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Neesa Berezin Bahr

Core Semikha, Class of 2025

Berezin Bahr

Neesa Berezin-Bahr is a student in the Core Semikha Program. She worked at Drisha for nearly a decade, where she was the Director of Student Engagement. She created and implemented educational programming for hundreds of college students, young professionals and rabbinical students. Neesa was a 2020-2021 Masa Teaching Fellow in Jerusalem. She worked for the OU's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. She also worked for Dorshei Torah v’Tzion, the slate spearheaded by Rabbi Avi Weiss in the WZC.

Neesa holds a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology from NYU. She studied in the Drisha Kollel in NYC and at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem.

Neesa has organized women’s megila readings in NYC, Tel Aviv, and on Zoom since 2013. She tutors conversion students and bnei/bnot mitzvah, including teaching her nephews the leining for their bnei mitzvah. Neesa also enjoys thinking about ways Torah can speak to everyday matters and issues that she is passionate about. She has given shiurim on topics including body image, yoga, and even shoes.

Originally from New York City, Neesa currently lives in Florentin, a vibrant neighborhood in South Tel Aviv.

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