Our Tzedek Shabbat speaker on Friday, July 14 will be Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, who serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis. Maharat Rori Picker Neiss will speak on “Truth Springs from the Earth.”
Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is one of the first graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, a pioneering institution that trains Orthodox Jewish women to be spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish legal) authorities. She previously served as clergy at Bais Abraham Congregation, Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and Secretariat for the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, the formal Jewish representative in international, interreligious dialogue. Rori is the co-chair of the North American Interfaith Youth Network of Religions for Peace, a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders fellow and co-editor of “InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook.” She is married to Russel Neiss, a Software Engineer for Sefaria, and they have two daughters and a son: Daria, Susanna and Shmaya.