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.
Stefanie Colish Stefanie Colish lives in Washington DC. She is the Impact and Innovation Manager at Fairtrade America, the U.S. representative of the Fairtrade International System. Prior to joining Fairtrade, Stefanie led the development of the Better Brick Nepal Standard and verification methodology at GoodWeave International and worked to implement the Fair Labor Association’s code of conduct.

Stefanie completed her graduate externship with Social Accountability International, specifically working with Social Accountability Accreditation Services, and was an IDEX fellow in Bangalore, India, working with waste workers to create a more efficient value chain. Stefanie was first introduced to Fair Trade as the World Fair Trade Day consultant at the Fair Trade Resource Network and is excited to be part of the movement.

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.
Lydia Kukoff lives in the Upper Hudson Valley, and has served the Jewish community in many capacities. She is currently a board member of Hebrew College in Boston, a past board member of Interfaith Family.Com and Jewish Jumpstart. Lydia created the Reform Movement’s Outreach program, the first national program for intermarried couples in the Jewish community. She was the North American Director of the Avi Chai Foundation. Lydia is also the author of Choosing Judaism and the co-author of Every Person’s Guide to Judaism.
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.
Paula Luxenberg - Board Paula Luxenberg lives in Minneapolis, MN. She is the Business Development Manager at Divine Chocolate, a Fair Trade farmer-owned chocolate company. She was previously the Membership Marketing Manager at Green America. Paula majored in Social Policy at Bryn Mawr College and has an MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Enterprise from UNC’s Kenan-Flager Business School.
Alicia Nelson lives in Detroit and founded and has been running Tradition!Tradition! brick and mortar and on-line Judaica store for 26 years. She is also an artist with a specialty in ketubot, Jewish wedding documents. She’s been an active member in the Detroit Jewish community for 45 years. Before launching her store, Alicia was an English teacher.
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.
Regie Roth lives in New Jersey where she is the Development Associate at a non-profit specialty hospital. She has served as President of her synagogue from 2015-2017. Regie participated in Fair Trade Judaica’s trip to Guatemala in February 2017 where she was deeply inspired by the work of the indigenous artisans working to build better lives for themselves and their families. She also volunteers every summer at the International Folk Art Alliance “Folk Art Market” in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For 20 years, she owned her own retail business, Write by Design.
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.
Sara Weinreb - Board Sara Weinreb lives in New York and is the Founder of IMBY, which she launched as a frustrated consumer struggling to find versatile, fun, and affordable clothing that was made ethically. Sara consults to social entrepreneurs, facilitates design thinking workshops, is a member of the Ethical Writers Coalition, and serves as the entrepreneur in residence at AlleyWatch, the pulse of NYC’s startup and tech.