Co-founder & Creative director

Rabbi Adina Allen 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, Patheos, My Jewish Learning, Sh'ma Now 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. She is a recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s 2018 Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish Educators.


Co-Founder & Executive Director

Jeff Kasowitz 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. Jeff is a Joshua Venture Fellow and past PresenTense and Environmental Leadership Fellow. Jeff holds MBA and MPH degrees from UC Berkeley. 


Maya Abramson
Operations Manager

Maya Abramson is a musician, outdoor enthusiast, spiritual leader, and spreadsheet enthusiast. 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! You can reach her at maya@jewishstudioproject.org.


Aliza Shapiro
program Manager

Aliza 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




senior Advisor & Consulting Faculty

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.