Press Releases

Press Releases About My Projects and Leadership that Garnered Attention:

Announcing the 2019 LGBTQIA JewV’Nation Cohort!

8/21/2018 — “These cohorts have proven that while there is much work to be done in making our Jewish communities audaciously hospitable, there are many brilliant and bold leaders from across North America to turn these goals into realities.”

URJ Invests in Jews of Color Leadership Development

3/07/2018 - “The 2018 fellows were selected from a committed, passionate, highly-qualified applicant pool representing diversity in age, language, race, ethnicity, profession, location, and sexual orientation. There was a 50% increase in the number of applicants over the fellowship's first year.

By cultivating fellowship participants as emerging Reform Movement leaders, the URJ is developing another pipeline - like NFTY and the L'Taken Social Justice Seminars - for future HUC-JIR students and staff within the URJ's network of camps, communities, and congregations.”

New URJ/Keshet Partnership Will Lead to More Inclusive Youth Spaces

8/09/2017 - “April Baskin, a longtime collaborator with Keshet and one of the forces behind making this partnership a reality, said of the endeavor: “On the surface, it may seem as simple as saying, ‘You’re welcome here,’ but as practitioners and leaders in the movement, it takes deeper forethought and planning if we are to make a lasting impact.” […]
Participants reviewed their URJ programs’ existing inclusivity efforts and subsequently designed ambitious yet manageable year-long action plans to achieve greater LGBTQ inclusion tailored to the specific needs of their communities.


Announcing the Launch of the JewV’Nation Fellowship

10/13/2016 - “The JewV’Nation Fellowship represents the belief that a healthy Jewish people is possible only when individual Jews and their loved ones are included – not in spite of their diverse backgrounds and interests, but because of them. By seizing this opportunity to reimagine Jewish life and purpose, we demonstrate that Judaism can be inclusive and open, and be a community in which there are a myriad of ways to be authentically Jewish.