2023-2024 Tiyuv fellows
Stacey Aviva Flint
Stacey Aviva Flint is a public speaker, educator, Urban Planner, and philanthropist. Stacey Aviva serves as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) JEDI initiative (Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). As a Jewish woman of color, combating racism and antisemitism are central to her work. Stacey Aviva has a BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Urban Planning and Public Policy for UIC (CHICAGO), certificates from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership/Northwestern School of Professional Studies in Jewish Leadership and adult Jewish Learning (Spertus Institute). Her Jewish professional career began as the Policy Director for Chicago's Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), combating racism and antisemitism and advocating for housing reform, criminal justice, immigration reform, and Jewish/African American dialogue. Stacey Avia spent over a decade specializing in urban economic development overseeing the construction and financing of Affordable Housing, mixed-use spaces, Brownfield Redevelopment, and New Market Tax Credit financing. She has designed engagement strategies for synagogues, and Jewish educational and civic institutions. She is a nationally sought-after speaker, and her writings have been featured in The Forward and her blog at the Times of Israel, and her Eli Talk, Kahal Amim-Many Faces, One Community, has been viewed 2,000 times. Stacey Aviva serves on the board of Jewish Family Service of Colorado, The Haddasha Foundation, the committee for Jewish Life at the Rose Community Foundation and is a fellow of the Mandel Institute’s Executive Leadership Cohort 4.
Tamar Ghidalia (she/her) is a Jew of Color of Sephardic (Spanish) heritage who was born in Tunisia, fled with her family to France, and subsequently immigrated to Israel and Palestine in 1976, and then to MN in 1989. She has a B.A. in Education and Hebrew Literature from Paris Sorbonne University and a B.A. in Music (Percussion) from the Conservatoire de Paris. Tamar is an educator and professional musician with 30+ years of experience in teaching, facilitating, leadership, mentoring, program building, curriculum development, and program management. Most recently, she worked for over six years as the Executive Director of Urban Arts Academy, a South Minneapolis non-profit serving diverse students and families through art-infused education. In 2018, Tamar was honored by Shir Tikvah with the Radical Hospitality Award for her work with the Racial Justice Task Force. In 2005, she received the JCA Paul Wellstone Call to Action Award for her work in racial justice. Tamar completed the 2019- 2020 URJ’s (DEI) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion JewV’Nation Fellowship and had the amazing opportunity to return with Jill and co-lead the same fellowship last year. JewV’Nation Fellowship’s 2022 Jews of Color Leadership Cohort | Union for Reform Judaism Tamar is a leader in the racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) space, working through 3W Consulting, as well as with Edot, The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity and Racial Justice Collaborative. She has developed partnerships between organizations to collaborate for success. Tamar’s recent REDI work includes YIPA in MN (Youth Intervention Program Association), JPRO New York Network, JBBBS of Greater Boston, and 4 Jewish Camps in the states of Colorado and New York. Tamar teaches for the URJ Intro to Judaism and Hebrew classes online and Hebrew for Ammud, the JOC Torah School. She was on the RAC National Justice Leadership team. She completed the Iowa Project and Kirva Institute POC IOWA DRIO Va’ad in Action (People of Color Iowa Dismantling Racism from The Inside Out Va’ad) led by Yehuda Webster and Keshira haLev Fife, a program that merges Anti-Racism work and Mussar practices, and the Facilitator training as of 11/30/2023. Tamar is on the Board of Dimensions Educational Consulting inc., a Nonprofit led by Yavilah McCoy and is constantly learning about how to incorporate a liberatory practice lens in all aspects of professional and personal life. Tamar has three daughters and three amazing grandchildren!
