Rabbanit Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter

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Rabbanit Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter is the Assistant Spiritual Leader at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah of Potomac, MD.  Rabbanit Fruchter thrives on spiritual leadership, vibrant Torah learning and teaching, and community building. Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Rabbanit Dasi was ordained by Yeshivat Maharat in June of 2016. She graduated summa cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, and completed an M.P.A. in Non-Profit Administration and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar and was the Program Director at ImmerseNYC, New York’s only community mikveh project, in addition to teaching brides and grooms before their weddings. She completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale and was trained in community organizing through the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN) Seminary Leadership Project.

Rabbanit Fruchter believes deeply in helping others--regardless of age, background, and experience--to find resonance in the richness of Jewish ritual life, wisdom and narrative. She is deeply interested in building spiritually robust and empowered Jewish communities.

Rabba Ramie Smith

Rabba Ramie Smith is a graduate of Yeshiva University with a BA in English communications with an emphasis in television writing and public relations, and a focus on Women's Studies. Rabba Ramie combined her training at Yeshivat Maharat with her experience in media, hosting and producing "The Joy of Text," JOFA's innovative podcast on Judaism and sexuality for three years, and acting as the executive producer at Aleph Beta, a website that produces animated Torah videos. She worked with Manhattan College's Inside Outside programme teaching criminal justice ethics at the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island Jail. Her congregational experience includes cultivating a vibrant teen community at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, Maryland, and serving as assistant Rabba and director of adult education and programming at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York. Most recently she has been teaching Talmud at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles. Rabba Ramie Smith will serve as the JOFA UK Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn

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Rabbanit Alissa is a member of the spiritual leadership at B'nai David-Judea Congregation, an Orthodox shul in Los Angeles. She received her semicha from Yeshivat Maharat and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Classical Studies Archaeology and Ancient History.

Rabbanit Alissa is also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC). She has specialties in Psychiatric Care, Palliative Care, and End of Life Care. She has worked as a chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital. She was also a writer for the Center for Jewish End of Life Care at Metropolitan Jewish Health System. She is currently a per diem chaplain for Grateful Palliative Care and Hospice.

Rabbanit Alissa is on the board of NAJC and on the board of the Rabbis and Cantors Retirement Plan. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clergy Roundtable and the Pico-Robertson Mental Health Neighborhood.

In 2017, she was chosen as one of the Forward50, the Forward's annual list of the 50 most influential, accomplished, and interesting American Jews.