Rabbi Miriam C. Berkowitz

Rabbi Miriam (Carey Knight) Berkowitz was born and raised in Montreal. She earned a BA magna cum laude in International Relations from Harvard University in 1993 and an MA and Rabbinic Ordination from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem in 1998. She served as Assistant Rabbi at Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan for three years and spent seven years in Florida teaching Adult Education. She is the author of Taking the Plunge: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to the Mikveh and various other articles and publications including pieces in the Women’s Torah Commentary, Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook, Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine and Journal of Pastoral Care.

Rabbi Valérie Stessin

Rabbi Valérie Stessin was born in France and made Aliyah when she was 17. At the Hebrew University she studied for a B.A. in Special Education and Jewish Thought. She had the honor to be the first woman ordained by the Masorti movement in Israel in 1993 and earned M.A. degrees in Jewish Studies and Gender Studies. Valerie is also a certified Couples and Community Mediator. She studied Pastoral Care at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Israel and at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey (U.S.A.).

She worked at the TALI Education Fund for fifteen years in various positions including the TALI schools’ Rabbis program. Her last position there was Vice Director of the TALI Education Fund. Valérie is the Chairperson of Yaltha, the group of the Masorti Women Rabbis.