Jonathan Ames is the author of ten books, including the forthcoming novel, A MAN NAMED DOLL. Two of his novels have been made into films, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and THE EXTRA MAN, starring Kevin Kline. Mr. Ames, in addition to writing prose, is the creator of two television shows, BORED TO DEATH and BLUNT TALK. He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and used to dabble in boxing, fighting as "The Herring Wonder."
Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which launched in 2004 with the goal of reinvigorating Jewish tradition and practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice. IKAR, one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country, is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than one million people and translated into 14 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and in 2017, she spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized numerous times by The Forward and the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. Brous, who graduated from Columbia University and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, is an Auburn Senior Fellow, sits on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. In 2016 The Forward named him one of the thirty-two “Most Inspiring Rabbis” in America, and in 2017 he was top five on “The Forward 50,” their annual list of the most influential and accomplished Jews in America.
Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist and humorist. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, which has been translated into forty languages and sold over three million copies worldwide, as well as two bestselling sequels. His novels include Rage is Back, Angry Black White Boy, and The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award. Mansbach's work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, The Guardian, and on National Public Radio’s This American Life, The Moth, and All Things Considered. His debut screenplay, for the 2016 motion picture BARRY, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an NAACP Image Award, and his next feature, THE HANDLER, will shoot in fall 2020. His memoir in verse, I Had A Brother Once, is forthcoming from One World in early 2021.
Josh Radnor is an actor, writer, director, and musician originally from Columbus, Ohio. As an actor he has starred in long-running television shows (How I Met Your Mother), short-running television shows (Rise, Mercy Street), films (Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight”), on Broadway (The Graduate, Disgraced) and off. He is currently co-starring with Al Pacino in “Hunters” for Amazon Prime. He wrote and directed two feature films (Happythankyoumoreplease & Liberal Arts) both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the former winning the 2010 Audience Award. For the last few years he’s been making music with Aussie musician Ben Lee as Radnor & Lee. Their second album is being released in the spring of 2020.
Jill Soloway is the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of Transparent and I Love Dick. Their first feature film, Afternoon Delight, won the 2013 Directing Award at Sundance. They founded Topple, an intersectional film and television brand, and the Little A imprint Topple Books. Their memoir, She Wants It, was published by Crown/PRH in 2018. Jill also cofounded 5050by2020, a strategic initiative of Time’s Up, the group East Side Jews, and the spoken word series Sit n’ Spin.
Jeffrey Zurofsky is the founder and CEO of No Small Plans, LLC, a multi-disciplinary creative and entrepreneurial firm dedicated to the creating, advising and investing in projects that make large scale social impact in food, health & wellness and social justice. He is also the co-founder and former president and CEO of ’wichcraft, Riverpark, and Riverpark Farm, a partnership with chef Tom Colicchio. Jeffrey is an inaugural Council Member of the Tuft’s School of Nutrition, the Executive Culinary Director at Newport Academy, served on the board of NYC’s GrowNYC, an advisor to Summit Series, and co-host on BravoTV’s Best New Restaurant. Early in his career, Jeffrey was trained at the French Culinary Institute and worked in some of Manhattan’s most prestigious kitchens, including Lespinasse, Savoy, and Union Square Cafe.
Sara Abou Rashed is a 20-year-old Palestinian-Syrian-American poet and speaker. She has keynoted at numerous conferences around the U.S., delivered a TEDx Talk, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Sara is a junior at Denison University, where she pursues Creative Writing and International Studies, sometimes missing class to perform her debut one-woman show, A Map of Myself: My Odyssey to America.
Maya Benton is a curator and art historian based in New York City. From 2008 to 2019, Maya was a curator at the International Center of Photography where she organized the most widely traveling exhibitions in ICP’s history, including Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, and Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist. She recently organized an exhibition of Gillian Laub’s contemporary images of racial segregation in the American South, Southern Rites, that will travel through 2024. She is the founder and director of the Jews and Photography Initiative, a non-profit collaborative of more than two hundred international curators, archivists, academics who are interrogating the unique contribution of Jews to shaping the history of photography. Next year she will be a Visiting Professor at Yale University.
Shoshana Berger is the coauthor, with Dr. BJ Miller, of A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death. As the editorial director at IDEO, Shoshana has worked on projects ranging from the end of life to modern Judaism to school lunch. She was a senior editor at WIRED, and has written for the New York Times, Fast Company, TIME, WIRED, and Quartz. She cofounded the design magazine, ReadyMade, later turning it into a book, Ready Made: How to Make (Almost) Everything. Shoshana lives in Berkeley with her husband, Tony Saxe, and children, Cleo and Judah.
