Avoda Arts is proud to partner with Facing History and Ourselves, the renowned organization that helps students learn about anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice so they can prevent it from hapening in the future. Our dramatic short film, PIGEON, continues to be a featured resource of Facing History's unique lending library, which reaches a network of more than 90,000 educators worldwide.


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Carol Brennglass Spinner

Tobi Kahn




Deb Krivoy, Director

Ora Fruchter, Teaching Artist

Karen Jarmon, Teaching Artist

Josh Feinberg, Educational Consultant

Jessica Washer, Bookkeeper


Board of Directors

Tobi Kahn
Faculty, School of Visual Arts

Adina Savin, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Disney Corporation

Abraham Seidmann
Professor, Simon School of Business, University of Rochester

Carol Brennglass Spinner
Co-Founder, Avoda Institute, Ltd.

Ruth Weisberg
Former Dean, Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California


Who we are

Deb Krivoy
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Deb Krivoy is an educator with 25 years of experience in curriculum design, teacher-training, arts program management, and educational materials development. Under her leadership, Avoda Arts has launched the Arts Across the Curriculum initiative for middle and high school students, developed an Artist Beit Midrash for university students, sponsored a five-year traveling exhibition of Jewish ceremonial art, and co-founded the New York Jewish Student Film Festival. Prior to joining Avoda Arts, Deb served as Director of Program Design Services for an educational consulting firm in Boston, where she oversaw the creation of workplace learning programs focused on leadership, teambuilding, mentoring, and critical thinking. Deb holds a Master's of Education from the University of Massachusetts and has written several articles on integrating the arts into Jewish learning.



Carol Brennglass Spinner

Carol Brennglass Spinner is the co-founder of Avoda Arts. An accomplished businesswoman and committed Jewish community philanthropist, Carol serves on the boards of JESNA, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and JCCA, and is an active member of the UJA-Federation of New York's commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal. She holds an M.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Carol is committed to creating Jewish joy.


Tobi Kahn

Tobi Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions and over 60 museum and group shows since he was selected as one of nine artists to be included in the 1985 Guggenheim Museum exhibition, New Horizons in American Art. He has more than 25 years of teaching experience in painting, sculpture, photography and art history, and is the founder of the visual arts program at Manhattan Hebrew High School. Tobi currently teaches painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


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Resources photograph courtesy of Shana Sureck