An Austin, Texas transplant, Laurel Klein comes to Philly with her partner (Rodeph Shalom Rabbi) Eli Freedman. With an MSW from UT and Jewish Non-Profit Management from HUC, experience in event planning, Jewish environmental education, and many years in food service, Laurel aims to synthesize her passions to promote sustainable community that combines culture, the environment, and Judaism. Laurel and Eli live in Graduate Hospital where they brew, play ukulele, cook, and enjoy local brewpubs.
Cafe Olam integrates arts, music, an ethically kosher locavore menu, and community fostered social action programming. Cafe Olam offers a relaxed environment conducive to making Jewish connections, opportunities for leadership, and networking. For young adults, Cafe Olam promotes reclaiming Jewish identity on their own terms.