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.

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Ellan Kline, Administrative Coordinator

 

After completing studies in History and Comparative Religion in 2015, I moved from Pennsylvania to the Bay Area to develop a career in specialty coffee education, designing training programs for baristas. During the pandemic I took time off to reevaluate and redirect my career.

I am excited to work with Jewish Gateways to support building open, inclusive, and welcoming Jewish and Jewish-connected community. As someone who came to a deepening Judaism in adulthood, I greatly appreciate Jewish Gateways’ emphasis on creating a space in which all are welcome and no one need feel left out for lack of experience. 

In my free time, I enjoy playing banjo, making art (primarily calligraphy and illustrating tarot cards), learning languages, and going for walks and reading on the couch with my partner.