SVARA Teaching Fellows – Cohort 1

SVARA Teaching Fellows – Cohort 1

SVARA’s 2018-2019 Teaching Fellows:

 

Rabbi Becky Silverstein believes in the power of community, Torah, and silliness in transforming the world. He strives to build a Jewish community and world that encourages and allows everyone to express their full selves.Becky currently serves as Program Manager / Co-teacher at the Boston Teen Beit Midrash, and Rabbi-in-Residence for the Keshet LGBTQ + Ally Teen Shabbatonim.  He is curator of The JP Open Sukkah, and convener of Beyn Kodesh l’Chol, a new Jewish project.  Becky chairs the boards of SVARA and The Jewish Studio Project, and sits on the Keshet’s board.  Becky grew up in New York, holds a B.S. in Engineering from Smith College and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Becky is a lifelong NY Mets fan, has no problem rooting for the Red Sox (unless they are playing the Mets), and resides in Jamaica Plain, with his spouse, Naomi.

 

 

Rabbi Bronwen Mullin (ord. 2017, MA Midrash JTS, BA in Theater and Religious Studies, Sarah Lawrence College) is the Rabbinic Artist-In-Residence at Town & Village Synagogue and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a playwright, composer, and performance artist. Her Hebrew/Aramaic opera “Chalom” based on the 9th chapter of Masechet Berakhot, appeared in the 2012 International NYC Fringe Festival. Bronwen is currently developing her 2nd full-scale opera, “Bat Yiftach: A Tragic Punk Opera” thanks to a JTS Seeds of Innovation and Myers Family grant. Bronwen is also an inaugural fellow with the Rising Song Institute. She is the founder of the Artists’ Beit Midrash at T&V as well as the director of their Center for Conversion to Judaism. Bronwen’s favorite art form to work in is Judaism.

 

Rabbi Dev Noily serves as Senior Rabbi at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Oakland, California. Founded in 1984, Kehilla integrates Jewish spiritual practice and progressive activism in deep community. Dev is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and has also worked as a chaplain, an educator and a trainer in queer inclusion. Before studying for the rabbinate, they were a lay leader at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco, where they co-founded the house klezmer band Gay iz Mir and helped to develop queer-normative Jewish liturgy. Dev lives in Oakland with their wife Sara Felder and son Jesse Felder Noily.

 

Rabbi Gray Myrseth works as School Director at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Oakland. Gray was ordained by Hebrew College of Newton, MA in June 2017 and has worked as a Jewish educator and congregational leader, an LGBTQ inclusion trainer and consultant, and a chaplain with a focus on the spiritual care of elders. When not at work, Gray can be found studying Talmud, walking their excellent dogs, and reading everything from poetry to YA fantasy.

 

 

Hayley Goldstein is just your average frum, queer, rabbinical student from Minnesota. Though she has studied Talmud in a dozen different settings, she fell in love with Talmud when learning from a queer teacher in a queer beit midrash at Svara’s Queer Talmud Camp in Wisconsin. She is a passionate Jewish educator who’s experiences range from teaching 2nd graders Aleph-Bet Yoga in a Brooklyn classroom, to feeding goats with 7th graders at Ramah of the Rockies in Colorado, to teaching chassidus in the woods to teens, and more. Hayley’s other passions include, but are not limited to: acapella, puppeteering, pottery, cooking, yoga, and her fat, glorious cat, Yossi.

 

 

Maggid Jhos Singer is a professional Jewish educator, community and congregational leader, writer, and speaker. He is an out transman, a parent, spouse, mixologist and skillful home chef. He relishes his time spent in Jewish text study, hiking, and facilitating spiritual experiences for his flock and students.

 

 

 

Rabbi Lauren Tuchman received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018 and is, as far as she is aware, the first blind woman in the world to enter the rabbinate. A sought after speaker, spiritual leader and educator, Rabbi Tuchman has taught at numerous synagogues and other Jewish venues throughout North America and was named to the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 for her innovative leadership concerning inclusion of Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life.

 

 

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael serves as the Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service, where he works to provide personalized support and meaningful connection for individuals throughout the St. Louis Jewish community. He educates and advocates throughout the community on issues of justice, access, and welcome for the full spectrum of human diversity. He is particularly passionate about work for racial justice, disability justice, and LGBTQ justice. He holds an MA in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature and Rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.