Studio 70 Staff
Rabbi Joshua Fenton, Executive Director
Rabbi 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.
Satya Levine, Operations Director
Growing up among the redwoods in Sonoma County, Satya made aliyah after college and lived in Israel for an entire shmita cycle before returning to the Bay Area in 2008. She loves children, play, and learning and has taught Hebrew to students of all ages. Satya brings over a decade of experience in communications and administration working for education-related organizations.
Meechal Kam, Senior Jewish Educator
Tati Argue, Outdoor and Experiential Education Specialist
Tati's teaching career began in academia and then shifted to 20 years of Preschool (as a teacher and director) and 16 years of teaching dance to children, teens, and adults. She has learned from teaching how deeply people of all ages are committed to building and finding belonging in community. Her recent experience teaching at Gan Shalom, and now at Edah, reinforces the importance of teaching not to a topic or idea, but to a community.
Ruth Levitch, Edah Berkeley Coordinator
Ruth was born in Israel and grew up in Amherst, MA. She has a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Museum Education and has worked for many years at Bay Area museums including the Magnes Museum, the Jewish Museum San Francisco and the Oakland Museum. Ruth has an extensive background teaching preschool, most recently at Congregation Netivot Shalom, and completed a two-year Certification program in Jewish Early Childhood Education. Ruth and her husband have two grown children who they raised in Berkeley.
Yafit Shriki Megidash, Learning Specialist
Yafit 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.
Kobi Palombo, Edah SF Lead Teacher
Born and raised in Israel, Kobi has spent the last 15 years in the field of education, including developing curricula, founding an after school learning center, and leading programs for children ages 5-18. Before joining Edah, Kobi spent two years at Moed, an Edah sister program on the East Coast. Kobi also has a passion for gardening that is expressed through backyard gardening, supporting the community garden movement in Israel, and urban agriculture education. Kobi enjoys the sunny Bay Area life with his wife Dafna, twins Romy and Jonathan, and Eran, their Golden Retriever.
Irene Resnikoff, Educator
Irene is a veteran Jewish educator who most recently directed the religious school at Congregation Rodef Shalom for over 20 years.
Jewish Learning Innovation Corps Fellows - 2017/18
Or Barzilay recently graduated from UC Davis with a minor in Education. He brings experience from various educational settings, including summer camps and teaching Hebrew and English. Or's interests range from his knowledge about various movies and TV shows, listening to vinyl records, playing board games, and expanding his knowledge through reading books and articles online. He is passionate about involving student's own interests and personalities in their educational lives.
Sonya Malamut grew up in Berkeley. She is currently finishing up a B.A. in History and Environmental Politics from the University of Puget Sound. Having been a part of Camp Kee Tov for the last eighteen summers, teaching has been a long time passion for Sonya. In her spare time, Sonya loves eating good food, spending time with friends, and going on hikes with her dog Luna. She cannot wait to bring ruach (spirit) and kehila kedosha (sacred community) to the classroom and beyond.
Etai Wolins is a Bay Area local and recent Cal grad. He has a passion for gardening, sports, computer building, music, and Hebrew, and is thrilled to be joining the Edah team. Growing up as both an Israeli and American Jew with strong family ties to Judaism, Hebrew, and Israel, Etai is excited to bring to Edah his energy and enthusiasm for learning, and to grow as a community leader and educator.