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Shekhiynah Larks
Diversity Trainer
Be'Chol Lashon
Shekhiynah is a diversity trainer at Be’chol Lashon where she began working as a student intern while she attended the University of San Francisco. She is a recent graduate, receiving her BA in political science with a focus on American domestic racial policy and minor in Jewish studies with an emphasis on social justice. She is the author of Birthright while Black, an op-ed on Be’chol Lashon’s Jewish& blog. She believes racial justice begins with creating spaces for individuals to respectfully engage across racial difference.
Amram Altzman
Youth Programs Associate
Amram joined the Keshet team in August 2017 as Youth Programs Associate, where he works to make empowering, celebratory spaces for LGBTQ Jewish teens and their parents, educators, and allies around the United States. He is a recent graduate of the joint undergraduate program with Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he studied sociology and Jewish history, respectively. While in college, he worked as a contributor for New Voices Magazine, an independent, online magazine by and for Jewish college students; his writing has also appeared in Jewcy and the Forward. Amram brings a passion for justice, creative writing, and the social sciences to his work as an educator and community builder. A New York City native, Amram lives in Manhattan with his husband, Jamie, along with their two cats, Perle and Herschel. He likes to live his life with an unironic, unwavering love of cats, kale, coffee, and pop music. When not at work, he can usually be found exploring the city’s museums, parks and coffee shops.
Erica Aren
Program Director
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards
Erica is a mid-westerner at heart, but Bay Area proud since 2003. Erica’s graduate studies in Jewish service learning and education allowed her to examine experiential education through the lens of equity and social justice. Erica brings a passion for the intersection of social justice and youth leadership – including work experience at BBYO, American Jewish World Service and InterfaithFamily as well as managing the Bay Area Diller Teen Fellows from 2007-2010.
Jane M Davis
Teen Program Manager
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF)
Jane (she/her, they/them) was born and raised in central Illinois where they attended Millikin University to study Theatre . Upon graduation, they worked in theatre traveling across all 50 states for 5 years. In 2017, they relocated to the Bay Area to pursue their passion of working with youth. At the JCCSF they oversee teen programming including the after-school, middle school program, the Queer Jewish Youth Group, and the Teen Arts Immersion Program.