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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Alyse Streicher

CEO

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 Elect of the Board of the Junior League of Central Westchester and is on the Dartmouth Alumni Council serving on the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee, Professional Development Committee, and Honorary Degrees Committee.  She lives in New York with her husband and three children.  

Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer

Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer was ordained June 2014 by Hebrew College Rabbinical School.  She strives to build community through prayerful music, and music through prayerful community.

During her rabbinic training she developed family programming for Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA, interned for a Masorti community in Tel Aviv, and directed leadership programs for the non-profit organization Encounter, in Jerusalem.

Jessica has performed as a vocalist with Hankus Netsky, Frank London, and Yuval Ron, and studied and performed sacred Jewish music with rabbis and paytanim while living in Jerusalem.

After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, Jessica pursued graduate theater training in London, and appeared in many film, theater, and television projects in Europe and the United States: most notably, as a principal role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.

Chazzan Basya Schechter

Chazzan 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.

Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses

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.

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.

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.

Danny Drachsler

Director of Operations

Danny is responsible for Romemu’s operations.  He holds a Masters in Experiential Jewish Education from Jewish Theological Seminary. Danny’s spiritual search has taken him from his hometown of Alexandria, VA to yeshiva in Jerusalem, and to San Francisco, where he co-founded Challahback Bakeshop, an organic whole wheat vegan challah bicycle delivery service. Since arriving in New York, Danny has worked as a heart-centered Jewish educator in a variety of settings; he is excited and honored to serve the Romemu community.

David Curiel

Senior Rabbinic Intern

David is a rabbinic student in the ALEPH Smicha program and the incoming Romemu Rabbinic Fellow. Prior to his year of study in Israel, he had been tending to the spiritual development of children and adults in and around Boston. David is a lifelong student of tai chi / chi gung, a singer and a mashpia (spiritual director) in training. 

Candace Simon

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.

Rabbi Josh Buchin

Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Josh Buchin was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, CA. While in school he worked for three years as a Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Netivot Shalom, in Berkeley, CA and for two years as spiritual counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish addiction recovery center and spiritual community in Los Angeles. He is also the author of a children’s book, Tefilat HaDerech: The Traveler’s Prayer (EKS Publishing, 2012).

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.

Nancy F. Levin

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.