Community Briefs: Moving Traditions CEO, JFCS Worker Honored, More

Shuli Karkowsky. Courtesy of Moving Traditions

Moving Traditions Names New CEO

Moving Traditions named Shuli Karkowsky as its next CEO, replacing founding CEO Deborah Meyer, who is stepping down.
Karkowsky starts her new role on Feb. 7.
Most recently the executive vice president of Hazon, Karkowsky’s background in the Jewish community includes leadership roles at UJA-Federation of New York and 70 Faces Media.
Before her nonprofit career, she was a corporate litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
“The board and staff are excited to work with Shuli, who brings to Moving Traditions her passion for Jewish community, a wealth of experience, and the drive to build Moving Traditions so that we reach many more Jewish youth and families,” Rabbi Darcie Crystal, who is the board chair, wrote.
Meyer announced last year that she is stepping down from the organization she founded in 2005. Moving Traditions said it will celebrate her career with a virtual event on March 15.
Moving Traditions says it “emboldens youth by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning.” The organization said that, to date, it has worked with more than 28,000 preteens and teens and trained more than 2,500 adults as family education program leaders.
Galia Godel. Courtesy of Jewish Family & Children’s Service

JFCS Program Manager Honored

Galia Godel, the program manager of the LGBTQ initiative for Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia was honored as an emerging professional by JPro.
Godel has served as an educator in the LGBTQ community for more than eight years and led the JFCS J.Proud initiative, which is a consortium of 40 Jewish schools, synagogues and institutions that support LGBTQ-inclusive programs and resources, and lead citywide holiday observances for the LGBTQ Jewish community.
JPro connects, educates, inspires and empowers professionals working in the Jewish community sector, according to its mission statement.
Godel and the other winners will be honored at JPro22: Going Places, Together May 2-4 in Cleveland.
Kohelet Yeshiva High School Earns Diversity Award from College Board
Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion announced that it earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles.
The school received the award in recognition of its further expansion of girls’ access in AP computer science courses. In 2021, KYHS was one of 760 schools nationwide recognized in the category.
“Promoting STEM subjects to aspiring young women is something that we take very seriously,” Associate Principal Jeremy Sullivan said. “We are proud of the young women who have taken Advanced Placement classes in subjects like computer science, chemistry and physics.”
Camp Galil Receives Gift for Israel Programs Scholarship Fund
Habonim Dror Camp Galil announced that it has received a $50,000 gift to establish a scholarship fund for its campers to attend Habonim Dror’s Israel programs.
The gift from an anonymous Galil family establishes the Galil Shahar Israel Program Scholarship Fund. The gift will remain invested, and proceeds will go to support ongoing annual need-based scholarship support for Galil campers to attend two Habonim Dror North American Israel programs — Bonim b’Israel, a four-week summer Israel experience for rising 11th graders, and Workshop, the longest-running North American gap-year program in Israel.
Founded in 1946, Galil was established to train the pioneers of the early kibbutz movement working to build the state of Israel. The Bucks County camp is modeled after Israel’s early kibbutzim, with a focus on cooperative living.


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