Makeda Djata Best is the Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her past exhibitions include “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art” and “Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America.” She also teaches courses in the history of photography and curatorial practice at Harvard and Tufts University. Her forthcoming book, is “Elevate the Masses: Alexander Gardner, Photography and Democracy in Nineteenth Century America.” She holds a PhD from Harvard University.
Sara Blair is Patricia S. Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She writes widely on 20th-century imaging, Jews and photography, documentary practice, and sites of photo experimentation, including New York’s Lower East Side. Her work includes collaborations with curators and photographers at the DIA, the Richard Avedon Foundation, the International Center of Photography, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, and she has curated photo exhibitions at UM’s Institute for the Humanities and the Middlebury Art Museum. Her current work focuses on Jews and contemporary photography and the lives of the photograph in the digital era.
Zack Bodner is CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, where he has overseen the creation of the Architects of the Jewish Future® speaker series, a global Z3™ movement to transform relations between Israel and World Jewry, and a Center for Social Impact to help repair the world through initiatives addressing poverty, homelessness, disaster relief, multiculturalism and civic responsibility. Zack speaks widely around the world and writes on topics related to the construction of community, building innovative institutions, Israel-Diaspora relations, and Judaism in the 21st century. He also serves on the boards of JCCA of North America, YPO SF Bay Chapter, American Friends of Tel Aviv University Northern California, and the Taube Family Foundation.
Dan Charnas, an Associate Professor at the Clive Davis Institute at Tisch/NYU, has been writing about hip-hop for more than three decades. One of the first writers for The Source Magazine and recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Fellowship for Arts Journalism, he is the author of three books; including The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, which inspired the VH1 series, The Breaks. Charnas did A&R, production and promotion at Profile Records and Rick Rubin’s Def American Recordings. His upcoming book is called Dilla Time: How a Hip-Hop Producer Reinvented Rhythm and Changed The Way Musicians Play.
Kevin Coval is an award-winning poet & author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood, A People's History of Chicago & over ten other full-length collections, anthologies & chapbooks. He is the founding editor of The BreakBeat Poets imprint on Haymarket Books, & Artistic Director of the MacArthur Award-winning cultural organization, Young Chicago Authors, & founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, the world's largest youth poetry festival, now in more than 19 cities across North America. He's got a lot of hustles. He's shared the stage with The Migos & Nelson Mandela, has published in Poetry Magazine, The Chicago Tribune & CNN.com & co-hosts the podcast, The Cornerstore, on WGN Radio, cuz he is in loves to listen to people tell stories.
Aaron Davidman is an actor, playwright, director and producer. He is drawn to stories of ethnic history and cultural complexity that challenge our assumptions of the “other”. He served as Artistic Director of of SF-based Traveling Jewish Theatre from 2002-2011. His play WRESTLING JERUSALEM, a solo performance about Israel/Palestine, toured North America from 2014 - 2018 and was made into a feature film now streaming on Amazon Prime and other platforms. His new play, THE SHOOTING GALLERY, A Play About Guns in America, will premiere in the Bay Area in the 2020-21 season. More at aarondavidman.com
Nicole is a born and raised Los Angeles-based writer, director and producer with a strong passion for unique storytelling in film and television. She attended NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she created her own major The Art of Storytelling, a combination of Art History, Film, and Medieval Renaissance Studies. She is also a graduate of Columbia University's MFA Film program where she focused primarily on writing and producing, where her thesis films have gone on to win several awards at festivals around the world. Nicole’s dedication to support and develop high quality content continued as she worked as a writer on Search Party for TBS and the Netflix animated series, Big Mouth. Her short film THIRSTY, starring Maya Rudolph had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and is continuing its run at festivals around the world.
Sarah DiLeo is the Managing Director/Executive Producer for Mekanism’s production arm Sister Studios, producing work for global brands such as Uber, Peloton & MillerCoors. She was previously the Executive Producer, Integrated at Tool of North America, where she produced nontraditional branded projects including VR, live streaming, interactive and experiential work for clients including Ford, Adidas, Amazon, Ad Council and Sonos. Her projects have garnered nominations and awards from the Emmys, Cannes Lions, Webbys and more, as well as screening at Davos, SxSW and Aspen Ideas Festival. Prior to her time at Tool, Sarah was the Head of Production and Head of Client Services at Wondros, where she oversaw branded content for clients including TED, Sundance, IBM, Nike, Amex and Conde Nast. She began her career as a feature film producer and her last film, Bless Me, Ultima, was an award-winning LA Times Critics’ Pick.
