Cole Krawitz (he/him) is a 43 year old doykait believer, a teenage cancer survivor living with long term impacts and chronic illness, a student of awe, a trans, queer, white ashkenazi Jewish ritual lover and leader, a caring uncle, award-winning writer and poet, and transformational leadership coach who for over twenty years has been working across liberation and social justice movements for freedom and dignity for everyone. He believes that transformational coaching is a sacred spiritual practice, an embodied practice, a liberation practice that brings long lasting change. His facilitation projects thread coaching with 20+ years of creative, iterative strategy, design and project management that open up more possibilities for teams to move together with ease and live into their collective visions and dreams.
He is a member of the JVP Havurah Network, an emergent network that gathers, supports and resources diasporist, anti-zionist Jews and Jewish spiritual communities. Cole led a Daily Queer Mincha virtual space at the start of the covid pandemic, leyns Torah, and facilitates embodied Jewish ritual practice during the month of Elul and through the Counting of the Omer time. An award-winning writer and poet, Cole taught writing as a Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Master of Arts in English Program at Holy Names University and in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Program at University of California, Berkeley. He’s been awarded residencies and fellowships from Summer Literary Seminars, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Lambda Literary Foundation, and Makor/92nd Street Y. He was a contributing host on Beyond the Pale: Jewish Radio, and his writing has been published in Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics, Tidal Basin Review, Zeek, The Forward, NewsDay, The Advocate, and more. Cole received coaching certification through Leadership that Works’ Community Coaching Training Program, an International Coach Federation approved program. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Lesley University’s low-residency program and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Smith College. Cole was also a Jewish Community Fellow at the Graduate Theological Union in 2019-2020. He lives on Lisjan Ohlone land and is a monthly contributor to the Shuumi Land Tax to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.
You’ll often find Cole singing, ambling amidst the redwoods, rose gardens and flowering neighborhood blocks, and embracing the joy of Shabbat.