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 interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive learning, and interactive product design. 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. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at The University of Washington. 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. 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.

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 MagicLife on MarsBFF!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.

Adam Blodgett, Web Developer

Adam is a seasoned front end designer and developer with years of experience leading successful design and development projects from inception to launch. He’s comfortable working with a variety clients in myriad situations. Though born a goy, he enjoys working with the Tribe, and has brought many projects to life for Jewish organizations on the east and west coasts. Adam has made The Jewish Monthly Tea Experience possible and helps streamline all of Gold Herring’s online processes. Learn more at PixelsmithDesign.com

Rebekah Harbour, Herbal Consultant & Content Contributor

Rebekah is a Certified Zero Balancing therapist, Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Massage Therapist, and master gardener. She has taught Zero Balancing trainings in New Zealand, the Seattle area, San Francisco, and Maui, where students learn the significance and skills for working with bones and joints. Rebekah started and managed the CSA and farm internships program at Claymont Society for continuous Education, in West Virginia and currently runs an organic farm and CSA on Maui. Rebekah created the Planting Chart at the back of The Jewish Planner and is collaborating with Gold Herring to create a few exciting upcoming products! You can find her at RebekahHarbour.com