About Us

Rabbi Sara Luria, Founder and Executive Director

As a trained community organizer, birth doula, and chaplain, Sara incorporates into her work a passion for justice, belief in the centrality of relationships, and dedication to marking transformative, sacred experiences.  Sara served as the community organizing rabbinic intern at East End Temple in Manhattan from 2010-2012. Before entering rabbinical school, she worked as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area. Sara is an alumna of the JOIN for Justice year-long fellowship that trains young Jewish leaders in community organizing, and graduated with honors from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Sara lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Isaac, and their young children, Caleb and Eva. Contact her at sara@immersenyc.org.

Pippi Kessler, Education Director

Pippi is an educational consultant and speaker, and has trained hundreds of educators and parents across the country to be better leaders and communicators. She is the Program Director at Ma’yan, a program of the JCC in Manhattan, and is also the Director of Rowe Young People’s Camp, a summer program for 8-11-year-olds in western Massachusetts. She was the National Coordinator for The Mothers Circle program at the Jewish Outreach Institute, and brings her expertise in designing educational programs to ImmerseNYC. She is currently completing her Masters Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Contact Pippi at pippi@immersenyc.org.

Dasi Fruchter, Rabbinic Intern

Hadas (Dasi) thrives on spiritual leadership, community building, and faith-driven social justice work. Originally from Silver Spring, MD, she is studying to be ordained as clergy at Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to train Orthodox Jewish women as spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish law) authorities. Dasi is also a student at NYU and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing an MPA at the Wagner School for Public Service and an M.A. in Jewish Studies. Dasi has experience organizing for economic justice with organizations in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Israel, is a presenter on Judaism, social justice, feminism and conflict resolution at synagogues, schools, and conferences.

Leah Spigelman, Immersion Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Cara Rock-Singer, Research Intern

Cara received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton (2009), her MSt in Theology with a focus on Religion and Science from Oxford (2010), and MA (2012) and MPhil (2013) from the Columbia Religion Department. Cara is in the Religion in America subfield and her specialization is in Religion and Science. Her dissertation is a historical and ethnographic study of the relationship between religion and science in American Jewish women’s experiences with reproduction and childbearing.