Staff National Office Jodi Bromberg, CEO Jodi Bromberg has been the president of InterfaithFamily since October 1, 2013; the day that the Pew Report on Jewish Americans came out. Prior to joining InterfaithFamily, she most recently practiced corporate law, predominantly with non-profit organizations and small businesses. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Jodi is excited to now advocate and work on behalf of interfaith families interested in exploring Jewish life, and in the past year, has written for eJewish Philanthropy, the Jewish Journal, the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Jewish Daily Forward. She has also been speaking and advocating on behalf of the inclusion of interfaith families in Jewish life, most recently at the International Lion of Judah Conference, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Honeymoon Israel and Seder2015. After growing up in northern New Jersey, and living in the Philadelphia area for the past 20 years, Jodi, her spouse and preschooler twin boys now live outside of Boston. (But she remains a diehard New York Yankees fan!) Heather Martin, Chief Operating Officer Heather has extensive marketing and operations experience in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds and a diverse background in consulting, project management, e-business, and web development. Prior to coming to InterfaithFamily, she was Vice President at Jewish Family & Life! and the Project Director for JFL’s JSkyway online learning program. Heather’s positions prior to JFL include Vice President of Marketing and co-owner of PeopleSite.com, an online search community helping reunite birthparents, family members, missing persons and friends, and Executive Vice President of Custom Internet Development, an Internet consultancy where she oversaw NewVantage’s efforts to rapidly design, develop and deploy world-class Internet solutions for their clients. Heather gained information technology strategy and consulting experience at IBM’s Consulting Group where she worked with large Fortune 100 retail and consumer packaged goods clients. She holds a Masters of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University. Heather lives in Franklin, Mass., with her sons Ryan and Asher. Stacie Garnett-Cook, Chief Program Officer Stacie joined InterfaithFamily in 2012 to support the growth of the InterfaithFamily/Your Community program. She has over 10 years of experience working in Boston’s non-profits, bringing people together around issues they care about. She recently completed her master’s in organization development from American University and has a passion for helping non-profits achieve their missions more effectively. Prior to coming to InterfaithFamily, Stacie worked at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts where she managed multi-stakeholder coalitions addressing sexual and reproductive health. She also participated in the Jewish Organizing Initiative fellowship program, learning community organizing skills and working on social justice from a Jewish context, and worked as a community organizer at Massachusetts Senior Action Council, organizing senior citizens to fight for better health care. Stacie’s interest in multi-faith issues began in college where she was a Jewish student representative on the Wellesley College Multi-Faith Council. When she’s not in the office, Stacie enjoys yoga, folk music, and spending time with her husband, Andrew and their son, Sam. They live in Dedham, MA. Lindsey Silken, Editorial Director Lindsey’s background is rooted in magazine publishing as a digital and print editor. Her career began at JFL Media’s JVibe magazine for Jewish teens, where she was editor-in-chief and oversaw the national magazine and website, and worked closely with teens. Before returning to the Jewish non-profit sector at IFF, she held online editorial posts at Girls’ Life and SAIL magazines. Lindsey spends a great deal of her time unplugging from her 9-5 dose of social media by reading, writing and baking. Lindsey holds a master’s in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a BA in English and BFA in art from Connecticut College. She lives in Natick, MA, with her husband and daughter. Liz Polay-Wettengel, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Content Liz is a veteran marketing professional and prolific storyteller with extensive experience in creating thoughtful digital strategy. She digs deep into marketing trends and tools and has a strong background in the online landscape. She began her professional marketing career in the music industry in the mid-1990s and subsequently moved to the Boston area to bring digital marketing to small to mid-sized business operations. Since 2006, her roles have been primarily in the nonprofit world. She introduced social marketing techniques, creative storytelling in written, photo and video formats and the creation of social media presence for several nonprofits. During this time she also played a leading role in co-creating JewishBoston.com, she has created roadmaps for planned success and strategic communication implementation and has had many online successes. You can find her tweeting at @LizPW. Mike Navisky, National Director of Development Mike joined InterfaithFamily as the National Director of Development in 2016. He launched his career in fundraising with Rafanelli Events, a premier event management, design and non-profit consulting company on the east coast. He spent the next six years working for the Anti-Defamation League in Boston and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston in fundraising roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Mike worked as the Director of Development & Communications for Raising A Reader Massachusetts. Mike earned a BA in Economics at the University of Rochester. Interfaith issues have been a recurring issue for him since middle school when he joined, S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) an Interfaith program in its inaugural year that brought together students from three different faiths. This program along with a continuing focus on inclusion and understanding have been key parts of his identity and further reinforced through his marriage and the addition of new faith traditions. He lives in Natick with his wife and two children. When not at work, he enjoys being outdoors, photography, watching sports, and spending time with his family. Brian Phair, Associate Director, Development and Your Community initiative Brian joined InterfaithFamily in 2014 to support the growth of the InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Sociology, he spent 5 years at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), the Jewish federation in Boston working in both the planning and development departments. Prior to coming to InterfaithFamily, he worked at Brandeis University in both alumni relations and