Tali Schaum Broder

Tali Schaum Broder grew up as a child of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.  Rabbi Weiss was her rabbi and role model in Torah and spiritual activism.  One of Tali’s favorite activities growing up was giving divrei Torah in front of the entire HIR congregation.  Her formal education began at SAR Academy and continued at Ma’ayanot High School.  Summers were spent at Camp Moshava, first as camper then as staff, including summers in the Beit Midrash Program, where she both learned and taught Torah.  Aliyah for Tali was a natural outgrowth of her strong religious Zionist upbringing, and after a year and a half at MMY in Israel Tali decided to make aliyah at age 20.  She continued her education at Bar Ilan where she received her degrees in Educational Counseling and Tanach.  During that time she served as a madricha at Tiferet and volunteered with NESTO, helping mentoring teen olim.  She then spent two years post college studying at Migdal Oz, where she strengthened her skills and love of learning. Tali has earned a certificate in Couples Counseling and maintains a private practice, and has become a certified Kallah teacher, studying with Shani Taragin through the program in Gush Etzion.  

While she and her husband Yechiel lived in Jerusalem they were part of the Garin Torani in Neve Yaakov, where, among other activities, Tali tutored Ethiopian and Russian immigrant students, and occasionally gave divrei Torah to the women of the Garin.  She was also instrumental in helping the Misrad HaChinuch to reestablish, for the first time in 32 years, the International Chidon HaTanach for Adults.  She has worked in the Herzl Center and served as a guide at the Herzl Museum, leading tours in English and Hebrew for hundreds of Israeli high school students and English-speaking tourists.  Tali and Yechiel have two beautiful girls.

Rebecca Blady

Rebecca Blady aspires to be an idea generator for the Jewish people. Together with her husband, Rebecca co-founded Base Berlin, a home-based, pluralistic Jewish community for young Jews in Berlin, Germany. She currently works with the Hillel Office of Innovation as its coordinator for the Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurship. She has also served as Rabbinic Intern at the Prospect Heights Shul and as a Fellow at ImmerseNYC and Hillel OOI. Rebecca teaches and writes on topics related to Jewish identity and spirituality, is a certified yoga teacher and ImmerseNYC Mikvah Guide. Rebecca holds a B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University. A proud granddaughter of four lively and loving Holocaust survivors, Rebecca advocates for a united global Jewish narrative and every individual Jewish story.

Jenna Englender

Jenna Englender is a member of the class of 2019 at Yeshivat Maharat. She is the Director of Outreach and Educational Initiatives at Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, CT. She has previously served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, as well as Communications Fellow for the Samuel Bronfman Foundation. Jenna is a member of the founding cohort of the Hillel Rabbinic Entrepreneurs Fellowship and has facilitated community conversations around conversion as co-founder of the Orthodox Converts Network. She is a graduate of the Kevah Teaching Fellowship in Berkeley, CA. Jenna holds a B.A. cum laude from the Gallatin School at NYU and lives in West Hartford with her husband, Sam and daughter, Maya.

Marianne Novak


Marianne Novak received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Barnard College and her JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. After law school, she used her law degree in the non-profit arena as the Endowment Director at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. She helped start the Women’s Tefillah Group at Bais Abraham in St. Louis and taught many of the new members how to read Torah.

Marianne and her husband, Dr. Noam Stadlan, then moved to Skokie, Illinois. While pregnant with her first child, she had somewhat of a career change. She became a Gabbait for the Skokie Women’s Tefillah Group and began teaching many young participants for their Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Soon after, Marianne became an instructor for the Florence Melton School of Adult Education in the Chicago area. She has been teaching and developing curriculum for this program for over 20 years. Marianne has also taught Bible and developed curriculum for Chicagoland Jewish High School.  She has lectured and taught for Hadassah, Yeshivah University Kollel Torah Mitzion, Matan in Chicago, Drisha Summer High School Program, Valley Beit Midrash, Congregation Or Torah and Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob synagogue. She also writes a blog for the Times of Israel.