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Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Co-Founding Director. Directing Resetting the Table’s national programs, Melissa is a noted educator who trains leaders and builds programs at the intersections of Israel, Jewish thought and conflict resolution. Melissa was the founding director of Encounter, an organization dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be agents of change in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Melissa built Encounter from the ground up to an internationally recognized organization, selected by Slingshot as one of fourteen standard-bearing organizations for innovation and impact. She was awarded the Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, which honors demonstrated leadership and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program, Melissa has lectured and taught in hundreds of Jewish communal institutions, universities, and forums on four continents and served as a faculty member for Wexner and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude.
Eyal Rabinovitch, Co-Founding Director. A mediator, facilitator, coach, and trainer, Eyal directs Resetting the Table’s NYC programs and all facilitation training. In collaboration with Rabbi Weintraub, Eyal developed a unique “Speaking Across Conflict” framework through which he has trained dozens of corporate and non-profit professionals, philanthropists, and educators. Eyal has advised numerous national non-profits on methods for engaging diverse stakeholders in dialogue on polarized issues, such as abortion and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Eyal has mediated dozens of interpersonal, community, and criminal court cases. A published author on dialogue and deliberation, Eyal has a doctorate in sociology from UCLA and has taught courses integrating conflict resolution theory and practice as an Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University and Baruch College.
Dorit Price-Levine, Program Manager. Dorit has a background in Jewish education, community mediation, and social justice work in the Middle East. A former fellow at Hadar Yeshiva, teacher of Judaic studies at Kol Shofar synagogue, and fellow of the New Israel Fund’s Facilitation Fellowship, Dorit has been a facilitator of conversations and workshops about Israel in Jewish communal settings and has worked in community mediation through San Francisco Community Boards. Dorit has lived and worked extensively in Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East, including being awarded Penn’s Civil House Social Service Grant for work at the Abraham Fund Initiatives in Israel, and participating in a delegation through Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. Aside from her work on the ground, Dorit also worked on Middle East policy in Washington, DC at J Street and the Middle East Institute. Dorit holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) where she was awarded the Prosser Prize in Refugee Studies. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a magna cum laude degree in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Rachel Aronson, Program Coordinator. Joining Resetting the Table with a background in social justice advocacy, youth engagement, and anti-racism education, Rachel is a former Emerson National Hunger Fellow, a leadership training program focused on anti- hunger and anti-poverty work. Through this fellowship, Rachel worked at United Way of King County to expand programs that fight child hunger and at the NETWORK Education Program in Washington, DC to engage college students in political advocacy. At NETWORK, Rachel supported organizational dialogue about racism and co-created a program to help college students explore their political identities and engagement. A lifelong Young Judaean, Rachel was a participant on Young Judaea Year Course and was active in Hillel on campus. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology from the University of Vermont.
Daniel H. Silberbusch, Coach and Mentor to Facilitation Fellows. Daniel is a supervisory resident and instructor in the Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Daniel served for five years as Facilitation Director for Encounter, an organization devoted to transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through Encounter he trained more than 100 rabbinical students, educators, and other young professionals in the art of group facilitation in high conflict environments. While in Israel, Daniel also taught courses in Spiritual Counseling at Kehillat Yakar and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and was an educator and group facilitator for youth programs including Nesiya and Kivunim. Prior to his time in Israel, Daniel served as Director of 9/11 Long-term Recovery and Victim Advocacy for New York Disaster Interfaith Services. An Alumnus of the Dorot Fellowship, Daniel is a chaplain by training and has served in hospital, prison, and hospice settings. He holds an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary and a BA from Oberlin College.
Rabbi David Jaffe, Senior Facilitator. David is the Founder and Principal of Kirva. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Bat Ayin Yeshiva in Israel and has a B.A. in History from Cornell University, an M.A. in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. David’s teaching, organizing, writing and consulting explore the intersection of moral-spiritual development and ethical action in the world. Before receiving rabbinic ordination he served as the Director of Social Justice Programs for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and was a founding board member of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. His book about the inner-life and social activism will be published by Shambhala in 2016. David teaches and consults nationally and throughout the Boston area with such groups as The Mussar Institute, The Institute for Jewish Spirituality, The David Project, JOIN for Justice, Hebrew College/CJP and the Boston JCRC and Gann Academy in Waltham, MA, where he served as the Mashgiach Ruchani/Spiritual Advisor, instructor of rabbinics and dean for twelve years. He is a Dorot Fellow, member of the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship and charter member of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. David lives in Sharon, MA with his wife Janette and two boys, Tani (14) and Binyamin (12).
Adena Phillips, Senior Facilitator. Adena is an organizational consultant and executive coach based in New York. She began her consulting career in the strategy and operations group at Deloitte Consulting. She has since worked with Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, and not-for-profits in the US and internationally, providing consulting, coaching, and workshop facilitation in areas including change management, leadership, strategic visioning, and company culture.
Adena’s clients include Pfizer Inc., PNC Bank, Heinz, and the US Department of Justice. Adena has worked with several Jewish non-profits as a change management consultant, including UJA Federation, the Council of Young Jewish Presidents, and the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. She has worked with more than 20 synagogues and serves as an executive coach for Rabbis participating in UJA’s Rabbinic Visionary Leaders Fellowship. Adena is the current co-chair of ACCESS Global, American Jewish Committee’s Young Leadership. Adena has been involved at AJC since 2006 and is a member of AJC’s Board of Governors. She has served on the advisory committee for the Jewish Religious Equality Coalition since its inception in 2013. Adena graduated summa cum laude from York University with a BA in Philosophy and Communications and holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business with specializations in Strategy, Leadership and Change Management, and Global Business.
Zachary Metz, Senior Facilitator. Zachary is a partner and the Director of Peace Building practice at Consensus, a consulting firm specializing in negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building. The firm works with private and public sector clients, NGOs, international organizations and governments. He also serves as a trainer and facilitator for Resetting the Table, an organization dedicated to building dialogue and deliberation on Israel within the American Jewish community. He has worked in the field of conflict resolution and peace building since 1993. His areas of expertise include training and large-group facilitation, conflict assessment, conflict-sensitive development, restorative justice and program design and evaluation. Prior to joining Consensus, Metz was the Director of Education & Training for Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR). At CICR, he was responsible for envisioning, designing, and implementing the education elements of CICR’s international and domestic programs. He served as the senior trainer and facilitator for CICR’s interventions in Iraq, Lebanon, Timor-Leste, Burma, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Metz has provided expertise to the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, International Organization for Migration, Search for Common Ground, and a wide range of international political and civil society organizations. Metz began his career with a focus in domestic conflict resolution, working as a mediator, trainer, and program director with the Northwest Institute for Restorative Justice and the Dispute Resolution Center. He mediated hundreds of disputes in the private sector, in communities and within families, and directed mediation programs for inmates inside a maximum security prison and juvenile detention facility. He teaches the graduate course Applied Peace Building at Columbia. He has also taught at NYU, Universidad Externado de Colombia, the United States Military Academy at West Point and Lebanese American University. He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Earlham College. He received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. He earned an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, where he is currently completing his PhD studies with a focus on intractable identity-based conflicts.