Romemu Staff

Rabbi David Ingber

Founder

With his extensive experience of so many wisdom traditions, Rabbi David brings a unique depth and breadth of understanding to his rabbinic work. He is deeply committed to comparative religious studies and to integrating into Judaism practices which consistently prove effective in opening a connection with the Divine.

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Jeffrey Cahn

Executive Director

Jeff has been passionately involved in Renewal Judaism for over 20 years, serving on the board of Aleph: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, studying in the Aleph Seminary, and participating as a founding member of two Jewish Renewal congregations. Jeff has served on the Board of Romemu since our inception, and co-founded and chaired our Seekers Holistic Hebrew School, and our first Financial Development committee.  Jeff believes that Romemu is on its way to becoming a world class center for Renewal Judaism and plans to do whatever he can to help make that happen.

Jeff has 30 years of experience managing non-profit and for-profit organizations of all sizes. Most recently, he was the Director of Development of Young Judaea Global, the largest pluralist Zionist youth movement, and before that was a Development Director at UJA-Federation of New York, the world’s largest local philanthropy. Previously, while living in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, he founded, grew, and sold the high-tech internet company, Netpulse. He has also worked at Intel, AT&T Bell Labs, and the Israeli telecom company, Telrad. A long time ago, Jeff got a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, and a Masters from Stanford.

Jeff is madly in love with his wife, Shelley, and his three kids, Simon, Isabel, and Sinai.

Chantelle Attarian

Event Planner

Chantelle joins Romemu with years of experience in Event and Community Coordination and Management. In her previous role, she created, developed and led the Events department as part of the Marketing team. She holds a Bachelors degree from Boston University and is pursuing a Masters degree from CUNY School of Professional Studies. Chantelle also volunteers with the New York Junior League as part of the Girls’ Leadership Institute and the Playground Improvement Project committees. She’s grateful for the opportunity to combine her event planning and community building skills and experience with her passion for Romemu’s vision. 

 

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

Director of Multi-Faith Initiatives

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman is Director of Multi-Faith Initiatives at Romemu. She created the program “Strangers No More” to support interfaith families and to expand the centrality of deep respect for all faith traditions at Romemu. Eleanor is an ordained UCC minister who has most recently served as a Protestant chaplain at Jewish Home Lifecare, a nursing facility in New York City.  She has led women’s retreats on deepening spiritual practices, interfaith retreats studying sacred texts with Jews and Christians, and discussion series at other synagogues for non-Jewish parents raising Jewish children.  She has worked as a community minister on interfaith issues at Judson Memorial Church and as a chaplain at Union Mission Inc. in Savannah, GA serving the spiritual needs of a diverse community including the homeless, drug addicted, and the hospitalized.  Eleanor has been published on Huffington Post and Kveller on topics relating to interfaith family life.  She grew up in the Episcopal Church in Savannah, GA, received her Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and her BA in Religion from Princeton University.  She lives in New York City with her husband Peter and their three children.

Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses

Associate Rabbi & Director of Life Long Learning

Rabbi Dianne was the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to be ordained as a Rabbi. She graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1995, where she was awarded several fellowships and a prize for academic excellence. Since that time she has served as an educator, scholar-in-residence, and administrator for multiple organizations in the Jewish world, including CLAL, the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, The Curriculum Initiative and UJA Federation. In 2007 she was named one of fifty top rabbis by the Washington Post online. Besides leading education efforts at Romemu she currently co-teaches the Arts Beit Midrash at the Skirball Institute with Tobi Kahn, teaches courses at UJA Federation a nd writes and speaks regularly on Torah, Jewish values and family life, Jewish ethnicity and Judaism and disabilities. Rabbi Dianne and her journalist husband Larry live on the upper west side of Manhattan and have three children.

Rachel Colberg-Parseghian

Director of Operations

Rachel recently moved back home to New York after spending several years in Saint Paul, MN. After graduating from Macalester College, she started a career in management at Nordstrom, where she worked to improve employee and customer experience as a Corporate Service Experience Liaison.  Rachel is excited to bring her enthusiasm for customer experience and engagement to the Romemu staff and the community at large. 

Ariel Rosen Ingber

Senior Director of Advancement

Ariel comes to Romemu with deep experience building our community and foundation since its inception. Ariel served as interim Executive Director of Romemu in 2008 when the organization went from a part-time concept to a full time dues-paying organization. 10 years later,  Ariel joins the team again having most recently served as the Chief Communications and Engagement Officer at Youth INC where she partnered with a Board of 40 corporate professionals to strategize and financially support capacity building services for nonprofits across the city.  Prior to that Ariel worked with Virgin and Richard Branson’s Foundation creating philanthropic, brand-aligned campaigns and initiatives. Ariel has built her career to marry resource with need, and now leads that effort for Romemu alongside Jeff Cahn, Rabbi David Ingber, and the incredible Board, staff and community of Romemu. 

