Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

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Project Director
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the founding Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she was ordained in 1982.  She also holds a masters degree from Yale Divinity School and a doctorate from Temple University. With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Nancy has pioneered innovative community based learning opportunities for rabbinical students and their Christian and Muslim peers. Nancy is a founding board member of the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, Shoulder-to-Shoulder, and the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. She co-edited Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of our Lives (2013) and co-authored (with Kelly Clark and Aziz Abu Sarah) Strangers, Neighbors, Friends (forthcoming).

Rena Blumenthal

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Project Consultant
Rabbi Rena Blumenthal is a freelance rabbi based in New Paltz, New York. From 2003-2014, she served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and Advisor to Jewish Students at Vassar College. Rena received ordination in 2003 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  She is a member and former board member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, a member of the Rabbis Without Borders network, and a graduate of the rabbinic training program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  Prior to attending rabbinical school, Rena worked as a psychologist for fifteen years in New York City and Jerusalem. As a freelance rabbi, Rena serves as a consultant for campus Jewish life, with a particular focus on campuses with small Jewish communities.

Bobbi Cohen

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Project Administrator
Bobbi Cohen is a project manager, volunteer and activist with a penchant for the non-profit world. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson University with a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing, Bobbi worked in the retail management, travel and human resource benefits industries before establishing an independent business assisting nonprofit organizations.  She was fortunate enough to have lived in Shanghai, China for 6 months while working on a corporate project there.  That began her exploration of The Jews of Shanghai, a subject that she has presented to many groups in the US and UK.  In addition to her career, Bobbi has strong ties to the Jewish and multifaith social action community of Philadelphia through her many volunteer efforts.

Rebecca Barton

Project Researcher
Rebecca Barton is a PhD student in Sociology at Brandeis University. Before attending Brandeis, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her previous research focused on how Mormon feminists negotiate those two intersecting identities. Her broad research interests include the sociology of religion; gender, race, class, and sexuality; and social movements. When she is not studying (when is that, really?), teaching, taking classes, or interviewing chaplains, she enjoys spending time with her wife and two cats, as well as bird watching and kayaking.

Divya Chandramouli

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Boston Program Leader
Divya Chandramouli is a child of the Tamil diaspora, born in Chennai and brought up in the Greater Boston area.  In 2016, she coordinated TIDE (The Teenage Identity and Diversity Conference), which included three days of workshops facilitated by high school students for high school students. Divya holds a BA in History from Mt. Holyoke College and an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is currently pursuing a PhD in South Asian Studies at Harvard University, with a focus on south Indian cultural history.

Janet Penn

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Boston Program Leader
Janet Penn is the founder of Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences) and was its Executive Director from 1999-2014. She is currently the Project Director of Training and Resource Development for the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, where she is conducting regional trainings across the country and developing a resource library of videos, webinars, and written materials. Janet has consulted with interfaith organizations across the country and presented at national and international conferences. She received BA in Psychology from Oberlin College, her MBA and MSW from Boston College and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School.