Making Waves

Making Waves

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446

6:00pm, Reception
7:00pm, Performance

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be inspired
A fun and festive evening of storytelling and live music
Celebrating four dear friends we love for MAKING WAVES in our community


Judy and Rabbi Josh Elkin

Josh and Judy Elkin met at a CAJE (Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education) conference at Brandeis University, Judy’s alma mater, where she went on to direct DeLeT, training day school teachers. She also attended the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.

At Mayyim Hayyim, Judy created and taught Beyond the Huppah, a program for couples to explore marriage within a Jewish context, which has been adopted by communities across the country. A certified life coach, she is proud to have coached both Mayyim Hayyim executive directors: Aliza Kline, and Carrie Bornstein, also one of her first DeLeT students.

After ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Josh was Head of School at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston for 20 years, and then served as Executive Director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, a grant making and advocacy organization that supported Jewish day schools across North America.

Josh’s understanding of the importance of healthy partnerships between professionals and lay leaders led him to direct Onboard, a program of Legacy Heritage Fund, which trains board leaders of Jewish nonprofits. In 2016, Legacy Heritage awarded Mayyim Hayyim a grant to support the creation of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network.

Judy and Josh know the power of mikveh first-hand, having immersed when they became empty nesters, and having accompanied Kiley – their now-daughter-in-law – to the mikveh when she became a Jew. Judy shared, “Though Kiley and Jon were living in Seattle, I was so grateful they wanted to come here to immerse. We really wanted to guarantee she’d have a spiritual and meaningful experience, and that her parents would feel welcome. Mayyim Hayyim is that place!”

Jen Kaplan and Dr. Susie Tanchel

Jen Kaplan grew up in Sharon and graduated from Brandeis University. After working in nonprofit marketing and fundraising, she audited a filmmaking class and found her calling; her first documentary film, Mixed Blessings, explored the experience of interfaith families.

In 2010, Mayyim Hayyim hired Jen to produce a film about a family bringing their baby to the mikveh for conversion. Four more films followed, including Beneath the Surface, about Bat Mitzvah girls and their mothers, and Open Waters: Mikveh for Everybody, about making Jewish life accessible for people with disabilities.

Susie Tanchel hails from Cape Town, South Africa. She attended Brandeis and ultimately became the first Ph.D. dissertation fellow at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. In 2011, Susie assumed her current position as Head of School at Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, becoming the first openly LGBTQ Jewish head of school. In 2018, the Covenant Foundation awarded Susie with one of the highest honors in Jewish education.

The annual seventh grade JCDS field trip to Mayyim Hayyim reflects Susie’s educational vision. “Mayyim Hayyim mirrors our commitment to being intentionally pluralistic, to offering everyone a place in the Jewish community.”

 Jen and Susie immersed before their wedding and the fact that, as Jen recalls, “no one batted an eye at welcoming a lesbian couple” made all the difference. They look forward to participating in Beneath the Surface with their daughter, Jordana, when she becomes a Bat Mitzvah. Says Susie, “There is nothing more sacred than giving someone a place to belong.”

Co-Chairs and Host Committee

Co-chairs and Host Committee

Fiona Epstein, Carolyn Keller and Harvey Lowell, Rabbi Claudia Kreiman, Cantor Lorel and Arnold Zar-Kessler

