PAST RETREAT EDUCATORS
Erica was our December 2017 Wominyan Featured Educator. She's the Managing Director the Office of Innovation at Hillel, a think and do tank that seeks to support creative Jewish programming. Along with her husband Dimitry, Erica co-founded Kehillat Harlem, a maker-minyan, and Based Harlem, a community for young adults in their neighborhood. Erica has a BFA in Dance, an MA in Dance and Sacred Texts from NYU, and is certified in experiential Jewish education by Yeshiva University.
Wominyan Content Focus: Sisterhood, Jealousy and Shine Theory: Breaking the Cycle of Rachel and Leah; Vulnerability and the Courage to Lead.
Jessica was our June 2017 Wominyan Featured Educator. She is a graduate student at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), working on a dual Master's in Jewish Gender Studies and Jewish Education. Before starting her studies in New York, Jessica spent two years at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel, an open, co-ed, and non-denominational Jewish learning community. There, she focused on a Jewish Education track. Today, Jessica is also shaping the next generation of leaders at List College in JTS, where she is the Jewish Life Director for students.
Wominyan Content Focus: What it Means to be a Jewish Woman Emotionally; Jewish Women as Storytellers and Memory Keepers
Jenna was our December 2016 Wominyan Jewish Educator. She is member of the class of 2019 at Yeshivat Maharat, the first Yeshiva to ordain women as Orthodox clergy. Prior to that, Jenna spent two years coordinating recruitment for The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community. As if this weren't enough to make Jenna an incredible teacher, she is also the co-founder of the Orthodox Converts Network and trained as a mikvah salon facilitator with ImmerseNYC. This year she implemented and ran the Jewish Learning Fellowship at Hillels of Westchester, which serves five college campuses across Westchester county.
Wominyan Content Focus: Esther and Jewish Women's Identity, Tefillah Workshop
Shamirah was the Jewish Educator at the inagural Wominyan in June 2016. Shamirah was ordained in the fourth cohort of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, training program in spiritual leadership for women on a Jewish path. She is also the CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) at Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA). She recently served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon's Adamah Farm and teaches, writes and consults on a national level on issues related to Judaism, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming.
Wominyan Content Focus: The 13 Netivot, or paths of Jewish women's leadership