Jonny is a connoisseur of experiential education. He founded and led Makom: the Israel Education Lab’s pioneering efforts of “hugging and wrestling” with Israel and the Jewish People for 12 years. He has researched, designed and delivered educational experiences for 35 years in public school, university and in adult and travel settings and held senior positions at the Jewish Agency, the Mandel Leadership Institute, the United Jewish Israel Appeal and Melitz. He’s currently writing a book on educating people to become cosmopolitan patriots. He teaches experiential education at the Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education. Born in the UK, he lives in Israel with his family.
Dr. Erica Brown
Dr. Erica Brown is an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. She is also the director of their Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership, a faculty member of the Wexner Heritage program for over twenty years and the author of twelve books.
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Sharon Cohen Anisfeld was appointed President of Hebrew College in July 2018. She was Dean of the Rabbinical School from 2006-2017. Prior to assuming these positions, she served as an adjunct faculty member and then dean of students at the school. After graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Cohen subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993 and is co-editor of two volumes of women’s writings on Passover, “The Women’s Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and “The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002). In 2015, Anisfeld was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post. From 2011 to 2013, she was named to Newsweek’s list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America.
Abi Dauber Sterne
Abi Dauber Sterne is Director of Makom — Israel Education Lab at the Jewish Agency For Israel. Previously, she was Vice President for Jewish Education at Hillel International. In that role, she launched the Center for Jewish and Israel Education of Hillel U, to provide training and continuing education to all 1000 Hillel professionals to enhance their Jewish fluency and educational skills. She has held positions as the Director of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, the founding director of Limmud NY, and program associate at UJA-Federation of NY. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she is trying to learn to play the guitar, and she likes to take on consulting projects to help spark her thinking about new ideas.
Havvah Deevon is a scriptwriter and a graduate of Ma’aleh Film School in Jerusalem, where she currently teaches and facilitates individual and group scriptwriting workshops. Havvah is the co-creator and writer of “Srugim”, an award-winning Israeli TV show, as well as several other films. She served as a member of Israel’s Ministry of Culture Film Council.
Rabbi Dr. Elie Holzer
Rabbi Dr. Elie Holzer is a practice-oriented philosopher of Jewish education. His research and his educational activities integrate text-based Jewish studies, philosophical hermeneutics, pedagogy, and ethical-spiritual traditions. He serves as Professor at the School of Education of Bar-Ilan University, where he holds the R. Dr. Ochs Chair for Teaching Jewish Religious Studies. He received rabbinical ordination and earned a PhD in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Bar-Ilan University, a B.Ed. in Jewish education from the Herzog College. He is married to Suzi, father of three daughters, grandfather of two grandchildren, and lives in Jerusalem.
Currently, Rae serves as a leadership mentor to senior educators and relationship-based professionals at M²; an advisor to The Conversation; mentor to the Bronfman Fellowship; and, founder of Leadership and Wellbeing Circles. Formerly, Executive director of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and American Pardes Foundation; senior advisor/coach to the Berrie Fellowship. Rae’s focus is on the flourishing self, and workplace, with an emphasis on character, authenticity, relationships and strengths as the foundation for purpose-driven leadership.
Tamara is the Founder & Chief Experience Officer of Coriphery Holistic Consulting Solutions. A strategic thought-partner and facilitator to Jewish organizations, she advises senior leadership on project optimization, reimagining priorities and designing transformative experiences. Tamara is most passionate about developing strategic learning spaces, bringing them to life and assessing their impact for scale. Engaging thousands in exploring Jewish identity, Tamara trains leaders to be peer-educators and consults on strategy and engagement. Serving in formal, experiential and informal settings for over 20 years, Tamara has worked closely with Jewish day and supplemental schools, youth movements, synagogues, summer camps, Hillels, federations and foundations.
Dr. Assael Romanelli
Dr. Assael Romanelli is a clinical social worker, licensed Couple & Family Therapist, international trainer and Playback Theater conductor. He is the founder and director of The Potential State Institute for Enriching Relationships which incorporates and integrates therapy, art and education to create safe spaces for people to connect to themselves and others. He is also the artistic director of the Or Chozer Playback Theater Ensemble in Jerusalem. Assael’s Doctoral research is in training therapists in improvisation skills, and has since trained a range of helping professionals to be more spontaneous, playful and effective in their service. He resides in Jerusalem with his dynamic wife and two lively kids.
Hallie Shapiro Devir
Hallie Shapiro Devir is Senior Associate Vice President, Family and Teen Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She oversees Federation’s initiatives for youth and young families, bringing more people to Jewish life through meaningful, enriching Jewish experiences. A member of the advisory boards for Jewish Teen Funders Network and Diller Teen Fellows, and of the Teen Education and Engagement and Funder Collaborative, Hallie is passionate about philanthropy, service, and experiential Jewish education and works to grow the number and status of community programs centered on Jewish values. Hallie is an alumna of M²’s Senior Educators Cohort, Cohort 1, and has previously served as a mentor for various M² programs. A graduate of Brandeis University, she lives in Chicago with her husband Eric and their three children.
Dr. Bernie Steinberg
Dr. Bernie Steinberg, Director Emeritus, Harvard Hillel, served as President of the Harvard Chaplains and lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government. Bernie was a founding Fellow of the Hartman Institute, among the founders of Pardes, where he taught for many years, and on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy (Hebrew University), received the Shevach Award for Distinguished Leadership in Jewish Education (Boston Hebrew College), and the Covenant Award in Jewish Education.
Rhoda is the founder and chief creative officer of Rhoda+CO. She previously served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management at American Jewish University. She has a 25+ year career in identifying, educating and coaching Gen X, Gen Y, and Millennial talent to become excellent leaders. Rhoda is one of the original founders of the Jewish engagement model used today and believes that every person deserves a high-level connection to Jewish life and tradition. In her position at AJU, she helps develop and place top leaders throughout the nonprofit sector.
Rabbi Elyse Winick
Rabbi Elyse Winick serves as the Senior Director for Learning and Education at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. She was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary and earned her undergraduate degree at Brandeis University. In addition to serving as adjunct faculty and mentor for various M² programs, Elyse is a graduate of the M² Senior Educators Cohort. Elyse was a mentor for the JFNA Next Gen Fellowship Cohort 1, and she is excited to be a mentor again for Cohort 2. Prior to her work at CJP, Elyse worked in campus Jewish life for upwards of 30 years.
Rabbi Yehudit Werchow
Rabbi Yehudit Werchow is an educational consultant working with a variety of Jewish institutions on professional learning and growth, change management, Jewish and Israel Education. Yehudit was born in Argentina and grew up in Israel. She holds a BA in Political Science and Literature from The Hebrew University and an MA in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR NY. She was ordained at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. Yehudit is the former Director of Education for Masa and has served in the position of the Jewish Agency’s Senior Shlicha for the Reform Movement in North America and the UK. Prior to her Shlichut to the URJ Yehudit worked in Merkaz Maase, a leading Israeli social change organization.