Our 2014-2015 Facilitation Fellows

 
Naomi Adland, originally from Durham, North Carolina, is currently a graduate student at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Read More.

Naomi Adland, originally from Durham, North Carolina, is currently a graduate student at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Read More.

 
Jared Arader works in the Government and External Relations Department at UJA-Federation of New York. Read More.

Jared Arader works in the Government and External Relations Department at UJA-Federation of New York.
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Michal Bilick is excited to bring seven years of experience in the field of conflict resolution to Resetting the Table as a Facilitation Fellow. Read more.

Michal Bilick is excited to bring seven years of experience in the field of conflict resolution to Resetting the Table as a Facilitation Fellow. Read more.

 
Cassie Chesley is currently a Goldman Bridge Fellow at ACCESS DC, American Jewish Committee’s young professional program.  Read more.

Cassie Chesley is currently a Goldman Bridge Fellow at ACCESS DC, American Jewish Committee’s young professional program.
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Irit E. Gross, Director, Office of the President at Birthright Israel Foundation, has worked in the Jewish community for four and a half years. Read more.

Irit E. Gross, Director, Office of the President at Birthright Israel Foundation, has worked in the Jewish community for four and a half years. Read more.

 
Jacob Levkowicz is a Goldman Bridge Fellow at ACCESS, AJC’s young leadership division.  Read more.

Jacob Levkowicz is a Goldman Bridge Fellow at ACCESS, American Jewish Committee’s young leadership division.
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Efrat Pellet is a civil litigator with a background in shareholder derivative actions, consumer fraud class actions, real estate and defamation litigation.  Read more.

Efrat Pellet is a civil litigator with a background in shareholder derivative actions, consumer fraud class actions, real estate and defamation litigation.
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Yaron Prywes has provided leadership development and coaching services to a range of leaders across a variety of business sectors during his 10-year career as a consulting psychologist. Read more.

Yaron Prywes has provided leadership development and coaching services to a range of leaders across a variety of business sectors during his 10-year career as a consulting psychologist. Read more.

 
Shoshana Rosen is currently the Director of 20s +30s programming and the Birthright passport program at the JCC Manhattan. Read more

Shoshana Rosen is currently the Director of 20s +30s programming and the Birthright passport program at the
JCC Manhattan.
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Ilana Sidorsky is the Israel and Hesed Educator at The Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in New York City.  Read more.

Ilana Sidorsky is the Israel and Hesed Educator at The Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in New York City.
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Rabbi Ezra Weinberg is excited to bring his extensive experience and passion in peace and conflict work to his second year with “Resetting the Table.” Read more.

Rabbi Ezra Weinberg is excited to bring his extensive experience and passion in peace and conflict work to his second year with “Resetting the Table.” Read more.

 



2013-2014 Facilitation Fellows

 

AuthorphotoElana-BellWhether through her soul-stirring poetry, her dynamic performances on the stage, or her talks & workshops, Elana Bell strives to create a space where all people’s voices and stories are heard and deeply valued. Elana’s first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award and was published by Louisiana State University Press in April 2012. Elana has led creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, for high school students in Israel-Palestine and throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as for the pioneering peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace. She was a recent finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, an award which recognizes and honors a poet who is doing innovative and transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. Elana is currently developing a new project, Writing Toward Peace, which uses creative writing as a tool to support dialogue and peace building for people from regions in conflict.

//ElenaCohenA transplant from Western Massachusetts, Elena Cohen loves living in Brooklyn and connecting to her ancestral roots in the borough. She works for Facing History and Ourselves, an education non-profit committed to combating racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry, and promoting civic engagement. Before coming to Facing History, Elena worked with the oral history project, StoryCorps, traveling around the country recording people’s stories. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Critical Social Thought, with a focus on gender studies, political theory, and urban geography. Some of her most rewarding and engaging experiences have involved facilitation. She is thrilled to be joining the Resetting the Table Facilitation Fellows and looks forward to furthering her own skills and contributing to the work they will do together.

Ilanit-Goldberg(2)Ilanit Goldberg is a fifth year rabbinical student and the Affiliate Support Fellow at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She recently completed a year-long chaplaincy residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Ilanit served as program director for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, group leader at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, and Philadelphia coordinator of the Rodef Shalom: Pursing Peace in Judaism course for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She was a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at the Middlebury College School of Hebrew, and participated in the Encounter Advanced Leadership Seminar in conflict transformation in Jerusalem.

megansermon1Megan Goldman is in her fifth and final year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she is also completing an MA in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies. Originally from Chicago, Megan 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 on campus. She is currently working at Columbia/Barnard Hillel as the Engagement Rabbinic Educator. Megan has taken close to twenty trips to Israel, ranging from five days to nine months, including staffing six Birthright trips. She has served as a participant and facilitator for Encounter and serves on the leadership circle of Project Hayei Sarah. She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Megan has a passion for travel and outdoor adventure, which has currently led her to 48 of the 50 states in the U.S.

