Born and raised in Israel, Yoni is an entrepreneur involved in Jewish education, business, and real estate investment in the U.S. and Israel. Director of The Brownstone since its inception in 2012, Yoni has overseen programs that have led thousands of students and young professionals on missions to Israel and Poland. Yoni is passionate about connecting Jews from across the world to each other and to Israel. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Lena deeply appreciates the accessibility of Judaism in New York. A practicing pharmacist before joining The Brownstone, Lena spent six months in Israel, which inspired her to devote herself to a Jewish cause. In her spare time, Lena writes a fashion blog, enjoys thrift shopping, and loves to travel.
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SAM AND JOY STELZER
As young college students, Joy and Sam Stelzer first met in the East Village. While dating, they shared some of their best memories together at Brownstone events. Now the official Brownstone couple, Joy and Sam are passionate about enriching the modern Jewish experience in New York City, and the chance to host Jews from around the world. In their free time, they enjoy live music, playing Frisbee in the park, and traveling throughout Israel.
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RABBI MORDECHAI BECHER
Originally from Australia, Rabbi Becher is senior lecturer of the Gateways Organization, author of “Gateway to Judaism”—now in its ninth printing—and an instructor at Yeshiva University, where he is pursuing a doctorate in Medieval Jewish History. Rabbi Becher served in the IDF, has answered thousands of questions on AsktheRabbi.org, and has led tours through Africa, Australia, China, Europe, Israel and Russia.
DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eliana’s passion for Israel stems from her family background. Her grandparents immigrated to Israel in the 1930s and ran the first kosher hotel in Tel Aviv. An avid sports enthusiast—volleyball, tennis and basketball—Eliana’s love of Israel and the Jewish people drive her to continue to learn, educate, and bring people together.
Andrea has a master’s degree in journalism from USC, and was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before moving East. She now works as a freelance marketing writer, editor, and project manager for organizations including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Inc., and Yeshiva University. She is excited to be involved with such a worthy institution.
Our weekly Shabbat dinners—which have so far drawn over 10,000 participants—are fun and festive, with great food and an even better atmosphere. Discover the spirituality of Shabbat as you meet new friends.
Drawing hundreds of young professionals, our networking events feature some of the world’s biggest movers and shakers—from famed attorney Alan Dershowitz to David Lichtenstein, CEO of The Lightstone Group. These gatherings connect up-and-comers to experts in fields ranging from technology and business to social work and education, and often lead to mentor-mentee relationships.
We bring together millennials from similar industries, educational backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds: doctors and med students. Ivy League Grads. Israelis, Persians, Russians, Turks, Bucharians. No matter who you are, you’ll find your place here.
MEETING AND MINGLING
We host regular social events on our rooftop terrace—complete with a view of the Manhattan skyline—and in our cool basement lounge and bar.
BECOMING A JEWISH LEADER
We’ll give you a platform to create your own organizations and initiatives to strengthen Jewish communities in the U.S. and abroad.
Stone walls and dimmed lighting transform the lower level into a dining bar for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and mingling, or into a large Shabbat dinner that extends to the garden.
The perfect place to relax and schmooze, our main floor features glass partitions to divide the room, an outdoor garden and terrace, a library, and a lounge with flat screen TVs.
Outfitted with a video-capable projector, the second floor Gallery is where we host conferences, private meetings, presentations, classes, cocktail parties and networking events.
Known as our women’s floor, the third floor has beds and a large bathroom with three walk-in showers. Here we host groups from all over the world for trips and Shabbatons.
The fourth floor consists of two apartments for our director and his family, and for our scholar-in-residence, who accompanies the groups from all over the world.
Identical to the layout of the third floor, the fifth floor is known as our men’s floor.