Rabbi Adina Allen and Sasha Kopp: Using Art to Inspire Change for Early Childhood Education and Society
Rabbi Adina Allen is a spiritual leader, writer and educator who believes in the power of creativity to revitalize our lives and transform Jewish tradition. Integrating a lifetime of experience in the expressive arts with her rabbinic training, Adina has taught clergy, educators and lay leaders in hundreds of Jewish communal institutions across the country. Adina’s writing is widely published and her original research on using creative process to generate contemporary midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2013. She is a recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s 2018 Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish Educators and is a fellow of the Open Dor Project for spiritual Jewish entrepreneurs. Adina was ordained in Hebrew College’s pluralistic training program in Boston in 2014 where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.
Sasha Kopp is a Communal Education Consultant working on the Early Childhood and Family Engagement team. She holds an MA in both Jewish Education and Jewish Non-Profit Management from Hebrew Union College, and a BA from Brandeis University in Sociology and Education Studies. In addition to her work at The Jewish Education Project she is an adjunct professor at American Jewish University's online masters program in Jewish early childhood education. Sasha has previously worked as the Assistant Early Childhood Director at Central Synagogue, and as a Judaic specialist, Atelierista, Curriculum Specialist, and classroom teacher in Jewish early childhood centers in Los Angeles and Boston.
Malka Fleischmann is the Director of Operations at Deuteronomy Press and a columnist at the New York Sun. Throughout her career, Malka has worked in the worlds of education and writing, formerly serving as Director of Knowledge and Ideas at the Jewish Education Project, Hebrew School Director at Tribeca Torah, Head of Camp at Bnei Akiva's Camp Stone, Director of Faith-Based Programming at Touro University, Judaic Studies educator at both SAR and Ramaz Middle Schools, and as a speechwriter. A Wexner Fellow-Davidson Scholar and M2 fellow, Malka is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Divinity School and has roots firmly planted in Camp Stone, where she continues to work as a volunteer staff trainer. Malka's writing has been published in two Torah anthologies, as well as the New York Times, the Jewish Week and Tablet. Her podcast, The Shape of Faith, which explores people's religious lives and experiences in love, is available on Spotify, iTunes and everywhere else people tend to listen.
- Early Childhood
- Day Schools and Yeshivas
- After School and Beyond
- Family Engagement