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.
Alyse joins Romemu after 20 years working in the for-profit sector, primarily at Accenture. While there, Alyse built Accenture’s Global Marketing Operations offering from the ground-up, managed Accenture Digital’s responsibilities with large-scale clients; and led digital, marketing, sales and customer service initiatives in both start-up and global operating environments.
As CEO Alyse provides oversight of Romemu’s ambitious operations, and also builds on our strong core to expand and scale our innovative vision and offerings. She is thrilled to be working with a dynamic team, strong Board, and energetic community.
Alyse grew up in Houston, Texas where her family has a long history of leadership in the Houston Jewish community. She received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves as the President of the Board of the Junior League of Central Westchester and is on the Dartmouth Alumni Council, serving as the Chair of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President of Development
Nancy joins Romemu with a rich experience in development, advocacy, and external affairs, all to bring organizations and projects to fruition. Most recently Nancy served as the founding Chief Development Officer for My Sisters’ Place (MSP), The Hudson Valley Region’s largest domestic violence and human trafficking agency. In addition to creating a full service development and external affairs team that secured a third of the agency’s budget, she was the lead on the development of MSP’s new emergency residential shelter. Prior to this Nancy was the founding Director of Development for the JCC in Manhattan, and held development and external affairs roles at AIPAC and the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
As the Vice President for Development, Nancy will partner with the Clergy, Board, Staff and the philanthropic community to create and implement a development proogram and takes pride in being a “builder” of institutions.
Nancy graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Political Science and International Affairs. She has been a volunteer leader at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, the “Her Honor” mentor program and is the Co Chair of the Global Leadership Council of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project(JWRP). She is married and the proud mother of two young adults.
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.
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.