Our Team / Meet the FED Team
DEBORAH FISHMAN SHELBY
The founder of FED, Deborah is an entrepreneur and network-weaver. With a background in international Jewish cuisine, Deborah works at the intersection of people, food and ideas, weaving together relationships that spark unexpected dialogue, synergy, and connection. Deborah views her mission in life as making sure everyone is fed — physically, intellectually, spiritually and on a basic human level.
Brian is FED's Operations Director. He previously worked in finance at Credit Suisse, Barclays, and Morgan Stanley. Brian lives in Manhattan with his wife, Deborah, and their two daughters. He is a life-long native New Yorker, and is invested in the continuance of the FED project to introduce the city to itself.
Introducing / FED Committee
ASHER BAR LEV
Asher has been involved in many endeavors, political, artistic and business. He is addicted to exercise and eats no meat.
Jack Ben-Harari is a chef in the tradition of Carême and Escoffier. Eschewing academies and industrial training in favor of lived experience, collegial mentorship, and direct sensuality, Jack has apprenticed in the kitchens of New York Times favorites Clay, Deli Kasbah and Sushi Metsuyan; developed speed, organization, and consistency catering 50+ events in New York City (including for FED!); and curated a kaleidoscopic aesthetic palate traveling the globe from Israel and the Levantine, the Altiplano and the Pampas of South America, and the Far East. Jack’s current passion project is to distill his vast experience into a simple, comprehensive meditation that allows you not to copy a recipe or style, but to realize your own.
Marques Hollie, jewisican, is an opera singer based in New York City. Since making his professional debut in Opera Omaha’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, he has gone on to sing more than 20 roles in the operatic canon, including new and rarely-performed works. He has made numerous appearances on the concert and recital stage (including two New York Fashion Week runways) and after an especially meaningful Passover seder in 2014, began exploring the intersections of his black and Jewish identities. This exploration, coupled with the innate belief that the work of tikkun olam means bringing your whole self to the work, led Marques to start writing Go Down, Moshe, a performative retelling of the exodus from Egypt told through the musical tradition of Negro spirituals and the narratives of formerly enslaved people. His work focuses on centering Jewish liturgy around the experiences of people of color, and in addition to being named one of The New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” for 2018, he was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the JewV’Nation Fellowship, and is currently a fellow in the 14th Street Y’s LABA Fellowship.
Adam Jacobson was born and raised in NYC without interruption until the age of fifteen. Professionally he is a psychoanalyst. When not working you will find him practicing hot yoga or talking about how eager he is to get to his next hot yoga class.
Kevin Joest is an NYC-based composer and percussionist. He works in corporate services by day, and seeks to explore fundamental truths of human nature via metaphor from the natural, astronomical, and mathematical worlds through his music. While not Jewish in any official sense, his values and worldview align with the FED mission of cultivating open creativity, thought-provoking discussion, & diverse community, as well as fostering spaces where those elements exist naturally and organically. Kevin also loves food and the culinary arts, and has a passion for exploring the ways in which art for all the senses can combine as a platform on which to build common ground. More information on Kevin’s musical life can be found at www.kevinjoestmusic.com.