WHP Madregot Summer Institute 2016: Faculty Bios
Rabbi Ariel Burger
Ariel Burger is a creative strategist, teacher and artist. After receiving rabbinical ordination in Israel from Yeshivat Bat Ayin and the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, he completed a doctorate at Boston University in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution under Elie Wiesel. From 2008-2014 he directed the Commission on Life and Learning at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, creating strategies for educational and organizational change in Boston and nationally. His work at CJP focused on the nexus of educational design, community organizing, and leadership development. Most recently, Ariel worked for PJ Library designing a new initiative for parents. Ariel has taught and led workshops across the country, has published essays on creativity, spirituality and leadership, and is now writing a book about Elie Wiesel’s educational legacy and its lessons for emerging leaders. A prolific artist, he has exhibited his work in venues across North America and Israel. He lives in Sharon, MA with his family.
Dr. Erica Brown
Dr. Erica Brown is a writer and educator who works as the scholar-in-residence for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and consults with for the Jewish Agency and other Jewish non-profits. Erica’s forthcoming books are Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon & Schuster) and Leadership in the Wilderness: Authority and Anxiety in the Book of Numbers. She is also the author of the books, Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Spiritual Boredom, Confronting Scandal, In the Narrow Places, Return and co-author of The Case for Jewish Peoplehood. Erica writes a monthly column for The New York Jewish Week and the website Psychology Today and writes a weekly column for JTA on Jewish leadership.
She was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow, winner of the Ted Farber Professional Excellence Award, recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education, and winner of the 2011 Bernie Reisman Award for Jewish Communal Service (Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University). Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She lectures widely on subjects of Jewish interest and leadership and writes a weekly internet essay called “Weekly Jewish Wisdom.” She tweets daily on one page of the Talmud at DrEricaBrown and tweets an inspirational quote or question called Happier Days. She resides with her husband and four children in Silver Spring, Maryland
Aaron Henne is the artistic director of theatre dybbuk, an innovative arts and education company, whose work focuses on Jewish folklore, rituals and history. He is also a multiple award winning playwright (LA Weekly and SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards) and long-time educator and creative facilitator. He has served as a professional mentor at Otis College of Art and Design and as Artistic Director for the Silverlake Independent JCC's collaborative arts initiative, Culture Lab. In addition, he has taught creative workshops at Dreamworks, Lucasfilm and Pixar. Aaron's writing process book, You Already Know, was published by Writ Large Press and he is a board member of The Association for Jewish Theatre, a 2014 PresenTenseLA fellow, a Wexner Field Fellow and a Dream Lab Teaching Fellow.
Lisa Kay Solomon
Innovation strategist Lisa Kay Solomon helps executive teams bring innovation into everyday work. Lisa teaches innovation as a leadership skill in at the interdisciplinary MBA in Design Strategy program, Singularity University, and at the Stanford d. School. With over a decade of scenario planning and leadership design, Lisa has worked with a wide variety of leaders from companies such as Citi Ventures, Audio of America, Toyota Financial Services, Herman Miller, and Autodesk, along with social impact institutions such as the Packard Foundation and Moore Foundation.
A passionate educator, Lisa is the executive producer of InspirED for Schools, an immersive leadership program for education leaders, and is responsible for the design and entrepreneurship strand of the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, hosted at The Nueva School for over 1000 educators and change makers.
Lisa is a TEDx speaker, and keynotes at leading business schools across the country including Stanford University, University of California- Berkeley, University of Virginia, and at leading global innovation conferences.
She coauthored the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change (Simon & Schuster). Her work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, Business Week, and more. Lisa earned a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University-Stern School of Business. She resides in Menlo Park, CA with her husband and two daughters.
Aliza Kline is a dynamic leader, and social entrepreneur. Aliza has served as the founding executive director of two successful startups: OneTable, a new online and in-person hub for young adults to create and share Shabbat dinners; and Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh and Education Center, an international model for re-imagining Jewish ritual open to the full diversity of the Jewish community. Aliza was awarded an Avi Chai Fellowship (best described as the “Jewish MacArthur Genius Grant”). Aliza is also an experienced consultant; clients include Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, The Jewish Education Project and UpStart Bay Area. A trained coach, Aliza has worked with clients throughout North America and Israel. Aliza earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Rabbi Bradley Solmsen and their daughters Ela, Gila and Nomi.
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz creates worlds of Jewish meaning and beauty by using all forms of media to create interactive, participatory events and programs rich in Jewish content as the Executive Director of Kol HaOt. Together with her father, David Moss, Rabbi Matt Berkowitz and Yair Medina, she co-founded Kol HaOt, a venture dedicated to conveying and educating Jewish ideas, texts and values through the arts. She is the full-time executive director of the organization, where she is both responsible for the educational content development and production, as well as the overall organizational management.
She is a founder of A Day Away productions, where she has produced major events for institutions and families, which magically weave Jewish texts, music, food, art and drama together to create experiences that are authentic, educational, inspirational, and fun. Elyssa created and runs the Zer Mitzvot experience for bat mitzvah girls and their parents.
Elyssa is a graduate of the Hartman Institute's Leadership forum, was a PresenTense global fellow, is an ROI community member, a CLI trained facilitator, and has served as the Jewish scholar in residence for Schusterman REALITY trips.
Orlee R. Turitz
Orlee R. Turitz is Managing Principal of Orlee|Golden, a leadership coaching, facilitation and training firm. Orlee is an Executive Leadership Coach focusing on transformative leadership for senior non-profit professionals and lay leaders, and a facilitator and trainer with specialties in strategic planning and non-profit Board governance. She served as the Program Director of RAVSAK’s Sulam 2.0 Program for Board Governance and is a leadership consultant for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Orlee lectures on Jewish textual analysis and spiritual growth as well as facilitates sessions on personal achievement, visioning, strategic planning and transformative leadership. Previously, she was the Director of the Jewish Leadership Institute and lead professional for Leadership Development at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as well as an economic consultant and international tax associate. Ms. Turitz currently serves as President of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland and on the Board of Governors of AMIT.
She resides in Silver Spring with her husband and has four teenage children.
Yonah’s work at Tulane Hillel has been focused on investigating new and high-impact approaches to the idea of Jewish community building. Through the creation of a “user-centric” design model, Yonah oversaw the process of an organizational re-imagining and re-structuring at Tulane. Through prototyping a new “operating system” for community building, Yonah and his team experienced unprecedented growth across the various institutional divisions. Yonah’s experience and interest in business, visual arts and Jewish education/spirituality is an effective and transformative combination for overseeing this Hillel’s institutional overhaul. In addition to his role at Tulane Hillel, Yonah serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Social Innovation Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) program at Tulane. He also teaches a seminar on Ecumenical Spirituality. Additionally, Yonah has also served as an adjunct professor of Jewish Mysticism and Introduction to Jewish Civilization. He was awarded the 2013 Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award for the most outstanding non-tenured professor at Tulane University and the Helen A. Mervis Jewish Community Professional Award from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Yonah serves as a consultant to a number of national Jewish organizations in leadership development, strategy, organizational visioning, contributing writer and product development. Yonah is also partnering with national foundations on innovative community-building projects. In addition, he is professional artist working out of his studio in New Orleans. Yonah is from the Boston area and attended Brown University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history. He went on to achieve a rabbinic degree in Israel, with an emphasis on Mysticism and Law. Yonah earned his MBA from the Freeman School at Tulane University, with a concentration on Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Yonah lives in New Orleans with his wife Allison, an architect, and their three children. When time allows, he loves to play soccer, lose himself in his garden and hangout with his family.