Zackary Drucker is an independent artist and creative producer. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMa PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy nominated producer for the docu-series This Is Me as well as a producer on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Amazon hit Transparent.
Alex Edelman is a comedian and TV writer who has appeared on “Conan,” staffed on shows for CBS and Netflix, and written and performed three solo hours, all enthusiastically received by audiences and critics. The most recent of those shows, “Just for Us” - about a meeting of White Nationalists he attended - earned the Herald Angel Award and was the best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Festival in more than a decade. He is one of the founders of Jerusalem's Off the Wall Comedy Club and, beyond stand-up, writes regularly for outlets like The Atlantic and The Believer.
Jewlia Eisenberg works at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness. Her music is mostly released with John Zorn's Tzadik label on the Radical Jewish Culture imprint. Her installation work has been curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan.
Jess Engel is an award winning multi-disciplinary producer focused on producing new media content. As founder at Crimes of Curiosity, her recent mixed-reality projects include BREATHE (Sundance 2020), PERSUASION MACHINES (Sundance 2020), and SPHERES (2018). Her work has been shown around the world at major festivals and institutions, including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, NYFF, MIT, and Art Basel. She has been a Sundance New Frontier fellow and advisor.
Rebecca Garza-Bortman is a designer, singer, and enthusiastic gal. She was the first employee and designer of MasterClass. She led the first redesign of YouTube in 2011. Most days, she’s designing for start-ups, plotting surreal music videos, and writing love songs with her husband in the band, Love Jerks. Rebecca’s mom says she’s guilty of having TMI—too many projects. Whether it’s writing a rock opera for her wedding, organizing a record-breaking dance party of pregnant people, or starting the mental health podcast, Advice from Mom with that mentioned mother, she prides herself on never being bored.
Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily in clay. Originally from New England, she completed her BFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and her MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018. Her sculptures, ritual objects and various flat works explore topics of history preservation, conceptual ornamentation and aesthetics of otherness. Green has exhibited her work internationally, notably at the New Museum, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco and Rockelmann & Partner Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Green lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nadav Hochman is the Associate Director of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco’s premier center for promoting the intersection of art, technology, and community. In the past Hochman was the co-founding director of The Tech + Arts Initiative at The Tech Museum of Innovation, Silicon Valley’s leading science and technology institution. His creative collaborations with artists, technologists, and researchers have been exhibited in cultural institutions and festivals worldwide such as MoMA (NYC), ArtScience Museum (Singapore) Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Google Zeitgeist, SXSW, and featured in hundreds of media outlets such as Popular Science, The Atlantic, Wired, and The Guardian.
Ilyse Hogue is the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she has led the organization in the fight for reproductive freedom since 2013. Under her leadership, NARAL has become an organizing powerhouse—tripling its membership to 2.5 million, advancing state and federal legislation to protect and expand abortion access, and fighting an unprecedented wave of abortion bans at the state level. Ilyse is a lifelong activist and organizer. She is an expert in mobilizing grassroots support around social justice issues including reproductive freedom, climate change, and media reform.
From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Sarah was chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign. Sarah is the author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life – in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There), a book about what she learned when she rediscovered Judaism as an adult.
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including the New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps(2012), and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013) and Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (2016). In 2015, Dave was recognized with the TED Prize, awarded annually to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. For speaking engagement inquiries, Dave is represented by The Tuesday Agency.
Jessie Kahnweiler’s films have amassed millions of views and have been featured everywhere from The New York Times to TMZ. Jessie wrote, directed, and starred in The Skinny, which was produced by Jill Soloway, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won a Webby for best dramatic series. Jessie has developed series for Hulu, ABC, The CW, and staffed on Skam Austin for Facebook Watch. Her latest short ‘He’s the One’ premieres at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She lives in LA with her plants.
