Jeannette Orantes

Jeannette Orantes is the President of Congregation Adat Shalom a Reform congregation associated with the World Union of Progressive Judaism. Adat Shalom is located in Guatemala City.

Deborah Jiang-Stein

Deborah Jiang-Stein is a national speaker and founder of The unPrison Project ( a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to empower incarcerated women and girls with life skills and mentoring to prepare for a successful life after prison. Deborah is the author of the memoir, Prison Baby, published by Beacon Press, described as “One woman’s struggles—beginning with […]

Graciela Berger Wegsman

Graciela Berger Wegsman is a bilingual journalist, translator and playwright working in English and Spanish. She has written articles for many newspapers and magazines in Argentina, Israel and the USA. She is a frequent contributor to the NY Daily News specializing in Latino culture. She is also working on a non-fiction book about immigrants.

Noreen Daniel

Rebetzin Noreen Daniel has a MA in cancer research and is a care coordinator and case manager for people with are HIV+ and who have AIDS. She is chairman of the Special Event Group of the Rego Park Jewish Center as well as Chairman of the Women in Judaism Group. She lectures on subjects like […]

Dan Lessner

A family doctor by training, Dr. Dan Lessner and his life partner moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2004 where he serves as spiritual leader and founder of Shalom San Miguel de Allende. Fluent in Spanish and an accomplished challah baker, Lessner is also the co-president of CHESMA, AC (Comunidad Hebrea En San Miguel […]

Beth Leibson

Beth Leibson is a writer/editor in New York City. Author of Cancer Survivor Handbook, she is working on a book about raising biracial children tentatively titled White Mom.

Adam Kofinas

Adam Kofinas is the executive director of Congregation Or VeShalom, a Sephardic synagogue in Atlanta. He holds a BA in Judaic studies and public policy from SUNY Albany. A Romaniote Jew, he traces his ancestry in Greece back to Roman times.

Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker

Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker grew up in Pittsburgh where she was inspired by her cantor, Mordechai Heiser. She has been a cantor at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, MN since 1997 and works alongside her husband, Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker. Cantor Spilker was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. Cantor […]

Paige Jones DeYoung

Paige Jones DeYoung grew up Margate, New Jersey. Her mother is Caucasian and Jewish and her father is African American. She is the oldest of three all of whom attended Jewish day school until high school. As we transitioned into public school, all three of us became active members of United Synagogue Youth (USY). A […]