Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Encountering the Bible


Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is a senior member of the London-based Pears Foundation team and director of the foundation’s operating programme, JHub. In this role, she founded JDOV, a Jewish TED-style video platform which invites inspiring speakers to give the “Jewish talk of their life”: www.jdov.org.

Shoshana appears regularly on BBC Radio’s “Pause for Thought” and “Something Understood” programmes and also presents frequently at conferences such as TEDxJerusalem, Limmud, and Greenbelt on issues around faith, identity and leadership. She is the author of numerous articles on Jewish leadership and innovation, as well as The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, an illustrated collection of Jewish stories for all faiths and all ages.

Previously, Shoshana served as Vice-President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in New York, and she currently serves on the faculty of Faith in Leadership and the board of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations.

She was ordained as a rabbi in 1997 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.