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Rabbi Hyim Shafner, LICSW, is the Rabbi of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington D.C. Previously he served as Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, as Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, and as the Rabbi of India for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has Rabbinical ordination, an MSW in social work, and an MA in Jewish philosophy, from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Shafner holds a Certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding Book (2008), as well as many articles and book chapters on Jewish thought and community.
Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky is the Senior Rabbi at B’nai David – Judea in Los Angeles, where he has served since 1996. He received semicha from RIETS (Yeshiva University) as well as a graduate degree in Medieval Jewish History (BRGS) in 1989. He is a past-president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis, and of the International Rabbinic Fellowship.
Rabba Claudia Marbach recently received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She has launched a pop-up beit midrash for women in Boston, called One Night Shtender. She co-runs a partnership minyan called Yedid Nefesh in Newton, MA. She will do a unit of CPE this fall at Hebrew Senior Life on the topic of Trauma and Resilience. Before Yeshivat Maharat, Claudia was a middle school teacher at JCDS Boston, a pluralistic Jewish Day School, for fifteen years, where she developed the Rabbinics curriculum, taught tefillah and moral dilemmas. She participates in interfaith dialogue through the Daughters of Abraham network. Claudia received her BA in English from Barnard College, and JD from Boston University. She studied at Michlala, Drisha and Pardes.
Rabbi Dan Margulies has semikha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and is currently learning in the kollel at Yeshiva University’s RIETS. Dan serves as the Rabbi of The Riverdale Minyan. He previously served as Assistant Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit. Dan has taught Talmud at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, and the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. He received his BA in Chemical Physics and Mathematics from Columbia University, and maintains an ongoing interest in questions related to STEM and Judaism. Before college he learned at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi where he made a life-long connection with his rebbe Rabbi Simcha Krauss. Dan has a registered therapy dog; they volunteer with local seniors weekly.
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she leads the Created Equal Research Team. In her role as Director of Faculty, Elana serves as lead faculty and oversees the content of lay and professional leadership programs. A widely well-regarded teacher and scholar, Elana earned her doctorate in Religion from Columbia University with a dissertation on the topic of legal loopholes in rabbinic literature sponsored by Professor David Weiss Halivni. A graduate of the Yeshiva University Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies and the Cardozo Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Jewish Law and Legal Theory, Elana has taught across the country and in Israel, including as a member of Wexner Institute faculty. Elana previously served as clergy member at Lincoln Square Synagogue and The Jewish Center, both in New York, as well as adjunct faculty at NYU. She is a board member of Sefaria: A Living Library of Jewish Texts, co-founded the Orthodox Leadership Project (OLP) to support female leaders working in the Orthodox Jewish community, and was recognized by The Jewish Week in its inaugural “36 Under 36” as an emerging Jewish leader. Elana lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband Yonah and their two sons.