From November 2019 – July 2020, these fellows participate in cutting-edge seminars focusing on identity enrichment, professional and leadership development, Jewish learning, movement-building, mentorship, risk-taking, and project work.
Pam Alcala (she/her) is the assistant director of youth engagement at Temple Sinai of Roslyn in Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, she came to the U.S. to study and received her B.A. and MSW from Adelphi University. She is the lead educator for Temple Sinai’s Leadership Academy for the teen programs, coordinates all 4th-6th grade youth programming, and assists with all other programming for the youth department (e.g. holidays and social/community service programs). She recently completed a fellowship through the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture on leadership development and Jewish identity education. Pam is happily married and has two beautiful children.
Becca Anolick (they/them) earned their B.A. in Jewish Studies at Muhlenberg College in 2017 with minors in Women's and Gender Studies and Creative Writing. They currently serve as a full-time Jewish educator at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y. Becca loves incorporating joyful, project-based experiences into their classroom and youth engagement programs, and they are passionate about creative arts, nature, social justice, and Judaism. In their spare time, Becca can be found writing speculative fiction, testing new recipes in the kitchen, or participating in live-action role-play (LARP) events.
Denise Dautoff (she/her) lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. She is a coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in the Health, Education, and Wellness Department, providing newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan, El Salvador, Eritrea, and Burma with support and guidance in applying for state benefits (e.g. SNAP, medical insurance, etc.). She holds a B.S. in business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is passionate about amplifying the voices of Jews of Color and creating pathways to support their growth.
Laura Flegel (she/her) is a feminist, LGBTQ+ anti-racism activist in Washington, D.C. Currently, she works as the legislative and public policy director of a nonprofit advocating for workers’ rights. She has a B.A. in comparative literature and a J.D., both from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Laura is the mom of an amazing daughter and in a 32-year partnership with a wonderful woman; she is also a super-proud aunt, sister, and daughter. An aspiring Jewish leader and writer/poet, she continues learning new things at her synagogue, Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD. She loves her hometown of Chicago and misses Lake Michigan most days of the year.
Tamar Ghidalia (she/her) is an educator and professional musician with 30 years’ experience in leadership, mentoring, program building, curriculum development, and program management. In 2018, she was honored by Shir Tikvah with the Radical Hospitality Award for her work with the Racial Justice Task Force and in 2005 received the Paul Wellstone Call to Action Award for her work in racial justice. She has a B.A. in education and Hebrew literature from Paris Sorbonne University and a B.A. in music from the Conservatoire de Paris. In September, Tamar completed six years as the executive director of Urban Arts Academy, a nonprofit serving students and families through art-infused education. She is now an independent consultant passionate about developing partnerships between organizations and collaborating for success.
Jill Housen (she/her) was raised in Claremont, CA, and received her B.A. in fashion merchandising from California State University, Long Beach. She is passionate about Judaism, sustainable fashion solutions, food, and reggae music. She is currently a buyer for a contemporary women's boutique and a loving caregiver for her mother. In her free time, Jill can be found working in her garden, spending time at the gym, and experimenting in the kitchen with vegetarian dishes. She is a firm believer that coffee is the elixir of life.
Caroline Winstel (she/her) is a Cincinnati, OH-based doctoral student at Northern Kentucky University focusing on accessibility and inclusion in Jewish education. Living as a Jew with a disability, her drive to be an agent of change is a personal one; the reality of barriers to inclusion within our community is a daily lived reality. In her role as an educator, her mission is to work toward a more equitable future and create space where learners of all ages and abilities can develop a personal connection with their Jewish identity and community.