development, increasing alumni engagement with the University in several regional areas including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Connecticut, South Florida, and South Korea. Brian grew up in an interfaith household and has always had a passion for creating a warm and welcoming Jewish community. He lives in Natick with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Mira. When not at work, he enjoys photography, golf, watching sports, and spending quality time with his family. Caroline Kamesar, Director of Professional Development Caroline Kamesar formally joined the InterfaithFamily team in 2017 as Director of the Interfaith Inclusion Leadership Initiative. Her involvement with InterfaithFamily began in 2014 as a member of InterfaithFamily Philadelphia’s Advisory Council. She continues her engagement in Philadelphia as a facilitator for group discussions with interfaith couples where she draws upon her experiences growing up in an interfaith home. Caroline completed her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has spent much of her career dedicated to improving maternal and child health and wellness throughout Philadelphia. As Founder and CEO of the social enterprise, Mama Said, Caroline provides consulting services to workplaces and community spaces to help them better meet the needs and interests of mothers and parents in their settings. Caroline graduated from Dickinson College with degrees in Psychology and Judaic Studies. While attending Dickinson, Caroline led an interfaith council of students and served as a Hillel board member. She continues to serve as a board member at Tribe 12, a Community Partner for JEVS Human Services, and a Women of Vision philanthropist for The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. She is proud to call the City of Philadelphia home for nearly six years. Nicole Wasilus, Director of Lifecycle Connections Nicole is an accomplished nonprofit leader with expertise in organizational strategy, marketing and program development. Prior to her start at InterfaithFamily, she spent nearly seven years with the University of Delaware Hillel as the Assistant Director, Director of Development and Program Director during an exciting time of accelerated growth. She is a proud alum of the Weinberg ACCELERATE: Executive Training Program and the Ziering Brandeis Collegiate Institute. Nicole holds a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in non-profit management from the University of Delaware and a Bachelors from Penn State. When not working, you can usually find Nicole exploring the food scene in Philly, at the dog park with her Instagram-famous dog Barkley (@everybodylovesBarkley), organizing, watching a documentary or planning her wedding with her fiancé Josh. Rachael Martin, Director of Partnerships Rachael joined InterfaithFamily in 2015. She has worked in the Los Angeles Jewish community for the past 14 years where her roles have spanned not only the length of the city but much of the diversity of L.A.’s Judaism as well. From the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to the Program Director at Sinai Temple, to a writer and creative strategist for Rabbi Sherre Hirsch and others, Rachael has worked to make Jewish traditions and teachings relevant to a broad audience. Her passion for fostering a welcoming and inclusive Judaism coalesced during her time as Board Chair at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and reaches beyond the professional roles to her own interfaith household. She grew up in Florida and after six post-college years in New York, she moved to Silverlake in 2001 and hasn’t looked back. Jamie Steinfeld, Executive Assistant/Operations Administrator Jamie works in our National Office as the Executive Assistant, supporting our CEO Jodi Bromberg, executive leadership team and Board of Directors. She is extremely organized and detail oriented, as well as having experience in marketing, branding, and design. Her hope and goal working with InterfaithFamily are to help the organization grow and provide exceptional administrative support. Jamie is always eager and willing to join a team or jump in on a project to help whether it’s creating a fundraising campaign for social media, developing an organizational system for internal documents or running registration at an event. Jamie lives in Boston with her husband and in her free time can be found outside playing tennis, surfing or working on an art project. InterfaithFamily/Atlanta Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe, Director, InterfaithFamily/Atlanta Malka Packer-Monroe was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania in 2014 and was the recipient of the Reconstructionist Student Association Prize for Spiritual Enrichment in the RRC community. Malka’s passion is creating inspiring and relevant rituals and ceremonies and invigorating Jewish practices. Inclusivity is at the heart of Malka’s rabbinate. She has co-founded several on-going creative prayer communities, including a monthly musical chanting and meditation Kabbalat Shabbat Friday night prayer service in Philadelphia and the first and only weekly, weekday non-Orthodox Shacharit service in Tel Aviv. Malka has served as a rabbinic advisor at both Bryn Mawr and Vassar College. Prior to rabbinical school, Malka earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked as a Jewish educator for over a decade. Malka recently moved to Virginia Highland, Atlanta with her partner, Mercy. Becky Sowemimo, Associate Director, InterfaithFamily/Atlanta After graduating from Emory University with a BA in Vocal Performance, Becky spent six years as the events manager for the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, and two years as the regional events manager for the Emory Alumni Association. Becky has been involved with the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF) for eight years and is currently the immediate past president of the board. When she’s not working Becky loves to sing with her co-ed a cappella group The Graduates and cover band Almost Famous, play video and board games with her husband Olufemi, volunteer at Best Friends Atlanta animal rescue, and host trivia and karaoke. InterfaithFamily/Boston Jane Maine, Program Manager, InterfaithFamily/Boston Jane Maine has recently found renewed joy in Judaism and although her background runs the gamut from owning a coffee house (Java Jane’s) to marketing and selling a comprehensive sex education curriculum (Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts), one of her most recent endeavors is as principal of Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley’s religious school. Jane is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified trainer. Other joys in Jane’s life include her four perfect grandchildren, kvelling about her two grown children (Mandi and Seth), music and dancing. She lives in Leominster with her husband, Mike, their cat Newk, and numerous dust bunnies. Rabbi Robyn Frisch, Director, Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship Robyn Frisch graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and New York University School of Law in 1991. After practicing as a corporate lawyer in a large Philadelphia law firm for several years, Robyn decided to follow her passion and become a rabbi. