Cirriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Hebrew College Rabbinical School, Newton, MA
Rabbinic Ordination with a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Organizational Leadership, 2014

Tufts University, Medford, MA
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Cum Laude, 2005

RABBINIC EXPERIENCE

Temple Ahavat Achim
Rabbinic Intern, 2013-2014
Taught adult education classes on the Shabbat liturgy and holiday cycle. Partnered with lay leaders to found a successful Rosh Chodesh program. Lead the synagogue’s strategic planning process to administer a $300,000 grant for creative arts programming.

Tufts University Hillel
Rabbinic Fellow, 2012-2013
Executed a series of successful Shabbat programs that attracted hundreds of undergrads. Empowered peripherally-involved students to take ownership of the Shabbat experience at Hillel, and engage others. Increased attendance at Shabbat dinners by an average of 100-200% over years past.

Brandeis Bardin Collegiate Institute
Education Fellow, 2012, 2013
Collaborated with a pluralistic team to vision and lead daily beit midrash and spiritual practice sessions incorporating artistic expression, dynamic learning and exploration in nature. Served as a mentor and spiritual guide for 70 students from around the world. Prepared students for and officiated at life cycle events, including naming, bar/bat mitzvah, healing, and conversion ceremonies.

Hebrew Senior Life Assisted Living Facility
Chaplain Intern, 2011
Acted as chaplain to a floor of 50 residents of a geriatric unit, providing spiritual and religious support for people of all religious denominations and diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Successfully completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
Shabbat prayer leader, 2008-2014
High Holiday prayer leader, 2012,2013

 

CREATIVITY

Art as Inquiry into Interfaith Leadership
Circle Interfaith Leadership Fellow, 2012-2013
Co-lead a year-long project that brought together an interfaith group of seminary students from Andover Newton and Hebrew College to use various means of artistic exploration to probe the live issues in the texts, rituals, and theologies of one another’s traditions.

Text: Authority, Gender and Creativity
Wexner Graduate Fellowship Summer Institute Planning Committee, 2010-2011
Worked within a pluralistic team of fellows to create concept, design all programming, and hire faculty for weeklong Wexner Summer Institute program for 80 Jewishly diverse fellows.
Taught session on how the Creative Process can be a method for engaging with the texts of our tradition.

Emunah v’Omanut: Creative Responses to an Ancient Tradition
Curator, 2009-2010
Envisioned and co-created community multimedia exhibit and celebration at Hebrew College as an interactive event and exhibit that gave voice to the myriad ways that members of our community explore, integrate and wrestle with Judaism.
Oversaw planning, logistics, submissions, finances, and publicity of show.

Art as Inquiry
“Playing with the Parsha: Collage with Text and Image,” Wexner Alumni Institute, 2015
“Opening the Hardened Heart,” Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 2014
“Kindling Light in the Darkness: Chanukah Workshop and Celebration,” Jewish Community of Ojai , 2014
“Stir Up the Torah Inside You,” Jewish Community of Ojai, 2014
“Praying for Jerusalem,” Hebrew College Rabbinical School Orientation, 2014
“Passover, Feminism and Freedom: Learning and Creativity Workshop” Temple Ahavat Achim, 2014
“Masking and Unmasking: a Purim Preparation,” Temple Ahavat Achim, 2014
“Facing East: Processing an Immersive Israel Experience,” Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Tufts University Hillel and UMass Hillel, 2013
“Creating Sacred Space,” Tufts University Hillel, 2012
“Exploring Creation,” Brandeis Collegiate Institute, 2012
“Return Again: High Holy Day Preparation Through Creative Writing,” Adamah Fellowship, 2012
“Discovering Our Spiritual Selves,” Adamah Fellowship, 2012
“Sharing Our Spiritual Narratives,” State of Formation Interfaith Conference, 2012
“Envisioning Jerusalem,” Yom Ha Atzmaut at Hebrew College, 2012
“Write Your Own Prayers,” The Conservative Yeshiva, 2011
“Inheritors and Innovators,” Hebrew College Prospective Student Program, 2011
“Traditional Text and Creativity,” Wexner Graduate Fellowship Summer Institute, 2011
“Holding Paradox,” Yom Ha Atzmaut at Hebrew College, 2011
“Processing the Emotional Component of Intellectual Work,” Tufts University, 2004

 

EMBODIMENT

The Movement Minyan
Co-founder, 2009-present
Founder and Leader of minyan sessions for students and faculty at Hebrew College that explore dynamics of traditional prayer through the body. www.movementminyan.com.

National Havurah Summer Institute
Liturgist in Residence, 2013
Co-lead week-long program of Movement Minyan workshops on theme of High Holiday preparation and teshuva for 300-person Institute.

