Stephen Figurasmith (Madricheh)
Stephen (they/them/theirs) is a Jewish educator and songleader with a particular focus on early childhood music and social justice activism. They have taught classes and led family programs at JCCs, synagogues, preschools, community centers, libraries, and summer camps throughout the metropolitan New York area. Stephen lives in Valley Steam, NY but has ties to the Jewish community in Jackson Heights, where they and their wife Rachel previously lived and led programs for Jewish families with Kehillat Tikvah. Stephen believes in never underestimating the capacity of young children to recognize injustice, grapple with big ideas, and be agents of change, and sees Jewish music and education as a vehicle to support children and families in these endeavors. Stephen is grateful to serve the Malkhut community as a teacher for Malkhut & Me and the Children’s Learning Program.
Alice Kallman (Madricha)
Alice (she/her/hers) was born and raised in New York City. She went to the University of Chicago for undergrad and then participated in Avodah New Orleans and has been there doing criminal justice work for the last three years. She is now working on a Masters in Library Science at Queens College and is so excited to be spending time in Queens again after spending many weekends as a child visiting her grandparents in Bayside. In her spare time, Alice studies Arabic with family to reconnect to her Syrian heritage and enjoys watercolor and reading. She looks forward to joining the Malkhut community and combining her experiences working with children, her pursuit of social justice, and her continuous exploration of her Judaism.