Adam Kofinas

Adam Kofinas is the executive director of Congregation Or VeShalom, a Sephardic synagogue in Atlanta. He holds a BA in Judaic studies and public policy from SUNY Albany. A Romaniote Jew, he traces his ancestry in Greece back to Roman times.

Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker

Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker grew up in Pittsburgh where she was inspired by her cantor, Mordechai Heiser. She has been a cantor at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, MN since 1997 and works alongside her husband, Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker. Cantor Spilker was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. Cantor […]

Paige Jones DeYoung

Paige Jones DeYoung grew up Margate, New Jersey. Her mother is Caucasian and Jewish and her father is African American. She is the oldest of three all of whom attended Jewish day school until high school. As we transitioned into public school, all three of us became active members of United Synagogue Youth (USY). A […]

Janaki Kuruppu

Janaki Kuruppu is an infectious disease physician who works in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her husband have one grown daughter, and adopted two boys from Ethiopia. They are active members of Tikvat Israel, a Conservative congregation in Rockville, Maryland. Janaki blogs about multiculturalism and multi nationalism at

Cantor Jodi Schechtman

Cantor Jodi Schechtman is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Am in Framingham, Massachusetts, where she has served since her ordination in 1988, and she is the Director of Organizational Partnerships for the American Conference of Cantors. She has been married to Gene Laks for almost 27 years, and they are the proud parents of […]

Alyssa Bracha McMillan

Alyssa Bracha McMillan is from Detroit, Michigan. She earned her BA in journalism from Oakland University and she is graduated with a master’s in social work from Wayne State University. Alyssa wants to help people on an individual, therapeutic level as well as a communal, organizational level. Currently she is interning at the VA hospital […]

Elle Shayna Wisnicki

Elle Shayna Wisnicki is a junior at Columbia University working towards a degree in Human Rights, Sociology and Hispanic Studies. All the way from sunny Hollywood, CA, Elle enjoys the hustle and bustle of NYC, which includes adventures with friends and engaging in Judaism as a Columbia/Barnard Hillel Social Justice fellow. She hopes to go […]

Julius Lester

Julius Lester is an award winning author of 43 books and over 200 articles including pieces in the New York Times and the Village Voice. An accomplished artist, he has produced several albums and is well known for his photography as well. A graduate of Fisk College he taught at University of Massachusetts where he […]

Stephany Hemelberg

Stephany Hemelberg is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She is a 25 year old journalist, who has worked in cross cultural education, Middle Eastern affairs and Millennium education and culture. She has lived in Egypt and the United States.