Aviv Kammay is a music educator, Beatles scholar, and composer, born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He received his degree in Music Education from the Lewinsky College of Education and Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and his Masters’ of Music Education from Northwestern University. He has taught students in both Israel and the United States, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to adults. Aviv arrived in Madison in 2010 where he is the music educator at Wingra School. He regularly leads singing at local Jewish community events.
Since 2003 Aviv has been the music director at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute, a Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He serves there as a member of the Tiferet artists team, leading a unique, collaborative fine arts program for Jewish youth who have a special interest in combining their art with Jewish studies.
Aviv’s compositions have been performed in Israel and the United States and have won him several awards, including the Guild of Temple Musicians 2009 Young Composer award. He lives on the East side of Madison with his wife, Parthy, their son, Noam, and their furry companion, Shmuely the cat.
Steve Olson spent eighteen years teaching English in New York City prep schools (mainly Jewish) before coming to Madison with his family. Much to his surprise, he was hired as a Madison police officer, and he spent three years patrolling the South Side at night before resuming his teaching career. He retired from West High School, where film study and English literature were probably his most sought-after classes. Among his former students are authors Elizabeth Wurtzel (“Prozac Nation”), Daphne Merkin (“Dreaming of Hitler”), and Ehud Havazelet (“Bearing the Body”) plus–from West H.S.–an assistant curator at MMOCA, Leah Kolb. The several hundred people he arrested shall remain nameless.
, Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, site director of the Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, has served as the rabbi at the Hillel at the University of Wisconsin, Madison at the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life since 1999. She received a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She works with UW students through teaching, holiday programming, alternative break programs and trips, and one-on-one conversations. She participates in regular dialogue, projects and programs in the Madison Jewish community and at state-wide events in the larger community. Andrea is married to and works with her husband, Greg Steinberger, the executive director of UW Hillel. They have three children.