Maharat Rori Picker Neiss 



  • Maharat, Yeshivat Maharat, New York, NY 
  • BA, Hunter College, New York, NY  


Maharat Rori Picker Neiss serves as the Senior VP for Community Relations at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. She is one of the first graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, a pioneering institution training Orthodox Jewish women to be spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish legal) authorities. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and as a member of the clergy team at Bais Abraham Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in University City, MO.

Maharat Picker Neiss also serves as the Rabbi in Residence at Holy Communion Episcopal Church, chair of the cabinet of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. She is a David Hartman Center fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders fellow, and co-editor of InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook.


  • InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook (SkyLight Paths)