ABOUT ELI TALKS
Who is ELI Talks? Meet the Speakers
WHAT ARE ELI TALKS?
THE PEOPLE THAT BRING ELI TALKS TO YOU
Melody, Communications Director
Melody Coven is the Communications Director at ELI Talks. Originally from Pittsburgh, Melody joined ELI Talks after a three-and-a-half year stint in Jerusalem, working in nonprofit communications and development. Melody holds an MA in Government from IDC Herzliya and a BA in Political Science and Jewish Studies from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). Whether in the office or at home, Melody loves nothing more than working on exciting Jewish projects. She recently launched a "Questions for my Jewish Friend" website based on her own experiences explaining Orthodox Jewish life to non-Jewish friends. While running after her awesome toddler and hanging out with her husband keeps Melody pretty busy, she still finds time to make handcrafted mosaic mezuzahs and bake exclusively-chocolate desserts. She and her family live in Skokie, Illinois.
Jeremy, Engagement Manager
Professional life-liver. Jeremy lives his life through relationships and is a firm believer that we can do anything we want with the help of our friends. He aims to create strong, sustainable communities that are filled with awesome and incredible people. He currently lives in the Old Town Moishe House, where he loves to build community through design thinking processes, hosting 60+ guests for Shabbat dinner, planning camping retreats, and helping others learn how to build their own community. Outside of ELI Talks, you can find Jeremy spending time with friends and family, traveling the globe, making hummus, biking to work, or running with the bulls in Spain!
Rebecca, Speaker Fellowship Coach and Workshop Facilitator
Rebecca Joy Fletcher is an internationally recognized playwright, actress, singer, and educator. The New York Times calls her work “richly rounded and eventually heartbreaking.” Ordained as a cantor, Rebecca now devotes herself full-time to touring and teaching. Highlights include her hit off-Broadway show Kleynkunst!, her bilingual show Metropolis which premiered in Paris in 2012; Cities of Light, which has been presented around the world, including productions in Jerusalem, Chicago, and London; and Ringing True, which premiered at the Miami Theater Center in 2016. A seasoned Jewish and arts educator, Rebecca has served as teacher, lecturer, and artist-in-residence at universities, synagogues, and schools around the US. Her grants and awards include a Wexner Foundation collaboration grant, a Theatre Communications Group-ITI grant for research and performances in Warsaw, a Confidence Foundation grant for research in Israel, and a European Association for Jewish Culture grant for work in Paris. Rebecca is a proud member of the Association for Jewish Theater, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the American Conference of Cantors, and ROI, an international network of entrepreneurs. She performs with the award-winning NYC troupe Kabarett Kollectif. She also works as an experiential educator for The ARK, Chicago's oldest Jewish poverty relief organization. www.RebeccaJoyFletcher.com