Maharat Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter

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Maharat Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter is the Assistant Spiritual Leader at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah of Potomac, MD.  Maharat Fruchter thrives on spiritual leadership, vibrant Torah learning and teaching, and community building. Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Maharat 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.

Maharat 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 part of the Judaics faculty at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, CA. She is also the video director/producer for Mayim Bialik's Grok Nation. A graduate of Yeshiva University with a BA in English communications with emphasis in television writing and public relations and a focus in Women's Studies, Rabba Ramie worked as an intern and freelance production assistant at Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Rabba Ramie served as the congregational intern at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, MD where she gave classes and worked on cultivating a vibrant teen community and as a teacher with Manhattan College's Inside Outside program teaching Criminal Justice Ethics at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. Rabba Ramie also moderates the innovative podcast "The Joy of Text", a collaboration between  JOFA and YCT discussing issues of Judaism and Sexuality with Rabbi Dov Linzer, Dr. Batsheva Marcus and experts in various fields. Rabba Ramie combines her training at Yeshivat Maharat with her experience in media, having served as the executive producer at Aleph Beta, a website that produces animated Torah videos. 

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. She has specialties in Psychiatric Care, Palliative Care, and End of Life Care. She is currently a per diem chaplain for Sage Palliative Care and Hospice in Los Angeles. She has previously 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.

Rabbanit Alissa is a member of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clergy Roundtable, the Pico-Robertson Mental Health Neighborhood, and the board for the Rabbis and Cantors Retirement Plan, and she is an executive board member for Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

A native Los Angelena, Rabbanit Alissa is married to Akiva Newborn.