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.