Jen Roitman, Executive Director

Jen Roitman, a long time member of the Chochmat community, has served as the Executive Director since April, 2012. Jen was a union and political organizer for many years. She brings a wealth of practical and personal skills that benefit Chochmat HaLev and a strong commitment to growing and deepening our community. Jen is a long-time meditator, has sung in our High Holy Day chorus, and is a drumming student. She enjoys getting to know and working with the members (and future members) of Chochmat. Jen can be reached at

Judy Fleischman, Office Manager

Judy Fleischman joined our staff in August 2014. She brings many skills from years of peacebuilding as a chaplain, activist, and artist. Judy is a Zen priest and adult Bat Mitzvah, who enjoys sharing the interwoven practices of meditation and socially-engaged spirituality. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain and shortly after moving to the Bay area from NYC in 2013, founded She lightly holds degrees in astronomy, physics, and divinity. Judy is delighted to serve Chochmat HaLev. She can be reached at

Gavriel Strauss, Youth and Family Coordinator

Gavriel has been active in the Chochmat HaLev community since 2011 and joined our staff in July, 2016. As an experienced Jewish educator, spiritual counselor, community organizer and facilitator of sacred ceremony and ritual, Gavriel is uniquely qualified to guide our growing family programming. He has lived and worked in Berkeley for the past five years, delivering programs at Chochmat, Wilderness Torah, UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, Holy Names University, Urban Adamah, Lehrhaus, Limmud, and beyond. He completed a Jewish education teaching fellowship with Kevah, and is completing Hashpa’ah (Jewish Spiritual Direction) studies with ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.