The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County draws its strength and creativity from its leadership. Meet our leaders.
Rabbi Marcia Tilchin, Founder and President
Rabbi Marcia Tilchin is the founder of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC). Her passion for all things Jewish and love of helping people find what is meaningful to them in Judaism is a signature of her spiritual leadership and service to the OC Jewish community. Ordained by both the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Tilchin has more than 18 years of pulpit and interfaith experience in Orange County and New York. Her commitment to working with individuals across all Jewish denominations and faiths have inspired Rabbi Tilchin to continuously create new possibilities for people at every stage of their Jewish journey. Rabbi Tilchin lives with her husband and three children in Tustin.
Bonnie Widerman, Co-Founder and Branding/Marketing Leader
Bonnie Widerman has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications, focusing on healthcare, technology and start-up/non-profit. As a co-founded the Jewish Collaborative, she enjoys the challenge of shaping and growing a start-up organization through thoughtful branding, strategic planning and marketing. Bonnie holds a Master of Arts in Communications Management from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and has lived in Orange County for more than 20 years. She finds joys in creating a space in which others can connect with their Judaism. Bonnie lives with her husband and two children in Irvine.
Shawn Wood, Family Programming Leader
Shawn has 15 years’ experience in synagogue leadership, serving as a board member and Chair of Community Outreach for Beth Shalom of Whittier and a board member and Chair of Religious Life for Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach. His non-profit experience includes serving as a board member and Transgender Community Liaison for Human Rights Campaign, Orange County, Long Beach, and Palm Springs Chapter. After high school, Shawn served in the Navy and then earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology and social behavior from the University of California at Irvine. His experience raising three young children has given Shawn a passion for creating quality Jewish programming in Orange County for families. Shawn lives with his husband and three children in Laguna Beach.
Jackie Menter, Cooperative Social Justice Leader
Jackie Menter has more than two decades of experience working in the organized Jewish world, holding high-level positions within the American Jewish Committee and Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS). During her 10 years at JFFS, Jackie built the NextGen young leadership program and established the Shalom Family outreach program. As Managing Director of Financial Resource Development for JFFS, she was responsible for oversight of the Federation’s $7 million campaign operations. Jackie leads the Jewish Collaborative’s social justice efforts focused on providing relief for refugees at home and across the globe. She has been an Orange County resident for 25 years, and her fervent devotion to hesed and helping the voiceless have elevated the Jewish social justice presence in the county. In addition to her social justice work, Jackie is also an accomplished cellist. Jackie lives with her husband and two children in San Clemente.
Board of Directors
- Rabbi Marcia Tilchin, Board President
- Bonnie Widerman, Board Secretary
- Jackie Menter, Board Member