Wed June 21 at 8PM | “Working With and Along Side the ‘Other’” featuring Obada Shtayeh (Regional Dir
Obada Shtaya was born and raised in Nablus, Palestine, and is the current Regional Director of the OneVoice Movement for the Mid-Atlantic region. After earning his undergraduate degree in English Literature, Obada worked in multiple management positions for non-profit and for-profit companies. In August 2015, he decided to move to the US after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his MS in conflict resolution. Obada describes his high school and undergrad years as a life laboratory where “one could experiment with ideas and opportunities to decide what’s yet to come." A strong believer in the important role and potential of students, Obada was one of the founders of the OneVoice on Campus fellowship program, which provides American students with an opportunity to engage in constructive activism, especially surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In his leisure time, Obada like to hike, travel, practice Karate and explore history.
Reb David Shneyer has been Kehila Chadasha's spiritual leader and Judaist since our founding in 1978. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in Israel, earning degrees in Judaic studies from Rutgers Unversity and Baltimore Hebrew College. In 2001 Reb David received his "semicha" ordination from the Aleph Seminary founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shlomi. A past president of Ohalah, the Rabbinic Association of Jewish Renewal Rabbis, Reb David is also a musician and composer of new liturgical music. He is a founder of Yachad, the Jewish Housing Development Corporation, Jews United for Justice, and the Jewish Folk Arts Festival.He is active in the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Montgomery Countryside Alliance and also Rabbis for Human Rights.
In 1990 he founded Am Kolel, an independent and progressive Jewish community that operates Sanctuary Retreat Center and sponsors many events in the larger community.