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Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, BCC
Rabbanit Alissa is a member of the spiritual leadership at B'nai David-Judea Congregation, an Orthodox shul in Los Angeles. She received her semicha from Yeshivat Maharat and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Classical Studies Archaeology and Ancient History.
Rabbanit Alissa is also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC). She has specialties in Psychiatric Care, Palliative Care, and End of Life Care. She has worked as a chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital. She was also a writer for the Center for Jewish End of Life Care at Metropolitan Jewish Health System. She is currently a per diem chaplain for Grateful Palliative Care and Hospice.
Rabbanit Alissa is on the board of NAJC and on the board of the Rabbis and Cantors Retirement Plan. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clergy Roundtable and the Pico-Robertson Mental Health Neighborhood.
In 2017, she was chosen as one of the Forward50, the Forward's annual list of the 50 most influential, accomplished, and interesting American Jews.
A native Los Angelena, Rabbanit Alissa is married to Akiva Newborn.

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April 2018

Women’s Mitzvot with Rabbanit Alissa, Rabba Ramie & Ms. Atara Segal

Sunday, April 22 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

What makes a mitzvah a 'woman's mitzvah'?  How can we as women deepen our connection to the femininity within our halachic and spiritual tradition?  And how do we find our voice in and love of the tradition even at times when we are struggling with it?  Join Rabbanit Alissa, Rabba Ramie, and Ms. Atara Segal in learning and confidential discussion.  Brunch will be served. For women only. For this one event, you must register at bdj@bnaidavid.com

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Jewish Mourning, Memorializing, and Grieving a Loss: Acharei Mot

Tuesday, April 24 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
B’nai David-Judea, 8906 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035 United States + Google Map

What does our tradition teach us about the process of grief? Looking through the lens of Aaron and Moses's responses after the death of Aaron's son, we will unpack the wisdom and sensitivity our tradition offers in the most painful of moments.

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