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Adina Polen
Founder

Adina founded Atiq (then called Beyond Noah’s Ark) in 2017. She's also an illustrator, graphic designer, musician, former middle school teacher, and Museum Educator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. She believes that multi-sensory opportunities for spiritual quest are our birthright, and our future.

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Rachel Bickel
creative director

Rachel is passionate about building engaged and diverse communities, and deepening the ways that material culture can support this effort. Rachel brings her experience as an active alumni member of Moishe House Vacnouver, and as a MA candidate in Library Science at UBC to her work at Atiq. 

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Ariel Mayse
Rabbi-in-residence

As a member of the inaugural cohort of ordained Rabbis at Beit Midrash Harel, and a black belt in Karate, Ariel has always charted a unique spiritual path. Ariel is an assistant professor of Judaic Studies at Stanford University, with a focus on Hasidut and Kabbalah. He delights in finding ways to make the what might be esoteric within our tradition profoundly accessible and meaningful.

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aliza Nelson Weiss
Program manager

 Aliza is a designer and illustrator focusing on interior and graphic projects. Aliza received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2008, and studied architecture and interior design at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, England and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Aliza uses her expansive art history and illustration knowledge to support project development and organizational planning. Aliza is dedicated to expanding artistic development within the Jewish sphere.