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.
Sharon is a Jewish educator and lay leader who has worked in both formal and informal settings. She grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, and graduated from the Ivry Prozdor Hebrew High School at JTS and was active in USY. Sharon is passionate about Jewish education in all its facets, and has spent her post Bat Mitzvah years teaching younger generations to leyn (read Torah and haftarah) and embrace their Jewish adulthood. She enjoys leading davening and baking challah — often with a fun flavor twist. In her other life, Sharon is an actor and singer.
Shira Wolf, Experiential Youth Leader
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.
Shannah Zilcha, Experiential Youth Leader
Shannah Zilcha joined our family engagement team this past fall, leading children's minyanim. She was raised in Israel in a Zionist American family, belonged to one of the biggest Reform communities in Israel, and was educated with a strong Jewish identity. Shannah was an educator in her local youth movement for five years. Before starting her army service, she served as the educational leader in a few difficult communities in Jaffa in a gap year program. Shannah served in the Israeli Defense Forces for over five years, both as an officer in the Air Force and in the Intelligence Unit. Most recently, she worked for the Israeli NGO One Day Social Volunteering, bringing young adults from all populations in Israel together to practice tikun olam and build a community based on helping others. Today, she lives on Roosevelt Island and works for an Israeli venture capital firm here in NYC. We welcome Shannah to Shaare Zedek!
Ron Yael, Neighborhood Shinshin
Ron joins Shaare Zedek through the 2019-2020 UWS Shinshinim program, in which high school graduates represent Israel with year-long placements at local Jewish organizations, synagogues, and schools. Ron comes to NYC from Or Yehuda, a town near Tel Aviv. His interests include theater and hiking in nature with family and friends. Ron has held leadership positions in the Israeli scouts, including heading the counselors program. Ron supports Shaare Zedek and Kehilat Hadar's children's programming on most Shabbat mornings and select holidays.