Shani Gross is the Director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, a new center of learning on the West Coast that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts in a pluralistic, warm and intellectually challenging environment. She is passionate about exploring Jewish texts and creating communities around that pursuit. Before co-founding the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, she studied in a number of Jewish institutions including Migdal Oz, the Drisha Institute and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Shani earned a dual degree in Jewish Studies and Marketing from Stern College at Yeshiva University. She lectures around the San Francisco Bay Area on topics relating to Tanakh and Midrash and how they speak to our modern Jewish community.