Designed for Jewish Professionals, Hadar’s Jewish Wisdom Fellowship empowers thoughtful, passionate, and engaged Jewish professionals to embark on a learning and thought development project dedicated to wrestling with the questions currently confronting the Jewish community and the world. We're pleased to introduce you to the 2020 cohort of fellows.
Associate Dean of Jewish Education for Jewish Life, Gann Academy
Aki (she/her/hers) is the Associate Dean of Jewish Education for Jewish Life at Gann Academy in the Boston area. ... Originally from Los Angeles, she has spent most of her life trying to be at camp as much as possible. Before moving to MA, she worked in many different positions at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of AJU, and lived there for seven years. She has dabbled in most of the various forms of Jewish Education: supplementary school, day school, camp, B Mitzvah tutor, Israel trips, museum education, professional development, and now spends most of her time helping to develop student leadership and celebrate the Jewish calendar at Gann. She has an MAEd and an MBA in Non-Profit Management from AJU, and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Pardes Experiential Educators Program.
Program Director, Center for Jewish Living, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Alana Rahmani is the Program Director for the Center for Jewish Living at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. ... She is a proud alumna of the Pardes Experiential Educators Program (2018-19), and worked previously at the Rabbinical Assembly and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Jonathan.
Fellowship Director and Trainer, Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN) for Justice
Allegra Heath-Stout "As Fellowship Director and Trainer at Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN) for Justice, ... Allegra Heath-Stout (she/her) trains and coaches Jewish young adults through the Jewish Organizing Fellowship, a year-long community organizing training program. Allegra has spearheaded the creation of the Empower Fellowship, an initiative dedicated to supporting disabled Jewish organizers and training local justice organizations and all JOIN Fellows to work against ableism.
Before coming to JOIN in 2016, Allegra worked as a community organizer at Boston Center for Independent Living. She lives in Somerville, MA, and serves on the board of Disability Policy Consortium."
Youth Programs Manager, Keshet
Amram Altzman As Youth Programs Manager, Amram works to make empowering, affirming spaces ...for LGBTQ Jewish teens and young adults across the country. In 2017, he graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, where he studied Jewish history and sociology. While a student, he also spent three years writing for New Voices, an independent, online magazine created by and for Jewish college students. He brings a passion for justice, Torah, writing, and the social sciences to his work as an educator and organizer. A New York native, Amram lives in upper Manhattan with his husband Jamie and their two cats, Perle and Herschel. He likes to live his life with an unironic, unwavering love of cats, kale, coffee, and pop music.
Columnist, The Forward
Ari Hoffman is a contributing columnist at the Forward, where he writes about ...politics and culture. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine, The New York Observer, Mosaic Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, and The Tel Aviv Review of Books. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard and a law degree from Stanford.
National Programs Coordinator, Hazon
Eliezer Weinbach is a National Programs Coordinator at Hazon. After graduating Yeshiva University ... with a BA in Psychology, he spent five years doing research at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT. Looking to work with Jewish non-profits, he joined Hazon in 2017 as a Retreat Coordinator, and was immediately swept up in the magic of Isabella Freedman and sustainable, pluralistic Judaism. Eli was a JOFEE Fellow (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education) in 2018, and hasn't stopped pickling since. Eli can be found in the wild where he spends time misidentifying things, or at home playing games with friends.
Curator / Producer, FENTSTER / Evelyn Tauben Productions
Evelyn Tauben is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based ...producer, curator and writer. She is a leader in the field of contemporary Jewish arts and culture, curating FENTSTER – a window gallery that explores the Jewish experience. Over the last 20 years, she has worked at Smithsonian Museums, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. She also produces theatre, concerts and cultural conversations featuring local and international luminaries, and collaborates with festivals and individual artists.
Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut, and Northeast NCSY
Ilana Bauman teaches high school Sciences and Judaics and ...runs the Israel gap-year guidance program at Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut and is in her fifth year working with NCSY. She earned a B.S. in Biology and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, where she served as Hillel President and held multiple other leadership roles within the campus Jewish community. She also spent two months studying healthcare in Madagascar. Prior to attending university, Ilana studied at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) in Jerusalem, and has since led many trips to Israel for diverse Jewish groups. Ilana has always been an active member of her Jewish community, both in her hometown of Silver Spring, MD and now in Washington Heights in NYC. As a passionate educator and community builder, Ilana is excited to engage in deep conversation with Jews of various backgrounds through the Hadar Jewish Wisdom Fellowship.
