Faculty

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Rabbi Adina ALlen

Rabbi Adina Allen, Co-Founder & Creative Director of the Jewish Studio Project, is a spiritual leader, writer and educator who believes in power of creativity to revitalize our lives and transform Jewish tradition. Integrating a lifetime of experience in the expressive arts with her rabbinic training, Adina has taught clergy, educators and lay leaders in hundreds of Jewish communal institutions across the country. Adina’s writing is widely published and her original research on using creative process to generate contemporary midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2013. She is a recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s 2018 Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish Educators and is a fellow of the Open Dor Project for spiritual Jewish entrepreneurs. Adina was ordained in Hebrew College’s pluralistic training program in Boston in 2014 where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

 
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Rachel Brodie

Rachel Brodie is a Jewish educator working primarily with adult learners. She specializes in designing and facilitating professional development opportunities for other Jewish educators. From 2011 to 2016 Rachel served as the Chief Jewish Officer of the JCC of San Francisco. Prior to that (2004-2011) Rachel was the co-founder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones: a not-for- profit, educational resource for Jewish lifecycle ceremonies. A New Yorker by birth and temperament, Rachel settled in the Bay Area in 1997 after spending a year in Israel on a Melton Senior Educator’s Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a master’s degree in Rabbinic Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University.

 
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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.

 
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Jeff Kasowitz

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. 

 
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Aliza Shapiro

Aliza Shapiro, Program Manager, is a former technology professional who has spent the last several years honing her skills in the startup world, her experience crossing the spectrum from community and culture building to sales process implementation and management. She was most recently responsible for building, training, and directing multiple teams, laying the framework for a strong growth trajectory. Prior to her recent move west, Aliza founded and facilitated a monthly feminist discussion group and was a core community member within the young adult Boulder Jewish community. Having fallen in love with the outdoors during her time in Colorado, Aliza loves to climb, hike, and trail run, balanced by an obsession with the library and documentary film. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Communication and Media Studies from Tufts University. You can reach her at aliza@jewishstudioproject.org

 
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MAYA ABRAMSON

Maya Abramson, Studio Manager, is a musician, outdoor enthusiast, and the newest member of the JSP team. As Studio Manager, Maya makes sure Studio AM is vibrant and ready to host you for programs. She builds systems so that JSP runs as efficiently as possible and supports our marketing and social media efforts. When Maya isn’t at Studio AM, you can find her writing music, spending time in the great outdoors and daydreaming about meeting her favorite female-folk idols. Maya has been involved in the local Jewish community as a song leader at Camp Tawonga and music specialist and educator at Temple Isaiah. She is super excited to be a part of all the amazing things that are happening at the Jewish Studio Project!