dana levinson steiner
Born and raised in beautiful New Jersey, Dana graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, receiving her B.Ed in Secondary History, and received her Masters in Jewish Experiential Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to her work at the Bronfman Center, where she serves as the Senior Associate of Leadership & Strategic Partnerships, Dana served as a Teaching Fellow at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC, and as the Assistant Director of Reshet Ramah, the international alumni & community engagement network for the Ramah Camping Movement. In addition to her work as a Jewish communal professional and educator, Dana also serves as a lay leader for the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York on the Education, Advocacy, and Outreach Committee, was a participant in the 2016 Presentense Accelerator for her venture From Tribe to Table, and is the founder of Jewish Girl Talk, a salon-style space for Jewish female professionals. Dana is a connoisseur of deep fried foods, has a black belt in useless trivia, and loves to watch jeopardy with her husband, Ian.
Rebekah joined the Bronfman Center team in 2011 after graduating from NYU with a BA in History and Jewish Studies. While a student at NYU, she was an Eryk Spektor Scholar in Jewish Studies, a member of the NYU Purple and White Dance Team, and studied abroad with the pioneer group to NYU Tel Aviv. At work, Rebekah oversees student leadership development and the brand new NYU Global Center for Jewish Life. At home, Rebekah is pursuing a dual MA in Education and Jewish Studies with NYU’s Steinhardt School and the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies. Originally from Austin, Texas, Rebekah is the oldest of five and adores her family, Texas Longhorn baseball, the beach and coffee. She hopes to make aliyah someday and spends as much time in Tel Aviv as she possibly can. Fun fact: Rebekah was on the hit NBC series, Friday Night Lights in high school as a backup dancer!
Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi
Ordained from HUC-JIR, the seminary of the Reform movement, Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi is passionately dedicated to pluralist Judaism, feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Harvard University and both an MA and a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU. She has taught in the Religious Studies, Performance Studies, and Expository Writing Departments at NYU and loves both formal and informal teaching. While she works intimately with the Reform and Queer Jewish communities, Rabbi Nikki also oversees the “big picture” and visioning for Shabbat and holidays here at the Bronfman Center. A convert to Judaism, Rabbi Nikki is particularly happy to discuss spiritual change, doubts, and questions… but she’s also happy to talk pop culture, science fiction, HBO’s Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Game of Thrones. Rabbi Nikki lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with her wife Rachel and their sons, Ilan and Ethan.
Rachmiel is in his third year of Rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Riverdale, NY. He is originally from San Diego, CA, and from there he has traveled many parts of the world including South America, Europe and Africa. Rachmiel loves learning texts from the mystical tradition and exploring the inner spiritual world. In his free time you can find him baking bread or hiking in the forest. He currently lives in Riverdale with his wife Joanna
Jay Herman is the assistant director of the Bronfman Center and a deep lover of Jewish music. Every Jewish occasion you can find Jay vibing with his eyes closed repeating melodies far too many times or jumping up and down singing tunes louder than one properly should. Beyond the song, Jay is an avid Pinochle player ("an old man's card game") and passes time listening to NPR and his near-perfect Spotify Discover playlist. He's also getting an MBA at Stern, is married to a fantastic ping pong master, and hails from the greatest state of Colorado.