Kyla Sokoll-Ward

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    Kyla is a BCI 2012 alumna and is thrilled to be back in the place that sparked her love and hunger for Jewish community. Kyla's spirituality leans into the uncomfortable, the ugly, the delightful, and the ecstatic in all that life will inevitably offer us. Professionally, she is the Director of the Community Mikveh at the American Jewish University, where she is grateful to witness and facilitate moments of embodied transformation in sacred waters. You can usually find her in deep conversations, crying happy tears over a really cute dog or really juicy fig, or stretching and making strange accompanying sounds.

    Rabbi Myra Meskin

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    (310) 440-1274
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      Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University

      M.A., Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary

      Pardes Experiential Educators Program

      Rabbi Myra Meskin is the Associate Director of the Maas Center for Jewish Journeys at the AJU, where she’s honored to walk with those engaging in meaningful identity formation through the Ziering BCI Program, the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, Marriage for Life and the AJU Community Mikveh. A graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, she holds a Masters in Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and studied in the Pardes Experiential Educators Program. She currently lives in Boston with her husband Rabbi Ben Gurin and their daughter Eleanor.

      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 (Ensemble) is the Founder and Executive Director of Atiq: Jewish Maker Institute, an applied arts yeshiva based in Berkeley, CA. After earning her BA in Music from Barnard College, Adina studied design at the Bezalel Academy and Hadassah College, and Jewish texts at Midreshet Lindenbaum, at the Pardes Institute, and at the Yakar Center for Creativity and Tradition—all in Jerusalem.  Along with her work at Atiq, Adina has worked as a Maker Educator at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, and at the Nesiya Institute. Adina has been steeped in the do-it-yourself ethos of the Havurah movement, Jewish Catalog style creativity, and the teachings of Hasidut from her earliest days. She believes that multi-sensory creative opportunities for meaning-making sustain us as individuals, and strengthen our communities. Also, she loves going hiking amongst the trees and playing crazy experimental concerts with her family and friends.

        Aki Yonekawa

          Aki came to Brandeis-Bardin 21 years ago to work at Camp Alonim and fell in love with the land, the people, and the educational philosophy of the place. She is excited to spend her fourth summer as a faculty member at BCI, singing, dancing, and learning with new friends and old. When she is not at BCI, she lives in Cambridge, MA where she enjoys bird-watching, nature-walking, and coffee-drinking. Ask her about the time she got lost on a mountain with a group of kids and two counselors from Israel.