Staff

Rabbi Brian Field

Since being ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1994, I’ve served congregations in Chatham, New Jersey and Madison, Wisconsin. I was also the first non-Christian to work as a chaplain for a Catholic hospital network in Milwaukee. I came to Denver in 2004 to work for Judaism Your Way. In addition to my passion for Jewish outreach, I have a deep interest in interfaith dialogue and participate in the Abrahamic Initiative and the Religious Advisory Council to the University of Denver’s Bridges to the Future. I’m also a member of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. Judaism has always attracted me as a deeply generous, inclusive and flexible spiritual tradition. Wherever I serve, I try to bring a seeker’s curiosity, a counselor’s empathy, a teacher’s mind and a chaplain’s heart. brian@judaismyourway.org

Wendy Aronson, Executive Director

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I’m thrilled and honored to be JYW’s Executive Director. For the past 15 years, I have enjoyed working for innovative Jewish organizations including the Boulder JCC, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Colorado Agency for Jewish Education, and Hillel at CU Boulder. Originally from Oregon, I’ve called Denver home since 2005. I have a M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University and a M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. My partner, Aaron Ney, and I recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our lives and we were proud to partner with JYW on a creative ceremony recognizing this momentous occasion. wendy@judaismyourway.org

Caryn Aviv, Associate Director & Jewish Educator

Caryn Aviv headshotI’m thrilled to join the Judaism Your Way staff. Over the past 15 years, I’ve planted one foot in academia and one foot in the world of Jewish non-profit entrepreneurship. After earning a PhD in sociology and anthropology, I have taught and conducted research in Jewish Studies and sociology at University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Denver, and Loyola University Chicago. I’ve also served as co-founder/director of research with Jewish Mosaic, and co-founder/director of Storahtelling Colorado from 2008-2011. What nourishes me most is learning, teaching, and sharing my love of a multivocal, resilient, and vibrant Judaism with others. caryn@judaismyourway.org

Sierra Shaffer, Development/Communications Specialist

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I come to Judaism Your Way with a hodgepodge of skills collected from time working in programs, communications, and development with a variety of nonprofits dedicated to women’s health, human rights, and the arts.  As a native of Boulder, CO raised in a progressive Jewish household, I am happy to have the opportunity to be close to my roots with JYW and to be a part of JYW’s inclusive and creative approach to Jewish life and community!  sierra@judaismyourway.org

 

 

Stacey Gottlieb, Administrative/Program Assistant

CaptureI am a Denver native and proud graduate of East High School! I am personally very moved by Judaism Your Way’s message of welcome to “Jew-ish” seekers like me, and I am excited about this new journey into the spiritual traditions of my father and grandfather. I have held support positions in a variety of Denver nonprofits over the years, and I am happy to be contributing my skills and experience to JYW’s mission.  Who am I outside of the office?  Let’s just say that if you are in a hurry you should never ask me about my kids, my cats, my guinea pigs, or my favorite encounters with urban wildlife.  stacey@judaismyourway.org