2022 / 5782 Cohort

Hadar Ahuvia

Hadar Ahuvia (she/her) is an independent dancer, choreographer, Jewish educator and service leader weaving her love of movement, song, and Jewish community in NYC/Lenapehoking for the past ten years. She is a performer with Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group and works at synagogues across the Jewish denominations. Her choreographic work has been supported by Baryshnikov Arts Center, the 14th St. Y, Danspace Project, Yaddo, Movement Research, and Gibney Dance among others. Ahuvia is a recipient of a Bessie nomination for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer, was one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch in 2019,’ and a 2020 New Brooklyn Culture Fellow with Tatyana Tenebaum. Her essay on choreographing a diasporic Israeli identity beyond Zionism is featured in the Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and Dance. hadarahuvia.com

Rena Branson

Rena Branson (they/she) is a Jewish composer, ritual leader, and educator who uplifts personal and collective healing through song. They founded A Queer Nigun Project, which organizes community singing events for LGBTQIA2S+ folks and sends Jewish spiritual audio content to people who are incarcerated in NYC jails. Rena writes new tunes for liturgy and teaches traditional Hasidic melodies, expanding access to their power for all seekers. She is a Reiki practitioner and also serves as the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir on unceded Lenni Lenape land in Philadelphia. You can enjoy Rena’s original music on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Youtube. Learn more at renabranson.com

Rachael Bregman

Rabbi Rachael Bregman (she/her) has been the Berman Family Rabbinate Rabbi in Brunswick, GA since 2013. She is a fellow at Rabbis Without Borders and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Rachael is a co-founder of Tzedek Georgia, the Reform Movement’s social justice arm for the state of Georgia, and of the Glynn Clergy for Equity–a clergy group committed to ameliorating the damages of racism through building relationships across community sectors. Beyond Judaism and justice, Rachael has engaged in many outdoor pursuits, bakes semi-professionally, was a Lieutenant in the US Navy and is a mom to both a tiny human and a rescue dog.

Daniel Brenner

Rabbi Daniel Brenner (he/him) serves as the Vice President of Education for Moving Traditions, where he weaves together ancient wisdom, developmental psychology, social pedagogy, embodied practice, and pop culture to help a diverse network of rabbis, educators, and volunteer leaders who mentor teens. Prior to joining Moving Traditions in 2011, Daniel led educational programs for CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Auburn Theological Seminary, and the Birthright Israel Foundation. Brenner is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; he furthered his studies with Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (z’l), and for the last five years he has been obsessed with studying and teaching shtetl dance. He lives with his beloved, Dr. Lisa Brenner, in Montclair, New Jersey and they are the proud parents of three young adults. 

Miriam Brodersen

Miriam Brodersen (she/her) is a somatic psychotherapist and Jewish prayer leader. As a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Level 1 Somatic Experiencing practitioner, Miriam uses mindfulness as a tool to help people heal at a core level. She brings a commitment to social justice to her healing work and believes that learning to love ourselves is a crucial piece of societal transformation. As a founding member of Sacred Monsters Havurah, Miriam regularly leads Shabbat services that bring joy to the work of collective liberation. She lives on unceded Eno land in Durham, NC, with her partner and six-year old child, where she can often be found walking by the Eno River. Read more about her work at www.miriambrodersen.com

Shira Kline

Shira Kline (she, her) is a performance and ritual artist, recognized as a revolutionary educator and named one of the new re-engineers of Jewish life today. Co-founder of Storahtelling and Lab/Shul, she serves as Spiritual Leader, weaving liturgy, text, story and song. Shira practices in the field of sacred play. She is known in the sanctuary as a spiritual adventurist and to the under-five set as ShirLaLa while she tours extensively locally and globally with a vibrant invitation to connect, for a new and realized conscious world. Among these endeavors, Shira travels with her queer, gender non conforming kiddie-rock band, has been featured on NPR for creative spiritual work in the pandemic, designs and produces tailored programming for PJ Library International, Hava Nashira, HUC-JIR Seminary, SLBC, amongst numerous international training conferences, hosted a podcast interviewing queer Jewish leaders, and has recorded four award-winning albums. Expansive and imaginative, she’s here with an invitation to nourish and ignite expression of the spirit. At home in Brooklyn, unceded Lenape lands, she lives to cook, dance, and play with her beloved and their daughter.

Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter (she/her) is a Jewish meditation teacher, consultant, and urban planner. She is a leader of spiritual practice, designs and facilitates large and small gatherings all over the world, and loves working with nonprofits and foundations to deepen and grow community. After completing her BS in Civil Engineering at The Cooper Union and an MS in Urban Planning at Columbia University, she accidentally started the Jewish Meditation Center in NYC and began leading meditation at schools and universities, museums, farms, monasteries, and bars, from Mexico City to Brooklyn and Mumbai to Los Angeles. When she’s not teaching and working with individuals, communities, and organizations to create inclusive, accessible, and radically amazing experiences, she’s probably in the garden with her partner, Andy, three year old daughter Billie, and almost one year old son Solomon. Read more about her at alisonlaichter.com.

Autumn Leonard

Autumn Leonard (she/they) inherited a love of equality from her parents who braved laws against interracial marriage and got legally hitched in 1960. Her love of storytelling began when she was eight years old and accidentally stumbled into a stage debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. That combination of justice and story has infused her work ever since. Autumn has been leading racial and social justice trainings since 2001. A mother of two, Autumn believes avidly in the importance of play in education, that liberation begins in our bodies, and that you’re never too young or too old to start talking and taking action about race! She applies playfulness and progressive education techniques to leading workshops and conversations for parents and kids about race, using yoga and mindfulness techniques.

Mariana Pardes

Mariana Pardes (she/her) is a somatic practitioner who believes that embodied practices are integral to embracing the depth and breadth of our humanity and to nurturing our liberation at personal, collective, and structural levels. In her private practice, Somatic Therapy Philly, she approaches 1:1 session work through a multidimensional lens that is informed by her lived experience and healing journey as a queer woman from an Ashkenazi-Argentine immigrant family. Mariana also has experience as a social researcher, educator, and community organizer on projects relevant to LGBTQIA+, Latine, Jewish, and low-income communities. She holds an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Amy Price

Amy Price (she/her) loves all things outdoors, homesteading and cooking for friends. She lives in Chamblee, GA, with her husband, son and ever-changing number of chickens. Professionally, she supports people with disabilities to find job opportunities and dream big for their lives. She also works for Repair the World organizing educational opportunities and for Ramah Darom where she plants the garden and leads hikes. She spent time at Isabella Freedman working for The Teva Learning Center doing outdoor environmental education. This is where her passion developed for exploring the connection between Judaism and the natural world. She also spent time farming at a youth village in Rwanda.

Eliana Rubin

Eliana Rubin (they/she) is a queer Jewish femme living in Durham, North Carolina on unceded Shakori & Eno land. Eliana has dedicated their life as a politicized healer and cultural organizer to transforming impacts of intergenerational trauma and oppression. They are a somatic practitioner trained with Generative Somatics and running their own business, Somatic Sanctuary. Her practice is informed by a decade of experience working with plants and people including: full spectrum doula work; farming and herbalism; gaining a Masters Degree in Embodiment Studies; writing about embodied, collective safety as a challenge to militarized borders, policing, and ethno-nationalism; and Theater of the Oppressed facilitation. Eliana deeply believes in the power of beauty and pleasure as transgressive forces towards embodied connections with land and lineage. www.doraeliana.com

Rory Michelle Sullivan

Rory Michelle Sullivan (she/her), as a songwriter, musician, and Jewish educator, creates and leads joyful song and moving melodies that connect us to the deepest parts of ourselves and facilitates experiences that inspire individuals to become the most self-realized version of themselves. Her catchy, singable musical, RISING IN LOVE, is the modern-day coming of age story in which interracial Jewish couple Rosie and Scott must overcome their deepest fears to make modern love work. She believes that there is magic in the intimacy of theater, ritual, and singing together. Noted on Jewish Rock Radio and at URJ Biennial as an Emerging Artist, Rory Michelle is poised to become an influential leader in contemporary Jewish music and education nation-wide. From tiny babies to the eldest members of our communities, from lively camp and synagogue Shabbat programs to intimate healing services, Rory Michelle has touched thousands of individuals with her enchanting voice and spirit.

Enzi Tanner

Enzi Tanner (he/him) is a trans, disabled, Black American, Jew living in Minneapolis. Enzi is a Community organizer, a consultant, a licensed social worker, and an ICF-certified life coach. Enzi supports his clients to achieve their goals by embracing their authentic selves. His areas of expertise include: career path and role transitions, wellness practice, self-care and work/life balance, role definition and professional goal-setting, and gaining confidence while embracing your authentic self.