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Nevei Kodesh Staff

Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny

Spiritual Leader

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Rabbi Diane Tiferet Lakein

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Diane Tiferet Lakein recently moved to Boulder, CO, from Europe, where she was the Rabbi of Chawurah Gescher (Freiburg, Germany) and Migwan (Basel, Switzerland). She currently freelances in Germany and the United States – with an emphasis on education and spiritual direction – and can be found online at She is a part of the B’nei Mitzvah team at Nevei Kodesh and enjoys teaching about Tanach and Jewish Renewal to both children and adults and supporting the amazing Nevei Kodesh clergy and staff.

Rabbi Diane holds a Masters of Jewish Education from Hebrew College and received rabbinic ordination from ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She is a member of both Haver, the Rabbinic Council of Boulder, Colorado, and of OHALAH, the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal. Earlier in her life she was a cultural anthropologist – and has lived extended periods of her life abroad, in Sweden, Thailand, China and Germany.

Dena Gitterman, Executive Director

Dena has been Executive Director of Nevei Kodesh since 2004.  Prior to that, she volunteered and worked part-time for the community in various capacities.   A graduate of SUNY Binghamton (BA) and Indiana University (MA) she has previously worked professionally as a Speech Pathologist, Special Education Teacher, Psychotherapist and University Instructor.   She received Maggid Certification from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 1998, focused on lifecycle and ritual leadership. 

Dena has been involved with Jewish Renewal for over 25 years and feels deeply honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with our terrific staff, energized leadership and vibrant community, to help create joyful, meaningful and cutting-edge Jewish experiences.

A long-time Colorado resident, she loves spending time outdoors in the mountains, as well as dancing and art-making.

Brooke Fisher, Director of Family Life + Religious School Director

I am excited be on an amazing journey with all the awesome children, teens, families and community members of Nevei Kodesh. I am currently working towards a Master of Jewish Education with an emphasis in experiential education at Hebrew College, where I am a Legacy Fellow. Last summer, I had the opportunity to design, create and direct Kids Kallah on behalf of Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal at CSU. My additional experience is in curriculum development, teaching, classroom management, creating organizational systems and marketing. I recently completed my 6th year as Religious School Director for Har Shalom in Fort Collins. Developing and fostering an innovative Religious School and family life programs while learning with so many bright students, enthusiastic staff and wonderful families is what I love. I am excited to bring connections, experiential opportunities and magical Judaism to the Nevei Kodesh community. 

Keenan Bloom - Chanoch Ro'i, Facilities and Communications

Kayla Carter - Event Coordinator

I started out as a primary French immersion teacher in Vancouver, Canada. It was during this time I discovered my passion for planning events. From 2014-2016 I had the opportunity to plan events for the expats of Stockholm International School. I connected people from all over the world as they learned about the culture, history and beauty of Stockholm, Sweden. This led to the creation of my part-time business, Skål Celebrations!

I moved to Louisville, CO with my family in August 2017. I am thoroughly enjoying the clean, fresh air, the frequent sunshine and the happy, healthy people I meet on a daily basis. I quickly became involved with local groups such as Modmoms, Boulder Hiker Chicks and Les Nanas du Coin.

Today I'm thrilled to be a part of Nevei Kodesh's Jewish Community as your event coordinator. I am excited to learn about Judaism as I immerse myself in all your celebrations.

Jenny Schiff, Executive Assistant

Fri, February 28 2020 3 Adar 5780