Join your colleagues for virtual coffee and an opportunity to debrief the crisis in Ukraine and discuss how we can talk about the situation with teens and college students.
This will be an informal conversation with CJP’s teen and campus engagement team, Juan Gilces Coronel, CJP’s engagement manager, Israel & Global Jewish Citizenship, Debbie Kardon, executive director, Action for Post-Soviet Jewry, and local educators Emilia Diamant and Me’ir Sherer.
Juan Gilces Coronel is Manager, Israel & Global Jewry at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, where he coordinates the organization’s global caring and shared society efforts. Prior to this position, he was the Chief of Staff to the Consul General of Israel to New England. From 2016-2018, Juan worked for Hillel International as a Senior Campus Coordinator of The David Project. Juan holds a M.S. in Global Studies & International Relations from Northeastern University and a B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University. He is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and sits in the founding Leadership Board of MOED, the Jewish Federations of North America’s network of Jewish people of color. Juan was born in Ecuador to a family of Dutch-Portuguese Jewish roots and was raised in South Florida. He is a lifetime member of the Suriname Jewish community where he supports efforts to maintain the historic synagogues where his relatives were once members.
Debbie Kardon is the executive director of Action for Post-Soviet Jewry. Debbie has degrees from Syracuse University and Hebrew Union College in social work and Jewish education. Debbie started her career as a professional in the Jewish community in college, teaching part-time at a local congregation. After graduating, Debbie worked for many years with homeless and at-risk teens, always balancing this work by continuing to work part-time in the Jewish community. After taking time to focus on raising her three children, Debbie returned to the full-time workforce in leadership roles within Jewish nonprofits. As a change agent and organizational leader, Debbie has worked to establish new innovative programs, successfully securing funding and spearheading their design and implementation. Debbie loves Israel, yoga, teaching about the Holocaust and spending time with her now-adult children.
Emilia Diamant is a teen educator, social worker, reluctant organizer, Beyhive member, Bostonian, and dog mom. She has taught for 15 years across the country (and the world) on power and justice, whiteness, pop culture, feminism, and the arts. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Informal Urban Education and has a Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. Emilia has taught in Boston, New York, North Carolina, Costa Rica, Italy, Israel, and Ukraine from pre-K to adults. Her passion is engaging teenagers in conversations around their racial, ethnic, and religious identities and how to move their understanding of those identities toward an action plan. She is currently embedded at Temple Israel Boston’s Tent program, teaching classes to 8th-12th graders and providing additional support on overall program direction. She is also the Coordinator for the Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC) program at Boston Worker’s Circle.
Me’ir Sherer is the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA. Me’ir has degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, Boston University in Social Work and Hebrew College in Jewish Education. Me’ir began his work in the Boston Jewish Community at the JCC of Greater Boston. Before joining the staff at Temple Emunah, he worked as the Jewish Family Educator at Temple Israel in Boston, Jewish Family Education Consultant at the BJE, Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester and Or Atid in Wayland, in addition to his work at the JCC. Me’ir staffed the BJE’s Havayah Program, bringing teens from Boston, Haifa and Dnepropetrovsk together to lead a winter camp for the children of the Jewish Day School in Dnepropetrovsk and later directed the program for two years when it was under the auspices of Hebrew College.
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