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Talia Hava Davis
Jewish Portal Manager

As the daughter, niece, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of rabbis, Talia has been immersed in Jewish culture and communities throughout her life. As a young woman she lived in Israel and served as the Religious and Cultural Vice President of the Southeast Region of North American Federation of Temple Youth.

At Jacksonville University, Talia earned her bachelor's degree in Theatre and Dance Performance magna cum laude. After college she left a successful corporate career as a manager for Target stores in Los Angeles and Boulder to serve as the Public Relations Director for Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She taught in the summer program and gained attention for BNC from national publications.

Talia also wears many hats at Patheos, where she directs the Jewish Portal, manages the online community for the site as a whole, and assists in the development of the public relations strategy. She has developed an expertise in social media, incorporating social networking as well as viral video sites into her publicity and community-building plans. Talia's skills at ferreting out new networking tools, and her mastery of the geography of the World Wide Web, have been extremely beneficial to Patheos, especially when introducing the rest of the staff to these mysterious and magical creatures called "blogs" and "Facebook status updates."

Besides her professional commitments, Talia has trained hundreds of children in the theatre arts. She serves on the Advisory Board for E-3 Events for young Jewish singles in Denver and is a member of CultureHaus at the Denver Art Museum. Additionally, Talia is the Chapter Advisor for Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Colorado and sits on the Public Relations and Marketing committee for the local Panhellenic organization. Talia is also continuing her studies, earning a Master's Degree in Applied Communication with a focus on Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver.

Presently she enjoys attending synagogue at a variety of shuls that range from Chabad Orthodox to her father's post-denominational, Rocky Mountain Hai.

