Dorrit Geshuri, Executive Director

Dorrit Geshuri has decades of experience in nonprofit management, working with numerous Bay Area organizations such as The Center for Nonviolent Communication, The Writing Salon, Yavneh Day School, and KlezCalifornia. In 2013, Dorrit launched her own company, Space Rocket Consulting, to improve the operations of small businesses by creating and implementing robust financial and administrative systems. She holds academic degrees in microbiology and biochemistry. Her parents immigrated from Israel to California in 1960 and Dorrit speaks conversational Hebrew.

In her younger years, Dorrit satisfied her wanderlust by living in various places around the globe like Mexico, Israel, New York City, Alaska, London, and Seattle. She finally settled in Berkeley, where she’s been in the same cozy apartment for the last twenty years. If you ever visit, you might catch her humming a klezmer tune or muttering in Yiddish, or you might get a glimpse of her vintage sewing machines and vinyl record collection.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Director of Youth and Family Services

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, one of the first women to become a rabbi in Jewish history, is a “visionary” Jewish educator, feminist, community organizer, peace activist, writer, klezmer dancer, percussionist, visual and ceremonial artist and master storyteller. Over the past 45 years, Lynn has created Jewish and multifaith programming for dozens of organizations including educational programs at Temple Beth Or of the Deaf (NY), Congregation Nahalat Shalom, NM (which she co-founded in 1981- 2006), Fellowship of Reconciliation, Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center (NY), and Interfaith Inventions wilderness peace camps which she directed from 2005 – 2010 (CA). Lynn is well-versed in Ashkenazi, Sefardic and Mizrahi history and traditions and intergenerational, multi-heritage and multi-racial relationship building.  Since she moved to California in 2012, Lynn has offered programs at Urban Adamah, Wilderness Torah, Midrasha, Moshe House, Shomeret Shalom Global Congregation, the Center for Jewish Studies and Kohenet. She serves on the board of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity in California. Lynn is excited to serve as director of youth and family programming at Chochmat HaLev’s Urban Shtetl.