Shani Gross is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 29). Prior to becoming a full-time student, Shani was the co-founder and director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash: a center of learning on the West Coast that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts and ideas in a pluralistic, warm and intellectually challenging environment. She has studied at a number of Jewish Institutions including Migdal Oz, the Drisha Institute, and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She has taught at various organizations around the Bay Area, and particularly loves teaching topics relating to Tanakh and Midrash, and how they speak to our modern Jewish community. When not studying or teaching, Shani can be found looking up recipes she will never actually cook and attempting to teach her son how to crawl.