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Rabbi Scott Aaron is the Community Scholar for the Agency for Jewish Learning for Greater Pittsburgh where he specializes in formal and informal adult education. He has rabbinic ordination and a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and a law degree from the University of Toledo. Scott is currently a PhD candidate in Educational Philosophy through Loyola University of Chicago where his academic work focuses on the impact of experiential education on the Jewish identity of Emerging Adults. Scott has worked in Emerging Adult education through the Hillels at New York University, the Ohio State University, and the University of Chicago. He has also worked extensively in the camping and retreat field, and was the Director of Education for the Brandeis-Bardin Institute outside Los Angeles from 2001-2004. Scott is the author of a number of published articles and stories including his well-known book, Jewish U: A Contemporary Guide for The Jewish College Student which is now in its second edition. Scott is adjunct faculty at Spertus College and the education schools of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Scott is also a professional mentor for the Spertus College Master of Arts Program in Jewish Professional Studies and the iCenter, and he consults nationwide on Jewish experiential education and professional development. He was recently named to the editorial board of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education's publication series on the theme of "Peoplehood in Practice." He is married to the amazing and beautiful Rabbi Donni Aaron and they are blessed with three children, Meitav, Nitzan and Naor.

Rabbi Andrew Davids, who currently serves as Head of School of the Beit Rabban Day School in Manhattan, has been involved in Jewish organizational leadership and informal education for more than twenty years. Ordained in Israel at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Davids also holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in non-profit management and a B.A. in film and video. In the past, he has served as the Executive Director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, a Director of the Union for Reform Judaism's Youth Division, a resident and day camp director, and organizational management consultant. A frequent lecturer and writer on Israel and Diaspora relations, Jewish history and effective change management within organizational life, Rabbi Davids is recognized as a leading speaker and educator in the Jewish community and beyond. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. with his wife and three sons.

Simon Klarfeld is an expert in the fields of experiential Jewish learning and informal Israel education, and has served as vice president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, executive director of Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and as founding director of the Genesis program at Brandeis University. Simon is currently Executive Director of Young Judaea. Early in his career, he was director of both the British and California Soviet Jewry movements, including serving "hard time" in the Soviet Union. Simon has consulted with organizations including iCenter, the Joint Distribution Committee and birthright Israel in communities ranging from Australia to Ukraine on best practices in youth engagement, informal education, Jewish peoplehood, and leadership. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Keele in England and his Master's degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University.

Caryn Roman is the Associate Coordinator for the Certificate Program in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Caryn is in her second year of studying Jewish Education at HUC-JIR in New York. She has more than a decade of professional experience working with youth and young adults, primarily through the URJ's camping, NFTY and travel programs. She is a graduate of New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and holds a Master's degree in nonprofit management, as well as a Bachelor's degree in public relations and communications from Boston University's College of Communication. Though she now calls Brooklyn home, Caryn is a proud native Detroiter with close ties to her large, Jewishly active family. In her spare time she enjoys reading, yoga, going to Broadway shows and listening to podcasts.

Dr. Evie Levy Rotstein is the director of the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and coordinator of the Certificate Program in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults, having previously been the director of the Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators since the beginning of the project in 2004. Prior to this position she was a congregational school educator and developed programs for faculty learning, teen mentoring and parent education. Evie began her career in Jewish education as a camp director for Young Judaea. She holds an M.A. in Foreign Language education and a Doctorate in Jewish education from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Evie's research interests include interfaith families, adolescent identity development, professional learning and mentoring. She teaches courses in the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion and consults to congregations on various projects. Evie has published chapters in What We Now know about Jewish Education (2006),  in The Gender Gap(2008), and in the International Handbook of Jewish Education(2011).

Rabbi Bradley Solmsen is Director of Youth Engagement for the Union for Reform Judaism. He has served as the director of Brandeis University's Office of High School Programs. Rabbi Solmsen was ordained at The Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and received a master's degree in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has held fellowships at the Melton Center Senior Educator's Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Institute for Informal Jewish Education at Brandeis University. He has extensive experience as a Jewish educator in Israel and the United States working with teenagers and college students and training Jewish educators.

Dr. Betsy Stone is a psychologist at Betsy S. Stone, Ph.D. where she specializes in marital and individual adult counseling. She also currently serves as an adjunct professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Stone received a Doctorate in Psychology from Yale University. She has written a book entitled "Happily Ever After" that has been published by Random House.

Dr. Rob Weinberg directs the ECE, an initiative of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. The ECE collaborates with agencies across North America to transform congregational education through projects such as The RE-IMAGINE Project, LOMED, Congregational Education for the 21st Century, and others. Before joining ECE, Rob was a partner at Hewitt Associates, a global human resource management consulting firm. He has served on the Board of Governors of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. His recent publications include "Finding New Models: Alternatives to Religious School" in, What We Now Know About Jewish Education. Living in Evanston, IL with his wife (a Jewish educator) and two sons, Rob also performs in the musical group Kol Sasson and enjoys building furniture as a hobby.