JCAN team meetings are held approximately twice a month and are open to all. To learn of upcoming meetings and other events, join our low-volume email list. You are always encouraged to approach us with ideas for participation, even if you cannot make it to eam meetings.

Rabbi Katy Allen, JCAN co-founder and president

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Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is the founder and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah. She began her career as a biology teacher and later became a writer and editor of educational materials. Prior to her conversion to Judaism in 1989, she began to study, and has never stopped. She started teaching Hebrew school, then became involved in family and adult education, and for a number of years performed professionally as a storyteller. Katy received a Masters of Arts in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, in 1999, and rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY, in 2005. For three years she served as the rabbi of Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop before founding Ma'yan Tikvah. Rabbi Allen currently serves as a staff chaplain at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and writes about matters of the spirit and the world. She is one of the co-conveners of the new Boston-area Jewish Climate Action Network. She blogs at www.mayantikvah.blogspot.com and www.nature-memories.blogspot.com.

Katy can be reached at rabbi@mayantikvah.org.

Fred Davis, Vice President

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Fred Davis has been professionally involved with energy conservation since 1977, starting in residential conservation and solar. For three decades, he's been a leader in efficient lighting, and helped devise the first national standards for lamp efficiency.  Fred helped introduce the world to compact fluorescents, electronic ballasts, and now LED streetlights. He is president of Fred Davis Corporation, a leading national wholesale supplier specializing in energy-efficient lighting products since 1983. He chaired the first national conference on energy-efficient lighting and over the years has spoken on energy and lighting in venues from Stockholm to Sacramento. He writes the respected e-newsletter, The Lightening Volt.

He studied at College of the Atlantic, and graduated from Tufts. He was a member of Vanguard, the Clamshell Alliance affinity group devoted to education about clean energy. Fred was President of the Urban Solar Energy Association, has served on the Board of Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and on both national and local Boards of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

At his synagogue in Westwood, Fred served as Co-Chair of Social Action and helped introduce Mitzvah Day; and as Chair of Adult Education helped introduce Talmud Study and Nosh&'Drash. He is a past Co-Chair of the JCRC Energy Committee, and a Past President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. He is currently a Hebrew College "Leaders in Adult Learning" Fellow.

Andy Oram, Secretary

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. He currently specializes in open source, software engineering, and health IT, but his editorial output has ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to a graphic novel about teenage hackers. Andy also writes often on policy issues related to the Internet and on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society. Active in his synagogue--Temple Shir Tikvah of Winchester, Massachusetts--he has also done volunteer work for the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, J Street, and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, which he helped to introduce into his congregation. Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist, Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Vanguardia Dossier, and Internet Law and Business.