Rabbi and Eco-Chaplain Katy Z. Allen
Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is the founder and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope. She began her career as a biology teacher, turned to writing and editing educational materials, then started teaching Hebrew school and became involved in family and adult education before entering rabbinical school. She received a Masters of Arts in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, in 1999, and rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY, in 2005 and is a Board Certified Chaplain through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. For ten years, Katy served as a staff chaplain at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and then as a hospice chaplain. She is the co-founder of the Jewish Climate Action Network and consideres herself an eco-chaplain.
Rabbi Katy writes about matters of the spirit and the world (and encourages others to write) and blogs at here. She is certified as a Bibliodramatist by Peter and Susan Pitzele, and has published Loss and Transformation: One Women's Journey Out of Grief to Opportunity, which is based on her senior rabbinic project, and Earth Etudes for Elul: Spiritual Reflections for the Season, with reflections on Earth and t'shuvah by many writers. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of Jewcology.org, Jewish Veg and Shomrei Bereshit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth.
Rabbi Katy's most recent book, A Tree of Life: A Story in Word, Image, and Text is “a meditation on our universal journey through trauma toward healing.” A series of about 60 double-page spreads unfolds a story from innocence to despair to understanding through a combination of poetic moments, quotes from Jewish tradition, and black-and-white photographs of trees.
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Teacher Margaleet Katzenblickstein
Margaleet Katzenblickstein grew up attending Havurat Shalom in Somerville, Massachusetts, a nondenominational little synagogue steeped in both tradition and innovation. She was raised by two nature lovers, but she tried to wiggle out of going on hikes for the first fourteen years of her life. After a major loss in her family and then isolation from the Covid-19 pandemic, she came to appreciate the holiness, healing power, and company of plants and trees.
Margaleet is an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, currently planning to major in English with a focus on professional writing, and planning to minor in Climate Change & Sustainability. She is a board member of her college's Jewish Student Union. Margaleet also works as a teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts Lowell String Project. In her free time, she enjoys playing and studying cello, writing fiction, and devouring salty foods.`She teaches the 6th and 7th grades.
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Teacher Nina Katz
Nina is an enthusiastic plant and language geek with a background that includes teaching to a wide variety of ages, sometimes all at once. She has taught in the Havurat Shalom lehrhaus, in homeschooling circles, and in herbalism programs, as well as one-on-one. Nina is excited about combining education on plants, language, and Jewish spirituality in working with Y'ladim BaTeva. Nina also serves as admin for the US branch of the international non-profit, IAmHere, which works on countering bigotry and misinformation on social media. Nina teaches the 4th-5th grade class and most of the Hebrew classes.
For more information, feel free to take a look at Nina's websites, askthewordnerd.com and meridiansofhealth.com.
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Teacher Danielle Smith
Danielle grew up in Wayland, playing in the woods and on ponds around her home. She majored in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, and worked at camps and outdoor centers in Western Mass and New York. Danielle moved back to Boston in 2017 to attend Lesley for grad school in elementary education. During the school year, she teaches first, second, and third graders at The Lexington Montessori School. Outside of the classroom, she loves playing with fiber arts, rock climbing, and singing in Jewish community. Danielle teaches the 2nd-3rd graders.
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Administrative Assistant Lisa Ahern
Lisa is a special education teacher who taught at a school for children with autism for 12 years. For the past two years, she’s been enjoying being home with her two young children. When she isn’t playing outside with them, she has been enjoying tutoring children as well as getting involved in Wayland.
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Social Media Consultant Zach Roe
Zach Roe has a passion for empowering people and purpose-driven organizations through strategic communication consulting on community growth and impact strategy. He has 10+ years of experience working with a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations to increase their digital presence, create more effective communications, build relationships across organizations, and connect with greater numbers of people. Zach currently lives in Framingham, MA with his partner.
Board of Directors
President Peter Engel president @mayantikvah.org
Treasurer Steve Garone treasurer @mayantikvah.org
Clerk Jessica Levenson clerk @mayantikvah.org
Board member Gabi Mezger
Board member Marianne Doernis-Goldman
Board member Lynne Garone
School Liaison Samantha Dlott
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