Ethan Felson Executive Director
Ethan Felson has more than 30 of experience as an out and proud professional in the Jewish community. He has served in national leadership roles with the Jewish Federations of North America, directing its Israel Action Network, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Before that, he served as Assistant Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and director of its Jewish Community Relations Council in Hartford, CT. He has been a staunch Israel advocate, and a pioneer in the interfaith arena and people-to-people peacebuilding. He founded Interfaith Partners for Peace which brings rabbis and pastors together in dialogue and action.He has led numerous missions to Israel, including one in 2019 with LGBTQ Christian clergy co-sponsored with A Wider Bridge. He serves on UJAPride with the UJA/Federation of New York. His LGBTQ activism, though, started as a student activist, as the co-founder of the lesbian and gay student union at Lehigh University and co-chair of the Northeast Lesbian and Gay Student Union in the 1980’s. He helped pass hate crimes and civil rights legislation in Connecticut as a leader with the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights and the Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project. He served as Vice-Chair of the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union and on the national board of the ACLU. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and Connecticut.He is proudest of Hannah and Seth, his twin children with husband Daniel – and his greatest hope is that his work with A Wider Bridge helps build a safer world for them and all of us.
Leora Cohen-Rosenberg Development and Operations Manager
Leora comes to A Wider Bridge from Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic where she was a PREP Health Educator serving communities in Suffolk County. She has spent many years as an activist for many issues, particularly LGBTQ and reproductive rights, including serving as a Jeremiah Fellow with Bend the Arc where she currently sits on the steering committee for the Long Island chapter. Leora is a proud graduate of SUNY Empire State, having also attended Pace University, where she served as an intern for their LGBTQA and Social Justice Center. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies and is pursuing her M.S. in Nonprofit Management at Gratz College as a member of Cohort VIII of their Midcareer Fellowship. Leora is excited to work at A Wider Bridge, pairing her love of Judaism and Israel with advocating for LGBTQ rights.
Nate Shalev Senior Director of Programs & Strategy
Nate Shalev is the Senior Director of Programs and Strategy at A Wider Bridge. They have been excited to work with the A Wider Bridge team to build more inclusive and equitable communities in North America and Israel. They have been working in LGBTQ advocacy for close to a decade and have been involved in hosting events, facilitating workshops, and driving initiatives for LGBTQ women, trans, non-binary communities in NYC. Prior to A Wider Bridge, they served as the director of programs at Lesbians Who Tech & Allies and have worked for organizations fighting for equity, like Girls Who Code, Art-Start, iMentor, and others. Outside of working hours, Nate can be found on the side of a roller derby rink or hanging with their adorable beagle mix, Joan Jett. They hold an M.A. from NYU in Sociology of Education and a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University in English, Creative Writing and Human Rights.
Shlomo Schwartz Program Manager
Shlomo was inspired to dedicate his personal and professional life to community building after spending a year volunteering in the Jewish community of Stockholm, Sweden. This life-changing experience inspired him to dedicate his personal and professional life to community building, Israel engagement, and social justice. Since then, Shlomo has worked for a variety of Jewish non-profit organizations both in Israel and the US – including the Jewish Agency, The World Zionist Organization and most recently at the JCC Association where he served as the Conferences and Events Manager. Shlomo has also been involved with The Volunteer Association for Israel, Birthright Israel and is active in the LGBTQ communities in Israel and the US including Havruta and JQY. Additionally, as a trained chef he continued fulfilling his passion bringing people together and growing his own business curating Israeli culinary and cultural experiences.
Yael Dinur Community Manager
Yael Dinur is the Community Manager at A Wider Bridge. She Joined AWB after working as the Marketing Communication Manager for BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. Yael fell in love with social media and online marketing after years of working in the informal education field. Previously, she worked as a guide and education coordinator at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, and as a guide in Poland. She also served as a shlicha for the Jewish Agency at Hillel of Silicon Valley and as a central emissary in Central Europe for the World Zionist Organization. She holds a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Additionally, Yael is a huge fan of pop culture, trivia shows, and the Eurovision Song Contest.