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Katie Vogel

Co-Founder, host with the most challah, Editor of The Internet Shtetl

Katie envisioned building Havayah in 2015 when she moved back to Cincinnati to serve as the Audience Engagement Editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer. After her newsroom won a Pulitzer in 2018, she decided to commit herself to Jewish community development.

She’s the editor and founder of The Internet Shtetl, Havayah’s newsletter that reaches more than 1,500 individuals each week.

When Katie isn’t kneading 15 pounds of challah in a repurposed tamale pot or planning Havayah’s Next Big Thing, she serves as the audience consultant for Detour Detroit, an independent media startup serving her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Katie lives in and manages the bayit with her husband, Nate, their flock of chickens, and 20,000 Russian honeybees.

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Aharon Varady

Jewish educator, Davening Team lead

Aharon Varady is a community planner and Jewish educator.

He is the founding director of the Open Siddur Project and the managing editor of Dimus Parrhesia Press.

His thoughts on open-source Judaism can be read in this interview in the Atlantic Magazine.