Dalia is from London, England. They were brought up in a household where learning, debate, and thought-provoking conversations took place over Shabbat candles; where disagreement was matched with encouragement to stand up for what is right and just. Dalia’s initial framework for social justice was established at Reform Jewish summer camp, first as madrichim in RSY in the U.K. and later as a camp counsellor and unit head at URJ Camp Kalsman in Washington State. These communities provided a supportive space for Dalia to explore their Judaism and commitment to advocacy alongside other Jews with similar mind-sets. Dalia is passionate about LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) inclusion and has dedicated their life to building a society where no one is forced to choose between their Jewish and LGBT+ identities. As the first executive director of KeshetUK, the only U.K. charity working to ensure that no one is forced to choose between their LGBT+ and Jewish identity, Dalia’s work reaches individuals and communities who have not traditionally considered or engaged with LGBT+ inclusion.
Dalia is an experienced trainer, facilitator, and program manager and draws upon a strong volunteer and local government background. They work to build constructive, supportive relationships with schools, synagogues, youth movements, community organisations and universities across all denominations, accepting that each group comes from a different starting point. Dalia is proud to be leading an organisation working with the breadth of the diverse British Jewish community, aiming to reduce harm and ensuring that the experiences of British LGBT+ Jews are heard, understood, and considered.