Shira Yoga
Yoga Instructor, 2013-2014
Instructor in a weekly yoga class that integrates movement, Jewish texts, and intricate global Jewish music.

Teaching
“Renewing the Stories of Our Lives,” Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikvah, 2014
“Saying Goodbye,” Hebrew College, 2014
“Embodying Teshuva: six-part series,” National Havurah Summer Institute, 2013
“Embodying Revelation,” Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, 2013
“Moving into Shabbat,” Brandeis Collegiate Institute, 2013
“Exploring Compassion,” Brandeis Collegiate Institute, 2013
“Saying Goodbye,” Brandeis Collegiate Institute, 2013
“God in Your Body,” Brandeis Collegiate Institute, 2013
“Exploring Power and Privilege,” Hebrew College Winter Seminar  2013
“Building the Tools of Improvisation: bi-weekly series,” Hebrew College, 2012
“Encountering God as Embodied Beings,” Brandeis Collegiate Institute, 2012
“Coming Together, Coming Apart,” Brandeis Collegiate Institute, 2012
“From Oneness to Redemption: bi-weekly series,” Hebrew College, 2011
“The Dance of Prayer: bi-weekly series,” Hebrew College, 2011
“How We Lead, How We Follow: bi-weekly series,” Hebrew College, 2010
“Embodied Prayer and the Talmud,” Kehilat Ha’Aloneem, 2010
“Alone, Together: bi-weekly series,” Hebrew College, 2009

 

ECOLOGY

The Role of the Rabbi in an Age of Climate Change
Seminar Planning Committee, 2010-2011
Envisioned and co-created two-week long winter seminar program to provide Hebrew College rabbinical students with inspiration, knowledge and the tools to be effective teachers and advocates for environmental change.
Facilitated concept development, program design, and faculty hiring.

Adamah Jewish Environmental Leadership Fellowship
Program Designer and Coordinator, 2010, Visiting Faculty, 2010-present
Created an urban agriculture experience that brought Adamah fellows to Boston to meet with activists, farmers, and religious leaders to learn about sustainability in an urban setting.

Teaching
Teva Environmental Seminar, “The Good Life and the Power of the Imagination,” 2011
Endicott College, Guest Lecturer, 2011
Atar: Tools for Sustainable Living, “Wisdom of Worms: The Torah of Composting,” 2011
Kayam Eco Beit Midrash, Panelist, 2011
Hazon Food Conference, “Creating An Eco Tu B’Shevat Seder,” 2009
Temple Isaiah Just Table, Green Table, Presenter, 2009
Temple Beth Abraham Synaplex on Food and the Environment, Presenter, 2006

 

WRITING and PUBLICATIONS

Tikkun Magazine
Assistant Editor, 2007-2009
Worked with authors and editors to develop articles on diverse topics, including social justice activism, progressive politics, Israel/Palestine, and spirituality. Managed all aspects of production from copy to finish, editing of pieces, hiring and supervision of staff, relationships with authors, and all of Tikkun’s vendor relations.

CCAR Journal: the Reform Jewish Quarterly
“The Presence of What is Absent: Art as Inquiry into Jewish Text,” Winter 2013

The Huffington Post
Power, Oppression and the Hardened Heart,” [Jan 12, 2015]
Something New, Higher and Unexpected,” [Nov 20, 2014]
The Challenge of  Becoming Israel,” [Nov 27, 2012]

Tikkun 
“The Real Miracle,” [Nov/Dec 2008]

Sova Project
Shmita and the Power of the Imagination,” [June 2013]

Faith, Money and Politics, Auburn Seminary Applied Theology Series
“The Role of Money in Politics: A Jewish Perspective,” [Volume 1, 2013]

Border-Crossings: Stories of Interfaith Encounters
Project Manager and Editor, 2011
Worked with authors and editors on this joint project between Andover Newton Theological Seminary and Hebrew College. Edited pieces and managed editorial process and relationships with authors.

State of Formation
Contributing scholar, 2010-present
Writer with over 30 published pieces on forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders founded by the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. View articles at http://www.stateofformation.org/author/adina-allen/

The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue
“The purpose of Prayer?” [Jan 2011]
“Dancing with the Divine” [May 2012]

 

FELLOWSHIPS

Wexner Graduate Fellow, 2008-2012
Wexner Mentors Program, 2012-2013
CIRCLE Interfaith Leadership Fellow, 2012-2013
Adamah Jewish Environmental Leadership Fellow, 2005

 

BOARDS AND AFFILIATIONS

Member of the Advisory Board of Urban Adamah, 2010-present
Member of the Board of Directors of Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, 2007- 2009
Member of the Advisory Board of Adamah, 2007-present
Director of the Allen Family Foundation, 2006-present
Member of and prayer leader at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, 2008-present