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Summary

My passions and professional experience include being a rabbi, active writer, filmmaker, communications expert, and technologist. 

Work History

Rabbi for Engagement

Beth El Congregation
20152016
  • Serving Beth El's members as part of the clergy team, dedicated to sharing the spiritual, educational, and life value of the Jewish culture and religion.  
  • Helping individuals, couples, and families build new and meaningful relationships within their communities.  
  • Launching the expansion of Jewish spirituality and mindfulness services offered to the community.  
  • Teaching and co-teaching adult education courses, Torah studies, etc.
  • Leading or co-leading Shabbat, High Holy Days.
  • Lifecycle and yearcycle education and facilitation.
  • Pastoral counseling.
  • Synagogue community in Baltimore, MD with 1700 families

Director of Communications

Institute for Islamic, Christian & Jewish Studies
Jun 2012Nov 2015

As Director of Communications & Technology duties include:

  • All strategic and creative management of communications and technological online learning initiatives of the ICJS
  • Building awareness of the ICJS through traditional and social media
  • Consulting on development/fundraising strategies
  • Board member relations, presentations and board committee staffing
  • Researching, designing, and executing media and technology-based learning for the ICJS
  • Working with scholar team on managing/promoting extensive programming schedule including public lectures, classes, travel-learning programs and institutional collaborations with mission-aligned universities and other non-profits
  • Budget and staff supervision 
  • Online fundraising, average class enrollment, engagement and public awareness have all increased during tenure 

Founded 27 years ago, the ICJS seeks to advance interreligious dialogue and understanding through scholarship, adult education, and serious examination of the issues that create religious tensions. 

Co-Founder

Mosaicverse
Jan 2012Present

As CoFounder at Mosaicverse.com duties include:

  • Melding past experience in web/tech entrepreneurship with a literary passion for the sacred texts of all the world's religious traditions.
  • Bringing UI/UX specialization and rabbinic training together to build a new paradigm for interreligious study and community.
  • Direct responsibility for the conception, branding, funding, development and management of this one-of-a-kind online resource
  • Co-direction of social media promotional strategy; Mosaicverse is one of the most highly anticipate software releases in the religious education space, with nearly 14,000 Likes of its Facebook Community.
  • Recruitment and organization of interfaith Advisory Board made up of leading Jewish, Christian and Islamic scholars in the U.S.

Mosaicverse is a forthcoming web service for the study and discussion of the sacred writings of the world's faith traditions. The website and mobile apps will initially focus on a digital library of sacred Jewish, Christian and Islamic writings, ultimately expanding to the world's 5 major faiths. Users will be able to search for words, phrases, names, events and ideas in the various faith scriptures, to find comparative results, and to discuss the verses and their content and thematic connections, with other users and a network of online experts.

VP Marketing/Creative & Product Development

Notemarks, LLC
Aug 2006Aug 2008

As Vice President of Marketing, Creative and Product Development duties include:

  • Creative and concept strategy for branding, design, UI development and launch of major software release    
  • Management of the firm’s top digital projects, from conception through launch and release to the public    
  • Copywriting for multi-media and broadcast productions, web environments, print collateral, outdoor media and interactive presentations    
  • Direct client relations/presentation/capital raising responsibilities    
  • Responsibility for leading internal teams of developers and interface and interactive design talent on marketing and communications projects that include websites, print collateral, interactive presentations 
  • Creative concept origination and creative team manager of art directors, copywriters, designers, production artists, web and interactive programmers.  Direct supervisor of 7 team members.

Notemarks LLC  is an interactive media development company in Baltimore, Maryland, whose primary product is a downloadable software tool for advanced search optimization, social bookmarking and web-based information management.

