Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a recognized culinary historian, community scholar, and living history interpreter, focusing on historic African American food and folk culture. He is also a seasoned Jewish educator of over a decade with a specific interest in Jewish folk culture and its links to food. He is the creator, writer, and editor of […]

Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll

Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll is senior Jewish educator at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Isaama received a BA in Religious Studies from Carleton College before pursuing an MA in Hebrew Letters and Smicha […]

Tema Smith

Tema Smith is the Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement for Congregation Darchei Noam, Toronto’s only Reconstructionist Synagogue. She has formerly held the roles of Programming Chair at Limmud Toronto, Programming Coordinator of Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, and Project Coordinator of the Canadian National Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. Tema holds a […]

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu is a Be’chol Lashon Rabbinic Fellow and the spiritual leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Gershom is the current leader of the 100-year old Abayudaya community of almost 2,000 Jews living in rural villages in Eastern Uganda. He is the grandson of community elder “Rabbi” Samson and lives near the Moses Synagogue […]

Dror Sinai

Dror Sinai is an international performer and educator, as well as the Founder of Rhythm Fusion, Inc. in Santa Cruz, California. He has performed as a solo artist and has appeared in ensembles of many different musical styles with other talented artists, including Yair Dalal, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuval Ron, and Alessandra Belloni. Sinai has […]

Joshua Silverstein

Joshua Silverstein is an award-winning actor, comedic writer, beatboxer and educator. He is an original member of Norman Lear’s DECLARE YOURSELF ROADTRIP SHOW, a 3-year spoken-word/music performance tour encouraging the American people to register and vote. His two-person show, “So Fresh and So Clean,” with actor/poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski, received rave reviews in its debut at […]

Aaron Samuels

Aaron Samuels is a critically-acclaimed writer, speaker, and entrepreneur.  After working at Bain & Co. for three years as a strategy consultant, Aaron left his Wall Street life to pursue his passion as a writer and builder of community.  Since leaving Bain, Aaron has written a book of poetry, toured the country, performed on television, […]

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is a vocalist specializing in the music of Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), one of the 20th century’s most prolific performers of chazzanut, Chassidic nigunim and Yiddish song. In his unique explorations of Jewish and African-American diaspora culture, Anthony’s performances are inspired simultaneously by the sounds of tradition and a continuity of historic […]

Maria Ramos-Chertok

Maria Ramos-Chertok is an organizational development consultant for nonprofit organizations and a writer. She is the daughter of a Cuban Catholic father and a Russian-German Jewish mother who converted to Catholicism before Maria was born. She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the recipient of the […]