Sally Martin Katz is Curatorial Assistant of Photography at SFMOMA and PhD candidate in Art History at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She earned an MA in Art History and an MFA in Photography from the Sorbonne. While living in Paris, she worked as curatorial assistant at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and worked on the photographic archive of the Greek, Roman & Etruscan Antiquities Department at the Louvre. She has held internships at New York’s International Center of Photography Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MoMA. She received a BA magna cum laude in Art History and French Literature from Brown University.
David Katznelson is the CEO of Reboot. A Grammy nominated music producer, in his 30+ years in the music industry, he worked in high school for Bill Graham Presents, as a college radio DJ, as vice president of A&R at Warner Bros., and as the head of the independent label group, The Birdman Recording Group, Inc.
Josh Kun is an author, curator, and cultural historian. His most recent books include the LA Times bestseller The Autograph Book of L.A.: Improvements on the Page of the City (2019), Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez (2018), and The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles (2017). As a curator he has worked with SFMOMA, the Getty Foundation, the California African American Museum, The Vincent Price Art Museum, The Grammy Museum, and others. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Berlin Prize, he is Director of the USC Annenberg School of Communication, where is a Professor and holds the Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication.
Jo Lampert is a Brooklyn based performer. Selected New York: David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theater, Lortel Nom); The Bengsons’ Hundred Days; Sonya Tayeh’s you’ll still call me by name; The Civilians’ Rimbaud in NY, Bedlam’s & Steven Sater's New York Animals and Classic Stage Company’s Iphigenia in Aulis. Selected regional: Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Marie Antoinette (Dir. Rebecca Taichman); Prometheus Bound (Dir. Diane Paulus) and The Last Goodbye (Williamstown Theater Festival). TV: Amazon’s Transparent: The Musicale Finale; Netflix’s Orange is the New Black; Hulu’s The Path. Jo also sang on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Later… with Jools Holland, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien during her time on world tour with the band tUnE-yArDs in support of their 2014 album Nikki Nack.
Gillian Laub is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. Laub has spent the past two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring complex family and community relationships. Laub’s first monograph, Testimony (Aperture), began as a response to the second intifada in the Middle East. Laub spent over a decade exploring issues of racism in the American South. This work became Laub’s first feature length, directed and produced, documentary film, Southern Rites that premiered on HBO. Her monograph, Southern Rites (Damiani) and traveling museum exhibition are used as a teaching tool in schools and institutions across the country. She contributes regularly to many publications such as Vanity Fair, TIME, and the New York Times Magazine.
Karen Leibowitz is an advocate, writer, and restaurateur seeking improvements to our food system. She is Executive Director of Zero Foodprint, a nonprofit which was named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for its work on food-related climate solutions. She has also co-written two cookbooks: Mission Street Food (with Anthony Myint) and Atelier Crenn (with Dominique Crenn) and her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and other publications. As co-founder of several award-winning and pioneering restaurants (Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, and Commonwealth), Karen was nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur in 2019. InStyle included Karen in their inaugural list of “50 Badass Women.”
Libby has worked at the intersection of politics, communications, activism and culture related to Israel/Palestine for more than 15 years. She is the Vice President for Public Engagement at the New Israel Fund. Prior to joining NIF, Libby lived and worked in the Israeli non-profit field for almost a decade. In addition to human rights work, Libby worked for documentary films including Budrus and The Law in These Parts, new media initiatives like +972 Magazine, and for progressive campaigns. She is a founding member of Zazim-Community Action and The Whistle. Libby lives in Brooklyn with her psychoanalyst husband.
Rachel Levin is the president of Fundamental, a boutique philanthropic and political consulting firm that works with individuals and families to increase their impact on the issues they care about most. Rachel is a board member of the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Alliance for Justice. She is the co-founder of Reboot.
Jeremiah Lockwood’s music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to the legendary Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City. He also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and performed in his choir. Jeremiah’s band The Sway Machinery seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York City. The Sway Machinery has played around the world, including stints at legendary music festivals like Montreal Jazz, Roskilde, and perhaps most notably, Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. He is currently completing his PhD at Stanford University.
Jill Magid is a conceptual artist, writer and filmmaker. Magid interrogates structures of power on an intimate level, exploring the emotional, philosophical, and legal tensions between institutions and individual agency. Her first documentary feature The Proposal premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and was released in theaters across the US with Oscilloscope Laboratories. Magid is the recipient of the 2017 Calder Prize. Solo exhibitions include Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, San Francisco Art Institute, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Liverpool, and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands. She is the author of four novellas.
