Rabbi Rachel Timoner, co-founder and member of the board, is the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim, a synagogue based in Brooklyn, New York. She helped to launch RAC-NY and Reform California, two statewide efforts to bring Reform Jewish values to bear on core issues of our times, such as immigration, affordable housing, and racism. In November 2016, Rabbi Timoner, in cooperation with City Councilmember Brad Lander, founded #GetOrganizedBK, so that thousands of Brooklyn neighbors could help to protect human rights and democracy in the Trump years.
Matt Nosanchuk was liaison to the American Jewish Community in the Obama White House and a member of the National Security Council staff. He also served in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work to advance LGBT civil rights, and was instrumental in securing American Jewish communal support for the Iran nuclear agreement.
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. She has served on the United States Commission on Internal Religious Freedom, New York City’s Commission on Human rights, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Faith Based Advisory Council. She has been ranked multiple times by Newsweek as among the 50 most influential rabbis in America.
Karyn Gershon, member of the board, is the Executive Director of Project Kesher, a Jewish not-for-profit that works to build Jewish community, promote gender equality and advance civil society in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Russian-speaking communities in Israel by developing and empowering women leaders.
Micah Lasher has been a leader in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, focused on public policy and communications. Most recently, he was Head of Policy and Communications for Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet (Google) company focused on innovation in technology and urban design to address challenges facing cities across the world.