Our Team

Founding Director

Ilana Schatz Ilana Schatz lives in El Cerrito, CA and is the Founding Director of Fair Trade Judaica. Ilana previously was the founding director of the Volunteer Action Center of the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay, where she spearheaded multiple social justice initiatives. She is currently a board member with the Northern California Community Loan Fund, and is a lay Spiritual Leader at Kehilla Community Synagogue.

Advisory Board

Sue Bachman Sue Bachman lives in Oakland, CA and is a past board member of Women of Reform Judaism. She is past President of Oakland’s Temple Sinai and past chair of the Volunteer Action Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater East Bay. She also served on the Jewish Federation of the East Bay’s Executive Board and as a co-chair of the Joint Grants Committee.
Andy Greenberg Andy Greenberg lives in San Francisco, CA. She is an attorney and jewelry designer. She has served as co-chair and chair of the Brandeis Hillel Day School Arts Committee, has been active on many other school and synagogue committees, and has co-chaired the artisans area for the Israel in the Gardens annual festival for many years.
David Lingren David Lingren lives in El Cerrito, CA and has been a Computer development professional for 30 years. He currently serves as Fair Trade Judaica’s Chief Technology Maven. He previously was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s West Coast Campus, a Board Member of the Andrew Carnegie Society of Carnegie Mellon University, and a Board member of Emeryville Taiko Dojo.
Jonathan Rosenthal Jonathan Rosenthal lives in Watertown, MA and is currently an independent consultant creating and managing projects in the global fair trade community. Current and former clients include Divine Chocolate, Oxfam America, TransFair USA, Rainforest Alliance, and SERRV. He is an emeritus board member of Root Capital and informal advisor to numerous fair trade organizations and companies. Jonathan was the co-founder and former Executive Director of Equal Exchange and co-founder and former CEO of Oke USA.
Karen Schecter Karen Schecter has had a varied career in both law and business. After law school, she clerked for a federal judge and practiced civil law. She has always been a passionate volunteer and life-long social justice advocate, serving as school board president during a difficult time in her community and actively volunteering with numerous causes. Lured by their love of art and Judaica, and their social conscience, Karen and her husband Jay own the Aesthetic Sense: Goods for the Soul, a Judaica and fine art and crafts gallery in the New York area, where they showcase hand made, ethically sourced, and fair trade items from Israel, the US, and around the world.  Giving back, fighting for a cause, standing up for others… it’s part of who she, and every member of her family, is.
Betsy Teutsch Betsy Teutsch, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, has created Judaica for over 40 years, best known for her ketubot and tambourine series. Based in Philadelphia, her work is in over 100 stores and at www.betsyteutsch.com. She is also the author of the forthcoming 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women, published by She Writes Press, 2015. Fair trade is featured in the financial inclusion sector of her book, so Fair Trade Judaica links her two professional passions. She was a founding board member of www.ShiningHopeForCommunities.org and has been involved in the Reconstructionist movement for decades. Betsy majored in Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and has a master’s degree in religious education from HUC-JIR.
ktick Raised in San Francisco, Katherine Tick is the Director of Leadership Development at the Jewish Community Federation where she focuses on the volunteer experience, develops and leads leadership training programs, and is responsible for the Board nominating process. Previously she was the Director of Development at Women’s Health at UCSF and Brandeis Hebrew Day School, bringing resources to issues she cares deeply about. Trained as a social worker, Katherine is committed to helping to do what she can to make the world a better place.