Collier Meyerson is contributor at New York Magazine and WIRED magazine. She is a Knobler Fellow at the Type Media Center, where she focuses on reporting about race and politics. She received an Emmy for her work on the MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes and has won two National Association of Black Journalists awards. She lives in New York with her husband and baby.
Tony Michels teaches history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he serves as director of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies. His book, A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York, won the Salo Baron Prize for the best first book in Jewish Studies. He is editor of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History and co-editor of The Cambridge History of Judaism: The Modern World. His essays and reviews have appeared in Meatpaper, Jacobin, Forward, Guilt & Pleasure, Heckler, and other publications.
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi for the past 22 years. Rabbi Mintz became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem in 2004 and serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. In 2018, Rabbi Mintz’s one woman show “You May Think I’m Funny, But It’s Not” premiered and sold out at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco.
Courtney Desiree Morris is a visual/conceptual artist and an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been published in Stranger’s Guide, make/shift: feminisms in motion, and Asterix. For more about her work visit www.courtneydesireemorris.com.
Gabi Moskowitz is the creator of the nationally-acclaimed budget cooking blog BrokeAss Gourmet (brokeassgourmet.com), author of four books, and producer of Freeform's Young & Hungry inspired by her life and writing. Gabi's work can also be found in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Jewish Week, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Novato, California with her husband and daughter, and is at work on her fifth book.
Anthony Myint is a chef and activist mobilizing the restaurant industry toward healthy soil as a solution to the climate crisis. He is the Co-Founder of the restaurant Mission Chinese Food and the nonprofit Zero Foodprint, which was named 2020 Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. He is also the winner of the 2019 Basque Culinary World Prize for Zero Foodprint and its Restore California program, a collaboration with the state government engaging consumers in crowd-funding grants for farmers to convert their land to regenerative agriculture and help reverse global warming
Most known as Lola on Hulu’s Difficult People, Shakina can also be seen in the Amazon’s Transparent Musicale Finale, which she helped to write and produce with Jill and Faith Soloway. Additionally, Jessica Jones (Netflix) and The Detour (TBS). Broadway: 24-Hour Plays, Red Bucket Follies. Currently developing her autobiographical glamrock odyssey Manifest Pussy; and Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club, a great American play about Trans women in Thailand, premiering at Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer. Recognitions: The Lilly Award, TRU Humanitarian Award, OUT 100, and two-time Drama League fellow.
David Pescovitz is a writer, futurist, content strategist, and producer whose work focuses on science, technology, art, and culture. He is a partner/editor at Boing Boing, a research director at Institute for the Future, and co-founder of Ozma Records, a music label focused on the intersection of science, art, and consciousness to spark the imagination. In 2018 he won a Grammy Award for co-producing The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition. Pescovitz was also the founding editor-at-large for Make: magazine and he has written for Wired, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications.
Kendell Pinkney is a Brooklyn based theatre-maker and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His collaborative works have been presented at venues such as 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, the 14th St. Y, and Two River Theatre, to name a few. Kendell’s broader interest in ethnic diversity among Jews led him to team up with spoken-word artist, Vanessa Hidary, to produce Kaleidoscope, a monologue showcase that foregrounds the stories of Jews of Color, and Jews from Sephardic and Mizrachi backgrounds.
Eddy Portnoy is a historian of unusual Jewish phenomena. His 2017 book, Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press, was described by the New York Times as “a succession of outlandish misadventures, a wild panorama populated by an astonishing array of characters.” An occasional contributor to the Forward and Tablet Magazine, his headier publications can be found in numerous academic journals. He currently serves as Academic Advisor and Director of Exhibitions at the YIVO Institute, where his exhibits, Yiddish Fight Club and Jews in Space, among others, have won plaudits from The New York Times and other fake journalistic outlets.
Ariana Reines is a poet and Obie-winning playwright. Her newest book, A SAND BOOK, was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Prize. Ariana has created performances for the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Le Movement Biel/Bienne, & many more.
Stacey Reiss is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who produces narrative and documentary films. She is the producer of THE EAGLE HUNTRESS which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics; and THE PERFECTION on Netflix starring Allison Williams. Other credits include TOKYO PROJECT, SUITED, THE DIPLOMAT, IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT, I KNEW IT WAS YOU, and IT’S ME HILARY; all acquired by HBO. Producer of SPACESHIP EARTH, a feature documentary about Biosphere 2, which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2020.
