Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld

Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld

Rabbi Avi graduated with a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Avi spent many years in Israel, learning at Yeshivat Bat Ayin and The Hebrew University before attending Yeshivat Chovevei Torah where he was ordained.  While at YCT, he interned at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, Brown University Hillel, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue in the East Village, and Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, CT. Avi is certified in the shechita of ofot. Upon ordination, Avi returned to Seattle along with his wife, Rachel, and 4 kids.  Avi is a staff chaplain at Evergreen Hospital and Hospice in addition to his work for Mercaz. Avi enjoys frisbee, bringing people together without screens, playing music, singing nigunim, learning Torah, and making space for awareness of Hashem.
Rachel Israel Rosenfeld

Rachel Israel Rosenfeld

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rachel worked in Jewish Education and General Education for 20 years.  She has a BA in American Studies from Bard College and Masters’s Degree in Education from Mills College.  She is passionate about bringing people together, building community, studying history, and learning people’s stories.  In addition to running Mercaz, Rachel serves on the Northwest Yeshiva High School board of directors, volunteers for Seattle Hebrew Academy, and tries to keep up with her children’s schedules.

Mercaz Board

Ben Dershowitz

Ben Dershowitz

PRESIDENT

Ben is a Seattle native who was born and raised in the neighborhood. He loves building community and has been honored to be part of Mercaz since its inception. When not at Mercaz, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and five children! His day job is re-imagining the production system as a Senior Industrial Engineer for the Boeing company. One of his passions is cooking and baking and sharing food with others – he looks forward to sharing it with you!

 

Paul Nacamuli

Paul Nacamuli

TREASURER

Since moving to Seattle more than 20 years ago, Paul has been actively involved in bringing together Jews of different backgrounds with the goal of strengthening the community.

Paul is a Healthcare Technology Professional and in his role with Optum he combines his ability to see the big picture and integrate the needs of stakeholders with the key importance of cybersecurity.

Paul has served on the boards of Congregation Beth Shalom and the Seattle Jewish Community School. He currently serves on the board of Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

 

 

Dina Levitan

Dina Levitan

VICE PRESIDENT

Dina is an entrepreneur and consultant with over a decade of experience in the tech industry. She moved to Seattle from California in 2017, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She loves tending to her garden and fruit trees and is always striving to cultivate an “urban kibbutz”. She loves being part of the Seattle Jewish community and is excited to contribute to our kehillah’s growth. Look out for her at the local pun slam!

 

Elisabeth Rosenthal

Elisabeth Rosenthal

SECRETARY

Elisabeth grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Seattle for graduate school in Biostatistics. As a board member, Elisabeth aims to ensure women play an active role in the community and Tefillah. She is also an active member of the security committee.

 

Daniel Zana

Daniel Zana

BOARD MEMBER

Daniel is a Californian by birth who now calls Seattle his home. He has over 15 years of experience creating video, photo and audio content spanning television, film, and the web. He currently produces and edits video content for Microsoft.

In addition to editing, podcasting, and designing he also enjoys woodworking, baking sourdough bread, brewing beer and relaxing bike rides/jogs along the Burke Gilman Trail.

 

Aliza Aivazi

Aliza Aivazi

BOARD MEMBER

Aliza grew up in Teaneck, NJ and moved to Seattle in 2018 for (you guessed it) a tech job. She is passionate about community building and is excited to help Mercaz grow. In her spare time, she loves craft projects and taking advantage of Seattle’s beautiful nature. She lives in Bryant with her husband, Benny.

Dr. Jane Becker

Dr. Jane Becker

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Jane Becker moved to Seattle from New York with her husband Jason Kintzer to participate in a fellowship at The University of Washington Medical Center. She is currently on the Board of Mercaz Seattle, and has been involved in multiple Seattle Jewish Schools and synagogues over the years.

She lives in Northeast Seattle and enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling (not so much lately), writing and helping grow and nurture the Seattle Jewish community in the North End.

 

David Curtis

David Curtis

BOARD MEMBER

David moved to Seattle from Massachusetts in 2019 and still pretends to be a Boston sports fan. For work, he is a privacy lawyer and advises clients on data licenses and other commercial contracts. David lives in Ravenna with his wife Adriana and their son, Isaac.

 

Isaac Cohen

Past Vice President

Sara Gilman

Past Board Member

David Voluck

Past-President

Jonathan Greene

Past Board Member

Shira Balint

Past Board Member

Danielle Reiss

Past Board Member

Ariel Greene

Past Board Member

Trish Tuttle

Past Board Member