Works by Talia Hava Davis
Top Jewish iPhone apps
Talia Hava Davis | December 10, 2009
Helps for davvening, shopping, cooking, planning, travelling, and learning......
Hanukkah Holiday Gift Guide
Talia Hava Davis | December 08, 2009
Unusual gift ideas for your Hannukah celebrations...
Parsha Haazinu: Deuteronomy 32:1 - 32:52
Talia Hava Davis | September 07, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Haazinu. Haazinu means "ones standing......
Parshat Korach: Numbers 16:1 - 18:32
Talia Hava Davis | June 08, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending June 12 is Korach. Korach means......
Parsha Vayeitzei: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3
Talia Hava Davis | November 10, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Vayeitzei. Vayeitzei means ‘and he......
Parshot Matot and Masei: Numbers 30:2 - 36:13
Talia Hava Davis | July 07, 2010
The parshot (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending July 10 is Matot and Masei. Matot......
Parshat Balak: Numbers 22:2 – 25:9
Talia Hava Davis | June 22, 2010
The weekly Torah portion for the week ending June 26 is Balak. Balak is sometimes......
Parshat Vayak'hel-Pekudei: Exodus 35:1--40:38
Talia Hava Davis | March 10, 2010
Once the Tabernacle is built, the cloud appears over the complex and the people know......
Pesach Torah Reading
Talia Hava Davis | March 30, 2010
This week, the week of Pesach (Passover), we are breaking with tradition. There isn't an......
Shoes
Talia Hava Davis | April 12, 2010
Sometimes, two people were chained together. One was shot and the other was dragged into......
Parshat Shemini Leviticus 9:1--11:47
Talia Hava Davis | April 06, 2010
The parasha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending April 10 is Shemini. Shemini......
Parsha Chayei Sarah: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18
Talia Hava Davis | October 28, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Chayei Sarah. Chayei Sarah means ‘the......
Parshat Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8
Talia Hava Davis | August 25, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Ki Tavo. Ki Tavo means "when you......
Parshat Nitzavim and Vayelech: Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30
Talia Hava Davis | August 31, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is a double Nitzavim and Vayelech....
From Terror in Mumbai to Joy across the World
Talia Hava Davis | November 20, 2009
The travelers who were stuck in their hotel rooms were freed the bodies were buried and......
A Soul-checkup: Preparing for the New Year
Talia Hava Davis | September 06, 2010
Beyond all the trappings of honey and hearing the shofar, the end of Elul and the......
Yom Kippur Torah Reading
Talia Hava Davis | September 13, 2010
G-d asks for awareness, kindness, faithfulness, and obedience; G-d gives forgiveness and......
Parshat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10 – 30:1
Talia Hava Davis | June 30, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending July 3 is Pinchas. It is a proper......
Parshat Tzav: Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36
Talia Hava Davis | March 23, 2010
The parasha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending March 27 is Tzav. Tzav means......
Jews and Toos (Tattoos, that is)
Talia Hava Davis | January 06, 2010
Does Leviticus prohibit tattoos? Does Jewish history, particularly the experience of so......
Parsha Toldot: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9
Talia Hava Davis | November 12, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Toldot. Toldot means ‘generations’ or......
Parshat Devarim: Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
Talia Hava Davis | July 13, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending July 17 is Devarim. Devarim means......
Parshat Ki Tisa: Exodus 30:11 - 34:35
Talia Hava Davis | March 03, 2010
The parasha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending March 6 is Ki Tisa. Ki Tisa means......
Parshat Bo: Exodus 10:1 - 13:16
Talia Hava Davis | January 21, 2010
The weekly Torah portion describes two of the plagues inflicted on the stubborn Pharoah....
Parshat Tetzaveh: Exodus 27:20--30:10
Talia Hava Davis | February 23, 2010
We read this detailed instruction of the Holy Temple and the priests during the time of......
Parshat Shoftim: Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9
Talia Hava Davis | August 10, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Shoftim. Shoftim means "judges" and......
College and Faith
Talia Hava Davis | October 05, 2009
Though my family shaped me and their Judaism colored my own in college I became myself......
Parshat Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1 – 4:20
Talia Hava Davis | May 13, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending May 15 is Bamidbar. Bamidbar means......
Modesty: Not Just for Women
Talia Hava Davis | January 06, 2010
The journey I took into modesty, tzniut, was an enlightening one. I appreciated myself......
Parsha Bereshit
Talia Hava Davis | October 01, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week, just after Simchat Torah, is Bereshit.......
Parshat Ki Teitzei: Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19
Talia Hava Davis | August 16, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Ki Teitzei. Ki Teitzei means "when......
Parshat Beha'alotecha: Numbers 8:1 - 12:16
Talia Hava Davis | May 25, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending May 29 is Beha'alotecha.......
Parshat Shelach Lecha: Numbers 13:1 - 15:41
Talia Hava Davis | June 03, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending June 5 is Shelach Lecha. Shelach......
“Glee” on G-d
Talia Hava Davis | October 12, 2010
“Glee” offered us a wealth of opinions, questions, and the gift of being able to watch......
Parshot Behar and Bechukotai
Talia Hava Davis | May 03, 2010
The parshot (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending May 8 is Behar and Bechukotai.......
Parshat Chukat: Numbers 19:1 - 22:1
Talia Hava Davis | June 15, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending June 19 is Chukat. Chukat means......
Parsha Vayeshev: Genesis 37:1 - 40:23
Talia Hava Davis | November 29, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Vayeshev. Vayeshev means "and he......
Parshat Re'eh: Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17
Talia Hava Davis | August 03, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending August 7 is Re'eh. Re'eh means......
In Exile Together -- A Dialogue of Faith
Talia Hava Davis | November 07, 2009
A leading spiritual elder talks about his journey of faith and his explorations of other......
Rosh Hashanah Torah Reading
Talia Hava Davis | September 07, 2010
This week, the week of Rosh Hashanah, we are breaking with tradition. There isn't an......
Sukkot Torah Reading
Talia Hava Davis | September 21, 2010
Beginning on Wednesday night, we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot lasts eight......
Parshat Ekev: Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25
Talia Hava Davis | July 28, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending July 31 is Ekev. Ekev means "if......
Parshat Va'etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11
Talia Hava Davis | July 20, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for the week ending July 24 is Va'etchanan.......
Parsha Lech Lecha: Genesis 12:1 - 17:27
Talia Hava Davis | October 13, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Lech Lecha. Lech Lecha means ‘go' or......
Parsha Noach Genesis 6:9 – 11:32
Talia Hava Davis | October 04, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Noach. Noach is a proper noun, a......
Parsha Vayeira Genesis 18:1 – 22:24
Talia Hava Davis | October 22, 2010
The parsha (weekly Torah portion) for this week is Vayeira. Vayeira means “and He......