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 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.
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, as a married couple, they seek to foster their passion for enriching the modern Jewish experience of the East Village and Lower Manhattan Jewish communities. In addition to their professional careers, the Stelzers enjoy chasing live music around New York City, playing frisbee, and traveling in Israel as much as possible. As the official Brownstone couple, they have the privilege to meet, greet, and host a variety of Jewish groups and individuals from around the world.
Our weekly Shabbat dinners 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 leaders in fields ranging from technology to education. You may even find a lifelong mentor.
We bring together millennials from similar industries, educational backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds. 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.