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.

Shaina Herring, Program Coordinator

Shaina is the Program Coordinator at ImmerseNYC. She has an MPA in Health Policy from NYU-Wagner and has interned at NYC hospitals including NYU, Bellevue, and Montefiore. Shaina is a birth doula and is starting nurse-midwifery school this summer. She is interested in the intersection of Judaism and health, and enjoys working to make ritual and life transitions more meaningful. Contact Shaina at shaina@immersenyc.org