Maharat Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter

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Maharat Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter thrives on spiritual leadership, vibrant Torah learning, and community building. Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Dasi graduated summa cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, and recently 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. Dasi is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar and is the Program Director at ImmerseNYC, New York’s only community mikveh project and a teacher of brides and grooms before their weddings. Dasi spends her free time singing, thinking about world-changing communities, and hosting extravagant Shabbat meals.


Rabba Ramie Smith

Rabba Ramie Smith is 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. She worked as an intern and freelance production assistant at Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. 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. This year she is a teacher with Manhattan College's Inside Outside program teaching Criminal Justice Ethics at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. Ramie also moderates Jewish Public Media's innovative podcast "The Joy of Text" discussing issues of Judaism and Sexuality with Rabbi Dov Linzer, Dr. Batsheva Marcus and experts in various fields. Ramie is combining her training at Yeshivat Maharat with her experience in media serving as the executive producer at Aleph Beta, a website that produces animated Torah videos. 

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn

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Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn  graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Classical Studies Archaeology and Ancient History. She believes in and is informed by the power of our textual tradition to transform our present and ultimately draw us closer to each other and God. Morateinu Alissa is a chaplain specializing in Palliative Care, End of Life Care, and Psychiatric 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. Morateinu Alissa has integrated her pastoral passions and skills into much of her work at B’nai David-Judea, leading programs on topics spanning from End of Life Care to Mental Health Awareness to Post Partum Depression. Morateinu Alissa was a fellow both at Clal: The National Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership and at the UJA-Federation of New York Wiener Educational Center. She has been a Scholar-in-Residence at various universities and shuls around the country. A native Los Angelena, Morateinu Alissa is married to Akiva Newborn. She is thrilled to be serving as a spiritual leader for the B’nai David-Judea family!