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Bios of Teachers of Text Study:
Randolph Dobbs was born in Oakland, California, and raised in Salinas near Monterey where he attended Hartnell College. Mr. Dobbs is a member of the Regional Bahá’í Council of the State of California. He was elected to the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Los Angeles in the mid-90's and serves as its secretary. He is a past president of the Inter-Religious Council of Southern California and serves on its Executive Committee as well as the Advisory Board of the Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out. He also serves as a Religious Director in the Office of Religious Life at USC and is a member of the Board of Directors of the University Religious Conference at UCLA. His articles on religious matters appear on various websites including Examiner.com, Beliefnet.com and Iranian.com.
Atilla Kahveci is Vice President of Pacifica Institute. Atilla is the board member of Christian Muslim Consultative Group (CMCG), Southern California Muslim Jewish Forum and Interreligious Council of Southern California- IRC. A graduate and fellow of Shalom Hartman Institute of Muslim Leadership Initiative Cohort 3 of 2016. Kahveci studies his masters degree now at Claremont School of Theology- Bayan Claremont- Islamic Studies and Leadership.
Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard, is the founding Pastor of Word of Encouragement Church, an author, radio personality and community activist. As program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, the Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard combines her experience as a pastor and expertise as a community leader to run programs that train pastors to take on civic engagement work. One of her great passions advancing the movement to address sexual assault and end human trafficking, by training faith communities on engagement practices. In 2013. she launched Living On Assignment program, that serves survivors of sexual violence move from set-back to success!
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld has served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Am since 2009, after nine years leading a community in upstate New York. Among his passions and interests are leading musical and intimate prayer experiences, engaging in meaningful Torah study, educating about and advocating for Israel, and building a growing culture of interfaith work at TBA. When not at work, you can find him playing ping-pong or cheering for his beloved New York Yankees.