Ellen Alt has exhibited her mixed media artwork in the U.S., Israel, Germany, the former Soviet Union, China, and England. One of her pieces was presented to Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem on the occasion of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. Ellen received a BFA in art education from the Massachusetts College of Art and an M.A. in studio art from New York University. She is an instructor in the graduate education program at Brandeis University. In New York City, she is the artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Synagogue and teaches mixed media art courses to adults at the 92nd Street Y. In addition, Ellen organizes community sculpture and mural projects in the Middle East, India, England, and throughout the United States. (ellenalt.com)
Gabriella Kula is a freelance museum educator with a B.A. in Art History from The University of Michigan and MS.Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. She currently serves as an educator for school, family, adult, and access groups at The Noguchi Museum, The Jewish Museum, and Poster House. Prior to Covid19, Gabriella was the Director of Havurah, and so she’s especially excited to maintain her connection to our community as she teaches JJP students this fall.
Gil Levitan is a senior at the joint program with Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary studying political science and modern Jewish Studies. He is an avid Minecraft player and is excited to use the game as an educational tool. He is also the president of the Columbia chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society and sings Jewish a capella.
Jeremiah Kaplan is a research & training specialist at Arizona State University. He has over 20 years’ in business development, management, and education, and has been an educator in social services and mental health fields for five years. Active in the local Jewish community as an individual and family man, he is heavily involved at Temple Chai as a teacher for Temple Chai’s Religious School since 2012. He enjoys music, stories, and spending time with his family. Jeremiah’s primary hobby is collaborative storytelling or role-playing games, having over 20 years’ experience in facilitating these games with groups of all ages. At Jewish Journeys, he combines his passion for games and how they can positively affect change.
Megan Sass is storyteller, musician, and teacher. She is a member of Storahtelling/LabShul, and also works with Temple Emanu-El, SAJ, The New Schul, and the JCC Manhattan. She has worked as a song leader at several summer camps, including Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, IN, Passport NYC at the 92nd St. Y, and Camp Yomowha with The Washington Heights Y. See more at http://megan-sass.com/
Sara Stave Beckerman is the coordinator of the Hebrew Home Page course for the Jewish Journeys. She is a teacher of TaNaKh and rabbinics and the rosh hinukh/ director of education at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. A curriculum expert and consultant, Sara is also the creative force behind the interactive full-color Jewish prayer curriculum Siddur Sababa. Sara holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies with a concentration in informal education from the Davidson School of Jewish Education at JTS. Sara loves teaching access skills to Hebrew and Jewish cultural literacy.