Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn

Core Semikha, Class of 2016

Thomas-Newborn

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas Newborn 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 (NAJC). She has specialties in Psychiatric Care, Palliative Care, and End of Life Care. She has 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. She is currently a per diem chaplain for Grateful Palliative Care and Hospice. Rabbanit Alissa is on the board of NAJC and on the board of the Rabbis and Cantors Retirement Plan. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clergy Roundtable and the Pico-Robertson Mental Health Neighborhood. In 2017, she was chosen as one of the Forward50, the Forward's annual list of the 50 most influential, accomplished, and interesting American Jews.

Available Writings

Title
Type
Category
Topic
Year
Miscarriage and Loss During COVID-19
Article
May 5, 2021
Finding God In Death and Suffering: Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn
Multimedia
Podcasts
MaharatCast
March 21, 2021
Post-Partum Depression
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Vayera
2015/5776
Let Me Tell You a Story: Questions and Answers in Parshat Bo
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Bo
2017/5777
The Need to Tell Our Difficult Stories: Chet HaEigel in our Wholeness and Holiness
Dvar Torah
Shemot
Ki Tissa
2017/5777
Letting the Light In
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Shemini
2014/5774
The Toothpaste Sacrifice
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Metzora
2017/5777
Elul Reflections
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Rosh Hashana
2013/5774
Table for Five - Weekly Parsha: One Verse, Five Voices - Beha'alotecha
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Beha'alotekha
2020/5780
Power Hour of Torah: The High Holiday Edition
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday
Rosh Hashana; Yom Kippur
2020/5781

In the News

Title
Publication
Published
Miscarriage and Loss During COVID-19
Jewish Journal
May 5, 2021

Books