Dalia Davis, Founder and President

Dalia Davis is one of the co-founders of Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys, and serves as its Arts and Education Director. She is passionate about helping people struggling to grow their families find support within the Jewish community.  Dalia is a Jewish Educator, dancer, and choreographer, who uses Jewish text as the inspiration for her choreographic works. Dalia holds a BA in Dance and Jewish History from Barnard College, a certificate in Talmud and Halacha from YU, and a MA in Jewish Education. Her Jewish educational background include serving as Rosh Beit Midrash for Merkavah Torah Institute, and teaching for the Florence Melton Mini School, Heritage Day School, and Camp Ramah. In addition to her work with Uprooted, she is also the founder of Beit Midrash in Motion, a fully-embodied approach to Jewish text study.

Email Dalia at: Dalia@weareuprooted.org

 

Naomi Less, Vice President

Naomi is a renowned Jewish musician, ritualist and educator who has experienced and publicly shared her own personal struggles with fertility. Naomi composes original, values-centered pop, rock and spiritual music which she both performs extensively with her half-Israeli, half-American music ensemble, at concerts, and soulful worship events around the globe. She founded Jewish Chicks Rock and Jewish Kids Rock band programs creating Jewish literacy opportunities through music. Naomi serves as one of Lab/Shul’s Founding Ritual Leaders and Associate Director. Her activist and volunteer work includes Bring Back Our Girls NY; Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys; Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and any cause that promotes the safety, development and empowerment of young girls around the world.

Email Naomi at: Naomi@weareuprooted.org

 

Stacie Baker, Director, Healing Initiatives and Business Development

Stacie Baker is a clinical social worker with both personal and professional experience in infertility. She has worked at numerous women’s health institutions, including RESOLVE, the National Infertility Organization and Extend, an ovarian egg-freezing company. Now the mother of two teenage sons, she is committed to supporting prospective parents as they face the challenge of infertility. Additionally, she leads monthly adolescent Rosh Hodesh groups, which use Jewish teachings and traditions to give teen girls a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, and consider the impact of culture and gender on their daily lives.

Email Stacie at: Stacie@weareuprooted.org

 

Gila Bauman, Social Media Coordinator

Gila Bauman has been with Uprooted since it’s inception. Though she has filled many roles at Uprooted, she is currently creating a community for Uprooted on Facebook. Gila also works as a teacher at Temple Israel in Sharon, MA and is a practicing life coach. She would love to hear from you with any interesting articles or resources that have helped you and can help others. We are here.

 

 

Dr. Julie Bindeman, Clinical Fertility Educator

Dr. Julie Bindeman graduated from the George Washington University and is the co-owner of the practice Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington located in Rockville, Maryland. As a result of her own reproductive story, she pursued post-graduate training in the field of Reproductive Psychology, where she actively writes, lectures, and presents on the topic. She has been on several committees for the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine including serving as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee and on the Social Media committee; she served as a Board Member of the Maryland Psychological Association for 8 years, and was the first Early Career Psychologist Committee Chair; and has been on other boards such as Uprooted and JCADA. Additionally, Dr. Bindeman is a member of a variety of organizations that are focused on Maternal Mental Health. She was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Maternal Mental Health Task Force representing psychologists in the state. In 2014, Dr. Bindeman was honored to receive both the Woman Who Dared Award conferred to her by the National Council of Jewish Women and the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Maryland Psychological Association.