Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Rabbinical Assembly Staff


Emily Neyor, Director of Career Services, JD

Ms. Neyor has been with the Rabbinical Assembly since 2014. She has been working in the Career Center for 8 years and has a passion for helping people find fulfilling work. She is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), and also holds a certification in salary negotiation. She received a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida. She went on to Brooklyn Law School, where she received her J.D. in 2013, was admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars and practiced civil defense litigation before joining the RA Staff. She loves fitness, taught spinning for 12 years, and has a side business styling and braiding hair.


Rabbi Ilana Garber, Director of Global Rabbinic Development

Rabbi Ilana Garber graduated from the Double Degree program of List College (Talmud) and Barnard College (Religion) in 2000, and received her MA from the Wm. Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education in 2003. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2005, and immediately became an active volunteer in our RA (co-chair of Women’s Committee, served on Nominations Committee, Convention Committee, Zera’im: Seeds of our Future) while serving as Rabbi and Rabbinic Director of Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement at Beth El Temple (West Hartford, CT) from 2005-2020. A visionary Jewish educator, she created SULAM (Seek, Understand, Learn, Act, Marvel) in a complete overhaul of Beth El Temple’s religious school. Passionate about the mikveh, she wrote the curriculum to train mikveh guides for Boston’s Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh. Currently she serves on the boards of Greater Hartford’s Mikveh Bess Israel and the Hartford Region’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.



USCJ Synagogue Consultants

Miriam Abrams Stark

Miriam Abrams Stark, MSW
Northeast District (New England States, Eastern Canada and Northern and Upstate New York)
(401) 408-9114


Mindy Block Gordon, JD
Central District (Midwest and middle of USA including Texas)


Rachel Sisk, MA, MSW
Pacific Southwest and Northern Pacific Regions

(415) 317-9666

LindaSussman Linda Sussman
Metropolitan District of New York
(METNY, NYC and Long Island)
(516) 625-6901
Valerie Thaler
Mid-Atlantic District (New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania)
(443) 613-5931
JoAnneTuckerZemlak Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak
Southeast Seaboard
(Carolinas and southeast including Florida)
(240) 988-1545