Photo_BeckyHBecky Havivi is the Executive Assistant to the EVP at the New Israel Fund. She recently moved to Brooklyn from Philadelphia where she completed a degree in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Before working for justice in Israel/Palestine as part of NIF, Becky was involved in labor organizing on campus—helping dining hall workers at Penn form a union— and other forms of radical student activism in Philadelphia. Becky is passionate about the pursuit of social justice motivated by values of faith and spirituality and is interested in exploring creative ways to imagine a more just world. She looks forward to being part of this pilot Facilitation Fellowship and honing her skills facilitating difficult conversations. In her spare time, Becky enjoys cooking new recipes, practicing yoga, and reading lots of library books.

sarah_HolcmanSarah Holcman is a dance artist, arts administrator, and production/stage manager. She holds a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University. Sarah has worked with Movement Research, one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms, as well as the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Hollins University and the American Dance Festival. Sarah has collaborated, performed, and worked in various capacities with numerous choreographers and directors including Daniel Clifton, Walter Dundervill, John Jasperse, John Jesurun, and Jennifer Monson. Sarah was a 2011 Shapiro Family Fellow through the NY Jewish Federation. She recently returned from a year living in Hyderabad, India and Tel Aviv, Israel on a Jewish social justice program. Her work abroad included women’s and children’s rights advocacy, Israeli-Palestinian co-existence, and the development of a choreographic lab with the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance in Tel Aviv. Sarah is currently the Programs Manager at Gibney Dance Center and working as Production Manager for Sarah Michelson and niv Acosta. She can be seen performing throughout NYC with Larissa Velez-Jackson in 2014.

Josh Jacobs Josh Jacobs is attending the Jewish Theological Seminary, working towards Masters degrees in Jewish education and modern Jewish studies. He is currently serving as the Education Fellow at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. This past year, he studied Israel education at the Schocken Institute in Jerusalem. Josh spent three years as a group leader for the American Jewish World Service and Jewish Funds for Justice, leading service-learning programs for college students volunteering in Africa, Central America and throughout the United States. Josh served as the Assistant Director of Eden Village Camp, and spent many years at Habonim Dror’s Camp Galil as Technical Director, Tiyul Director and Ropes Course Specialist. Josh has taught on the faculty for the Cornerstone Fellowship at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in philosophy, and is tied for a world record in bowling.

MaxKlabenPhotoMax Klaben serves as the Associate Director of URJ Crane Lake Camp, a residential Jewish summer camp for children aged 8-16 located in Western Massachusetts. Max has been defined by his extensive experiences abroad. He has worked in China, volunteered in India and guided trips to Israel for youth and adults. As Max prepares to serve as a Facilitation Fellow he is most excited about using creativity and communication skills to help others communicate about their relationships to Israel. Max grew up in Dayton, OH and graduated with a degree in Business Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In his free time, Max enjoys playing sports, producing videos and spending time with his family and friends. Max is honored to be a part of this incredible Fellowship.

Elliot LefflerElliot Leffler is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, currently finishing his dissertation on the use of community-based theatre within interfaith, intercultural dialogue. He has an MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Cape Town, and often leads intercultural groups in drama workshops: he has worked with Jews and Arabs in Israel; with white, black, and coloured South Africans; with Arab and Kurdish Iraqis; and with urban American teenagers. He has also led programming for Beth Emet Synagogue (in Evanston, IL), Anshe Emet synagogue (in Chicago, IL), Beth Jacob Synagogue (in Mendota Heights, MN), and Hillel Birthright trips. His interest in facilitating conversations about Israel has been further shaped by his experiences as a participant in the Young Judaea movement, as a Dorot Fellow, as an Encounter participant, and as a staff member of the Nesiya Institute.

TamarTamar Schneck is a very recent resident of New York City. She was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and went to college at Brandeis University. Growing up, she went to a school in which conversations about Israel were very closed. Tamar was a leader in a ground-breaking student organization at Brandeis that worked to transform the campus atmosphere regarding Israel to become more open and productive. While at Brandeis, she studied Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and spent a semester in Morocco. She loves travelling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures. Tamar is currently interning at OneVoice Movement.

ESR-HeadshotEmma Sokoloff-Rubinis originally from Amherst, MA and has changed time zones often over the past few years. She ran an outreach program for a legal aid center along the US-Mexico border in Texas, then facilitated dialogues in Argentine public schools as part of a Yale Howland Fellowship. Now she’s a reporter and community editor at Chalkbeat, a non-profit news site focused on public schools in NYC. Emma was awarded Yale’s John Hersey Prize in Journalism and has written for Foreign Affairs, The Nation, The Atlantic, Americas Quarterly, Reutuers, and Guernica Daily. She co-authored a book about a Brazilian women’s movement and spent the past several summers as a counselor and then dialogue facilitator at Seeds of Peace in Maine.