Ross Berkowitz is the founder and Executive Director of Tribe 12. Fascinated by how religion and the communities that have been spawned by religious movements have influenced our world, Ross studied the history and sociology of religion at Vassar College and New York University, where he earned his MA in Modern Jewish History. Over the years, Ross has been a camp director, a Hillel director, an educator and an activist in the Jewish community. Born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, raised and inspired through fifteen formative years in Habonim Dror and multiple long term Israel experiences, Ross now lives with his wife Audrey, daughter Martina, and son Hans in Center City Philadelphia.
Rabbi Yosef Goldman
Yosef is Assistant Rabbi at Temple BZBI in Center City. He is a spiritual community builder, educator, prayer leader and musician. Yosef is passionate about creating a range of opportunities for engagement in Jewish community that speak to the many ways that people identify as Jews- be they ethnic, religious or cultural. He has an eclectic background and spiritual path. Raised Orthodox, in a mixed Ashkenazi/Arab Jewish family, he has since studied, taught and created sacred prayer space in communities throughout the Jewish denominational spectrum, including B’nai Jeshurun, The Carlebach Shul and Romemu in New York City. Yosef was ordained in 2013 at the Jewish Theological Seminary. with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling, and earned a Masters in Sacred Music from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School. He performs as a singer with Middle Eastern Jewish music collective the Epichorus. Yosef lives in West Mount Airy with his wife, Rabbi Annie Lewis.
Rabbi Seth Goren
Rabbi Seth Goren is the Director of Repair the World: Philadelphia. After earning a B.A. and M.A.in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, Rabbi Seth Goren received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and studied at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for an M.A.H.L. and rabbinic ordination. He and his daughter, Liana, live in Mount Airy.
Warren Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Association for Jewish Studies. Prior to that, he served the Associate Director of Community Programming for the Center of Jewish Life and Learning at Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and worked for over five years as the Senior Director of Programming at the Gershman Y where he was named the “next wave” of Jewish culture by the Jewish Exponent. In the world of theater, Warren was the literary manager and dramaturg for Philadelphia Theatre Company and in New York, Hoffman was the Associate Artistic Director of Jewish Repertory Theatre and a writer for TalkinBroadway.com. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of California-Santa Cruz. He earned rave reviews for his book The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture published by Syracuse University Press. His most recent book is The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical.
Morris Levin is a financial consultant who operates the Philadelphia small business consulting practice Elysian Fields Baseball LLC. Morris is on the board of Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel and active in the synagogue’s revitalization. Morris graduated with an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Oberlin College.
Nati Passow is a writer, amateur carpenter, urban gardener, and educator living in Philadelphia. He is the co-founder and Director of Jewish Farm School. Nati holds a B.A. in Religion and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship for Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. He is currently working with neighbors and amazing volunteers to transform a vacant lot into a thriving permaculture garden and shared green space.
Ilana Trachtman is the Board Chair for Programming at Temple BZBI in Center City. In her professional life she is a documentary filmmaker, producing and directing programs for PBS, HBO Family, ABC-TV, Showtime, Lifetime, Sesame Workshop, Biography, Trio, Discovery, as well as many non-profit organizations. Her theatrically released documentary Praying with Lior was filmed here in Philadelphia and received numerous awards; she is currently working on a film about a little-known civil rights protest, one of the earliest examples of Black-Jewish collaboration in the Civil Rights Era. Ilana is passionate about creating engaging and dynamic opportunities to participate in Jewish life.
Joey Weisenberg is the Creative Director of the Hadar Center for Communal Jewish Music, and is the author of Building Singing Communities. He’s a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer and composer who has performed and recorded internationally with dozens of bands in a wide variety of musical styles. Having come to cherish the imperfectly beautiful music of normal people singing together, Joey works to empower communities around the world to unlock their musical and spiritual potential, and to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in shul and in Jewish life. His nigunim have become popular worldwide.
Carly Zimmerman is the CEO of Challah for Hunger, a Philadelphia based non-profit with an international impact that inspires young people to “bake a difference” through challah baking, advocacy and philanthropy. Carly holds a M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to Challah for Hunger, Carly worked as the Jewish Life Director at Hillel at Pitt and Temple University. She lives and works in Philadelphia with her husband Michael, where she spends most free time outside on a bike or a walk with her two dogs.