Jen is a Bay Area native who has always engaged in the Jewish community from a position of lay leadership. From helping build the foundation of the Mission minyan and carrying it forward, to membership committees and pre-school outreach at her synagogue, Jen focuses her free time to building Jewish community. She has a background in fashion design and business and currently leads business development for a chocolate store on San Francisco’s Pier 39. Jen is deeply committed to Hasidah’s mission after having lived through the pain of infertility and understanding first-hand the enormous financial burden it causes and the socio-emotional side effects. Jen believes that there is no greater gift you can give someone then helping them to become a parent.
Rabbi Idit Solomon is the founder and CEO of Hasidah. Her background spans from corporate America, accounting and technology to Jewish summer camps, synagogue boardrooms and executive leadership. She previously served as the head of the Department of Jewish Education and Identify at the Columbus Jewish Federation where served for a period as the head of their Community Relations Committee . Rabbi Solomon also worked for the Ohio State University Hillel as the campus rabbi.
Prior to becoming a Jewish professional, Rabbi Solomon was a systems analyst specializing in accounting and worked for a large corporation as well as for a privately held company. She holds a B.S. in Applied Science from Miami University and earned her Master’s of Jewish Education and ordination from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Solomon has served on boards and committees of numerous organizations including synagogue boards , Columbus, Jewish Day School, Agudas Achim chevra kaddisha, Columbus Board of Rabbis, and several Interfaith coalitions. She is also the co-founder of a Rosh Hodesh group in Los Angeles and Minyan Nedava in Columbus, Ohio.
Rabbi Solomon founded Hasidah with her husband after experiencing years of infertility and recognizing that no organization existed to address the need for awareness, network navigation and financial assistance for all Jews. Her experiences working in Jewish pastoral care settings, developing community change initiatives, and serving in leadership and executive roles inspired her to put her skills towards what she believes to be a most worthy goal: providing people with needed resources to manage experiences of infertility and helping them to build Jewish families.
Judith is a Californian. Born in San Francisco, attending grammar school and high school in West Los Angeles, she has spent the rest of her life in Berkeley. She has been involved in Jewish community building since her teenage years as a board member of her temple youth group. A retired Certified Public Accountant, she has tried to share her skills and knowledge with the community as a board member of the East Bay Jewish Federation, president of Berkeley chapter of Hadassah, treasurer of Young Judea and Camp Young Judea West and a very early member of Congregation Beth Israel. In addition to her Jewish community commitments, Judith is the treasurer of both Bay Area Community Services and the Berkeley Holiday Fund. For the last ten years, she has spent two days a week with kindergartners in the Berkeley Public Schools. Judith is deeply committed to Hasidah’s mission as she is Bubby to three beautiful grandchildren, now adults, who are an important part of her life because of the availability of infertility treatments.