For questions about the fellowship please contact Rebecca Bigman
Rebecca is the Israel Engagement Manager at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). She spearheads two young adult engagement fellowships focused on global Progressive Jewish leadership, Roswell Klal Yisrael and Roswell Lech Lecha. Prior to her work with these fellowships, she worked in the URJ Israel Programs department, primarily running the North American operations for Kesher Birthright, the URJ trip organizer. Rebecca has a BA in political science and communications from the University of Florida and an MA in education and Jewish studies from New York University. She has a special interest and training in Israel Education, after participating in OTZMA- a yearlong leadership and volunteer program in Ashkelon, Beit Shean and Jerusalem, Israel. She holds a MA concentration in Israel education from the iCenter and continues to be involved in partnering with iCenter on local teaching projects in NYC.
For more than a decade, Orit Shoshani has worked in, taught and led formal and informal educational programs in Israel and around the world. A native of Jerusalem, she grew up in a culture of Orthodox and secular Jews , but her experience as an Israeli counselor and emissary at URJ Camp Eisner inspired Orit to connect to the Reform movement. Being a madricha at camp changed her life and since then she has been working in Progressive Jewish informal education for 9 years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education and international relations from Hebrew University, she worked with the youth movements and young adults through congregational frameworks before joining Netzer and Tamar OIami, the global youth movement and young adult platform of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). Orit worked as the WUPJ branch (Snif) relations and education coordinator for several years and now serves as the Director of Netzer and Tamar Israel Programs which comprises, among other activities, Shnat Netzer, the Progressive movement’s year course program and the Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship program, in partnership with the URJ. Orit is currently pursuing a master’s in Jewish education through the advanced program in pluralistic Jewish education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)/ Jerusalem, in cooperation with the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University.
Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Reuven has been director of Israel Enagagement for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) since September 2016. He comes to the URJ after a year as the first join Israel enagagement director for the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)/NY and the Jewish Theological Seminary of tht Conservative Movement. Reuven’s leadership work in the Israel engagement field was honed at the North American office of the Jewish Agency for Israel and its Makom unit from 2007-2015. Prior to that he was a leader of two pluralistic Jewish day schools in North America. Reuven was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Insititue in Jerusalem (2002-2004) and hold degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received rabbincal ordination. He currently resides in Manhattan, NY and is an active member if the progressive Congregation Beit Simchat Torah- the world’d largest LGTBQS synagogue. Reuven enjoys studying, and teaching Jewish texts, singing, and reading Hebrew literature.
Gali Geberovich is the director of the Young-Adult Division in the Israeli Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). In her role in the IMPJ she leads, “Tlamim” the young-adult communities in Israel, and operates projects and programs for young adults between the ages of 20-35. Gali is responsible for the education and training program in the division, and teaches courses on "social criticism", Feminism and Gender" and "introduction to Jewish History and Ancient texts".
Prior to her taking her position in the IMPJ, she worked as the director of Amitim- a training center for teachers and psychologists at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. Earlier in her career Gali worked and volunteered as a facilitator in different NGO's such as Gesher- a leadership Institute that nurtures and trains Israeli leaders to forge connections and unity between different sectors of the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora, The Rape Crisis Center- the only organization in Israel whose main aim is to combat sexual violence, and in the Center for Social Involvement at the Hebrew University.
Gali has a BA in Sociology-Anthropology and Communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and she is close to completing an MA in Jewish education from the Hebrew University as well.