Franny Silverman (she/her) is a facilitator, trainer, and coach bringing people together to have a shared experience of growth and transformation whether by building antiracist practices, facilitating charged conversations across differences, or creating rituals. She spent much of the last decade as Director of Learning and Action at Brooklyn synagogue Kolot Chayeinu, supporting the growth of a broad-based anti-racist Jewish network and a thriving intergenerational queer and trans-embracing community, and building up educational opportunities for youth, families and adults. A longtime facilitator and trainer with Resetting the Table, Franny supports individuals and communities nationwide to have meaningful conversations across political differences.
She is on the steering committee for the Coalition of Faith/Spiritual/Ethical Communities for the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, is a member of Tzedek Lab where she co-facilitates the white caucus, and serves on the board of Lab/Shul following an extended tenure as Associate Artistic Director of Storahtelling. She was in the inaugural cohort of the UJA-Federation Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership, was a LABA Artist fellow presenting her interactive, deconstructed Passover experience, UnSeder|DisOrder, and has a Certificate in Jewish Leadership in Education from Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. Franny has performed on stages and bimas around the country, and drawing on her background in ritual and devised theater, she creates and officiates tailor-made life-cycle rituals marking time and life moments. She was raised in the Jewish communities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, South Florida, and greater-DC, and after 20 years in NYC, she and her family now call home the occupied Lenape territory of the Hudson Valley region of New York state. Learn more about Franny here.