Professional Staff

Executive

Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director (mfeldman@wrj.org, 212.650.4050), has been with WRJ since 2012, having previously served as the Director of Development for the URJ and Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. Feldman is a Reform rabbi (HUC-JIR, New York) and lawyer (JD, Univ. of Fla). Previously, Rabbi Feldman worked in the Jewish community relations field in Detroit and Delaware and served Reform congregations in Sarasota and Orlando, Florida. Feldman has authored Reform Movement action manuals and published modern midrash, and her articles have appeared in numerous publications and newspapers.
 

Administration & Operations

Bayley Swain, Administrative Assistant (bswain@wrj.org, 212.650.4065), holds a bachelor’s degree in European History from Smith College and a master’s degree in Religion & Ethics from Yale. She is enormously fond of strong coffee, public radio, and almost anything written by Grace Paley.


Advocacy

Ally Karpel, Reproductive Health & Rights Associate (rkarpel@rac.org, 202.387.2800), works out of the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. She works on reproductive justice for the Reform Movement, per the partnership between Women of Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center. Ally was deeply engaged in social justice work during her time in college, which included co-founding and facilitating the Bella Abzug Social Justice Fellowship, serving as president of the University Interfaith Council, and Participating in the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Founders’ Fellowship.

 

Engagement

Heather Lorgeree, Manager of Engagement (hlorgeree@wrj.org, 212.650.4063), handles support for all potential, new, and current affiliates and serves as the staff liaison for the WRJ Districts. Heather is an active member of Temple Beth Or Sisterhood in Washington Township, NJ, where she was proud to be honored as a WRJ Unsung Heroine and most recently, a Woman of Valor. Heather enjoys baking cakes and making ice cream and is also an avid Chicago sports fan; she supports all of the teams, but the White Sox are her favorite. 

Jenny Levy, Engagement Associate (jelevy@wrj.org, 212.650.4060), assists with program and affiliate services, including Lilith Salons, Or Ami Awards, Tzedakah Collectives, the Chai Mitzvah Project, and other sisterhood support. She completed her M.A. in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previous to WRJ, Jenny lived in Tel Aviv for over five years, where she worked at nonprofits serving at-risk youth and promoting women’s reproductive health rights. She moved to New York in the Spring of 2019 and spends her spare time teaching yoga, volunteering with new immigrant women, traveling, and exploring New York City.  

 

Marketing & Communications

Elisa Heisman, Manager of Marketing & Communications (eheisman@wrj.org, 212.650.4000), oversees and coordinates all internal and external marketing and communications for the organization. She is an active member of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA where she also served as Director of Programs and Communication for many years. Elisa lives with her husband, two children, and their poodle, Chloe. She is an avid reader, a huge Phillies fan, and almost always has a jigsaw puzzle in progress on her dining room table.  

 

Meetings & Conventions

Amanda Feldman, Manager of Meetings & Conventions (afeldman@wrj.org, 212.650.4054), oversees planning and logistics for the WRJ Fried Women's Conference as well as other conferences, board and committee meetings, and additional programs. A lover of travel, Amanda enjoys being able to attend WRJ events in different locations. She is also a member of the Garden City Jewish Center Sisterhood in Garden City, NY with her mom, an avid reader and cook who loves spending time with friends and family, and a fan of the New York Rangers.

 

Philanthropy

Shari Schulner, Manager of Philanthropy (sschulner@wrj.org, 212.650.4072), oversees the organization’s fundraising efforts, including the YES Fund & Lifeline Endowment and Annual Campaign. She has a Master's degree in Childhood Special Education from Hunter College and a BA in English, Literature and Rhetoric from SUNY Binghamton. Previous to WRJ, she worked in development serving low-income youth and their families. She loves yoga, exploring new neighborhoods, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. She grew up in Rockland County and now lives in Queens with her husband, Ethan. 

Natalie Boles, Philanthropy Associate (nboles@wrj.org, 212.650.4050), supports the Philanthropy efforts of the WRJ through programs such as Ner Tamid, Chai Society, and the YES Fund. A nonprofit administrator originally from Massachusetts, she holds a BA from Connecticut College where she double majored in Theater and English. She moved to NYC in October 2019 and loves getting to explore all that the city has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys seeing theater, traveling, and connecting with family and friends.