Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana is the Director of JHub and also serves as a senior member of the Pears Foundation team.

Equally at home in the UK, USA and Israel, Shoshana has a unique ability to translate ideas into different environments. So in addition to providing strategic direction for JHub, she works closely with the Pears Foundation team around international initiatives as well as interfaith and Jewish identity projects here in the UK.

Her primary interests are leadership development, educating towards complexity, and Jewish values and identity.

As a founding faculty member of the Cambridge Coexist Leadership Programme, she helped design the curriculum for this prestigious interfaith leadership training programme. She is also the founder of JDOV, a Jewish TED-style talk which invites inspiring speakers to give the “Jewish talks of their life”:

Previously, she served as Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in New York and Chief Executive of the Movement for Reform Judaism in Britain. She studied as a Wexner Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was ordained as a rabbi in 1993 after graduating magna cum lade from Bryn Mawr College.

Shoshana is the author numerous articles on Jewish leadership and innovation, as well as The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, an illustrated collection of Jewish stories for all faiths and all ages. She is also a regular public speaker; thousands of people have viewed her talks at TEDxJerusalem, Tribefest, Greenbelt, and Limmud, and heard her contributions to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.