Meet our Staff
Rabbi Bridget Wynne, Executive Director
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.
Lex Schrader, Administrative Coordinator
I’m a Bay Area native who moved to the East Bay to attend UC Berkeley, where I obtained my J.D. I stopped practicing law when my kids were born, and spent my free time running a parent support group and taking classes with Notre Dame’s College of Business Nonprofit Program. I then went on to work as a freelance grant writer, while also teaching early childhood nature classes.
My family found Jewish Gateways while looking for ways to help our daughters develop a sense of Jewish identity. I was raised in an interfaith family, and my husband’s family identifies as culturally Jewish but not religious. We feel lucky to have found a Jewish community where our lack of formal experience is not a problem. I’m excited to deepen my involvement by joining the staff.
When I’m not working with Jewish Gateways, I enjoy running with my dog Izzy, and spending time with my daughters Cate, age 7, and Abigail, age 4.