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000. Since her ordination, Robyn has worked as a congregational rabbi, hospital chaplain, religious school director, family educator, adult education instructor, Rosh Hodesh group leader for teens, and Jewish day and overnight camp rabbi. She loves teaching and helping to make Judaism come alive for individuals, couples and families and empowering them to make Jewish rituals, practices and teachings a valuable part of their lives. She especially enjoys working with interfaith couples and families to create personal and meaningful life-cycle events. Robyn grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and has lived in the area with her family since 2001. Robyn serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, the oldest synagogue in northeast Philadelphia, where she has been since 2008. Robyn loves spending time with her husband and three children. She also enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation, reading and biking. Robin Warsaw, Program Manager, InterfaithFamily Robin Warsaw joined InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia in 2012. She began work with the interfaith community in 2011 as the project manager for InterFaithways in Philadelphia, PA. She has 18 years of experience working as an IT professional, including software development, classroom teaching, website design and development, and video and photo editing. She’s excited to use both her technical skills and community outreach experience to connect interfaith couples and families with resources in the Philadelphia area. Robin is a member of the Board of Trustees at her synagogue in Elkins Park, PA, where she is active in the religious school and on the membership committee. She enjoys tennis, hiking, cooking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and two children. Founder Edmund Case Edmund Case graduated from Yale in 1972 and from Harvard Law School in 1975. He practiced law for 22 years and was chairman of the business litigation department of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, a large Boston law firm. He served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Greater Boston Legal Services, the major provider of civil legal aid to the indigent in Greater Boston. In 1997 Case enrolled in the Heller-Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, graduating in May 1999 with a Master’s in Jewish Communal Service and a Master’s in Management. Case’s fieldwork placements at the Hornstein Program involved working at Jewish Family & Children’s Service on intermarriage programming, and staffing a new services to the intermarried committee at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. In June 2000, Case completed a three-year term as president of Temple Shalom of Newton, a 1,000-family Reform synagogue. He has served as a member of the URJ (Reform Movement) Northeast Regional Outreach Committee since 1993, and he and his wife and daughter have been panelists at outreach programs at URJ conventions. Case was a member of CJP’s 1996 Task Force on Intermarriage and of CJP’s 1997 Strategic Planning Sub-committee on Vibrancy and Inclusiveness. Case is co-editor of The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001) and has written widely on intermarriage issues. In November 2001 Case was named to The Forward 50 list of top Jewish leaders. He is a frequent speaker on outreach issues, including in November 2002 at the United Jewish Communities’ General Assembly, in June 2004 at the UJC’s Hadesh West conference, in June 2005 at the American Jewish Press Association conference, in April 2006 at the Jewish Funders Network conference, in January 2007 at the conference of RAVSAK (the association of Jewish community day schools) and in November 2010 at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. Consultants Rabbi Lev Baesh Rabbi Lev Baesh was ordained by the Reform Movement in 1994 in Cincinnati. He can be found in Austin, TX, as well as traveling nationally and internationally to celebrate interfaith-Jewish weddings, baby naming ceremonies, and creative and inclusive coming of age ceremonies. Baesh served as rabbi for Temple Israel of Dover, N.H., from 1994-2006 and served as interim rabbi for Congregation Beit Ahavah in Northampton, Mass., in 2006 and 2007, and Congregation B?nei Or in Newton, Mass., from 2007-2009. He currently is a full-time RN at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas while serving as part-time rabbi of Congregation Kol HaLev in Austin. His focus throughout his congregational work is welcoming all who want Jewish as part of their lives. He also served as Boston’s first Interfaith Ambassador for Combined Jewish Philanthropies, creating and staffing workshops, community trainings, and couples programing in and around the Boston area. InterfaithFamily is a natural fit for this high-spirited, knowledgeable and welcoming rabbi. Baesh lives with his partner Andrew, who joined the Jewish world a few years into their relationship. You can read about their early life in The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook in the chapter about “Gay and Interfaith.” Baesh has contributed several articles to our web site and has been helpful in the creation of our wedding guide for interfaith couples. Prior to life as a rabbi, Baesh was an attorney with the Children’s Aid Society in New York, and coordinated their Manhattan project of PINS Mediation with parents and teens. Baesh is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Class of 1994, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University class of 1987 (accepted in the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations) and Clark University class of 1984. Baesh was accepted and attended Bangor Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program until he decided to leave congregational work. Rabbi Baesh is also a nursing school graduate of Regis College-Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Mass. and is attending Western Governors University to complete an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management. And for those who knew Baesh prior to 1998, when he changed his name after attending a Jewish storyteller’s retreat, you will remember him as Wesley Michael Odell. Baesh is a fifth-generation rabbi in the United States of which three are Reform and two Lubavitch on his mother’s side and a second generation attorney on his father’s side.