>>Thu Dec 30, 2010
Raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Adam Soclof graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a degree in Judaic Studies. He was extremely active in Hillel on University of Michigan’s campus and has been an avid reader of Jewish blogs since high school. He first heard about PresenTense through a post on Jewschool.
Now working as Editorial Assistant at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, filming and editing video reports, Adam has been active in the PT community for years. He was a member of the first Fellowship in 2007 and has contributed writing to the magazine. Recently, he was accepted as a Fellow to the NYC Fellowship to develop a product called GeltRush, an online aggregator for Jewish funding opportunities, and is training in the PT SocialStart Program to teach PresenTense methodology in communities across the US.
I ran into the PT founders in Israel a few times and sensed a sincere passion to empower young people to push the Jewish community to be more efficient and forward-thinking,” Adam said.
He continues to stay involved because the PT community “comprises an extraordinary network of collaborators who are willing and able to help one another in creative Jewish pursuits. His favorite example of this was producing a Purim video, “Haman Song,” with PT Fellows Mat Bar and Ori Salzberg of Bible Raps.
“When production wrapped up, several more PT friends helped organize a ‘viral launch party’ just before the Purim holiday,” Adam said. “The good will shown by people at all levels of this network is something that I hope to emulate at work and in my personal life, as well."
>>Sun Dec 26, 2010
PresenTense community member Farrah Green stopped by the Jerusalem Hub recently to talk about how she got involved, why PresenTense speaks to her and what the latest is with PT13: Social Action.
Although she can’t pin point exactly where or when, Farrah remembers first seeing PresenTense via the magazine at a Hillel. Which Hillel, exactly, is the question. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Judaic Studies, Business and Politcal Science, Farrah began working at different universities around the US. First, as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at Kansas University Hillel and then through AIPAC’s leadership development program as National Field Director.
After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters in Social Work this past May, Farrah is now in Jerusalem at Pardes focusing on Jewish Studies and thought it was time to get involved hands on with PT.
“I did research into different organizations,” Farrah said. “But with my background in mentoring student groups and community, PresenTense was the perfect fit.”
Admitting that she doesn’t particularly enjoy writing and originally wanted to be a Coach for the Jerusalem CEP (but doesn’t speak Hebrew), Farrah is now on the PT13- Social Action Steering Committee. She is looking forward to, “meeting other people who are excited about Jewish social entrepreneurship and helping to produce a magazine that will share this with others.”
“I am also excited for the opportunity to help shape the social action issue,” Farrah said. "It's something I care a lot about.”
Right now the Steering Committee is working on reading through some 41 story proposals and selecting those that will be in the magazine.