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Member Spotlight: Jeff Tiell, Program Officer of the Jim Joseph Foundation

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jeff Tiell is a Program Officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation. As a part of our Member Spotlight Series, Jeff told us about his superpower that helps with Bay Area traffic and what's exciting him about the future of Jewish Education.

How’d you get started in this work?

While I was working on a Ph.D. in urban planning I became interested in social movements in 20th Century America and Jews’ role. When I moved to the Bay, I started getting engaged in Jewish social change and education work on a volunteer basis as soul-calling and the rest is history.

What’s your favorite on-screen guilty pleasure?

Right now it’s Twin Peaks. The 90's Twin Peaks.

What talent or superpower would you most like to have?

The superpower of tranquility in the face of Bay Area traffic.

Where are you on the introvert/extrovert scale?

I’m actually right on the line between introvert/extrovert. Usually, I end up assuming the self that is complementary to the individual(s) that I’m with.

What’s the most exciting thing happening in your sector?

The way in which the Jewish organizational world is going through a generational leadership change. Over the next 5-10 years, there will be incredible opportunities to revise Jewish education and learning for rising generations. 

Who are your favorite writers?

To name a few: Douglas Coupland, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Bob Dylan, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Roald Dahl, Joni Mitchell.


Do you have questions for Jeff or ideas for collaboration? You can contact him at:


LinkedIn: Jeff Tiell

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