Pop-Up Prayer is made by a multi-faith team, with an experience designer and a religious leader working together to foster spiritual entrepreneurship.
Designing new experiences for faith and well-being
Our team came together as a part of the Glean incubator for Spiritual Entrepreneurs at Columbia University's Business School Coming from different faiths, we were interested in using a design-centric strategy to innovate how to make it easier for people to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. We both realized that we need to meet people where they are, and to give more well-designed support to help people integrate spirituality into their day-to-day work, travels, and busy-ness.
Kursat OzencKursat works as a user experience designer at a software company in Silicon Valley, and teaches at Stanford University's d.school. He experiments with ritual design at the d.school, and contributes to social justice/impact projects at the Stanford's Legal Design Lab.
Pop-Up Prayer grew out of Kursat's experiences in trying to find safe, friendly places to pray while at work and traveling -- thus leading to the idea of creating a better network of spaces that would be open to multi-faith prayer.He is an AMCLI alumni--American Muslim Civic Leaders Institute, and holds a PhD in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Gil SteunlaufRabbi Gil Steinlauf has pioneered a paradigm shift that lifts up innovative modes of study and exploration of meaning as central in Jewish life. Rabbi Steinlauf is the first senior rabbi of a large, historic, conservative congregation to come out as openly gay, and through his honesty, has sought to create an atmosphere of constructive dialogue on the issues facing modern culture and Judaism.
He had previously been the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC, and the rabbi of Temple Israel in New Jersey (since 2001). He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and also studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, earned an MHL from the University of Judaism, and received rabbinic ordination and an MA at JTS.
Currently, Rabbi Steinlauf is on the boards of A Wider Bridge, ALEPH the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He sits on the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion Council. He also sits on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee of JTS. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and a member of the Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership’s Rabbis Without Borders program. Along with Adas clergy and staff, Rabbi Steinlauf co-founded three nationally recognized projects now operating out of Adas Israel: YP@AI for Jewish Young Professionals, MakomDC for 21st century experiential learning, and the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington for meditation, yoga, and contemplative Jewish practices.