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Adina Polen

Social Justice Educator
Adina Polen is the Founder and Executive Director of Atiq: Jewish Maker Institute, an applied arts yeshiva based in Berkeley, CA. After earning her BA in Music from Barnard College, Adina studied design at the Bezalel Academy and Hadassah College, and Jewish texts at Midreshet Lindenbaum, at the Pardes Institute and at the Yakar Center for Creativity and Tradition—all in Jerusalem.  Along with her work at Atiq, Adina has channeled her love of integrating Torah and arts into her work as a Maker Educator at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, a Counselor/Educator on the Nesiya Institute, and as a Maker Specialist for Edah Berkeley. Adina has been steeped in the do-it-yourself ethos of the Havurah movement, Jewish Catalog style creativity, and the teachings of Hasidut from her earliest days. She believes that multi-sensory creative opportunities for meaning making sustain us as individuals, and strengthen our communities.

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