In her New York Times bestselling book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), Eve Rodsky applies her expertise in organizational management to a problem closer to home – a system for couples seeking balance, efficiency, and peace in their home.
Jodi Rudoren is Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, the nation’s leading Jewish news organization, helping reinvent the storied 123-year-old institution for the digital moment. She took the helm in September 2019 after more than two decades as a reporter, editor, and innovator at The New York Times, including a stint as Jerusalem bureau chief. Jodi was the executive producer of “One in 8 Million,” a 2009 multimedia series at The Times that won and Emmy Award for new approaches to documentary.
Bryan is the co-host of “Ask Ronna w/ Ronna (and Bryan)” as well as the Throwing Shade podcast. He currently plays Josh Russo on the Fox series “9-1-1.” You’ve also seen him on shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Superstore,” “Modern Family” and “Young and Hungry.” He won an Emmy for his work on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, a Webby for his web series “That’s Gay,” has been featured in the Out 100, and won a ‘Most Improved’ certificate for his work on his middle school basketball team.
Sasha Sagan has worked as a writer, producer, editor and speaker. Her essays and interviews about life and death through a secular lens have appeared in The Cut, O. the Oprah Magazine, The Literary Hub, Mashable and elsewhere. Sasha's new book, For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World, part memoir, part guidebook, and part social history, is an exploration the marvels of nature as revealed by science, that require no faith in order to be believed. Inverse named Sasha one of their Future 50, “a group of 50 people who will be forces of good in the 2020s”. She is the daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.
Aaron Samuels is the author of Yarmulkes & Fitted caps. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Asylum Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Samuels is a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective and ranked 3rd place at the Individual World Poetry Slam. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he serves as Co-Founder and COO of Blavity Inc. In his spare time, Aaron serves as co-founder and operator of the DTLA Jew-of-Color Moishe House.
Lacey Schwartz Delgado is an award-winning producer/writer/director/outreach strategist who draws on her interdisciplinary background to create compelling stories that span documentary and fiction. She produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary feature LITTLE WHITE LIE and produced the feature narrative DIFRET which won the audience awards at Sundance and Berlin International Film Festival. She is also the National Outreach Director for Be’chol Lashon. A native of Woodstock, NY and resident of Rhinebeck, NY, Lacey has a BA from Georgetown and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Laurie Segall is the founder of Dot Dot Dot, a media company exploring technology through the human lens. Segall is an award-winning journalist who has interviewed the world’s most influential tech leaders including Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook. She hosts First Contact, a weekly podcast series that explores the people and technology that are changing what it means to be human. Segall is also a correspondent for the new 60 Minutes program “60 in 6” on Quibi. Previously, She was CNN’s senior tech correspondent, covering technology and culture for a decade.
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards and author of the best-selling book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week about her family’s decade-long practice of Technology Shabbats. Tiffany’s work has received over 80 awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. Her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York just premiered her new live cinematic essay performance Dear Human February 2020.
Noam Shuster was born in Jerusalem in 1987, she is an award winning comedian performing globally in 3 languages and was named the “Jewish Comedian of the Year” in London in 2018. She was the first Jewish performer in the Palestine Comedy Festival. Currently Noam is at Harvard University developing her one woman comedy show. Noam gets into viral middle eastern scandals every now and then due to her comedy and dreams of the day she can visit her mother’s hometown in Iran.
Larry Smith is the creator of Six-Word Memoir® project, a bestselling book series and popular tool for self-expression in classrooms and board rooms, festivals and houses of faith, veterans groups and speed-dating sessions, and anywhere people gather. One Six-Word Memoir, “Escaped war; war never escaped me,” has become a 70-minute one-woman show, A MAP OF MYSELF, written by and starring Sara Abou Rashed, and produced and directed by Larry. MAP makes its West Coast debut at Ideas Festival.
Faith Soloway has roots firmly established in the musical comedy world. She wrote and directed for Chicago’s Second City, as well as helping to put the Annoyance Theater on the map. In Boston, she was a vibrant part of the folk scene, fusing her musical comedy with the folk scene, creating “Schlock Operas” like “Miss Folk America,” and “Jesus Has Two Mommies.” For the last five years, Faith was a writer/producer on Amazon’s award winning television show “Transparent,” and composed the music for it's finale. She is on track to bring it to a Broadway premiere soon, god-willing
Francesco Spagnolo works at UC Berkeley as the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Professor of Music and Jewish Studies, and is an anchor for the cultural programs of RAI, Italian National Radio. He has curated over 30 museum exhibitions and established the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection and the Roman Vishniac Archive. His teaching and research cover music and ritual in the global Jewish Diaspora, the theory and practice of archives, and the digital humanities. Among his publications are Italian Jewish Musical Traditions (Hebrew University, 2001), The Jewish World (Rizzoli, 2014).