Executive Producer and Creative Strategy

Engine Performance
Apr 2006Sep 2006

As Executive Producer and Creative Consultant duties included:

  • Creative and concept strategy for major clients    
  • Management of the firm’s top 3 real estate developer accounts with project scope ranging from $165 million-$1.5 billion.    
  • Copywriting and creative direction for multi-media and broadcast productions, web environments, print collateral, outdoor media and interactive presentations    
  • Editing and Post supervision  
  • Direct client relations/presentation responsibilities    
  • Responsibility for leading teams comprised of the area’s top industry talent on client marketing and communications projects that include websites, print collateral, interactive presentations, broadcast production, and guerilla marketing    
  • Creative concept origination and creative team manager of art directors, copywriters, designers, production artists, web and interactive programmers.

Engine Performance is a full service marketing and communications agency in Baltimore, Maryland, whose clients include Turner Development Group, Pulte Homes, Veritas Lex, and Amerock Inc., a division of Newell-Rubbermaid.

Freelance Broadcast Producer/Writer/Director

Planit Advertising
Jul 2004Apr 2006

As Freelance Producer/Writer/Director duties included:

  • All pre-production responsibilities and logistical planning  
  • Scheduling, story boarding, writing and re-writes    
  • Directing, producing, shooting; all facets of multi-media and digital production    
  • Editing and Post supervision    
  • Direct client relations/presentation responsibilities

Contracted by Planit to write and produce corporate videos for their top clients:  XLHealth, a Baltimore based government health contractor and Chevy Chase Bank, greater Washington D.C.’s largest bank.

Creative Director

The Cotter Team
Oct 2004Dec 2005

As Creative Director and Broadcast Producer duties included:

  • All pre-production responsibilities and logistical planning    
  • Scheduling, story boarding, writing and re-writes  
  • Directing and producing, all facets of multi-media and digital production    
  • Editing and Post supervision    
  • Creative origination, direction and supervision on all major campaigns
  • Management of all visual, audio, kiosk, web based and interactive creative    
  • Leadership and supervision of 12 employees

The CotterTeam is a full service advertising and integrated communications firm serving some of the largest and most diverse clients in the mid-Atlantic region.  The firm specializes in brand creation, broadcast production and media placement and consulting.

Education

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Rabbinic Work Experience

Recent Positions:

  • Guest Rabbi Shirat Ha'Yam Congregation, Nantucket, MA   Summers 2013 & 2014
  • Guest Adult Ed Instructor  Beth El Congregation, Baltimore MD  2010-2014 
  • Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Rabbinic Intern at Temple Beth El, Newark DE   2012-2013
  • Student Representative RRC Board of Governors   2011-2013
  • Vice President   RRC Rabbinical Student Association   2011-2012 
  • Multifaith Rabbinic Internship  Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies   2009-2010 
  • Media and Technology Consultant  2008-present                                                                                           

General Rabbinic Experience:

  • Weekday/Shabbat Service Leader   Brith Sholom House, Temple Beth El, Shirat Ha'Yam, Beth El Congregation 
  • High Holiday Service Leader   Brightwood Care Center, Temple Beth El          
  • Cantorial Soloist for High Holiday services   University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Lifecycle Officiation  Weddings, funerals, unveilings and other life cycle events
  • Pastoral counseling  Including pre-lifecycle event  and grief/mourning counseling
  • Adult Ed Instruction  Traditional courses, interactive presentations, guest lecturer

Skills

Communications/Technology Expert
Advanced professional experience in the creative communications/marketing and technology fields. Deep experience in website and software development, innovation strategies, creative direction and capital raising. Deep experience in digital media production and strategy      
Writer, Filmmaker
15 years experience in creative storytelling; Produced, written, directed and edited feature films and national broadcast television (features, documentaries and episodic TV). Clients have included Discovery Channel, ESPN, NBC, FoxSports, ICJS.org; Published editorial contributor.
Writing / Presentation and Public Speaking
10 years professional training and experience in creative/business/fundraising writing and presentation Experienced presenter specializing in outreach and fundraising for innovation sector
Foreign Language Skills
Expert fluency in Spanish; Advanced fluency in Hebrew
Hazzanut Experience
Training in Weekday Service/High Holiday Service nusach; Training in Torah and Haftarah cantillation; Training in Lifecycle Ceremony nusach  

References

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