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Listed for many years in Newsweek as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis,” and recognized as one of our nation’s leading “Preachers & Teachers,” by Beliefnet.com, Fox News regular contributor, Washington Post blogger, and think tank President Brad Hirschfield is the author of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (Harmony, 2008). He also conceived and hosted two groundbreaking series for Bridges TV—American Muslim TV Network, Building Bridges: Abrahamic Perspectives on the World Today (three seasons), and American Pilgrimage. He is also the Co-founder and Executive Editor of The Wisdom Daily.
Rabbi Irwin Kula is a disruptive spiritual innovator and rogue thinker. A 7th generation rabbi he is Co-President of Clal–The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership a do-tank committed to making Jewish a Public Good. A thought leader on the intersection of innovation, religion, and human flourishing, Irwin has worked with leaders from the Dalai Lama to Queen Noor and with organizations, foundations, and businesses in the United States and around the world to inspire people to live with greater passion, purpose, creativity and compassion.
As Director of Operations and Administration, Aliza J. Kaplan manages the operations of the organization, and her responsibilities include: business, financial and legal issues, short-term and long-range budgets, resource development and production, web based-services, and human resources.
Selected as one of the “Most Inspirational Rabbis in America” by The Forward Newspaper, Rabbi Sirbu sits at the leading edge of American Jewish life. She is currently the Director of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders, a pluralist network of rabbis dedicated to serving the needs of all people through creative use of Jewish wisdom. She is also the founder of RabbiCareers.com, making it easier for rabbis and communities of all types to find each other.
Rabbi Elan Babchuck is Director of Innovation at Clal, and Founding Director of Glean Incubator, an ecosystem of support where spiritual entrepreneurs receive training, coaching, and mentorship. Prior to joining Clal, he served as Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, where he became the first religious leader to be named one of the city’s “10 to Watch”. He was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2012 and earned his MBA that year, as well.
Elad is a blogger, writer, and marketer who has spent most of his adult life creating and nurturing online communities. From the time he started a small online arts magazine (before such a thing was common) in college, to his efforts as an online marketer for startups, to his viral campaign “I Have A Therapist,” to his present-day communities of Pop Chassid, Hevria, and The Wisdom Daily, Elad cares about nothing more than connecting people who are desperately looking for a community that doesn’t exist in the physical world.
Shelli Aderman comes to Rabbis Without Borders at Clal and RabbiCareers.com from a varied and exciting background, where she started learning to code computers as a child. As an adult, Shelli continued her fascination with all things behind-the-scenes in a career of theatrical stage management and administration. As the Program Coordinator for Rabbis Without Borders, she gets to use all of her backstage skills in the support of rabbis.
Rabbi Helaine Ettinger earned her B.A in English Literature from Princeton University, her rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR in 1991 and her Masters in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in 2017. In her rabbinate she has served in small congregations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as serving as the Synagogue Outreach Coordinator for the MetroWest Jewish Health and Healing Center. She currently serves as the rabbi of Philipstown Reform Synagogue in Cold Spring, NY.
Rabbi Tsafi Lev is the Rabbis Without Boarders West Coast Coordinator. He is an accomplished speaker and educator. Ordained at JTS, Tsafi gained over a decade of pulpit experience before moving full-time into the true love of his rabbinate, teaching. Part of the founding faculty of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, CA, Tsafi has proudly helped shape the Jewish curriculum of this innovative pluralistic school.
Jack McGourty Ph.D. (Columbia) is Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School and a faculty member teaching courses in entrepreneurship, venture creation, and product innovation. Prior to joining the Columbia Business School, Jack was Vice Dean for Columbia’s Engineering School.
Ashley Zwick (Columbia) is currently Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School. In this capacity, Ashley is responsible for shaping the strategic priorities of the Center, and implementing the Center’s portfolio of programming for students and alumni.
Adele Anderson (Clal) is the Glean Program Associate. A recent graduate of Brown University, Adele is motivated by compelling connections between humans, scientific inquiry, and systems-scale thinking. She feels grateful to live in Providence, Rhode Island, where she rock climbs, researches saltmarsh sparrows, and is trying to hand-craft a truly accurate sundial.
Lela Casey has a BA in International Politics from Penn State and a BA in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. After teaching for several years, she began pursuing a career in writing. Her work has been featured on many websites including Kveller, Hevria, and Elephant Journal.
Along with her work as assistant editor for The Wisdom Daily, she currently is an arts and culture journalist for Radius Mag and guest editor at Hevria.
Dan Libenson is the founder and president of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future and co-host of the popular Judaism Unbound podcast (consistently at the top of the iTunes chart of the top 200 Judaism podcasts), which aims to catalyze and support grassroots efforts by “disaffected but hopeful” American Jews to re-imagine and re-design Jewish life in America for the 21st century.