Shanie Korabelnik, originally from NYC, moved with her parents to Yavneh, Israel at the age of 5. After her military service as an Educational Coordinator for nine units, she packed a few things in her backpack and decided to explore the world for a year and a half. She later earned her BA in International Relations and Political Science and an MA in Politics and Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Throughout her studies she coordinated social activities, conferences and Israel-Diaspora related events focused on education, leadership, and the Israeli public sphere.
Shanie served as a Deputy Delegate to the 35th World Zionist Congress and was an active participant at the Zionist Council. She has also been a member of an Israeli student delegation to the US meant to hear American students’ opinion about the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Shanie has vast experience in developing and running educational programs from all ages, cultures and Jewish backgrounds. She also established the Ha’Geemnasia Hebrew camp in Brooklyn, and other successful Jewish community-wide events. After years of dancing, these days Shanie is back in school, studying to become a dance therapist.
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.
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.
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.