The Voice Within

Rewind. You're driving down Peppertree Lane for the first time.  The strangers sitting next to you aren't yet cherished friends.  You're working up the courage to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with new forms of creative, Jewish expression.  Soon you'll learn that, nestled within, is a beautiful, familiar voice hoping to be shared with the world. 

Adina Polen

Artist-Educator (Applied Arts)
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Adina Polen is a visual artist, spiritual educator and founder of Atiq: Jewish Maker Institute, an applied arts yeshiva. Atiq partners with organizations around the country to bring sacred art making into a wide variety of contexts, and this March launched a community maker studio based in Berkeley, CA. Adina is also an illustrator, graphic designer, musician (alto sax), and former middle school teacher. After earning her BA in Music from Barnard College, she studied design at the Bezalel Academy and Hadassah College, and Jewish text at Midreshet Lindenbaum, the Pardes Institute and at Yakar, all in Jerusalem. Adina has channeled her love of weaving together Torah and arts into her work as a Counselor/Educator on the Nesiya Institute, and as a Maker Specialist for Edah Berkeley. Growing up in an observant family in Everett, a small industrial town outside of Boston, with parents who were constantly inviting all manner of guests for Jewish Holidays and gatherings in order to construct a Jewish spiritual community, Adina has been steeped in the do-it-yourself ethos of the Chavurah movement, Jewish Catalogue style creativity, and the teachings of Hassidut, from her earliest days. Adina lives in Berkeley with her husband and three young kids, where she improvises her way through the days. She believes that multi-sensory creative opportunities for spiritual quest, meaning making, and improvisation sustain us as individuals, and strengthen our communities in the most textured and layered ways.

Aki Yonekawa

Beit Midrash Educator
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Aki is the Associate Dean of Jewish Education for Jewish Life at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in the Boston area. As Associate Dean, she oversees the school's celebration of the Jewish calendar, life cycle events, social justice and social action programs, and other school-wide educational programming. She enjoys working at BCI in the summer both because the program is such a beautiful Jewish community and also because she looks forward to her yearly return to Brandeis-Bardin where she lived and worked for many years before moving to Massachusetts. Aki has an MAEd and an MBA in Non-Profit Management from AJU and is an alumna of the Pardes Experiential Educators Program. She lives in an attic in Cambridge, MA which is a stark contrast to her hometown of Los Angeles, CA.  At BCI 2019, Aki taught the Women in Tanakh track in the Beit Midrash.

Jamie Stein

Food and Dining Specialist
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Jamie Stein was practically born at camp. Her parents met down the road at Alonim when they were teens, so naturally, Jamie started at sleep away camp as early as possible. Jamie then graduated to BCI (2007) and soon after, Pardes in Israel. Upon returning to the USA, Jamie got an MBA in Non-Profit Management and a Master's in Jewish Communal Studies. So, basically a professional Jew. In 2009, Jamie married the incomparable Jared Stein. Currently, Jamie works at de Toledo High School part time as an event planner while also managing a full-service event planning company, Jamie’s Events & Weddings. On the side, Jamie sings with The Rolling Steins, the Stein family band. Jamie loves to cook and bake, make art and be a mom of three awesome kids.

Jared Stein

Artist-Educator (Music)
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Jared Stein is a music educator, composer, songleader, and professional musician. Since 2008, he has been the Instrumental Music Director at de Toledo High School. He was also the Music Director for Camp Alonim for 8 years and 2019 was his 2nd year at BCI. He has been in the Nashuva Band for 15 years with Rabbi Naomi Levy, and he loves to lead communal singing experiences.  Jared has played and recorded with many notable artists, including Theodore Bikel, Peter Yarrow, Nava Tehila, Moshav, Distant Cousins, and Craig Taubman.