Olivia Friedman is a creative thinker with a penchant for literary analysis, pop culture and Tanakh. She currently teaches Tanakh, Jewish Law and Oral Thought and serves as an Instructional Technology Coordinator at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Previously, she taught at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockland, MD. Olivia earned her M.A. in Bible from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, M.Ed with a concentration in Gifted Education from Northwestern University, and B.A. in English Literature from YU’s Stern College for Women. She has presented and spoken at numerous venues, and her articles have been published in Tablet Magazine, The Forward, The Times of Israel, Jewish Action and Hypable.
Natan Kapustin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, moved to the United States to attend Yeshiva University where he earned his semicha and graduate degrees. He has been working as a Limudei Kodesh teacher and administrator at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Manhattan for the past 17 years. Natan received the 2017 Kohelet Prize for Jewish education. Natan lives with his wife, Melissa, and seven children in Passaic, NJ.
Amanda Pogany is in her eighth year as the Head of School at Luria Academy of Brooklyn. She has worked in the field of Jewish education as a teacher, consultant, mentor and coach. Amanda is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program, has a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and a BA from Barnard College. Amanda was the recipient of the Covenant Award in 2020. She co-founded Altshul, an independent egalitarian minyan in Brooklyn, in 2005. She lives in Prospect Heights with her husband Aaron Bisman and their three children.
Malka Popper is a passionate educator and day school leader. She is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles. During her career, she has served as the Upper School Principal at Berman Hebrew Academy and Assistant Head of School at Northwest Yeshiva High School. She has travelled throughout North America teaching Jewish text study. Malka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies from Stern College, a Master’s in Biblical and Talmud Interpretation from Yeshiva University, and a Senior Fellowship in the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud Study (GPATS). She participated in Prizmah’s YOU Lead program and was a member of Cohort 8 of the Mandel Teacher Education Institute where she was able to continue her studies in professional development and educational leadership.Malka is married to Danny and has two children, Ami and Shira.
Bruce Powell is Interim Dean of the School of Jewish Education and Leadership at the AJU and a consultant on Jewish school management. His illustrious career includes serving as the founding General Studies Principal at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles High Schools, the first Headmaster of the Milken Community High School, and the founding Head of School at de Toledo High School (formerly New Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles). In addition to building three Jewish high schools in Los Angeles, Dr. Powell served for five years as the summer director of the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Simi Valley, California, creating educational programs for Jewish youth from around the world.
Tamar Rabinowitz is originally from Cape Town, South Africa. She attended Hebrew University where she earned her BA in Jewish History while studying Tanach at Matan. She earned an MA in Jewish education from Hebrew U and a diploma in Jewish Studies from Pardes. She has taught Tanach for 19 years in various locations, schools and institutions. Currently, she teaches Tanach at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and is Dean of Jewish Studies and Hebrew. She completed MTEI, a two year program aimed at nurturing Jewish leadership. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and three children, Judah, Noa and Avital.
Yonatan Rosner is the Jewish Studies and Hebrew Principal at Pressman Academy. He earned his B.A. in Jewish Philosophy and Cognitive Science from Hebrew University, an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew University, and MBA from California State University in Northridge. In 2013, Yonatan was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize.
Aaron Ross is Assistant Principal in the Middle School at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, New Jersey. He has been a driving force in helping to expand the use of alternative forms of student assessment, and he works closely with faculty to integrate technology into their lessons and assignments in order to help them address the needs of each individual student. Rabbi Dr. Ross holds a doctorate degree from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School, Semicha from Yeshiva University, a Master’s degree in Rabbinic Literature from New York University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fayge Safran Novogroder is Senior Program Director at Jewish New Teacher Project. She was previously Assistant Principal at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, served as the founding editor of Ten Da’at, was adjunct instructor at Yeshiva University’s Stern College, taught in day schools for over thirty years, and has lectured across North America on a variety of Judaic topics.