The Faculty of the Jewish Learning Innovation Corps are senior educators from a variety of fields and include in-house faculty as well as internationally renowned pedagogues who lead intensive seminars tailored for the fellowship.
Rabbi Joshua Fenton was ordained in 2007 at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. While at Ziegler, Rabbi Fenton worked as the Rabbinic Intern for Temple Beth Am, as the Rabbi in Residence at Kadima Jewish Day School, and as the Director of Leadership Programs at Camp Alonim. During his stay in Los Angeles, Rabbi Fenton also received masters’ degrees in education and rabbinic studies, both from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.
In addition to teaching in a variety of settings, both formal and informal, Rabbi Fenton has served as the founding director of the Silicon Valley Center for Jewish Life and Learning and the Associate Director at Jewish LearningWorks in San Francisco, where he led numerous innovation and engagement projects, developing programs and curricula for educators, families, youth, and adult learners.
In 2015 Rabbi Fenton was hired as the founding Executive Director of Studio 70 - A Jewish Learning Laboratory. Studio 70 is the home of the Nitzan Network, the Edah afterschool program, and the Jewish Learning Innovation Corps.
Dr. Jen Glaser is an independent consultant to community organizations and schools. She is the treasurer and past president of ICPIC (the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with children) and teaches in a variety of academic institutions. In 2011 she was visiting scholar in the Graduate Program for Philosophy and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and in the Davidson school of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. From 1999-2011 she was senior faculty at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. She holds a PhD. in philosophy from Melbourne University, Australia, and a teaching degree from the University of Sydney.
Yafit Shriki Magidish, Studio 70’s Learning Specialist, is a veteran educator with over 19 years of experience. Yafit received her Master of Arts in Educational Systems from Hebrew University. She has been trained by, and led trainings for, the Branco Weiss Institute in Israel with which she is still affiliated. Yafit served as a learning specialist and pedagogical coordinator for the Ministry of Education, coordinated the program; Leadership, Learning, and Thinking; and, before moving to Berkeley, spent the last six years as a junior high school principal in Beit Hashomai. Yafit’s areas of expertise include Understanding by Design, classroom management and teaching skills, Inquiry Based learning, Project Based Learning, and Senior Educational Leadership training.
Irene Resnikoff is a Jewish educator who has been in the field for over 40 years, including 6 years teaching in Israeli public schools, 16 years teaching in community day school and 18 years as Director of Education at a large Reform congregation. She has expertise in curriculum development and family education and has a deep love for teaching Torah in creative ways.
Kathy Simon holds a BA in Literature from Harvard University and a PhD in Education from Stanford. She is the author of Moral Questions in the Classroom and co-author of Teaching as Inquiry and other books on education and school reform. Kathy began her career as a high school English and drama teacher; she later supervised student teachers at Stanford University and co-directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a nonprofit school reform organization. Kathy currently serves on the faculty of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, focused on transforming Jewish teaching and learning by supporting Jewish school leaders in their work. Kathy also is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (NVC), leading communication trainings for schools and other organizations, and working privately with individuals, parents, and couples to find more ease and connection in their communication.