Rachel Adelman has been teaching Tanakh and Midrash at various venues, including MaTaN, the Conservative Yeshivah, and the Hebrew University, where she is currently pursuing her doctorate in Hebrew Literature. She also writes poetry inspired by her studies. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.
Yakov Azriel was recently awarded a fellowship from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture for his poetry. Four of his poems have won prizes in international poetry competitions. His first full-length collection of poetry on Jewish themes, entitled Threads From A Coat Of Many Colors, will be published by Time Being Books in November 2004.
Marla Brettschneider is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Feminist Theory in the departments of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Among her numerous publications and edited projects on Jewish diversity issues, she is the author of Democratic Theorizing From the Margins (Temple University Press, 2002) and Cornerstones of Peace: Jewish Identity Politics and Democratic Theory (Rutgers University Press, 1996) and the editor of The Narrow Bridge: Jewish Views on Multiculturalism (Rutgers University Press, 1996, foreword by Cornel West), which won the Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Award. Look out for her forthcoming book, Queer Encounters of the Jewish Kind.
Jennifer Chau began her community activism at Wellesley College, where she co-founded Fusion, the on-campus group for mixed students. In 1999, she founded Swirl, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to uniting the mixed community by providing support and education to families, individuals, transracial adoptees, and inter-racial/cultural/faith couples. Last year she co-founded "The Fusion Series," a discussion series dedicated to exploring ethnicity and identity, and "Mixed Media Watch," a grassroots coalition working to promote more realistic portrayals of mixed people and families in the media. Jen pays her bills by working at New York University and hopes to begin her graduate studies next year.
Michele Clark is a professional mental health counselor, a faculty member in the graduate program in Counseling and Psychology at Goddard College, and Director of its internship program. She also has an M.A. in Jewish Studies. She has written on issues in American Jewish identity for The Reconstructionist, [End Page 284] Bridges, and The Journal of the John Dewey Society and has contributed to three volumes on the psychology of Jewish women, all of which have won awards from the Association of Women in Psychology.
Michal Ben Ya'akov teaches history at the Efrata College for Education in Jerusalem. She has lectured at the Hebrew University and Touro College and in teacher training programs of the Ministry of Education. She is currently completing a book on the immigration and settlement of North African Jews in nineteenth-century Eretz Israel, to be published by the Ben-Zvi Institute. In recent years she has focused on women migrating from North Africa to Eretz Israel. She has published articles and lectured widely at international conferences on these topics.
Carol Conaway is an Assistant Professor in the Women's Studies Program and the Department of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests are primarily in political communication, black feminism, and urban politics. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her dissertation was on the language of nationalism in rabbinic midrashim. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yehiel Grenimann directs the Conversion Institute of the Masorti Movement in Israel. For several years, he directed the Ot Va'ed Institute for Holocaust Education. In addition to rabbinic ordination, he holds an M.A. in Contemporary Jewry and a Certificate in Oral History, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is former chair of Rabbis for Human Rights and has served as the rabbi of several congregations in Israel.
Cole Krawitz is a 25-year-old Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jew with white skin privilege raised in a Conservative Jewish community, trans, pansexual, cancer...