Ariel has an MBA from Notre Dame and a BA from Rutgers College. She is mother to three energetic and creative sons – Baer, Tal and Or – and wife to a clever rabbi who founded a shul on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

Rabbi Shoshana Leis

Director of Youth and Family Education

Rabbi Shoshana recently served for seven years as co-rabbi (with her husband, Rabbi Ben Newman) at Har Shalom Center for Jewish Living in Ft. Collins, CO.  A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Dartmouth College, she also studied at St. Petersburg University, the Conservative Yeshiva, and the Drisha Institute for Jewish Studies. She served as Rabbi and Educational Director at Congregation Tehillah in New York City, where she developed “Shira Hadasha,” an intergenerational initiative for which she received the Legacy Heritage Innovator Award.

Rabbi Mira Rivera

Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Mira Rivera received ordination at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2015 with an M.A. in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education.

While providing ministry as a board-eligible chaplain at Mt. Sinai Hospital and DOROT, she came to Romemu for spiritual community. With Romemu member Dr. Renee Hill, she co-founded Harlem Havruta, “a brave space for Jews of Color, allies and co-conspirators” at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. She serves as a chaplain in their Client Choice Pantry Program every Monday afternoon. Rabbi Rivera is an alumnae of Bend the Arc’s Selah Cohort 15 for Jews of Color, a member of the first cohort of the Jewish Women of Color Resilience Circle with Yavilah McCoy and Auburn Seminary, and a co-chair of the rabbinical council of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ).  She has taught adults through “Exploring Judaism,” a Rabbinical Assembly program of Jewish learning and experience. 

Before seminary, she danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Ensemble under Artistic Director Yuriko and studied with ballet master Gabriela Taub Darvash.  As teaching artist for National Dance Institute, she reached hundreds of public school children in New York City. In the middle of a performing career and raising a family, she earned a BFA in Film from New York University. She is married to Music Director Jerome Korman and is Eema to Arielle and Benjamin Korman of the Korman-Rivera Family Band.

Rabbi Rivera is indebted to Rabbi Mauricio Balter for mentoring her with generosity in the spirit of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer z”l.

Miriam Rubin

Director of Membership and Programming

Miriam Rubin comes to Romemu with experience in event planning, organizational development and spiritual Jewish Education. She first came to Romemu as a congregant while earning her BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College in 2007. Miriam’s current outlook and style has been greatly informed by training and association with JOFEE Programs (Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education). Miriam grateful to be bringing her skills and passions together in her role on the staff of Romemu.

Hazzan Basya Schechter

Hazzan Basya Schechter was ordained January 2016 by ALEPH Cantorial School, and has been the recipient of numerous compositional and project grants from NY State Council of the Arts and the American Music Center.  She is also known for her group Pharaoh’s Daughter, a seven-piece neohasidic world music ensemble that travels effortlessly through continents, key signatures, and languages with a genre-bending sound.

Candace Gaswirth

Director of Marketing and Communications

Candace comes to Romemu from ORT America where she was the National Director of “Next Gen.” Prior to that she worked at JFNA as the Communications Director for the Network of Independent Communities, a diverse portfolio of 300 small Jewish communities across the country.  Candace started her career in theater and the arts and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in theater from New York University and a Masters in non-profit management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sharon Goldman Wallach

Senior Director of Programming

Sharon Goldman Wallach has been a proud member of Romemu since 2011 and on the Romemu Board since 2014.

Sharon brings over 20 years of experience working in the field of Jewish programming for adults, families, and children of all ages. For 8 of those years she served as the Teen Director and then Managing Director at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at the 92nd Street Y. There she oversaw their renowned lecture series, ran it’s Hebrew School, and co-founded two Jewish summer camps focusing on the arts and community service. 

Sharon also served as the Associate Director of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village Connecticut, where she led the organization’s adult camp, elder hostels, and the Jewish Multiracial Network. Most recently Sharon was a coach and workshop facilitator for Ramapo for Children and served as the Director of Experiential Education at Carmel Academy in Greenwich, CT.

Sharon holds an MSW, a Masters in Jewish Studies, and a BS in Family Studies. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson New York, is the mother of three children who are also growing up in Romemu, and is married to board member Ari Wallach.