Editor in Chief
Susan is Editor-in-chief of Sh’ma Now. She is also Editor of two landmark Jewish anthologies, Celebrating the New Moon: A Rosh Chodesh Anthology (Jason Aronson Publishers) and A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Midlife through the Elder Years (Jewish Lights Publishing). Her writing has been included in several anthologies including Praise Her Works: Conversations With Biblical Women and The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom. Susan is a member of the Academic Board of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, and also serves on the board of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism. She lives in Berkeley, California, where she is an active member of Congregation Netivot Shalom, and launched a Jewish Giving Circle now in its 2nd year.
Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, z"l
Eugene Borowitz founded the journal Sh’ma in 1970. From 1962 until his death in January 2016, he taught Jewish theology and ethics at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He was the author of numerous books including Renewing the Covenant, The Jewish Moral Virtues, and Studies in the Meaning of Judaism.
Emily is an award-winning graphic designer with nearly 25 years of experience. Emily specializes in nonprofit marketing, brand identity and publication design. After working in the music and publishing industries, and as the creative director for two in-house marketing teams, she founded Emily Rich Design, Inc. in 2003. Emily’s work has been featured annually in Graphic Design:usa and her experience with magazine redesign has earned her recognition from Western Publications Association’s Maggie awards. Emily’s passion for design originates from her fine art background. She developed her proficiency in oil pastels, acrylics, watercolors and collage, and received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated Cum Laude.
Robert J. Saferstein
Robert uses design, media, and technology to craft digital and analog products, campaigns, and experiences that realize new points of engagement and drive social good. As Market Development Director, Robert led a strategic development process to prototype, test, and market products that would better engage readers with meaningful and relevant content. This learning journey came to a close with the recently announced Sh’ma Now, and the formation of a new, collaborative partnership with the Forward. Named to The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” and a participant in “The Conversation,” Robert is the recipient of two Natan Grants for ROI Entrepreneurs for his series of sophisticated, experiential Shabbat dinners for gay Jewish professionals, Friday Night Lights. His latest LGBTQ advocacy initiative, Eighteen:22, launched in Salzburg, Austria, in August 2015 as a Schusterman Connection Point. The launch event brought together over 70 Jewish LGBTQ and ally changemakers – representing 22 countries – to cultivate an international network of visionaries working to advance positive change for their communities, and the communities around them.
Robert is the founding Creative Director of BroadwaysBestShows.com; his photography has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times; he is the author (book/score) of The Zegend of Lelda (Best Musical, 2011 WVMTF) and Oedipus for Kids (NYMF Next Link 2006; Samuel French, Inc.); and his film-work includes Gun Hill Road (2010 Sundance Film Festival), Beware the Gonzo (2010 Tribeca Film Festival), and TiMER (2009 Tribeca Film Festival).
Rachel is the Chief Jewish Officer of the JCC of San Francisco. As a Jewish educator specializing in adult and family education, Rachel has taught Jewish literature, history, and ethics at a wide variety of Bay Area institutions. She serves as a scholar-in-residence around the country and facilitates many non-synagogue-based Jewish lifecycle rituals each year. A New Yorker by birth and temperament, Rachel settled in the Bay Area in 1997, after spending a year in Israel on a Melton Senior Educator’s Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a master’s degree in rabbinic literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rachel lives in Berkeley with her de facto “bashert” and their two de jure daughters.
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
Rabbi Hirsh is adjunct associate rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA. and Rabbinic Program Director for Sicha (www.sichaconversation.org). From 1998-2014 he was Executive Director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and was Editor of the journal The Recontructionist from 1996-2006. He has also served congregations in Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Toronto.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Rabbi Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which mobilizes 1800 rabbis and cantors and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community (2011) and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition (2009). She has been named to the Forward’s list of 50 influential American Jews, to Newsweek’s list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America, and to the _Jerusalem Post’_s “Women to Watch.” She lives in New York with her husband, Guy Austrian, and their daughters Lior and Dvir.
Ari Y Kelman
Ari is the inaugural holder of the Jim Joseph Professorship in Education and Jewish Studies in the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where he also directs the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies. He holds a courtesy appointment in Religious Studies and is a faculty-affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the American Studies Program, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. He is the author of a few books about American Jewish life and culture, including Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio and Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary. His research revolves around the ongoing exploration of how people learn to develop religious sensibilities, and it has taken him to church, to Krakow, Poland, to many b’nai mitzvah and deep into the archives of religious music of the early 1970s.
Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University. His teaching focuses on Kabbala, Hasidism, Judaism and gender, Israel/Palestine, and American Jewish thought and culture. He is the author of Hasidism on the Margin: Reconciliation, Antinomianism, and Messianism in Izbica and Radzin Hasidism (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), and most recently, American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, 2013) and Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism (Stanford University Press, 2014). He is currently a fellow at The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and senior research fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute of America.
Rabbi Lee Moore
Rabbi Moore is Director of Jewish and Organizational Learning for Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. Prior to her ordination from Hebrew College Rabbinical School in 2010, Lee worked in the fields of organizational development and spiritual retreat production, and spent many moons living and learning in Israel. She holds an MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, where her thesis addressed Shabbat as an Environmentally Sustainable Institution, and a BA in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University. Lee lives in Kent, Ohio, where she also serves the Hillel at Kent State.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Rabbi Ruttenberg is the author of Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting (Flatiron Books), as well as Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (Beacon Press), nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature. She is also editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (NYU Press) and Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism (Seal Press), and co-editor of three books on Jewish ethics. She was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of ten “rabbis to watch,” and the Forward as one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon,and other publications, and has been a Sh’ma advisory board member since 2010.
Jonathan is President of Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, which promotes and supports efforts to help Jews and others use Jewish wisdom and sensibilities to lead better lives and shape a better world. Prior to assuming this position, he worked for 27 years at JESNA as President and then as Chief Ideas Officer, where he headed the Lippman Kanfer Institute, an action-oriented think tank for innovation in Jewish Learning and Engagement. He is the author of Sacred Survival: The Civil Religion of American Jews and numerous articles on Jewish education, community, and religious life. He serves on the boards of the Covenant Foundation and Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas, and is an active volunteer in his synagogue and community.