Meet our Staff 

Rabbi Bridget Wynne, Executive Director (she, her)

 

I am passionate about meeting individuals and families "where they are," and helping them to explore Jewishness in an open environment and find what is meaningful, alive, and real for them.

 

I was ordained as a rabbi in 1994 after attending rabbinic school in Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati. I then served congregations, first Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, and then Congregation Shir Shalom of Sonoma in the Bay Area.

 

While I enjoyed that work, I saw a need among many Jews and their families and friends that was not being met. That's why I founded Jewish Gateways. I invite you to learn more about my personal journey.

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Rabbi Educator Stephanie Kennedy (she, her)


As a rabbi and educator, building community, creative education, and empowering all learners to meaningfully access Judaism are guiding priorities for me. Along with a love of Torah, I am fascinated by what makes education successful and what it means to be a people with a connection to and a responsibility for the earth. As we continue to build a community that is inclusive, just, and full of joy, I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to create family programs that allow everyone to bring their whole selves to Judaism.

In 2022, I received rabbinic ordination and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston. I hold an M.A. in Judaic Studies (with a focus on post-Holocaust theology) from King’s College, London and a B.A. in History and Religious Studies from the Australian National University.

While wrestling gardens out of cramped concrete courtyards, I also consume an outrageous amount of podcasts, TV, and pop culture, and run after my daughter who is fully inhabiting toddlerhood as a lovable agent of chaos. You can learn more about my background and journey here.

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Cara Anderson, Operations and Family Programs Associate (she, her)

 

I am excited to be part of the Jewish Gateways team and apply the skills that allow me to contribute to the community. As a fellow wandering Jew, I value Jewish  Gateways’ mission to create inviting and welcoming spaces for all to explore, deepen, and learn about ourselves, the larger Jewish community, and how we can collectively strengthen awareness around issues of social justice.

 

I graduated from Mills College with a master’s degree in Infant Mental Health in 2021. I returned to school to study early childhood psychology and early childhood education after years of working in operations and management positions. Since graduating, I sought out positions that would allow me to support organizational development using my operations management, logistics, and early childhood development skills.
 
When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, listening to music, playing tennis, hiking, watching films, being silly, and laughing with my wife. I’m a sensitive individual and consider myself young at heart.