Josh Satok has a deep background in both informal and formal Jewish education. ...He has deep roots in the camp world, having served as the Senior Assistant Director at URJ Kutz Camp as well as the Program Director at Camp Ramah in Canada and Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia. Additionally, he has spent time working for the American Hebrew Academy, the Montessori Jewish Day School, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Jewish Teen Funders Network, and UJA Toronto. He earned his Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis, and a Bachelors in Religious Studies at Yale University. He currently consults for a variety of Jewish organizations, including working as the Summer 5780 Manager for the Jewish Federations of North America and as an Associate Consultant for Coriphery Holistic Consulting Solutions. He is quarantining in his hometown of Toronto, Canada.
Director of Supplemental Education, Adat Ari El
Julee Levine is a career educator, who has worked in synagogue and public school settings. Her roots... in Jewish Education are in youth and teen engagement, and she has also found a new love for younger populations as the Director of Supplemental Education at Adat Ari El in Valley Village, CA. Julee is an alumna of the LEEP Fellowship of NewCAJE and a frequent poster and collaborator in JEDLAB. Julee grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and is a life-long Florida Gator. Julee has 2 degrees in Special Education from the University of Florida. She lives in Northridge, CA with her husband, Jason, enjoys playing in the kitchen, karaoke, and being a contestant on game shows (3 so far!) Julee is also a struggling extrovert.
Director of Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women's Project, St. Louis Jewish Community Center
Larisa Klebe is a Jewish educator and historian who’s focused the bulk of her career on Jewish ... women and girl’s empowerment. She holds a B.A. in History and European Cultural Studies, a M.A. in History and Museum Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Larisa previously worked as Associate Director of Programs and Education at the Jewish Women’s Archive, and currently serves as Director of Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project (a program of the J). "
Lea New Minkowitz
Teacher, Bnei Akiva Schools
Lea currently teaches history and Judaic Studies at Bnei Akiva Schools in Toronto. She holds a dual M.A.... currently teaches history and Judaic Studies at Bnei Akiva Schools in Toronto. She holds a dual M.A. in Hebrew & Judaic Studies and Education & Jewish Studies from New York University, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Jim Joseph Foundation Fellow. Lea serves as the Rosh Chinuch for Camp Moshava Ba'Ir Toronto and teaches a weekly Tanakh class for local women. She lives with her husband and two young children in downtown Toronto.
Marlene Copeland Dodinval
Executive Director - Chicago, Jewish National Fund
A native of Chicago, Marlene started her career in the for profit consulting industry ... where she worked for Andersen Consulting for 15 years. While taking time to care for young children at home, Marlene became actively engaged as a lay leader in the Jewish community and when it came time to return to work outside the home sought an opportunity as a Jewish communal professional. Marlene has worked for non-profit organizations for the last 15 years and is currently the Executive Director in Chicago for the Jewish National Fund. Marlene has her Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois. Marlene is an active lay leader in her community including as a past president of her synagogue and a national board member of the Union for Reform Judaism. Marlene lives in Wilmette, IL and has two amazing children, Claire and Daniel.
Jeremiah Fellowship Program Manager, Bend the Arc
Matt(he/him) is an Oakland-based Jewish organizer, educator, and community-builder. He is currently ... a Program Manager for Bend the Arc's Jeremiah Fellowship, where he supports a cohort of 80 fellows across 14 cities in their growth as Jewish leaders and organizers. He is also a resident of Moishe House Lake Merritt, where he has the pleasure of facilitating Jewish ritual, creating space for conversation, and growing Jewish community in his own neighborhood. Outside of work, you'll usually find him baking challah on Shabbat afternoons, tending his growing plant collection, and admiring the many homes and gardens he passes on his neighborhood walks.
