Jessie Bruah, Shaare Zedek's (virtual) Administrative Manager, grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She has been in NYC for the past decade after arriving to study at the School of Visual Arts, where she received her MFA in Photography. Her artwork has been published and exhibited throughout North America and Europe.
Jessie lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Josephine. She spends her free time working on her bread baking technique, reading books, exploring the city's museums and neighborhoods, and working on small creative pursuits.
Ordained in 2018 by the the ALEPH Rabbinical Program, Esther has worked as an educator in Jewish education for many years. Most recently, Esther helped develop the curriculum and taught for Romemu’s Seekers Program. With a Masters in Social Work and post-graduate training in Play Therapy, Esther brings a deep understanding of children to her work. Creating spiritually exciting programming for children and their parents has been an extensive part of her journey, and she looks forward to continuing that work at Shaare Zedek. Esther received her BA/MSW at Yeshiva University.
Shira Wolf has been leading children's services at Shaare Zedek since 2016, soon after moving to New York. She has a dual degree from the University of Michigan in Performing Arts Management and Psychology. Shira spent 20 formative summers at Camp Ramah in Canada, moving from staff kid, to camper, and eventually counselor and unit head. With two Jewish educators for parents, she has been surrounded by both formal and informal Jewish education her entire life. During the week, Shira can be found working in a theatrical management office. She was also instrumental in coordinating the logistics for Shaare Zedek's final High Holiday seasons in our building in 2016 and 2017.
Aaron Leven, Experiential Youth Leader
Aaron Leven grew up in Los Angeles, California and still has great pride for his state and city. Since graduating from high school, Aaron has lived in Israel, Atlanta, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Harlem, and now the Upper West Side. In 2016, Aaron learned Jewish text and philosophy at Mechon Hadar, an egalitarian yeshiva on the Upper West Side. He currently works as the NY Program Coordinator for a Jewish organization called OneTable that helps millennials do Shabbat their own way. When he's not at work, Aaron spends plenty of time keeping up with the NBA, more specifically the Los Angeles Lakers, dancing, and hiking. More than anything he loves people. Relationships, new and old, are what Aaron devotes most of his energy to, and he's excited to join the Shaare Zedek community!
Miriam Bachman, Experiential Youth Leader
Miriam Bachman began working with Shaare Zedek in 2015. Before that, she spent a year in Israel volunteering to teach English to elementary schoolers. She has a degree in English from Boston University where she led the Conservative Minyan at Hillel, and is currently working on a Master's in Teaching of English at Teacher's College, Columbia University.
Itamar Gur, Neighborhood Shinshin
Itamar Gur serves as one of the shinshinim (post-high school emissaries) to the Upper West Side through the neighborhood's shlichut program. He brings a deep connection with Israeli culture to Shaare Zedek's youth programming. Itamar hails from Kiryat Ono, a city next to Tel Aviv, and majored in theater and biology. For the last three years, Itamar has been a counselor and a troop leader in the Israeli Scouts youth movement, counseling children in 5th-9th grades. Last summer, he was a bunk counselor and Israel culture specialist in NJY camps in Milford, PA. His hobbies include theater and guitar playing.