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Rabbi Benjamin Greenfield

Bais Abe is thrilled to have Rabbi Ben Greenfield serve as its Interim Rabbi for 2017-2018. 

 

Meet the Staff

Director of Operations Ruth Schachter

Ruth Schachter joined Bais Abraham Congregation in 2015 as Director of Operations. She has extensive experience as a Jewish educator and non-profit professional. Previous positions include Executive Director at Next Dor St. Louis, Jewish Student Life Coordinator at the University of Illinois-Chicago Hillel, and Jewish Studies and History teacher in various settings. Ruth has an academic background in Jewish Studies, History, and Jewish education. In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, and is an avid Indiana Hoosiers and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

office@baisabe.com

Director of Programming Ginat Midler

The Midler family – Ginat, Tal, Yagel, Roni, Ori, and Ruth – moved to St. Louis in August 2016 as Torah MiTzion Kollel shlichim. Ginat was born in Staten Island and made Aliyah with her parents when she was 1 1/2 years old. She grew up in Ginot Shomron, attended the Ulpana High School in Kedumim and then did 2 years of Sherut Leumi (National Service); one year working with at-risk teenagers and the second year helping new-immigrant children adapt to school in Israel. Ginat completed her Bachelor degree in Behavioral Sciences at Ben Gurion University (Eilat branch).

Israeli Sheliach Yael Treger

Yael, 24 years old, was born and raised in Carmiel, a city in the north of Israel.  As a teen she was very involved in, and greatly impacted by, Tzofim – the Israeli Scouts.   This experience set her on her course as an educator.  During her army service, Yael  prepared high school students for their future army training.  In becoming a Shelicha she hopes to facilitate for her self and others, a deeper connection to Jewish peoplehood through education.

yael@baisabe.com

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss

Religious Consultant 

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council and a member of the Bais Abraham community.   She is available, in addition to Rabbi Shafner, to Bais Abe women and men for questions of halachic advice and Jewish guidance.   She completed her studies at Yeshivat Maharat, a pioneering institution training Orthodox Jewish women to be spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish legal) authorities, and has studied at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education.  Rori previously served as Director of Programming, Education and Community Engagement at Bais Abraham.

maharat@baisabe.com
See the 2013 article about Maharat Picker Neiss in the Jewish Light
Watch Maharat Rori Picker Neiss’ presentation at the Jewish Federation’s Celebrate Women Clergy event

Rabbi Hyim Shafner, Immediate Past Rabbi

Rabbi Shafner served as Bais Abraham's rabbi from 2004-2017. He has Smicha (rabbinical ordination), a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW), and an MA in Jewish philosophy, from Yeshiva University in New York City and a Certificate in Advanced Psychotherapy from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Before becoming Bais Abe's rabbi, Rabbi Shafner was the Campus Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis for 8 years. Prior to this, he was the community Rabbi of Bombay, India, where he and his wife, Sara Winkelman, spent a year working with the Jews of India. They have three children, Benjamin, Yonah, and Hava.

View Rabbi Shafner’s profile by the Rabbinical Council of America

The Everything Jewish Wedding Book” – written by Rabbi Shafner 

Morethodoxy Articles

The Dream of Exile: A Rereading of Honi the Circle-Drawer, Kerem: Creative Explorations in Jewdasim

 

Don't Give Up the Shul: Reorienting Our Synagogues

Learning from the Bene Israel of India, Conversations: The Journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals

 

The Endangered Next Generation of Israeli-American Jews

Rabbi Abraham Magence zt”l

Rabbi Abraham Magence zt”l (1920-2003) was the Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation from 1975 until his death. He was legendary for his warmth, devotion to Yiddishkeit, and genuine love for all Jews regardless of affiliation.

Rabbi Magence was born in Poland, where his father and grandfather were rabbis. He studied with many of the luminaries of the pre-war yeshiva world of Eastern Europe. Rabbi Magence spent the war years as a fugitive from Nazi and Soviet persecution and most of his family was killed in the Holocaust. He came to St. Louis in 1950 and began a career as a mohel, teacher, and rabbi that touched literally thousands of lives.

Sat, October 21 2017 1 Cheshvan 5778