Naomi completed a 15-years’s tenure as the Head of School of Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School in June 2020. Under her leadership ... , the school more than doubled its enrollment, added a second campus and a middle school, and gained a strong reputation as a leading educational institution at the local and national level. Ms. Reem has been a mentor at DSLTI and was the Head of School at Sinai Academy of the Berkshires from 1998 to 2005. She holds a BA in Education and Jewish History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MJEd from Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Ms. Reem is currently a consultant for several Jewish organizations.
Project Director, Rise, JPRO Network
Naomi currently works as Project Director for Rise, an initiative of JPRO Network and JFNA. Most recently serving as Director of Program Operations ... at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Naomi oversaw the design and execution of the North American program calendar, and worked with faculty and staff to create a strategic program picture for the Institute.
Naomi received a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University and an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. She is also an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and a Davidson Scholar and Avodah's Jewish Service Corps. In her spare time, Naomi serves on the board of Avodah, enjoys knitting increasingly complex blankets, walking in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and perfecting her French pastry skills.
Founding Executive Director, Shalom Bayit
Naomi is the Executive Director of Shalom Bayit, a Jewish domestic violence agency in the San Francisco Bay... Area she co-founded in 1992. Ms. Tucker has helped build a national Jewish communal response to abuse, fostering linkages between the Jewish community and the secular anti-violence movements. Naomi is a published author, educator, LGBT activist, and national expert on faith-based approaches to ending gender-based violence. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Community Engagement and Education Associate, The Leffell School
Orlea Miller is the Community Engagement and Education Associate at The Leffell School (formerly Schechter Westchester). Her role ... is focused on building relationships with alumni and the broader community through programming and learning opportunities. Orlea graduated from Harvard University in 2016 and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, in 2019. She previously worked at Gann Academy in Boston and Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools. Orlea is originally from San Antonio, Texas.
Chief Program Officer, Slingshot
Rachel Hodes attended Rutgers University where she received a BA in Political Science and New York University where... she received a Masters in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and a Masters in Judaic and Hebraic Studies. Rachel previously worked at UJA-Federation of NY in a variety of capacities, was a founder of the Moishe House Murray Hill, is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, a member of the ROI Community, and a 21/64 Certified Advisor. Rachel also currently serves as Chair of the Democratic Party in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband Jason Freeman.
Manager, Wall Street & Financial Services Division, UJA Federation of New York
Rachel Goldrich is a Manager on the Wall Street... & Financial Services team at UJA-Federation of New York. In her role, she works with industry professionals to create community and raise dollars for UJA. She also oversees the Wall Street Dinner, UJA's largest fundraising event which brings together 2000 people and raises $33MM each December. She holds a BA from GW, an MPA in nonprofit management & MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from NYU. She is a passionate New Yorker, recipe tester, and podcast listener.
Director of Jewish Enrichment, BBYO International
Rachel is a Director of Jewish Enrichment for BBYO International. She works to enrich the Jewish identities ... of BBYO’s teens by guiding them to build meaningful, innovative experiences rooted in Judaic content. She has her B.A from Allegheny College in Philosophy and Psychology and her M.A in Organizational Leadership and Non-Profit management from Quinnipiac University, as well as a certificate in Jewish Experiential Education from the Pardes Institute of Jewish studies. You can often find Rachel on the roller derby track, outside enjoying nature, or trying out a new recipe in her kitchen!
Sonia Marie Leikam
Program Officer, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
Sonia Marie Leikam works at the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation as the Program Officer. She directs ... the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation (OJCYF) and the OJCF Giving Council, a giving circle of young professionals. She manages the B’nai Tzedek Youth Fund and two key grant programs at OJCF- scholarships and camperships. She serves as a member of the Human Rights Commission of the City of Portland, on the board of the Oregon Brewers Guild and a founding member of the Equitable Giving Circle. She and her husband own Leikam Brewing, a Kosher craft brewery. A wife and mother first, she lives with her cats and 3 boys in SE Portland.
