Meet the team
We are a women-owned, women-run bicoastal crew that works at the intersection of tradition and innovation.
Amanda Herring, Co-founder
Amanda Herring is an experience curator and Jewish educator. She is currently the Manager of Jewish Life & Learning at the Edlavitch DC JCC. She is a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech where she spent a semester at Haifa University and served as Hillel President. After graduation she worked at Hillel at VT, BirthrightNEXT in New York, and as Regional Director at the Israel on Campus Coalition. In 2018 Amanda received her Master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts at GW, and completed the JOFEE Fellowship in Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education with Hazon placed at OneTable in Washington, D.C.. It was there that she combined her passions for Shabbat and sustainable food which together can nourish and heal communities and ecosystems. Amanda enjoys making greeting cards, teaching baby ballet classes, and eating amazing food with her Husband, Greg, who is a whole animal butcher and chef, and their two dogs Bubbe and Mensch.
Mo Golden, Co-founder
Mo Golden is an artist and educator with expertise in designing interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive learning, and interactive products. She holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University where she was a Jim Joseph fellow, focusing on Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts. Mo holds a 620-hour certification in Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy from PCETI in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a concentration in using the arts in cross-cultural and coaching contexts. She was a Gilman International Scholar in Peru and Argentina during her undergraduate studies at The Evergreen State College. Mo taught at La Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires and has led for-credit and enrichment programming for undergraduate students of The Evergreen State College. Mo has lived/worked in Peru, Argentina, Spain, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. She has created curriculum and led trainings for Jewish organizations such as: HIAS, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Avodah, Atiq Maker Institute, Asylum Arts, and Mayyim Hayyim. Mo lives in Olympia, Wa. with her fiancé Ross and their elderly feline daughter Lilian, where she enjoys making up cocktail recipes, foraging for mushrooms, nettles, and berries in the woods, and holding epic day-long brunches.
Nora Berman, Program Manager
Nora Berman is a writer and filmmaker. She manages customer service, organizational relationships, and many other fun projects at Gold Herring. Nora is thrilled to be using both her creative and logistic brains for a Jewish female-led brand. She is a 2010 graduate of McGill University in Montreal, QC, where she co-wrote an acclaimed play Uphill Both Ways that was reprised upon request of the CBC. Nora is a repeat Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab semi-finalist: her screenplay BASHERT – an Orthodox queer romance — in 2020 and her screenplay PICK A COLOR in 2013. She honed her logistics expertise as a freelance 1st assistant director and scheduling producer in the film and advertising industries. Nora has lived in France and Israel where she studied at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies with Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and other international students. Nora is a New Yorker currently based in Portland, OR with her oleh husband Eitan, and a proud cat mother to Nefertiti and Lion. She can be found reading, riding her bike, learning languages, and cooking across the Jewish diaspora (current fave = Moroccan preserved lemons).
Chelsea Taxman, Herbalist
Chelsea has used her expertise and intuition to create the herbal blends for each of the Hebrew months in The Jewish Monthly Tea Experience. She’s also contributed to designing the teachings, activities, and guidance that you’ll get each month with your tea subscription. Chelsea identifies as a community herbalist and educator with support from her Ashkenazi ancestors, teachers, mentors, and her intuition. Her gift is working with plants to aid in the deep healing we need to move toward a liberated world our hearts know is possible. Her herbal practice combines many traditions such as Land-Based Judaism, Ayurveda, Raja Yoga, Chinese Herbalism, Permaculture, and Western Astrology. Her work is an effort to empower people to take charge of their health and life and awaken their own queerness, intuition, and magic! You can follow Chelsea on Instagram at @moon.beam.dreams.
Ross Cowman, Publishing Consultant & Graphic Designer
Ross is the award-winning designer of Fall of Magic, Life on Mars, BFF!, Night Forest, and Serpent’s Tooth. He co-created Gold Herring’s Night Forest For Jewish Gatherings, and designed the layout and branding for many Gold Herring products, including The Jewish Planner. Drawing from his experience in the game publishing industry, Ross has supported Gold Herring with consultation services and partnered to supply shipping and fulfillment, as well as customer service. Ross owns and runs an indie game publishing workshop, Heart of the Deernicorn, in Olympia, Wa. that hosts game-related events, an artist in residency program, and makes lots of scrolls, shirts, and other specialty screen printed and sewn products.