We are excited to announce our 2022 Brickner Cohort Coaches. Please read more about them below!
Rabbi Julie Zupan (she/her)
Rabbi Julie Zupan is a Reform rabbi on staff at the Union for Reform Judaism where her work is focused on building inclusive Jewish communities that support newcomers from diverse backgrounds. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University and smicha (rabbinic ordination) from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Zupan has served as a congregational rabbi, elder care chaplain, and as an educator in a variety of settings. She lives in Sharon, Massachusetts and is an active member of Temple Sinai of Sharon.
Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser (she/her)
Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser was ordained in 1993 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She has worked in congregations, at Jewish summer camps, and at Emory University’s Center for Israel Education. She is currently the part-time rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Fayetteville, GA, while working full time as the manager of URJ’s 21-week Introduction to Judaism program. She also serves as the president of Interfaith Atlanta.
In 2017 Ellen was the first female rabbi to be inducted into the Board of Preachers at Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. In 2019 Ellen received a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She has led multiple Interfaith trips for World Pilgrims, leading groups to: Turkey, South Africa, Grand Canyon, Toronto, and California. She is an executive member of the Atlanta Jewish Community Relations Council. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys hiking, travelling, and trying out new recipes on unsuspecting Sabbath dinner guests.
Tali Puterman (she/her)
Tali Puterman originates from Cape Town, South Africa, and now lives in Newton Massachusetts with her wife and foster children. Tali works as the Assistant Director of Social Justice Engagement at Temple Israel of Boston where she is helping to lead her community's efforts on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. Reacting to her own experiences of miseducation growing up white and queer in post-Apartheid South Africa attending an Orthodox Jewish day school, Tali challenges her communities to question and confront injustices and see themselves as Jewish leaders of change. She is an organizer whose driving passion is to make the often-invisible structures of white supremacy visible so that we, as a society, can pave a path together towards anti-racism, equity, and justice for all.
Lizzie Stein (she/her)
Lizzie Stein is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and is a graduate of Occidental College. After graduation, she then spent 4 years working at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism where she was an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant and then a Leadership Development Associate. She ran fellowship programs for teens focusing on civic engagement, community organizing and leadership skills. During the 2020 election, Lizzie worked as a Field Organizer for Mission for Arizona, the Arizona Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Maricopa County. She worked with Marshall Ganz as a Teaching Fellow for his class on Organizing: People, Power and Change at the Harvard Kennedy School. Lizzie returned to the RAC to serve as the Interim Director of L'Taken for the 2021-2022 season. She has been learning and training with Rising Organizers DC since its founding in 2017 and is currently the Co-Training Director of the Organization. She loves long bike rides, making sourdough pizza for friends and arriving early.