Maharat Rori Picker Neiss

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Maharat Rori Picker Neiss serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis. Prior to that she was the Director of Programming, Education and Community Engagement at Bais Abraham Congregation, a Modern Orthodox Jewish synagogue in University City, MO.  She previously served as Acting Executive Director for Religions for Peace-USA, Program Coordinator for the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee, and Secretariat for the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, the formal Jewish representative in international, interreligious dialogue. Rori is the co-chair of the North American Interfaith Youth Network of Religions for Peace, a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders fellow, and co-editor of "InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook." She is married to Russel Neiss, a Software Engineer for Sefaria, and they have three children.

Maharat Victoria Sutton


Maharat Victoria Sutton is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, CA.  Prior to studying for ordination at Yeshivat Maharat, Victoria spent one year studying Talmud at Mechon Hadar.  A graduate of Barnard College, with a BA in Biological Sciences, she also holds a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. She is currently the rabbinic fellow for synagogue initiatives at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and has served as the intern for synagogue education at Ohav Sholom, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Merrick, NY. She was an educational intern at SAR High School, and has taught in the Drisha High School and Women’s Collegiate Programs. Involved in various community organizations, Victoria is the Social Action/Social Justice co-chair for BJ’s 20’s and 30’s group, co-chair of the BJ/SPSA homeless shelter, and a board member at Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay. Victoria also served as a Victim Intervention Advocate at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she is trained to provide emotional support in the Emergency Room to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She completed the Rabbis Without Borders rabbinical student fellowship, and participated in the RRC’s Retreat for Jewish and Muslim Emerging Religious Leaders and the YCT Interfaith Fellowship. Victoria has been awarded the UJA- Federation PENS Scholarship from the Wiener Educational Center.