|Meet the MAROM Staff|
MAROM is the Young Adults division of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues and has officially been running for 10 years.
Jo Turner, the current Student Fieldworker is from Muswell Hill, London. After finishing her degree at The University of Kent studying Social Anthropology, she worked for Three Faiths Forum and Music festivals Latitude, Big Chill and In The Woods as head of films and Artist Liaison. Before landing a job as Marom Student Fieldworker, Jo went off to explore Argentina and Brazil, WOOFing on organic farms.
On top of being Marom Fieldworker, Jo works for NGO - TAG International Development and chairs SoAct. International development and social action is top of the agenda.
She cannot wait to meet more Masorti students and visit the various university campuses. She hopes to work with students so that they become the leaders of the activism on campus within the movement. If you are interested in organizing Masorti programming at your university, don’t hesitate to contact her.
Naomi Magnus, Marom Community Organiser
I grew up in the Masorti community in London and have been an active member of the Masorti youth movement - Noam for many years. I worked in the Noam office '06/'07 before making Aliyah in 2007 to Tel Aviv, where I worked with the African refugee community and ran Noam's gap year programme. I am currently living in London studying for a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and have just taken over as the Marom Community Organiser. It's nice to be back in the office!!
I am looking forward to building and empowering young adult communities in London and developing the next generation of Masorti Leadership. I am also the vice coordinator of Masorti Europe, an inspiring collective of local marom communities across Europe, including Paris,Valencia, Budapest and Stockholm.
Matt Plen grew up in the UK and was Mazkir of Noam, before making aliya in 1998. He has taught, lectured, and trained educators in many frameworks including the Conservative Yeshiva, the Masorti High School in Jerusalem, and Brandeis University. Matt has an MA in Jewish Studies from the Schechter Institute, Jerusalem. He is currently a PhD candidate in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University. For the next few years, Matt and his family will be living in East Finchley.
As Movement Director, Matt's brief is the strategic development of Masorti in the UK, in the key areas of education, leadership, and young adults' provision. He will be instigating the planned development of Marom, strengthening our communities' work with students and young adults, and fostering new leadership to take Marom into the next decade.
Amos 'Steve' Schonfield