"Teamwork makes the dream work!" As we complete our first year of operation, and our growth has gained considerable momentum. It is time to expand the team! We are so lucky this team has assembled, and we are thrilled to introduce you to the talented folks who will take Keeping It Sacred to the next level:
Kimberly Dueñas (top middle) will lead our Rosh HaShanah Second Day program. She was born into a multicultural home in California, and she discovered that the best way to explore her dynamic Jewish identity was to immerse and involve herself in the world - beginning with tracing her roots to rural El Salvador, Europe, and Israel. She is a seasoned international Jewish educator passionate about wellness, community healing, and as the Community Coordinator for Jewtina y Co., nurturing the Latin-Jewish community, leadership and resiliency, and celebrating multiculturalism.
Molly Flanagan (top left) will return to Keeping It Sacred this year as our talented Digital Media Manager. Molly is a recent graduate of Wellesley College majoring in Film Studies, and will produce our forthcoming second season of the People Keeping It Sacred webcast & podcast, and provide further support to our social media accounts. Molly is currently working on several exciting projects in and around New York City and Boston, but has found time to continue helping Keeping It Sacred and writes, “I am thrilled to continue my involvement with this special community doing such sacred work in the world!"
Beth Hamon (bottom right) will lead, with Rabbi Miller, the first ever Keeping It Sacred Confirmation Ceremony celebrating our commitment to Torah study. Of that, she writes: "Revelation didn't end at Sinai, it began there. Every time we gather to study Torah we continue the beautiful chain of commentary, criticism and transmission of our foundational texts for generations to come." She is a prolific singer/songrwiter in Portland, Oregon and former girl scout, bike mechanic, and the daughter of nightclub musicians. Her contemporary folk songs straddle the line between Jewish and secular themes of justice, hope, renewal and love.
Sarai Hertz-Velàzquez (bottom middle) is Keeping It Sacred’s first ever Tikvah Intern. She helps to design and build Keeping It Sacred programming. She was born and raised in Connecticut (for the most part) and is a rising senior at Wellesley College majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in advocacy and policy, and a minor in education studies. She shares, "I can’t wait to be a part of the KITS community, learning and listening alongside participants."
Jeffrey Silverstein (top right) brings an enthusiasm for Jewish textual and musical traditions and will co-lead, with Rabbi Miller, our monthly Shabbat Services. We were fortunate to have Jeffrey co-lead our Sweet & Sacred High Holy Day Services last year as well as our epic Hanukkah Celebration. He is a current rabbinical student at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati and shares, “I believe song and harmony are big part of #keepingitsacred!"
Rachel Wolman (bottom left) and Rabbi Miller co-lead services together nearly a decade ago, and will once again team up to lead the community through the upcoming High Holy Day season. She is a seasoned Jewish Music Educator and Songleader uplifting campers and staff at camp again this summer. She has deep knowledge of Jewish liturgy and creating inclusive and transformative prayer experiences. She shares, "I'm really looking forward to a sacred High Holy Day season with the Keeping It Sacred community!"
You are invited to enjoy the excellent talents of these fantastic individuals by registering for our programs at keepingitsacred.com/upcoming-1.