Taryn Wyron is an artist, educator, community organizer, and healer. She has spent the last decade interweaving her passions for creative expression and social justice.
A former 6th grade teacher, Taryn spent five years working at Summer Search – a national organization that supports low-income high school students of color to become first-generation college students and reach their educational goals. As a mentor, she nurtured individual relationships with dozens of young people and wrestled with deep questions about race, class, and social inequity.
While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taryn was a leader in the young adult Jewish community. She served as a resident-organizer at Moishe House Oakland, where she harnessed the power of ritual and justice organizing to foster spiritual community. After moving to Philadelphia, Taryn now facilitates social justice (tikkun olam) initiatives at Reconstructing Judaism, in partnership with affiliated Reconstructionist congregations across the country.
In Philadelphia, Taryn continues to make art and build Jewish community. She is a current Tribe12 Fellow, where she is developing “ be_longing ” – a participatory ritual and performance piece exploring contemporary Jewish questions of place and healing . She is co-launching a Philadelphia Well Circle through At The Well , an international organization supporting Jewish women’s gatherings to mark the new moon.
Taryn holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Brown University and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College. She is a trainer and curricular designer for Project Wayfinder – a Stanford d.school -founded project that helps adolescents craft lives of purpose.
Reflections on the recent Jewish Social Justice roundtable meeting on racial justice and equity.