Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn
Core Semikha, Class of 2016
Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn is the Rabbanit at Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ and a Board Certified Chaplain at New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center. At NYP, she specializes in Palliative Care, Critical Care, and Emergency Psychiatric Care, and she is the current president-elect of NAJC (Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains).
From 2014 to 2022, Rabbanit Alissa served as the Rabbanit at B'nai David-Judea Congregation, as the first Orthodox female clergy in Los Angeles.
A prolific writer and speaker, she received her ordination 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.
She lives in Teaneck, NJ with her husband Akiva and daughter Ella.