Etta Abramson is a Jewish educator, performer and ritual consultant. She is currently pursuing MA degrees in both Midrash and Jewish Education at JTS as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Etta has taught Jewish texts, liturgy, cantillation, theater, and music to students of all ages at the Drisha Institute, Beit Rabban, BIMA, and Storahtelling, and she specializes in working with Bat Mitzvah students and their families. Her program, The Cacophonous Midrash Project, integrates exegesis and theatrical tools. Etta is passionate about combining an intellectual and emotional connection to Jewish text study and ritual within the context of pluralistic Jewish settings.
Regev Ben-David is a graduate and former staff member of Ein Prat - the Israeli Academy for Leadership, where religious and secular Israelis of all genders study together the great texts of Jewish and Western cultures. he is a facilitator for several organizations in the area of Jewish and Israeli identity, and currently participates in the Tikvah Fund's 2011-2012 Fellowship in NYC. Regev has recently coordinated the formation of the Coalition of Pluralist Jewish Renewal Organizations in Jerusalem.
Marc Michael Epstein is a professor at Vassar College. He has written on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His most recent book, published by Yale University Press, is titled The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (2011). During the 1980's, Epstein worked for Sotheby's Judaica department, and contiues to serve as a consultant to various libraries, auction houses, and museums throughout the world.
Dianne Cohler-Esses is the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn to become a rabbi (and so far the last!). She received ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1995. Throughout her career, she has been devoted to pluralist Torah education and dialogue, having served as the co-director and faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowship and scholar in residence at UJA-Federation. Currently, she is working as an adult educator and rabbinic consultant and writes about Judaism and disabilities, ethnicity and family life, and Jewish ethics.
Jill Hammer, PhD is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Jill is also the author fo two books: Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women (JPS, 2001) and The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons (JPS, 2006). She is the co-founder of the Kohenet Institute, a program in Jewish women's spiritual leadership. An essayist, poet, midrashist and ritualist, her work has been in publications including Zeek Magazine, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, The Torah: A Women's Commentary, The Forward, The Jewish Spectator, and Lilith, as well as online at ritualwell.org, myjewishlearning.com, and other websites.
David Ingber is the founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, NYC's Jewish Renewal Community. David studied in Orthodox yeshivot before receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David is a sought-after national and international leader and educator. His unique, open-hearted and embodied approach to Jewish teaching has taken him from lecturing all along the East Coast, to communities in London, Jerusalem, Aspen and Montreal. He has taught at JTS, Pardes, and Skirball.
Jeremy Kalmanofsky serves as the rabbi of Congregation Ansche Chesed.
Samuel Klein is currently pursuing a passion for learning at Yeshivat Chovovei Torah, 10 years after his first interview there! Samuel is past Executive Director of The Coexistence Trust and Community Director of London's Carlebach Synagogue, "The Saatchi Shul". Samuel is a Five Rhythms dance practitioner with an interest in the dialogue between existential and gestalt psychotherapy and art of movement.
Lori Koffman is the Founder and Director of Mamash. Mamash's mission is to make Judaism relevant and accessible beyond synagogue walls. Koffman receive rabbinic ordination and an MA in Midrash from JTS in 2010. Prior to JTS, she spent 19 years working on Wall Street. Lori also holds an MBA from Wharton, an MA in Political Science from Berkeley and a BA from Tufts.
Aaron Koller is an assistant professor at Yeshiva University. He researches and writes about life in the ancient Near East, including ancient Israel, and early Judaism. His interests include intellectual and social history in the biblical and rabbinic periods, especially issues related to language and linguistics. His doctorate (YU, 2009) was about the archaeology of everyday life in ancient Israel. He also teaches adult education classes at the Drisha Institute and for the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Ariela Migdal is a senior staff attorner at the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she works on equal opportunity in employment, pregnancy discrimination and other civil rights issues. She grew up in Seattle and has attended Limmud NY many times, including "the cold Limmud." Last year, two of her three children presented a session (along with their father) on Teaching Tanach to Your Children. She lives in the northwest Bronx and just bought her first bike in 20 years.
Leora Tanenbaum writes and lectures about the lives of girls and women. She is the author of Taking Back God: American Woman for Religious Equality, as well as Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them, Slut! Growing up Female with a Bad Reputation, and Catfight: Rivalries Among Women - From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and has been a guest on Oprah, The Todah Show, and National Public Radio. For more information about her work, please visit www.leoratanenbaum.com.