Vendor Bios

Dorrie Rifkin
Roosevelt Dime

Gabe Goldman:

How would like to create your own Coal Burned Kiddush Cup or create Havdalah Candles. Learn about how to make a Sukkah out of 4 foot high “tomato” Stakes. As for a few other programs that will be offered throughout the weekend by the talented Gabe.

Gabe Goldman is a former president of Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America and nationally recognized as the leading outdoor Jewish educator in America. Gabe brings a unique blend of skills, Torah knowledge, spiritual awareness, humor and a passion for life to all of his programs. He is the only Jewish educator in the world with a PhD who did post-graduate yeshiva studies and learned the ancient ways of living with the earth from Native Americans. Gabe is the author of Guide for the Spiritually Perplexed: A Jewish Meditation Primer and a teacher of meditation and awareness skills. Currently, Gabe is the Director of Experiential Education at the Agency for Jewish Learning in Pittsburgh and serves as a resource for Jewish organizations across the country. Check him out at his Facebook page or read more about him from an old Jewish Journal


Elana Fine

Elana has been studying nature, wild edible and herbal medicinals since 1997. An avid student , she has taken classes with Tom Brown Jr at the Tracker school, with Susan Weed,and Frank and Karen Sherwood of Earthwalk Northwest. She has apprenticed with Robin Rose Bennett, completed Native American Philosophy training with Ray Reitze of Earthways as well as the Green Medicine course with Peeka Trenkle. She helped develop the three Season class with Paul Tappeneden, the Rockland Forager. She was the coordinator for Gabe Goldman's Philosophy classes and coordinated meditation classes with Rabbi Shohama Weiner. At the heart of it, she loves to teach and share her knowledge about nature.

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Dorrie Rifkin

Dorrie teaches watercolor painting and other visual arts in northern and central NJ, and is increasingly in demand regionally and nationally to conduct multi-day in-depth watercolor workshops and painting demonstrations.

Her paintings have won prizes in many international and national juried shows. She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and of the Baltimore, Pennsylvania, and Northeast Watercolor Societies.

Dorrie's work has been featured in both Splash 14: Light and Color and Splash 15: Creative Solutions (North Light Books). She was profiled in Watercolor Artist magazine’s December 2010 “Ones to Watch” feature, and most recently, her painting of a view from NYC’s Highline adorned Watercolor Artist’s February 2015 cover.

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Roosevelt Dime Band

Saturday Night Entertainment




Andrew Green: five string banjo, lead vox
Eben Pariser: electric guitar, harmonica, lead vox
Tony Montalbano: drums, backup vox
Craig Akin: upright bass 





About the Band:

To listen to the music of Roosevelt Dime is to take a journey through American roots music. Inspired by Appalachian string bands, Memphis soul, New Orleans dixieland, and the musical melting pot of Brooklyn which they call home, the band has forged a sound they’ve come to call Steamboat Soul. After years of thrilling audiences at festivals and venues across the country, the band has fully captured the energy and musicianship of their live performance on Full Head of Steam (2014).

Andrew Green (banjo, guitar) and Eben Pariser (electric bass, gutbucket bass) met at Oberlin College and continued their musical collaboration after settling in NYC. Tony Montalbano brought his distinctive drumming to the band shortly after, and Seth Paris (clarinet, saxophone) added his background in big band and west African brass music to fill out the diverse sound. The band developed by busking in the streets and subways, where they learned what it takes to stop someone in their tracks, turn them from a stranger into a listener, from a listener into a sidewalk lindy-hopper. 

The community of musicians who have contributed / taken part in Roosevelt Dime over the years is an interesting part of the story. Chris Eldridge, guest guitarist on "Down on Your Luck" and "Oh To Be" is a member of the prominent folk-group Punch Brothers, and has recently been featured on T-Bone Burnett and Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack. Bruce Harris, who has toured and played with the band full time for nearly 2 years is now performing in After Midnight, the Broadway musical with a big-band put together by Wynton Marsalis. Harris also regularly performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Guest vocals on "Down on Your Luck" feature Molly Venter and her group Red Molly, which has grown to be one of the top folk acts in the country. 

It’s the writing that takes center stage and sets Roosevelt Dime apart though. With Green and Pariser penning the tunes and sharing lead vocal duties, they can conjure The Band and Dr. Dog on “Calvary” as seamlessly as Professor Longhair and Jackie Wilson on “I Want Mo!” not to mention bringing new life to the traditional songbook with a wailing version of “St. James Infirmary” and their clave-propelled “Cocaine Habit Blues.” 

Roosevelt Dime has been featured in The Philadelphia Folk Fest, Musikfest, No Depression, On Your Radar with WFUV’s John Platt, and official showcases at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis 2011, and Toronto 2013. 

Individual Band Member Bios here (worth a read!):

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