Stephen Standridge is a digital artist working in San Francisco whose work engages viewers’ spatial intuition highlighting the connection between the human mind and the world around it. His procedural work depicts surreal environments that reflect the impact of humanity on the natural world, creating contemplative spaces focusing on environmental impact. His interactive work uses sculptural controllers that allow viewers to impact a virtual world through their physical actions. He has shown work at Dreamforce, Google IO, Burning Man, and the immersive experience The End of You. He is currently a member of the Gray Area arts and culture incubator.
Jessica Tully is a social practice artist and award-winning civic engagement innovator. Jessica’s performances and activations have been seen at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Hammer Museum, Alcatraz Island, and in an opening ceremony for Ms. Erykah Badu. Jessica matriculated into Bay Area bohemia at the age of four from West Philly and NYC. She does not speak a lick of Hebrew, and has had no formal Jewish education, but finds great meaning in the cycles of the moon, her grandparents’ Yiddish songs, and free dives into the pacific ocean. Her edition multiple, the Cell Phone Sleeping Bag, is now in its 10th year and was added to the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum in NYC, in Contemporary Judaica.
Shoshana Ungerleider, MD is a physician, founder of End Well and a leading voice in the movement to transform healthcare into a human-centered experience. Shoshana’s focus on serious illness and end of life led her to executive produce Oscar-nominated documentaries Extremis and End Game as well as create the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund. Her perspective on improving how people are cared for throughout the continuum of life has been featured in PBS NewsHour, CBS News, HuffPost, San Francisco Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, STAT and many others.
Ayelet Waldman is the best selling author of A Really Good Day, the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace. She edited Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons,Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation, and Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases. Her books are published around the world. She wrote and executive produced Unbelievable on Netflix.
Eric is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between hate violence and preserving
democratic governance and inclusive societies. His 30 years of leadership includes founding the
Community Alliance of Lane County; establishing over 120 task forces in six states through the
Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment; supporting immigrant rights advocates as
National Field Director for the Center for New Community; serving as The Atlantic
Philanthropies’ U.S. Reconciliation and Human Rights Executive and Ford Foundation Program
Officer; and volunteer leadership with numerous organizations. Eric’s writings and speeches are
widely quoted and credited with key narrative shifts in defense of inclusive democracy.
Sarah Waxman is the passionate Founder of At The Well, which connects women around the world with Well Circles, monthly gatherings around the ritual of Rosh Chodesh and honoring the new moon. By creating a worldwide network anchored in innovative content, relevant education and Well Circles, all women can find sacred spaces to feel connected to themselves, Jewish spirituality, and community. ATW was created out of love; it is a place to be witnessed, and to witness others, to share, to learn, and a place to connect Jewish heritage to everyday life. At The Well inspires women to empower themselves, live whole lives, and lift each other up.
Matt Wolf’s critically acclaimed and award winning documentary films include Wild Combination about the cult cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell, Teenage about early youth culture and the birth of teenagers, and Recorder about the activist Marion Stokes, who secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years. Matt’s Sundance premiering film Spaceship Earth is about Biosphere 2, a controversial experiment where 8 people lived inside a replica of the planet. His short films include HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary about the Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight, Bayard & Me about the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and I Remember about the artist Joe Brainard.
M. Evan Wolkenstein is a high school teacher and author of the young adult novel Turtle Boy (Penguin Random House, May 2020). He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Hebrew University, and the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. His work can be found in Tablet Magazine, The Washington Post, Engadget, My Jewish Learning, and BimBam.com. He lives with his wife and daughter in Novato, California. For more information, please visit evanwolkenstein.com.
Manny Yekutiel is the owner of Manny's, a community-focused civic event space in San Francisco's Mission District that includes a non-profit restaurant and political bookshop. Manny's was established in 2018 and was named a 2019 "Small Business of the Year" by the California State Senate, District 11. Manny also worked on President Obama and Secretary Clinton's Presidential campaign, was Chief of Staff of FWD.us, and a White House intern.