Rabbi Mordechai Becher
Originally from Australia, Rabbi Becker 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.com, and has led tours through Africa, Australia, China, Europe, Israel and Russia.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
As a first generation Russian immigrant, Lena deeply appreciates the accessibility of Judaism in New York. A practicing pharmacist before she joined 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, and enjoys thrift shopping and spending time with her spunky dog, Kuzya.
DIRECTOR OF RUSSIAN DIVISION
Born in the Ukraine, Ross and his family immigrated to the U.S. in the mid-90’s. Enthralled by the new freedoms he enjoyed, Ross developed a commitment to justice. Ross attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and served as a part-time NYPD police cadet. After 9/11 he joined the IDF, where he served two years carrying out anti-terror missions. He currently runs his own security company and is also an active reservist.
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.