Aliza Libman Baronofsky was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Toronto. She studied Tanach at Midreshet Lindenbaum and York University, where she earned an advanced certificate in Hebrew and Jewish studies in addition to her academic degrees. Aliza also has an ALM in Math for Teaching from Harvard University. Aliza taught Tanach and math to middle and high school students at the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA from 2005-2016. There, she launched www.chumashandmath.blogspot.com, a repository of interdisciplinary lesson plans she has designed and implemented. In 2016, Aliza moved with her husband and daughters to Rockville, MD. She now teaches at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and is a proud member of Kehilat Pardes - the Rock Creek Synagogue, where she volunteers as a Mikvah administrator.
Dalia Davis double majored in Jewish History and Dance at Barnard College, studied at Israel’s Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, and received an M.A. in Jewish Education and a certificate in Talmud and Halacha from YU’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women. Dalia is a co-founder and CSO (Chief Spiritual Officer) of Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys. She currently teaches adult education courses for the Florence Melton School in Minneapolis and teaches advanced Judaic studies at the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, Dalia served as Rosh Beit Midrash for the Merkavah Women’s Torah Institute in Berkeley, CA, was a Melton instructor in Springfield, MA, and served as Jewish dance educator for the Foundation for Jewish Camps. She is also the creator of Beit Midrash in Motion, a fully embodied approach to Jewish text study.
Adina Fredman teaches classes at Maharat on gemara and tanakh. She has been an informal educator at Drisha and the shoelet for the July Beit Midrash. After teaching Limudei Kodesh at SAR Academy for fifteen years, she became a full time student at Drisha in 2009. She has studied in the Beit Midrash, Scholars Beit Midrash and July Institute Programs.
Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz was born in Sydney, Australia, and grew up in Great Britain. After gaining a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, she made aliyah in 1980, and lived in Jerusalem for 17 years. While there, she gained an MA in Prehistory from the Hebrew University, served as assistant librarian of the Israel Antiquities Authority and production editor of the Israel Exploration Journal, and worked as an archaeological translator and editor; she also met and married her husband Norm, a fellow member of Kehillat Yedidya, and both her daughters were born in Jerusalem. In 1998, after moving to London, Lindsey graduated from the Susi Bradfield Women Educators' Programme, and became a Teaching Fellow at London School of Jewish Studies, as well as editing academic books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She gained her PhD in Jewish Studies and Anthropology from University College London in 2016, and her revised thesis will be published as a book, Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women, by the Littman Library in 2020. Lindsey has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, King's College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and will lead the Fishman Faculty Seminar at the Deaprtment of Jewish Studies of Vassar College, NY, in spring 2019. She is active in interfaith projects, and served as a Scriptural Reasoning Facilitator at the Cambridge Interfaith Programme's International Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015. She teaches regularly at Limmud in the UK, and has presented sessions at Limmoed Netherlands and Limmud South Africa, as well as around Britain in many Jewish communities. She is a founding member of the Hendon Partnership Minyan, and teaches leyning to adults and bat mitzvah girls.
Amalia Haas works as an educator and consultant in the Jewish agricultural space and beyond through her company Bee Awesome. She facilitates life cycle events, professional development, and community retreats grounded in mindfulness, bibliodrama, nature, art and music. She has a particular passion for experiential education and bees, and finds them a powerful duo for mobilizing around the climate crisis. She holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and a B.A. in Musical Performance from Oberlin College. Amalia lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Adam, six children ages 9 - 23, and many honeybees (the bees are outside). In her community, she is the founder of Yitzmach, a Jewish intentional community focused on Torah learning, mindfulness and responding to the environmental crisis.
Judith Levitan has worked for the last 10 years in the social justice sector as a lawyer, community legal education coordinator, and project manager. Prior to that she worked as a lawyer in a top tier commercial law firm. She currently works for Legal Aid NSW designing legal services for people who are socially and economically disadvantaged. She holds degrees in Law and Social Work from the University of NSW. Her honours thesis in social work examined community attitudes to domestic violence in the Orthodox Jewish community. Judith has studied in a number of Jewish settings including Midreshet HaRova and Nishmat.
Judith lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a founding member of the Jewish Alliance Against Domestic Violence, a voluntary organisation of women seeking to raise awareness about domestic violence and respectful relationships in the Sydney Jewish Community. For a number of years she has represented the NSW Jewish Community at various interfaith events. She is an active member of the Sydney Women’s Tefilah Group and teaches bat mitzvah students. Judith is interested in the intersection of Jewish law and feminism. She is excited to combine her professional skills and experience with Jewish learning as a student of Yeshivat Maharat.
