Haftam Yitzhak

Haftam Yitzhak was born in Ethiopia in 1987 during a time of civil war and famine. Her family was able to escape Ethiopia when she was four when they made it to Israel. She grew up in the town of Beit She’an before she served two years in the Israeli Defense Forces. After her time […]

Yanira Quinones

Yanira Quinones graduated from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America with a Masters in Jewish Education with a concentration on Congregational Leadership. She completed the iFellows Master’s Concentration in Israel Education at the iCenter in Chicago. Yanira was awarded her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in Human Development. Yanira has worked in a variety of […]

Karen Gritz

Karen Gritz was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a BA in Communications and Journalism from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and recently obtained a Master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Columbia University. She is the author of The Patriarch, a book that reconstructs the history of the Jewish community of Bogota through the memories of […]

Tani Prell

As the Chicago Community Director, Tani loves partnering with couples, families and individuals to bring sparks of Jewish joy into their lives. In her spare time Tani enjoys spending time with her partner, Charles, and her cat, Winston.

Ariana Mizrahi

Ariana Mizrahi is a teacher, blogger, Hebrew School principal and doctorate candidate in education leadership and innovation at The Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University in New York City. She teaches Judaic Studies and Hebrew at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the principal of […]

Avishai Mekonen

Yeganyahu Avishai Mekonen emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel in 1984 as part of Operation Moses, and has worked as a photographer and filmmaker on projects investigating issues of race and identity. 400 Miles to Freedom, a documentary film executive-produced by Be’chol Lashon, is about Avishai’s dangerous journey from Ethiopia to Israel to the United States. […]

Manashe Khaimov

Manashe Khaimov is a fourth generation community organizer, informal Jewish educator, and a lifelong learner who brings his passion working with Jewish community. Manashe was born in a city along the Silk Road, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where his ancestors lived for over 2000 years, which makes Manashe’s Jewish identity simultaneously Bukharian, Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian […]

Ceen Gabbai

Ceen Gabbai is a Brooklyn based artist and educator. She grew up in Iraq and moved to the United States in 2015. Gabbai is the author of a number of children’s books and co-founder of Darceen.org, a unique Arabic website explaining Judaism. Selected Publications • Growing Up Jewish in Modern Baghdad, Jewish&, March 21, 2019

Bezawit Abebe

Beza Abebe was born in Yabello, Ethiopia, a small town close to the border of Kenya. She grew up in Hawassa and received her LLB from Hawassa University. In 2009, at the age of 23, she moved to Israel and officially made aliyah in 2014. For the last 10 years, she worked in Jewish philanthropic […]