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Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Director of Leadership and Learning, Pears Foundation

Shoshana is the Director of Leadership and Learning at Pears Foundation in London, where she provides consultancy and professional development training for the foundation’s grantees and partners. Previously, she served as Vice-President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in New York, CEO of the Movement for Reform Judaism in the UK, and Founder/Director of JDOV: www.jdov.org.uk.

In addition, Shoshana is intensely involved in interfaith work as a Visiting Scholar at Sarum College and a Visiting Research Fellow at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford University. She is a founding faculty member of Faith in Leadership, providing leadership training to senior Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders in the UK. She also liaises with the Vatican as part of IJCIC (the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations).

Shoshana is a regular public speaker appearing at TEDxJerusalem, Jewish Book Week, BBC Radio 2’s “Pause for Thought” and Radio 4’s “Something Understood”. She chaired the Wingate Literary Prize in 2019 and is also herself the author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales.

She was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1993, after graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College. In 2021, she received a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from JTS. She has two decades of experience in organisational development in the USA and UK and is a certified practitioner of Polarity Management, Myers-Briggs (MBTI) and Belbin coaching tools.