Our Team

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Meredith Lewis (Director of Operations and Transition Manager) holds an MA in Hebrew and Judaic studies and an MPA in non-profit finance from New York University. She received a BS in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Meredith also has served as youth group advisor for USY, a Hebrew school teacher, and a Jewish educational consultant.

Ilana Sichel (Editor) is a writer and translator whose work has been published in Prairie Schooner, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Narrative, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Haaretz, and The Forward. Previously, she edited New Voices Magazine, worked at the Israeli NGO Ir Amim, and taught at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA in fiction. She studied literature at Harvard. 

 ilana sichel

Shevy Baskin (Editorial Assistant ) has an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and a BA in Sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She has previously interned for the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, UJA-Federation of New York, and Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh.

Jon Madof (Director of Design and Technology) has done web and graphic design for clients including New York University, FUSE TV, Jewlicious Festivals, Mediacom and the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. In his other life as a musician, he leads the Jewish Afrobeat band Zion80 (Tzadik Records) and has worked with John Zorn, Matisyahu and many others.

Jon Madof

Daniel Septimus (Former Chief Executive Officer) was a founding editor of MyJewishLearning.com. He served as Editor-in-Chief and, subsequently, Chief Executive Officer of MyJewishLearning, Inc. from 2005 to 2013. Daniel is currently Executive Director of The Sefaria Project.


Michael Kress (Founding Editor-in-Chief) served as Editor-in-Chief of MyJewishLearning from its inception in September 2001 until June 2005. He is currently the executive editor of Parents.com and previously was managing editor at Beliefnet.com. Michael is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Yale, and his articles on religion and spirituality have appeared in Newsweek, The Dallas Morning News, Slate.com, The Boston Globe, Mental Floss, and many other publications.

Michael Kress  


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