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.
Larry Bailis, Boston
Lawrence Neil Bailis is an Associate Professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management where for three decades he has been conducting research on service programs, community organization, university-community partnerships, and programs to promote youth development and minimize inequality. He teaches focuses on advocacy, community organizing, and partnerships with nonprofit groups. He recently completed two terms as Chair of Board of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the group that funds AmeriCorps, Commonwealth Corps, and other volunteer generation activities in the state, and also serves as a board member of JOIN for Justice, the Waltham Partnership for Youth, Eli Segal Citizen Leadership Program, and the Silent Spring Institute, which brings scientists and advocates together to identify and eliminate the causes of breast cancer. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Susan Shevitz. They have four children living in the New York, the State of Washington, and Massachusetts.
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.
Idit Klein, Boston
Idit Klein has served as Executive Director of Keshet since 2001. During this time, she has built Keshet from a one-person, local organization with an annual budget of $35K to a 14-person, national organization with an annual budget of over one million. Under her leadership, Keshet developed a comprehensive training curriculum for LGBT inclusion and has reached over 20,000 Jewish educators. In Massachusetts, Idit helped mobilize rabbis and synagogue members to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. She also served as the Executive Producer of Keshet’s award-winning documentary film Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School. Prior to leading Keshet, Idit was an activist in the queer women’s community in Israel and played a role in early organizing efforts to create the Jerusalem Open House. In Jerusalem she also worked for SHATIL and the Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Idit received her Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression education. Idit was among eight recipients of the 2003-2005 Joshua Venture Fellowship for young Jewish social entrepreneurs. A Jewish Organizing Fellowship alumna, Idit was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award.
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.
Rabbi Greg Litcofsky, New Jersey
Rabbi Litcofsky, a Seminary Leadership Project alumnus ’06, is a rabbi at Congregation Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Massachusetts. While at Shir Tikva, Rabbi Litcofsky has applied the organizing skills he learned through the Seminary Leadership Project by building a thriving community of families with young children, deepening his congregation’s commitment to grassroots interfaith social action through participation in MICAH (Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope), as well as building an innovative Shabbat morning service for religious school families. Starting in July he will assume the position of Senior Rabbi at Tempel Emanu-El of West Essex in Livingston, New Jersey.
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.
David Schwartz, Boston
David Schwartz is the co-founder and Campaign Director of Real Food Challenge (RFC), a national student movement to create a more healthy, just and sustainable food system. Through student-led campaigns RFC has won over $75 million in university commitments to purchase from local, ecological, fair and humane farms and food businesses. David leads major national youth summits, trainings and days of action, involving more than 100,000 young people on over 300 college campuses each year. David was was name one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” for 2013 and previously honored by Variety Magazine and the VH1/Do Something Awards. He has also served on the Board of The Food Project, Inc. and JOIN for Justice. He holds a B.A. in the History of Food, Agriculture and Environmentalism from Brown University.
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.