Associate Director at HaMaqom, HaMaqom |The Place
Tamar Zaken is Associate Director at HaMaqom |The Place in Berkeley, California. She is passionate about creating empowering ... Jewish learning experiences for Jews of all backgrounds. Prior to this role, Tamar served for over a decade on the leadership team of Memizrach Shemesh- the Center for Jewish Social Activism in Israel. There she used Sephardic rabbinic texts as community organizing tools, and ran a Jewish service learning program for more than 300 pre-army volunteers. Tamar holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree in Jewish history from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University. In her spare time, Tamar translates Sephardic Rabbinic texts to expose English speaking audiences to their inspiring message of inclusion and justice. Tamar lives in the East Bay with her husband and two daughters.
Assistant Director, Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
Tony J. Westbrook, Jr. is a Black-Jewish, activist and community leader originally from St. Louis working ... to address issues of racial inequality, discrimination, diversity, and inclusion throughout the St. Louis Jewish community. He feels called to serve Jewish communities and non-Jewish communities in holy and meaningful ways. He made aliyah in 2016 and studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, graduated in May 2019 with a Certificate in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in Jewish Experiential Education. His personal and professional mission in life is to help Jews of all ages and affiliations to make new, meaningful, and sustainable connections to their Judaism. He currently serves as Assistant Director of WashU Hillel.
Rabbi, Westminster Synagogue
Rabbi Benji Stanley is the Rabbi of Westminster Synagogue, an independent shul in the middle of London. He lives in London with... his partner, Rabbi Leah Jordan. He studied English literature for his first degree. Judaism builds on his passion for the written word and inspires him to live meaningfully.
Rabbi, Beth Israel Center
Rabbi Betsy Forester is an independently ordained rabbi serving as sole clergy for Madison, Wisconsin's ... Conservative synagogue. She seeks to impart a living Torah focused on practice, grounded in text, and animated by passionate compassion.
Carnie Shalom Rose
The Rabbi Bernard Linick Senior Rabbinic Chair, Congregation B'nai Amoona
Rabbi, Carnie Shalom Rose, has lived, studied, and taught throughout the world - including stints in Canada, Israel, the Far East, and Europe. He is ... married to Pauline and they have four wonderful children - ""The Rose-Buds"", Noa, Zakai, Lev & Ellior.
Deeply committed to multiculturalism and pluralism, Rabbi Rose continually strives to find innovative ways to make Jewish Tradition existentially relevant for contemporary seekers. He is a dynamic and passionate teacher & preacher, and strives to bridge the ways of the past with the needs of the present for the sake of the future.
Warm, affable and approachable, Rose has received numerous local, regional, national and international honors, awards and recognitions. He served as a Fellow at CLAL - the Center For Learning and Leadership; was a member of the Federation's National Young Leadership Cabinet; was selected to participate in the STAR Rabbis: From Good to Great Program; participated in KJL - The Kellogg School of Management's Education for Jewish Leaders Circle; CLAL's inaugural cohort of Rabbis Without Borders; the Jewish Agency for Israel's Global Emerging Leaders Forum; the International Rabbinic Leadership Council which advises the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary; the Rabbinic Leadership Institute of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem; was a Fellow at the Hebrew University's Melton Center for Excellence in Jewish Education, and serves as a mentor in the CLI – Clergy Leadership Incubator initiative, which helps train creative and innovative and visionary spiritual leaders.
In 2010, Rabbi Rose was named the Rabbi Bernard Lipnick (Z’L) Senior Rabbinic Chair of Congregation B'nai Amoona – a particularly poignant and fitting honor as Rabbi Lipnick served as a significant mentor and role model to Rabbi Rose.
Spiritual Leader, Beis Community
Hart Levine is the spiritual leader of The Beis Community, an inclusive, grassroots, intentional Jewish community ...in Washington Heights, NYC. For the past 10 years he started and ran a series of community organizing initiatives for millennials with the OU, including Heart to Heart - a peer-to-peer Jewish college outreach movement that reached over 10,000 students. Hart graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a degree in bioengineering, did JOIN for Justice's community organizing training, and studied experiential Jewish education and rabbinics at Yeshiva University. He lives in Washington Heights with his wife Yael, twin sons Hallel and Ben Ami, and newborn daughter Raia, and is proud to call the Beis Community his home.
