As the Director of JumpSpark, Kelly leads the visioning and realization of JumpSpark as the hub of Jewish teen innovation in Atlanta- reimagining the possibilities for teens, parents of teens, Jewish professionals and overseeing the allocation of large-scale grants to support this work.
Kelly is passionate about creating opportunities for "embodied literacy" and finding new ways for people to live and experience their Judaism. In addition to her work with the teen community, Kelly is also the creator of Parsha Storybook Project, an online resource for early childhood Torah literacy. She is married to Drew Cohen, Director of Music at The Weber School and URJ Camp Coleman and has two children.
Program & Communications Manager
Laura is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College with an extensive background in performing arts, and she when not working she performs with Atlanta area community theaters.
In her role with JumpSpark, Annie will be working on program implementation for our Strong Women Fellowship, Navigating Parenthood, and professional development, as well as relationship building and supporting community partners and other stakeholders who care about Jewish teens in Atlanta. In her free time, Annie enjoys improv comedy, finding eclectic coffee shops, and reading thought-provoking nonfiction books.
From camp to different youth organizations, Jessie’s true passion lies in learning the fascinating stories of today’s Jewish teens, and she’s very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the change that is youth engagement. In her Engagement Coordinator role, Jessie will be meeting with community members to learn new ways to engage Jewish teens. She is also launching a new URJ teen fellowship program funded by a Spark Grant that allows teens to learn important peer to peer engagement skills.
- Rabbi Peter Berg The Temple, Atlanta Rabbinical Association
- Lisa Galanti Community Volunteer
- Lori Kagan Schwarz Community Volunteer
- Rabbi Ari Kaiman Congregation Shearith Israel
- Marisa Kaiser Jewish Education Directors’ Council
- Jori Mendel Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
- Lakshmi Nebel Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
- Jared Powers Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
- Eric Robbins Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
- A.J. Robinson Central Atlanta Progress & Atlanta Downtown Improvement District
- Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg Congregation B’nai Torah
- Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser Community Rabbi