About Us

We offer resources for genuine connection and growth to empower and educate Jews from every part of our city.

We exist to bring together Jews across Atlanta to preserve and progress our community for the future and help teens grow and discover their best selves.

JumpSpark Staff

Kelly Cohen
Kelly Cohen
Director
Kelly Cohen has spent her career building meaningful, dynamic Jewish experiences for children, teens and adults. She has built a wealth of experience working in a myriad of different settings including camps, day schools, synagogues, and Israel travel. She holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program. Kelly is a graduate of the M² Senior Educators Cohort and a participant in The Jewish Education Project's Generation Now Fellowship.

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.

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Laura Gronek
Laura Gronek
Program & Communications Manager
Laura Gronek is a communications professional excited to be working with JumpSpark’s mission to reach teens looking for community. For the last four years Laura has worked in nonprofit performing arts administration and education, and previously she worked in corporate marketing and magazine editorial.

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.

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Annie Fortnow
Annie Fortnow
Engagement Manager
Annie Fortnow is excited to be taking on the role of Engagement Manager at JumpSpark. Before JumpSpark, Annie served as a Springboard Fellow for Hillel at UMass Amherst, working on Jewish college student engagement around social justice topics. Annie holds a BA from Brandeis University, where she studied Environmental Health. While at Brandeis, Annie worked as a camp counselor for teens at her childhood summer camp URJ OSRUI. Annie is passionate about Jewish engagement in the teen space to ensure all Jewish teens have access to and feel included in the amazing Jewish opportunities that exist in our community.

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.

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Jessie Schwartzman
Jessie Schwartzman
Engagement Coordinator
Jessie Schwartzman is an engagement professional excited to take on a brand-new combined position with JumpSpark and the URJ. She is a recent graduate of Florida State University’s school of communications and is excited to dive into the thriving Atlanta Jewish Community. Jessie worked at FSU Hillel as an Engagement Associate for the last 2 years and has spent 3 summers working at URJ Camp Coleman.

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.

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Advisors

  • 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

Rabbinic Advisors

  • Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg Congregation B’nai Torah
  • Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser Community Rabbi

Community Connection

JumpSpark Events

Our original programs connect Jewish teens and families with professionals across Atlanta for interactive and enriching learning opportunities.

Community Events

We foster connection in Atlanta’s Jewish community by bringing together families, professionals, kids, and leaders with exceptional programming and growth potential.

Spark Grants

Spark Grants provide funding and support for those with ideas to invest in Atlanta’s Jewish teen ecosystem. We believe in building relationships to strengthen Atlanta’s Jewish community through innovation and ground breaking ideas.

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