Rabbi Elyse Winick is a member of Cohort II of the Created Equal Educators Fellowship of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She served as the Senior Director of Learning and Engagement at Combined Jewish Philanthropies for four years. She also serves as a mentor for M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. Prior to joining CJP, she was the Jewish Chaplain at Brandeis University. A graduate of Brandeis and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Elyse also spent 20 years with the Department of KOACH/College Outreach of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
In her role at CJP, Elyse supported supplemental Jewish learning in the Boston community, built relationships with lay and professional stakeholders and provided vision and implementation for Jewish learning throughout the community. At Brandeis, she deepened the sense of community among Jewish students, through informal education and hospitality and facilitated interreligious dialogue on campus through the Multifaith Chaplaincy. While with KOACH, Elyse created its student internship program, outreach and programming for the inclusion of LGBTQ students and built the program’s hands-on social justice agenda. She also developed KOACH’s Taglit-Birthright Israel program for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Facilitating journeys of identity and the acquisition of tools for Jewish independence and Jewish community are central to her work.