Dr. Carmella Abraham earned her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed both her residency training in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Internal Medicine/Women’s Health at Mount Sinai Hospital. Carmella then practiced at the Women’s Health Program, where she held a dual appointment in Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. This program was unique in that it provided multidisciplinary care to women across the life cycle. After this, she transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry, working as a Medical Director for a communications company providing medical strategy and oversight. Carmella then switched to the medical affairs side, working closely with major cancer centers, investigators and thought leaders to support clinical trials. Carmella has also been active in her community serving as chair and gaba’it of Women’s Tefillah. She co-founded her community’s partnership minyan, also serving as gaba’it. Carmella has learned in various community programs and has studied at Drisha. She has taught, lectured and written on various topics in women health and hematology/oncology. Carmella lives in White Plains with her husband Dr Steven Kubersky and their three children, Rani, Refael and Keren.
Chava Evans is a board member at Congregation Netivot Shalom as well as a teacher and community leader in Baltimore, MD. Chava received a B.A. in Religion from Brown University. She is the recipient of the James Manning Medal for Excellence in Religious Studies and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. She also trained as a painter and illustrator in both Israel and the United States, holds an M.F.A from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and worked for many years as a freelance illustrator and artist. Chava has learned at the Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study and with various private study partners. She is eager to combine her studies at Yeshivat Maharat with her interest in curriculum development, educational publishing, and pedagogy. She lives in Riverdale, NY with her husband Dr. Mark Drezde and their three children.
Goldie Guy grew up in Belle Harbor, New York. After graduating from Yeshivah of Flatbush, Goldie studied at the Beit Midrash for Women- Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion, Israel. She earned her BA in Religion at Barnard College of Columbia University, where her studies focused on Judaic Studies, mysticism, and philosophy of religion. Goldie also studied as Collegiate Fellow at the Drisha Institute over four summers. Goldie completed the two-year Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) at Stern College, where she served as the inaugural Jewish chaplaincy intern at North Shore University Hospital. She has taught at the Columbia Barnard Hillel, as a scholar-in-residence at Congregation Ahavas Torah in Woodside, Maryland, as an instructor in an undergraduate Talmud chabura at Stern College and is currently a member of the gemara faculty at Yeshivat Maharat. When not learning or teaching Torah, Goldie enjoys Hebrew literature, Seinfeld, and rooting for the Yankees. Goldie is excited to continue to draw upon and deepen her love for engaging in the analytical and spiritual realms of Judaism, in order to share the vibrancy and wisdom of our tradition with others.
Bracha Jaffe joined Yeshivat Maharat in 2013 as a full-time student following a long career in Israeli hi-tech. She discovered her love for teaching while giving seminars and training workshops and through teaching leyning and shiurim in the Jewish world.
Bracha delights in learning with people of all ages, when dressing in costume for Bat Mitzvah programs, leading discussion groups with empty nesters, facilitating ‘Wise Aging’ programs or simply teaching Torah and inspiring others to learn. Bracha loves listening to people’s stories; she is a dynamic and thoughtful educator. Her love of tefilla and ritual led her to be an experienced gaba’it and organizer in women’s tefilla groups and partnership minyanim. She is the voice of the JOFA Megilat Esther App, enabling anyone to learn the megilla leyning.
Completing a full CPE unit and serving as a chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital has added greatly to her pastoral skills. Bracha wears many hats: teacher, spiritual leader, life coach, friend. She is always looking for opportunities to empower people; helping them create change within themselves, thus bringing more joy and fulfillment into their lives.
Bracha interned at UOS (United Orthodox Synagogue) in Houston, Texas and at HIR (Hebrew Institute of Riverdale) in New York. Working in a synagogue setting allows her soul to soar and her voice to teach. She is currently teaching at a maximum security women's prison and facilitating a Wise Aging group in a community setting.
For Bracha, joining Yeshivat Maharat was a natural next step towards becoming an Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader, both in the US and back home in Israel.
Following her return to the US after serving as the scholar in residence at the ACT Jewish Community in Canberra, Australia, she began an internship at Anshe Shalom Bnai Israel Congregation in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. from Goucher College, where she majored in theatre with a double minor in psychology and Judaic studies. Eryn subsequently earned an M.A. at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she specialised in applied drama: theatre in educational, community, and social contexts. Eryn made aliyah in February of 2010 and has since resided in Jerusalem, Israel. In Israel, she has studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, taught theatre at Emunah V’Omanut seminary, directed a number of plays at the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, and worked as a therapeutic recreation specialist in a nursing home. Prior to her studies at Yeshivat Maharat, Eryn studied for three years at the Susi Bradfield Women’s Insitute of Halachic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Eryn co-lead a community minyan; the minyan served the young adult community of Jerusalem and included religious as well as social events. In addition, she is one of the co-founders of “Gam Yachad”, a multi-denominational Beit Midrash for rabbinical students, now with branches in Jerusalem and New York. Eryn served as the rabbinic intern at the Mt. Freedom Jewish Center in 2014, and recently completed one unit of CPE while interning at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Eryn has lectured in Israel, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.