Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana is a rabbi, author, radio broadcaster and philanthropic advisor to Pears Foundation in London, where she currently serves as Director of Leadership and Learning. She also manages the foundation’s interfaith and international development grants.

Shoshana is intensely involved in interfaith work in the United Kingdom as a founding faculty member of Faith in Leadership, Visiting Scholar at Sarum College (a Christian theological seminary) and Visiting Research Fellow at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford University.

Shoshana broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 2 “Pause for Thought” and Radio 4 “Something Understood” and she presents frequently at conferences on issues around faith, identity and leadership.

She chaired the Wingate Literary Prize in 2019 and is herself the author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, editor of All Spoons and No Elbows, as well as numerous book chapters and articlesAdditionally, she founded JDOV, a Jewish TED-style video platform: www.jdov.org.

Shoshana graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and was ordained as a rabbi in 1997 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she also received her Doctor of Divinity honoris causa.