Interests: Adult and family education, public history, urban design and livability issues, social media, mental health advocacy
Adina Gerver is a second-year student in the the NYU Wagner/Skirball MPA-MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies program. Originally from the Boston area, she graduated from Harvard College with a degree in history and women's studies, and then went to work as a Program Officer at the Covenant Foundation, a small Manhattan-based foundation that funds innovative Jewish education in North America. Adina subsequently served as the Assistant Director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side, where her interest in Jewish adult education developed. In 2008, she established a consulting business, which focuses on the nonprofit education sector - mainly on online media, development/fundraising, and marketing/communications, with a splash of book editing and indexing. Her clients have included: the Jewish Book Council, Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, Uri L'Tzedek, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, and Yeshivat Maharat. Adina is passionate about using collaborative study of ancient Jewish texts to empower people towards lasting personal and social change. She chose the MPA-MA program, where is she is a Wexner Fellow/Davidson Scholar and a recipient of a Wagner scholarship because she felt that it was a place where she could best improve her managerial skills while continuing her study of Jewish texts and community. Thus far, she has particularly enjoyed her courses in microeconomics and financial management.