Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Director of JHub


Shoshana is the Director of JHub, a London-based initiative launched by Pears Foundation that offers space, resources training and development for social change organisations to work, meet and learn.

JHub is one of Pears Foundation's flagship enterprises, creating a space to develop ideas that contribute to social change, firmly rooted in the principal of tikkun olam, the Jewish imperative to heal, repair and transform the world.

Equally at home in the UK, USA and Israel, Shoshana has a unique ability to translate ideas into different environments. Working with the Foundation's Director and team, she is a key focal point for the Foundation's international initiatives.

Her primary interests are leadership development, global connectivity and Jewish values and identity.

When we look at philanthropy within the Jewish community, so much time and effort is focused internally. Our mission is to affect social change in the world as a whole, both inside and outside our own population. By providing resources and support in the early stages of an idea, and by offering vital mentorship and leadership development, we act as an incubator for tomorrow's leaders - the people who will shape the world for years to come. This is of paramount importance to the true fulfilment of our Jewish values.

As Vice-President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in New York, Shoshana worked on the development of Jewish leaders in North America, and public leaders in Israel, both volunteers and professionals alike.

She is a founding fellow of the Cambridge Coexist Leadership Programme at the University of Cambridge, which develops authentic leadership skills for senior personnel of all faiths.

Shoshana studied as a Wexner Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was ordained as a rabbi in 1993. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College.

She is the author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, a collection of Jewish stories for children.

She is also a regular public speaker: thousands of people have viewed her talks with TED, Tribefest and the Green Belt Festival and heard her contributions to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.