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!