leadership Project, which has trained over 300 clergy as community organizers. He currently serves as a rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. In addition to his work at Valley Beth Shalom, Noah founded Netiya: An Interfaith Coalition on Food, Environment, and Social Justice. Noah speaks and publishes nationally on issues of Jewish thought, generational engagement, and social justice. He lives with his wife Sarah and their three kids in Sherman Oaks, California.
Bill Gabovitch, Boston
Bill joined the Board of JOIN in 2014, is chair of the Governance Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. He has worked with the Fellows on fundraising for the past several years. Bill has been an active member of the Boston Jewish Community for many years. Bill is a past president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and has been on the JCRC Board over 10 years. He has also had deep involvements with Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (Boston’s Jewish federation) since 1989, including serving on their Board of Directors from 2000- 2012.Bill has also had involvements with Keshet, a group working for full inclusion in Jewish life of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews and Moise Kavod House. Bill is the General Counsel of Primark US and was previously a Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Staples, Inc. PreviouslyBill worked for the law firms of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, Kaye Fialkow, Richmond and Rothstein and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Bill is a member of Shir Hadash, a Reconstructionist havurah that meets in Newton Centre, MA. He graduated from Indiana University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Aliza Kline, New York
Aliza Kline is a dynamic leader, and social entrepreneur; serving as the founding executive director of OneTable, a new online and in-person hub for millennials to end their week with intention and create unique Shabbat dinners, and Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh and Education Center in Boston, an international model for re-imagining Jewish ritual open to the full diversity of the Jewish community. In 2009, Aliza was awarded an Avi Chai Fellowship (described as the “Jewish MacArthur Genius Grant”). She led a “design thinking” process for UpStart and The Jewish Education Project and managed a gender equity campaign for Advancing Women Professionals. A trained coach, Aliza worked with clients throughout North America and Israel. Aliza earned her BA from Washington University and her MPA from New York University.
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin, New York
Stephanie Kolin is an Associate Rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City. Stephanie was previously the Co-Director of Just Congregations, the Union for Reform Judaism’s community organizing strategy, and a founder and Lead Organizer for Reform CA, the Reform Movement’s campaign to act for a more just and compassionate California. Reform CA has achieved victory on campaigns on statewide immigration reform and affordable housing/climate change. Stephanie was named as a “Rabbi to Watch” by Newsweek and a “Game Changer” by The Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
Alice Kuhn, Austin
Alice Kuhn serves as the Executive Director of the Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation, a foundation she and her husband Michael created and funded, dedicated to social justice and the eradication of poverty. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Jewish Federation of Austin, the Jewish Family Service of Austin, the New Milstones Foundation, and the Capital Area Food Bank. Born in Chicago, Alice received a BA from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.Ed from the University of Texas, Austin.
Laura Loeb, Potomac, MD
Laura has been very involved with several of JOIN’s programs, including ROAR! A Jewish Leadership Training for Resistance, Organizing, Action, & Resistance, which provided one-day trainings in 19 cities in 2017, a 2018 voter registration drive in Atlanta with Jewish groups working in coalition with African American organizations, and the successful campaign in Florida to pass Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to rehabilitated felons. Laura is an active member of the Community Issues/Social Action Committee at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C. She volunteers with organizations sponsoring brain tumor research and is also supportive of the work of Tahirih Justice Center, which provides legal services to immigrant women and children fleeing violence. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council and received a BS degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois. She was a healthcare regulatory lawyer for 22 years, becoming a partner first at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and then at King & Spalding. After the unexpected death of her brother, Laura became co-owner and manager of Herman L. Loeb LLC, a family-owned, privately held oil and gas exploration production company. She lives in Potomac, MD with her husband and has two daughters age 26 and 24.
Megan Pamela Ruth Madison, New York City
Megan Pamela Ruth Madison is a facilitator, scholar, and organizer who grew up in northern Michigan, and now calls New York City home. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in studies in religion, Megan went on to become a preschool teacher in Chicago. Now, as a doctoral candidate at Brandeis University, she works part-time facilitating workshops for grown-ups on racism, patriarchy, heterosexism, antisemitism…and collective liberation! In addition to JOIN’s Board, Megan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (or JFREJ).
Megan approaches her work as an early childhood educator and a student of radical Black feminism. She strives to catalyze transformative change by using her personal power to create playful spaces that center the needs and experiences of Black womxn in our wholeness (our minds, our bodies, our emotions, and our spiritual selves). She does this work because she is in love and she yearns for opportunities to deepen that love for herself, for her communities, and for the world we are building together.
Dan Rosan, Somerville
Dan Rosan is an experienced health care strategist with over ten years of experience in the nonprofit and private sector. Currently he supports Biogen’s Development Sciences organization as the head of Business Analytics, where he drives resource planning, performance measurement, and special projects. Prior to joining Biogen, Dan was a management consultant for a boutique firm serving the biotechnology industry, where he worked with the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies and top tier venture capital funds. He also led the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility’s health care practice for four years. Dan has a BA in History from Vassar College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Molly Schulman, Cambridge
Molly Schulman is thrilled to continue her involvement in JOIN as a board member. A recent alumna of JOIN’s Jewish Organizing Fellowship (class of 2019), she spent the past year as a legislative organizer with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Since then, Molly has been exploring impact investing for racial and economic justice as a member of the Chordata Capital cohort, donor organizing with Boston’s Resource Generation chapter, and singing with her cover band. Molly received her B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University. Since graduating, she has served as a Team Leader with City Year New York, organized with IfNotNow and Sunrise movements, worked as an educator at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, NY, and completed the Urban Adamah fellowship in Berkeley, CA. She lives in Cambridge, MA.
Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, Besthesda
Rabbi Lauren Tuchman received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018 and is, as far as she is aware, the first blind woman in the world to enter the rabbinate. A sought after speaker, spiritual leader and educator, Rabbi Tuchman has taught at numerous synagogues and other Jewish venues throughout North America and was named to the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 for her innovative leadership concerning inclusion of Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. In 2017, she delivered an ELI Talk entitled We All Stood At Sinai: The Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah.
Terry Yoffie, Boston
Terry Yoffie works as a volunteer on education issues in public and private schools and with secular and Jewish organizations advising on financing, fund development, strategy, internal controls and risk management. She also manages or supports projects in civic engagement and community organizing at Newton North High School, the League of Women Voters, and in Jewish social justice organizations. She participates on City of Newton task forces, committees, and boards. Terry has more than 30 years experience in development, membership, outreach, financial management, reporting and planning. She is a C.P.A. and a Wexner Fellow.