Jill Housen (She/her) was raised in Claremont, CA. She received her B.A. in Fashion Merchandising from California State University, Long Beach, after transitioning from studying French, Spanish, and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Irvine. She is a certified Health Coach and certified in traditional African Herbal Healing. Jill works as a REDI consultant for local and national organizations through her consulting group, 3W Consulting, with her partner Tamar Ghidalia. As part of a three-year program, Jill works with 3W Consulting, coaching four Jewish Camps in Colorado and New York. She is the DEIB Consultant for the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din, where she was pivotal in presenting several days of learning on Racial, Equity, and Inclusion, which included performances from the cast of True Colors, DEI training from Be'chol Lashon, and a lunch and learn featuring Marc Dollinger. Jill received a generous grant from JOCI to develop a pilot program to mentor Black and other People of Color who are converting to Judaism. She worked closely with outreach to select and train a team of mentors to work specifically with people of color embarking on their Jewish journey. She finds creative ways to ensure that everything is done through a lens of inclusion and belonging, from written materials to visual representation and beyond. She is a contracted facilitator for the Union of Reform Judaism’s Audacious Hospitality and was on the RAC National Justice Leadership team. Jill is an alumnus of the URJ’s (DEI) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion JewV’Nation Fellowship and went back last year with Tamar to co-lead the JewV’Nation Fellowship. JewV’Nation Fellowship’s 2022 Jews of Color Leadership Cohort | Union for Reform Judaism. She is a Diversity and Inclusion Committee member at Ikar in Los Angeles, CA. She completed the Don't Kvetch Community Organizing training through Bend the Arc. Presently she is part of the Iowa Project and Kirva Institute POC IOWA DRIO Va’ad (People of Color Iowa Dismantling Racism From The Inside Out Va'ad) led by Yehuda Webster and Keshira haLev Fife, a program that merges Anti-Racism work and Mussar practices. After completion of this initiative, she will be trained as a facilitator. Jill is also the Senior Advisor to Organizational Development at Project Shema, an independent nonprofit organization that trains and supports the Jewish community and allies to understand and address contemporary antisemitism, with an emphasis on how anti-Jewish ideas can emerge in progressive spaces and in discourse around Israel and Palestine. As a co-leader of the Black Jewish Cohort, Jill created a framework for Black and Multi-racial Jews to address antisemitism as it presents itself in progressive circles. She is passionate about social and racial justice, sustainable fashion solutions, food justice, and reggae music. In her free time, Jill can be found working in her garden, spending time at the gym, and experimenting in the kitchen with vegetarian dishes. She is a loving caregiver for her mother.
Deitra Reiser, PhD
Deitra Reiser, PhD (she/her) partners with nonprofits and government agencies across the country to promote racial equity and justice within their organizations, clients have included the Union for Reform Judaism, Gather Inc and Montgomery County Public Schools. As the founder and principal of Transform for Equity, LLC (TFE), an Antiracist Repair Group, Dr. Reiser has had the opportunity to shift minds and organizations towards more equitable thinking and practices through individual and systemic change. Deitra has written curricula focused on racial stamina, Jewish history, Jewish hate and the link between anti-Black racism and anti-Jewish hate. She is skilled at creating spaces for exploration of self and deeper understanding of others, often using intersectional identities as a frame. Deitra holds a doctorate in educational psychology from The University of Wisconsin–Madison, is a Selah alum and a Schusterman Fellow. She has served almost 20 years as a school psychologist and educator.
2022-2023 Tiyuv טִיוּב Fellows
Eddie Chavez Calderon
2023-2024 Tiyuv Fellows:
receive a $8,000 training fellowship to cover their time and expenses dedicated to the program over nine months, including attendance at 2-monthly virtual training sessions.
participate in hands-on evaluation training with one-on-one mentorship with evaluators and mentors from Tiyuv and partner institutions.
become members of the American Evaluation Association.
receive financial support for participating in external evaluation and professional development opportunities during their time in the program.
receive travel funds to cover the cost of attending two professional conferences. This year, Tiyuv Fellows will be attending two evaluation conferences Canadian Evaluation Society National Conference (CES) conference in May, and the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting (AEA) in October, where they will get to learn from national and international evaluation professionals and scholars and have the opportunity to take additional professional development training.