HOST COMMITTEE (as of 4/17/2019): 
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Eydie and Loren Balsam
Michelle and Steven Bearak
Lisa^ and Jeff Berman
Alison and Edward Bermant
Susan Berrin and Steve Zipperstein
Rabbis Allison Berry and Laura Abrasley, Temple Shalom of Newton
Diane*^ and Chester Black
Michelle and Darren Black
Deena and Dr. Michael Blau
Dr. Debra Block and Rabbi William Hamilton
Margie and Michael Bogdanow
Joyce and Michael Bohnen
Carrie^ and Jamie Bornstein
Amber^ and Joshua Caulkins
James Cohen
Shira* and Ariel Cohen-Goldberg
Polly Crozier and Jessica Keimowitz
Elisa Deener-Agus and Dr. Michael Agus
Anita Diamant* and Jim Ball^
Mady and Bruce Donoff
Elizabeth Eggert
Marshall and Deborah Skolnick Einhorn
Rachel Eisen and Nathan Vaughan
Talia and Yoni Engelhart
Sherri Ades Falchuk* and Dr. Kenneth Falchuk
Rena Gray Fein and Robbie Fein
Ivy Feuerstadt and Barry Becken
Lynda Fink and Maury Lederman
Renee and Steven Finn
Amy*^ and Jonathan Fleming
Deborah and Marc Fogel
Brenda and Harvey Freishtat
Nanette and Jose Fridman
Zelda^ and Elkan Gamzu
Nicole and Joshua Gann
Rabbi Ilana Garber and Adam Berkowitz
Elisha* and Sam Gechter
Ora Gladstone and Mitchell Silver
Rachel Glazer
Jill Goldenberg and Sidney Kriger
Marilyn Goldman
Gomeringer Krentzman Family
Patti and Louis Grossman*
Sheri* and Eli Gurock
Wendy^ and Steven Handler
Martha Hausman and Rabbi Andy Vogel
Amy and John Herrera
Elizabeth and Daniel Jick
Alison and Isaac Judd*
Rene^ and Ed Katersky
Amy and Nathan Katz
Idit Klein and Jordan Namerow
Sari Korman
Rabbi Jamie* and Harold Kotler
Doreen and Andy Kriegel
Lizbeth and George Krupp
Professor Ruth Langer and Dr. Jonathan Sarna
Devra and Donald Lasden
Marlene and Jonathan Leffell
Marcia and Alan Leifer
Beth Levin and Sandi-Jo Malmon
Stephanie and Yair Listokin
Laura Mandel
Anya Manning and Rabbi Elie Lehmann
Rabbi Emily Mathis and Hali Diecidue
Jane Matlaw
Pearl and Eric Mattenson
Anne and Rabbi Rim Meirowitz
Nahma Nadich and David Belcourt
Leeza Negelev^ and David Zenaty
Melissa^ and Bruce Patz
Emily and Rabbi Jay Perlman
Rabbi Marcia Plumb
Sari Anne Rapkin*
Leah Robbins
Judith Rosenbaum
Terry Rosenberg* and Elliot Schildkrout
Ahava Rosenthal
Rabbi Mike Rothbaum and Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell
Shirah Rubin and Bret Ancowitz
Rabbi Rachel* and Doug Saphire
Paula Scheer
Janet Segal and Neal Green
Nancy and Ronald Shaich
Betty and Peter Shapiro*^
Shapiro Family
Linda and Ira Shoolman
Dr. Shanna Shulman* and Mark Barer
Midge Sillman-Merlin and Pepe Merlin
Naomi Sobel^ and Rabbi Becky Silverstein
Marjorie and Rabbi Mark Sokoll
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
Karin and Leo Sprecher
Rabbis Liza and Keith Stern*
Erica Streit-Kaplan
Cantors Jodi Sufrin and Roy Einhorn
Julie Sullivan and Jeff Green
Melissa Sydney and Adam Marshak
Carol^ and Dr. Steven Targum
Rhoda and David Trietsch*
Jennifer Slifka Vidal* and Luis Vidal
Elizabeth Waksman and Darren Orbach
Lisa and Neil Wallack
Dalia* and Ari Wassner
Arnee and Walt Winshall
Claire Zar-Kessler and Joseph Goldman
Barbara and Rabbi Henry A. Zoob

*Board Member  ^Mikveh Guide

Sponsorships and Tickets

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Program Book Deadline – May 6

Event Sponsorship - $20,000+

Blessing on inside cover + 10 VIP tickets

Ocean - $10,000+

Blessing on inside cover + 10 VIP tickets

Sea - $5,000+

Full page blessing + 8 VIP tickets

Lake - $3,600+

Full page blessing + 6 VIP tickets

River - $2,500+

Half page blessing + 4 VIP tickets

Stream - $1,800+

Half page blessing + 2 tickets

Pond - $1,000+

Quarter page blessing + 2 tickets

Brook - $500+

Eighth page blessing + 2 tickets

Under 35 Host Committee - $118+

Name listing + 1 ticket

General Admission - $54

General admission is $54 per ticket

NEW! For youth and JCDS alums: $18

Youth tickets for 18 and under and JCDS alums are $18

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Questions? To learn more, contact Rachel Eisen, Director of Development or call 617-244-1836 ext. 211.

RSVP or Donate
Join the Host Committee

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
6:00pm, Reception
7:00pm, Performance

Questions? To learn more, contact Rachel Eisen, or call 617-244-1836 ext. 211.