Chaya Gilboa was a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Director of Jewish Engagement at Leichtag Foundation, where she is responsible for Jewish integration and education.
Prior to joining Leichtag, Chaya was the Founding Director of Hevruta, a pluralistic, integrated gap-year program for Israeli and North American post-high school students at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and scholar-in-residence at Paideia: The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, where she developed the innovative Experiential European Jewish Educators Program and held seminars and workshops on Jewish education.
Chaya was born in Jerusalem to an ultra-Orthodox family. She has B.A. in Jewish Philosophy from Ben Gurion University and an M.A. in Public Policy from Hebrew University, where she wrote her thesis on Haredi women, religion and state. She is committed to creating alternatives within the realm of religion and state, establishing Hashgacha Pratit, an alternative kashrut system and active in crafting egalitarian wedding ceremonies and other initiatives that combine feminism and Jewish identity.