Maharat Rori Picker Neiss

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis.  Prior to that she served as Director of Programming, Education and Engagement at Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, MO. She 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. Rori is on the board  of the Young Leadership Council of the International Council of Christians and Jews, a member of the Religions for Peace Global Youth Network, a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders student fellow, and co-editor of “InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook.” She recieved her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Political Science from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and has studied at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and Seton Hall University. Rori completed internships at Hunter Hillel and Bet Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk, CT. Rori lives in St. Louis with her husband Russel, and three children.