Since about 1988, David Karpel has worked as an environmental campaign pamphleteer, a pool boy, an office furniture mover, a busboy, waiter, volunteer procrastinator, record store sales clerk, marketer, copy writer/editor, and a teacher's assistant. He is currently a high school English and History teacher, a job he's somehow managed to keep while staying somewhat sane for last 17 years. Miraculously, he is also married to the funniest woman in the world. And, despite everything better left unsaid, they are the parents of two freakishly well-behaved children.
Billye was a kid with a lot of questions about life, the Universe and everything. Now, an older woman - same questions, different day. She converted to Judaism a decade ago, at least partly because it encourages questions. She lives in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia). No kids, no pets, lots of quilts.
Andrea spends the majority of her time playing with her two sons and then collapsing on the couch with her husband to drink homemade hot chocolate. She is also a professional cellist, co-director of the Baltimore Bows, founding member of Chamber Encounters, and the creator of Wrapunzel. Her life seems to be about turning contradictions into harmony and giving her creator a good laugh.
Ayala has never been good at introducing herself. She enjoys bullet journaling, happy dancing, and making herself uncomfortable for the sake of compassion. She collects rubber ducks. You can find more of her creative work at crazyduckwoman.com.
Chaya is a psychotherapist, performance artist & Co-Director of the Shalev Center. Maybe you've seen her one-woman show "Babel's Daughter"? - Maybe you will soon...Chaya lives in Jerusalem with her husband and 4 kids. Her motto: "Every mess is Messianic."
Elizabeth is a Jerusalemite with a Rebbe Nachman-stickered laptop and a melody filling her heart. An aspiring “creative soul,” Liz can be found studying Talmud and doodling endlessly in the margins. An empathy enthusiast, she is driven equally by curiosity and free coffee.
Originally from small town Ontario, Emily Zimmer is a passionate creator with a love for writing music, poetry, and stories. She enjoys philosophy, coffee, and finding beauty in urban settings. Emily currently resides in New York City.
Merri Ukraincik is a writer, artist, wife, and mother who talks to G-d all the time. Her essays have appeared on Tablet and Kveller, in the New York Jewish Week, and elsewhere. She is the author of I Live. Send Help., a history of the Joint Distribution Committee. Find her on her personal website!
Peter Himmelman is a Jewishly observant, Grammy & Emmy-nominated rock and roll musician, visual artist, author, film composer, and speaker. His new book, Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life, is available here. His latest recording, There Is No Calamity, is available on iTunes.
Support Rachel's poetry at Patreon. TEDx Poet Rachel Kann has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale. She's received accolades from the James Kirkwood Fiction Awards, Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards, LA Weekly Awards, International Poetry Slam Idol and Write Club Los Angeles. She's performed from The Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to Disney Concert Hall with people like Marianne Williamson and DaKAH Hip Hop Orchestra. She teaches poetry through UCLA Extension Writers' Program, where she is the 2017 Instructor of the Year. Visit her at rachelkann.com.
Rivka is an outspoken activist for artists and creative spirits, insisting that raw, redemptive art-making is the means for mental and spiritual health. She is a professional artist whose daily chicken dance between mothering three little ladies and navigating her way throughout the greater art world never gets boring. Her current work can be viewed at rivka.gallery and on Instagram. Rivka teaches artistic approaches to high school students as well as figure drawing for adults.
Rivki Silver wants to do all the things. In her creative endeavors, sometimes she feels more like a musician, spending time performing, composing, teaching, and, occasionally, making videos with dancing produce. Sometimes she feels more like a writer, typing pieces which can be found around the internet, and some on her blog, which she named before branding was a thing. Most (all?) of the time she is a wife, mother and community member, living in Cleveland with her husband and four children. Because this is an "about me" blurb, she feels compelled to include that she was a fellow in the 2016 Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab.
Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker advocating a new voice for Judaism in visual media. His production Punk Jews is in distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film and he is the co-founder of Jewish Art Now, a resource for contemporary Jewish visual art and design.
Stephanie Wellen Levine is the author of Mystics, Mavericks, And Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls: winner of Moment Magazine's 2004 Emerging Writer Book Award. Currently, Stephanie is on a spiritual quest as she completes a second book and teaches at Tufts University.
Yocheved is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, educator and - most importantly! - mother of four. She is also the Executive Director of Lamplighters Yeshivah, a Chassidic Montessori school she co-founded in 2010, whose mission is to revolutionize Jewish education and reach every child.