A member of the board since 2011, Chava is honored to serve as president of the Jewish Multiracial Network and seeks to utilize her experience and knowledge of corporate governance, non-profit development, and program coordination to build on the successes of the organization. Chava started her career as counsel to a boutique investment firm where she provided legal advice on real estate, finance, corporate and employment law matters. She later joined the corporate and securities practice group at Pepper Hamilton LLP where she provided representation on entity formation and corporate governance and restructuring. Deciding to utilize the skills she acquired in the corporate world to focus on community empowerment, Chava currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Building Skills NY, a not-for-profit organization that works to create economic opportunities in the communities in which affordable housing is being built. A passionate and committed Jewish diversity advocate, Chava co-founded Jews of Color United which organized opportunities for Jews of Color to connect in safe spaces across the East Coast. Chava has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Xavier University of Louisiana and Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania.
Erika Davis is a black, lesbian Jew living the Pacific Northwest Life in Tacoma, Washington. She lives with her wife, their cats and their new puppy, Agnes. When not tending her garden or renovating her home, she can be found behind the scenes on the JMN Social media accounts. Her poorly maintained blog, Black, Gay and Jewish tells the story of her conversion to Judaism.
Tanya Gold joined the JMN Board of Directors in 2009. Her notoriety comes from her familial connections to her popular sisters Marissa and Jasmine (unofficial staff) Tiamfook. They raved so much about JMN, she became a counselor in 2007. After that amazing experience, she made it a priority to return yearly. Tanya studied at Yeshiva R’tzahd in Brooklyn. Her birth mom’s white and Jewish family originated from a shtetl in Eastern Europe and her Black and Asian father grew up in the Caribbean raised Christian. Her diverse background helps her appreciate and respect all cultures. Tanya volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Humane Society, and Chai Impact, a volunteer organization through the Jewish federation. Tanya likes to write and travel, and created a JMN coloring book. In her spare time, she practices medicine and is a yoga instructor.
Tiferet Gordon is the Rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In her recent past, she was a teacher in and director of the Beit Rabban Youth Program at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline and the director of children’s programming for Isabella Freedman in 2009. In her spare time, she volunteers with MAB Community services, reading to elderly blind women and leads Shabbat services at an assisted living home. Spending time with both children and the elderly gives her a full view of life which helps her engage her own wise discernment and appreciate the beauty and complexity of the gift of being.
Rabbi Julie Greenberg has been a member of the JMN Board since 2008. She is the Rabbi of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City in Philadelphia (www.leyvhair.org) and has a private counseling practice, Counseling with Soul. She is ordained as a Reconstructionist Rabbi and trained and licensed as a family therapist specializing in helping families and individuals cope with special needs children, navigate family transitions and grow spiritually. Julie is mother of five children in a multiracial family. She can be reached at JulieGberg@gmail.com.
Alexandra Newman-Kofinas comes from a Jewish family with diverse backgrounds. During her undergraduate years, she majored in Judaic Studies and worked as a diversity trainer. Helping to staff JMN retreats since 2005, Alexandra was asked to join the JMN board in 2008. Alexandra and her husband are residents of Queens, NY and beginning the Fall of 2010, she will attend the CUNY Hunter’s Graduate School for Social Work. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Jessie Saltzman was born in the Dominican Republic and was immediately adopted by a single Caucasian Jewish woman. During her early childhood years she was raised in Manhattan but moved to Texas with her mom and little brother at the age of 8. She currently is a senior at the International School of the Americas where she participates annually in Model United Nations and attends the North East School of the Arts studying musical theatre and technical theatre. She has been part of the Jewish Multiracial Network for 14 years and is the youngest board member.
Kalycia Trishana Watson (aka Kalilah Chaya Watson) became a board member in 2013. She is honored to serve as a member of the Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN) and seeks to utilize her experience and knowledge of community development, planning, research, and policymaking to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate opportunities that can bring together Jews of all age, ethnicity, race, and religious observance to form community networks. In addition, ensure a vibrant Jewish future for the Jewish people through nurturing and enhancing educational, empowerment, and advocacy efforts to make the Jewish community fully inclusive of Jews of Color and Jewish multiracial families. Ms. Watson holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, she works as an independent consultant and researcher regarding health disparities, HIV, and mental health. Ms. Watson has published papers on health disparities, HIV, and mental health. Prior to JMN, Ms. Watson studied at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, volunteered with Jewish Hospice patients and babies in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Currently, Ms. Watson is active in the Jewish community via volunteering at fundraising events and attending lectures.