Amy Newman comes to Maharat with thirteen years of experience teaching in Jewish day schools, where she has taught every grade from kindergarten through twelfth. Currently, Amy is the Judaic Studies Curriculum Coordinator and middle school Tanakh teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, MA. Previously she worked at Gann Academy: the New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, where taught Judaic Studies, ran a character development program for students and faculty based on mussar teachings, and served as a rabbinic presence to the young high school students to whom she taught and counseled. Amy has a BA in Jewish Studies from McGill University, an EdM in Learning and Teaching from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle.
Daniella Pressner is the Head of School of the Akiva School in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Jerusalem, Daniella grew up in Chicago and received her BA from Barnard College in Religion and Dance and her MA from Vanderbilt University in Jewish Studies. Her Masters thesis centered on an analysis of Bat Pharaoh's character and identity in ancient, medieval and modern times. She was a member of the Scholar’s Circle and the Summer Talmud Intensives at the Drisha Institute in NYC and has studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Daniella has served on the Board of HaYedion, is a past president of Jewish Family Service of Nashville and currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Middle School in Nashville. Daniella was awarded a DSLTI fellowship for future leaders of Jewish Day Schools and her writings have been published in the PEJE, Avi Chai, RAVSAK and JOFA journals. Daniella has taught nationally on curricular design & implementation, teacher/child differentiation and support and children and spirituality. She is married to Rabbi Saul Strosberg of Congregation Sherith Israel in Nashville and the mother of four spunky children.
Lisa Schlaff is the Director of Judaic Studies at SAR High School in Riverdale,
New York where she teaches Talmud and Tanakh. She has an EdM in Curriculum Development from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and has completed coursework towards a doctorate in Talmud at New York University. Lisa has studied and taught at the Drisha Institute and is a graduate of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program. She is a co-founder of the Darkhei Noam minyan in Manhattan.
Rabbi Alana Suskin is an educator, activist, and widely-published writer. Ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in California, she also holds BAs in Philosophy and Russian Linguistics, an MA in Philosophy and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, and is a popular speaker and teacher around the country. She is a senior managing editor of the progressive blog Jewschool.com, called “The most important thing happening online in the Jewish community today,” by noted Jewish sociologists Ari Kelman & Steven M. Cohen. Rabbi Suskin served as Assistant Rabbi at Adas Israel in Washington DC, the first synagogue in the USA to be addressed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Director of Lifelong Learning at Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, MD. Out of a passionate love for Israel and Zionism, she turned her rabbinate toward Israel advocacy and education with the Zionist, two-state policy organization, Americans for Peace Now. She has served on the boards of T’ruah, Jews United for Justice, and Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. As an outgrowth of her long-time peace-building and interfaith efforts, she has recently co-founded the Pomegranate Foundation, which sends a pair of Muslim and Jewish religious leaders to churches in areas with small numbers of Jews and/or Muslims, to be in dialogue with and to build relationships across faith traditions in order to reduce anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and increase understanding and friendship in the USA.
Dr. Ágnes (Ági) Veto, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion at Vassar College, grew up in Budapest, where she undertook the study of Hebrew and Aramaic, and earned an undergraduate degree in Biblical and Jewish Studies from Eotvos Lorand University. She received an advanced degree in Jewish Studies from the London University School of Oriental and African Studies and spent a year at Oxford Postgraduate Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She spent two years in Paris at the Sorbonne, at both the Institute Catholique and École Practique Des Hauts Études, as student, translator and teacher of English, and has studied Talmud at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Ms. Veto earned an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the Rothberg Graduate School of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a further M.A. at New York University, where she also teaches, and has earned her PhD at NYU in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature.
Dr. Wendy Zierler is Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR in New York. Prior to joining HUC-JIR she was a Research Fellow in the English Department of the University of Hong Kong, where she taught from 1996-2001. She received her Ph.D. and her MA from Princeton University and her BA from Yeshiva University. In December 2016 she also received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of Movies and Midrash: Popular Film and Jewish Religious Conversation (SUNY 2017, Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience, 2017) and of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Hebrew Women’s Writing (Wayne State UP, 2004), in addition to many articles on Jewish literature and the Bible from a feminist / gender Studies perspective. Together with Carole Balin, she edited two books on forgotten Hebrew prose writer and feminist critic Hava Shapiro (1878-1943). In 2017 she was named Co-Editor-in Chief of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.