Rabbi, Centro Unión Israelita de Córdoba
Marcelo Polakoff Rabbi at Centro Unión Israelita, Córdoba, Argentina since 2002
... • B.A. in International Affairs, Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires.
• M.A. in Judaic Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York.
• A graduate of Senior Educators Program, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
• B’nai B’rith 2006 Human Rights Award.
• Coauthor of “Dios en la era posmoderna” (100 reflexiones desde el Judaísmo, el Cristianismo y el Islam), Ediciones El Emporio, Córdoba, 2006. “En el nombre del padre y del rabino”, Editorial Sudamericana, Buenos Aires, 2010. “Dilemas Comunitarios”, Ediciones Leatid, Buenos Aires, 2012. “Francisco. De la periferia del mundo al corazón de la humanidad”, Ediciones La Voz del Interior, Córdoba, 2013.
• President of the Interreligious Committee for Peace (COMIPAZ).
• Director of Interreligious Dialogue Department, Latin American Jewish Congress.
• President of the Latin-American Rabbinical Assembly 2010-2012/2012-2014
Hazzan, Beth El Congregation (Akron, OH)
Matthew Austerklein is the Hazzan of Beth El Congregation in Akron, OH. He is a writer, musician ... , and scholar focusing on the religious meaning of Jewish musical forms. He is the editor of two books, including “Ilu Finu: A Cappella for Jewish Prayer” (www.ilufinu.org), and is active in the Cantors Assembly. He recent completed a research fellowship at Oxford University, studying Ashkenazi cantorial thought in the early modern period. He is married to his clergy (& life) partner, Rabbi Elyssa Joy Austerklein, with two children.
Rabbi, Silverstein Base Hillel/Metro Chicago Hillel
Megan is the Rabbi at Silverstein Base Hillel in Lincoln Park and one of the campus Rabbis of Metro Chicago Hillel. Megan grew ... up in Oak Park where she found her voice as a Jewish leader at her Conservative youth group and Reform summer camp. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Megan then went to work for the Hillel at Yale University where she discovered her passion for working with college students, and realized that rather than pursuing a PhD in Clinical psychology she wanted to use the Jewish tradition as a source of meaning to empower young adults to create their own rich Jewish identities. Megan was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2014 and also received an MA in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies and a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Megan in an alumna of the Wexner graduate fellowship. She also has a passion for travel and outdoor adventure- which has currently led her to forty-eight of the fifty states in the US. Megan lives with her wife Paige and daughter Bri at the Silverstein Base Hillel home, which serves as a hub for young adults craving meaningful, welcoming, vibrant Jewish life in the best city in the world!
Rabbi, Temple B'nai Or
Rabbi Michael Satz is the rabbi of Temple B'nai Or in Morristown, NJ. Originally from... St. Louis, he has served communities all over North America. Rabbi Satz loves to play classic country music on the guitar and, until a recent knee injury, was a devotee of Krav Maga, the Israeli martial art. He is married to Rabbi Janice Elster and is the father of Eitan and Ami.
Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel, Columbus, OH
Sharon Mars is the senior rabbi at Temple Israel, a Reform synagogue in Columbus, Ohio. She received her rabbinic ordination ... from Hebrew Union College, New York in 1998. Previously, Sharon served as a rabbi in Jewish Community Centers, hospice, state penitentiaries, senior care, mental health facilities, and Jewish summer camps. Sharon was the campus rabbi at the North Carolina Hillel in Chapel Hill for six years She has studied at Hebrew University, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, the Mussar Institute, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. Her rabbinate is rooted in mindfulness and social justice, and her congregation is part of a state-wide campaign to set new policy to combat substance use disorder and mass incarceration.
Director of Community Engagement, B'nai Jeshurun
Shuli Passow Rabbi Shuli Passow is a Jewish communal professional ... , wife and mother, yoga instructor, and spiritual seeker. As the Director of Community Engagement at B'nai Jeshurun in NYC, she develops ways for BJ members to co-create a community of purpose through adult learning, Israel programming, social activism and hesed efforts. Shuli was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and received a Masters in Public Administration and an MA in Judaic Studies from NYU. She aspires to play the ukelele.