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Rabbi Ben Newman
is the founder and spiritual leader of Shtiebel. He served for 7 years as the rabbi of Congregation Har Shalom in Fort Collins, CO, along with his wife Rabbi Shoshana Leis. Rabbi Ben received a B.A. from Skidmore College in Religion and Culture, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and rabbinical ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. He previously served as the Associate Rabbi for JRF Congregation M’vakshe Derekh in Scarsdale, New York. Rabbi Ben is the author of a series of childrens' books called The Enchanted Sukkah about a time travelling sukkah. In addition to being a writer and a rabbi, Ben is a singer-songwriter who delights in chanting, playing guitar, and using an Indian instrument called a sruti box. He also enjoys reading Jewish literature of all types, as well as science fiction (his favorite author is Philip K Dick), philosophy and beat poetry. Rabbi Ben lives by the shores of the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, NY and his greatest joy is being father to his daughter and his son.
Alyse Faith, LMT
began her career at 5-Star spas including the Spa at the Ritz Carlton. She made the leap into private practice when opening Amethyst Integrative Massage in June of 2012. Her goal was and continues to be, providing an open and healing space where all clients would feel at home and cared for in a clean and professional setting. She continues to enjoy a very loyal following and has the highest possible rating on YELP. Alyse holds a B.A. from Ithaca College and is a graduate of The Finger Lakes School of Massage. She has advanced certifications in Prenatal Massage, Myofacial Release Techniques, Cupping Therapy as well as Energy Healing. Alyse also offers readings, guided meditations, and her unique and highly rated Spirit Guided Transformational Coaching.
Andrea Kartika Deierlein, RMT
For many years, Andrea was a self-professed, “Zombie on Metro North” going into the City at 8 a.m., returning 12 or more hours later. She was exhausted and drained. To get through the days of her job in German government relations she fueled herself with caffeine and sugar, and used pain killers for the physical pain of her tension and stress. During that time one of her colleagues introduced her to Reiki, planting the first seed. When she moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, she hoped the change of scenery and lifestyle would be enough to free her from her patterns of perfectionism and pushing herself too hard, now in her job as Director of Marketing & Communications. It didn’t. However, she joined a meditation group and was re-introduced to Reiki. After several sessions, her body truly began to recover from all the tension and pain, and her mind became clearer, until she had an epiphany that she had been working against herself, instead of with herself. When she took her first official Reiki class in 2015, the switch turned in her head. Andrea reports that Reiki has been a lifesaver, keeping her sane and well every day and a way of well-being that she is committed to share with others with Thrive Reiki.
Josh Lewis is an actor, writer, and director. His work in TV includes: extensive writing and performing with Comedy Central and MTV, appearances on many New York based TV shows including “Law & Order” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and numerous commercials for burgers, beverages, and gas. Josh was an original cast member and Co-writer of Crepuscule, which evolved into the Tony Award winning 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has acted, directed and written for countless New York theater companies, including: the Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theater Club, Naked Angels, and The 52nd Street Project. Josh’s career as an author includes his own children’s book series, Super Chicken Nugget Boy, published by Disney/Hyperion. Josh has taught all over the country at institutions such as Yale School of Drama, NYU, Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, The New York Film Academy and the New York City Public School system.
In addition to teaching in academic settings, Josh has been leading classes and workshops in team building, collaboration, improvisation, public speaking, and play for over thirty years, for companies including: Google, GE, Red Bull, ATT, Verizon, Ford, The American Red Cross, Nike, Intel, EBay, Microsoft, Apple, Disney, and countless others.