Rabbi Adina ALlen
Rabbi Adina Allen, Co-Founder & Creative Director of the Jewish Studio Project, is a spiritual leader, writer and teacher. Integrating a lifetime of experience in the creative arts with her rabbinic training, Adina brings a fluency with Jewish text, ritual and prayer, a passion for bringing creative modalities to Judaism, and a warm pastoral presence. Ordained by Hebrew College in 2014, Adina has worked as an educator at Tufts University Hillel and the Brandeis Collegiate Institute and as a chaplain at Hebrew Senior Life. Adina is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and her work has been published by Sh'ma Now, Kveller, and the Journal of Interreligious Studies and her original research on generating midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2013. Adina serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Adamah and is an alum of the Adamah Fellowship the CIRCLE Interfaith Leadership Fellowship and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.
Jeff Kasowitz, Co-Founder & Executive Director, is a social innovator, musician and community builder. Jeff has deep background in nonprofit management and strategic planning. He served as Vice President of Strategy and Growth for the national education reform organization City Year where he worked on partnership building, scaling impact and developing organizational culture. He has taught on leadership and collaboration for organizations including the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A guitarist and singer, Jeff writes and performs original music inspired by Jewish texts and liturgy and recently released his first album, Arba'im Shanah. Jeff served as a prayer leader and board member of Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue and was Chief Strategist for The Boston Tree Party. A 2017 Joshua Venture Fellow and past PresenTense and a Environmental Leadership Fellow, Jeff holds MBA and MPH degrees from UC Berkeley.
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is the Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, where she has served for eleven years. Sharon blends a love of Jewish text, innovative ritual and a passion for social justice into her work of cultivating the next generation of Jewish leaders. Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Sharon spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard. She has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993. Sharon is the author of numerous articles and co-editor of two volumes of women's writings on Passover, The Women's Seder Sourcebook and The Women's Passover Companion. Sharon has been recognized as one of the most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, and has been named to Newsweek's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America.
Day Schildkret is known internationally for Morning Altars and has inspired thousands of people of all ages from all over the world to forage, build and be awed with Earth Art. Day is igniting an international movement by sharing the art, teachings and spirit of Morning Altars as a tangible creative and spiritual practice that renews and redeems our relationship to wonder, creativity and impermanence. He is proud of his international audience of 50k+ followers on Instagram and 24k+ on Facebook. Morning Altars the book is due to be published in the Fall of 2018 by Countryman Press.
Dr. Pat Allen
Pat B. Allen, Ph.D., A.T.R., is an author, artist, art therapist, and teacher who connects to the Creative Source through art and writing. Her two books – Art Is a Way of Knowing (Shambhala 1995) and Art Is a Spiritual Path (Shambhala 2005) – explore the borders between art, psychology, spirituality, and social action and are considered classics in the field of expressive arts therapy. Author of numerous professional articles and book chapters, Dr. Allen lectures and delivers workshops nationally and internationally. Her artwork has been exhibited in a wide variety of juried and invited exhibits. Dr. Allen served on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty years and has taught at many colleges and universities nationally and internationally, including JFKU in Berkeley. Dr. Allen co-founded the Open Studio Project in Chicago and Studio Pardes in Oak Park, IL and continues to provide inspiration and leadership in the community studio movement in the field of expressive arts therapy.