Neesa Berezin Bahr

Core Semikha, Class of 2025

Berezin Bahr

Neesa Berezin Bahr is a 2020-2021 Masa Teaching Fellow in Jerusalem. She worked for Dorshei Torah v’Tzion, the slate spearheaded by Rabbi Avi Weiss in the World Zionist Congress. Neesa was the Director of Student Engagement at Drisha from, where she created and implemented educational programming for hundreds of college students, young professionals and rabbinical students, a number of whom she is fortunate to be learning with at Yeshivat Maharat. Neesa worked for the OU's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology from New York University. Neesa studied in the Drisha Kollel and at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. For nearly a decade, Neesa has co-organized and co-hosted women’s megillah readings in NYC (and on Zoom in the past year). She taught her nephews the leining for their bnei mitzvah, experiences that were rewarding and forged a unique bond. (She looks forward to teaching her niece for her bat mitzvah in seven years.) Neesa also enjoys thinking about ways Torah can speak to everyday matters and issues that she is passionate about and has given shiurim on topics including body image, yoga, and shoes, and what our texts have to say about these subjects.

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