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Ariel Wolgel

Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2016, Ariel worked as a Jewish educator for 7 years at the Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit. Ariel developed and implemented new curriculum, organized school-wide programs, and mentored new teachers. Ariel is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem and holds a MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston. Through supporting students with diverse needs, she strengthened her skill of listening for understanding. Ariel knows first hand how crucial relationships and support are during times of infertility and sees building relationships as the core of her work.

Ariel lives in Berkeley with her husband, Aron, and their twins, Betzalel and Maayan. She enjoys the beautiful Bay Area scenery, especially from the seat of her bicycle or from behind the lens of a camera.

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Johanna Meckel

Johanna Meckel, originally from Los Angeles, grew up with a father who is a child of Holocaust survivors and a mother who is Israeli-Moroccan making Judaism and Zionism ingrained in her. Johanna has lived in Northern California since attending UC Santa Cruz where she majored in Political Science and Sociology. Before joining Hasidah, Johanna worked at two different Bay Area Hillels and spent a year in Israel teaching English in Netanya. Johanna then transitioned to StandWithUs working on college campuses from Monterey Bay up to the Canadian border eventually becoming Regional Director. She organized speaker events in homes and in community settings and led trainings for community members combating anti-Semitism and the BDS movement.  Johanna welcomed daughter, Leona, into the world in the spring of 2018 with her husband Matthew and fur-baby Bissli.  She resides in Napa and enjoys a glass of red wine and exploring all Napa has to offer.

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Rabbi Idit Solomon

Rabbi Idit Solomon is the founder and CEO of Hasidah. Her background spans from corporate America, accounting and technology to Jewish summer camps, synagogue boardrooms and executive leadership. She previously served as the head of the Department of Jewish Education and Identify at the Columbus Jewish Federation where served for a period as the head of their Community Relations Committee . Rabbi Solomon also worked for the Ohio State University Hillel as the campus rabbi.

Prior to becoming a Jewish professional, Rabbi Solomon was a systems analyst specializing in accounting and worked for a large corporation as well as for a privately held company. She holds a B.S. in Applied Science from Miami University and earned her Master’s of Jewish Education and ordination from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Solomon has served on boards and committees of numerous organizations including synagogue boards , Columbus, Jewish Day School, Agudas Achim chevra kaddisha, Columbus Board of Rabbis, and several Interfaith coalitions. She is also the co-founder of a Rosh Hodesh group in Los Angeles and Minyan Nedava in Columbus, Ohio.

Rabbi Solomon founded Hasidah with her husband after experiencing years of infertility and recognizing that no organization existed to address the need for awareness, network navigation and financial assistance for all Jews. Her experiences working in Jewish pastoral care settings, developing community change initiatives, and serving in leadership and executive roles inspired her to put her skills towards what she believes to be a most worthy goal: providing people with needed resources to manage experiences of infertility and helping them to build Jewish families.

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