Feature Presenters and Programs

Here are some of our feature Presenters:

Brian Goldman, MD 
Dr. Brian Goldman is a highly regarded emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  He is also the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s award-winning radio show “White Coat, Black Art”, where he takes listeners behind the scenes of hospitals and doctor’s offices.  Goldman unpacks and demystifies what goes on inside medicine’s sliding doors – with edgy topics that include whistle blowing in health care, burnout among health professionals, racism in health care and how to get to the head of the line in health care.
Abby Stein
Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent; she is the 10th generation of the Baal Shem Tov – founder of Hasidic Judaism. In that world Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore different world views. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy.
Rabbi David Ingber 
The Founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, NYC. Romemu is a mystical, progressive, open-hearted and integral Jewish community that promotes human flourishing in body, heart, mind and spirit. Rabbi David studied for over 20 years in Orthodox seminaries, studied and practiced Yoga and Tai Chi before meeting his beloved teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, of blessed memory. Rabbi David is a direct disciple and in the lineage of Reb Zalman.
Aviva Chernick
An award-winning musician who brings her voice and presence in performance and prayer across the globe. Aviva’s music is inspired by her decade as lead singer of twice-Juno nominated World Fusion band Jaffa Road, by her work as a Ba’alat Neginah and by her study of the Balkan Judeo-Spanish tradition. Besides performing, Aviva has taught about the voice in prayer. Aviva is certified as a Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and is the founder of the first Toronto Jewish Leadership Mindfulness Cohort, the Mindfulness Minyan at Beth Sholom, and the sitting and singing community called neySHEV.
Rabbi Lila Kagedan 

The first Orthodox woman to adopt the title of rabbi. She holds degrees and certificates from Midreshet Lindenbaum, Hebrew University, University of Toronto, Harvard, Medstar Washington Hospital and is a Shalom Hartman Institute RLI fellow. Ordained in 2015 by Yeshivat Maharat, in 2016 she assumed a post at the NJ Orthodox synagogue Mt. Freedom Jewish Center. She is now senior rabbi at Walnut St. Synagogue in Chelsea, MA. She is a founder of Sulam School in Brookline, an instructor of bioethics at NY Medical College, and a clinical ethicist and chaplain in hospitals and hospices. She is currently studying for Yadin Yadin smicha.

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simcha Torah. He is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBT inclusivity. Rabbi Moskowitz received three Ultra-Orthodox ordinations while learning in the Mir, in Jerusalem, and in Beth Midrash Govoha, in Lakewood, NJ. His work on behalf of trans rights began while he served as Rabbi of the Old Broadway Synagogue in Harlem and the Aish NY Rabbi at Columbia University. Most recently, Rabbi Moskowitz was senior educator for Uri L’tzedek – Orthodox Social Justice.