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
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.
Rachel Spekman, Boston Program Director, The ROOTS
Rachel Spekman is the Boston Program Director for The ROOTS where she is responsible for partnership management for the chavurah groups in Boston. She also manages recruitment, supports the Spiritual and Therapeutic Advisors, and manages all marketing initiatives. In addition to her work at The ROOTS, Rachel is a Mikveh Guide at Mayyim Hayyim, an active member at Temple Israel, and a past participant in CJP’s Project Inspire trip to Nepal. Rachel loves being outdoors, discovering new restaurants, and traveling abroad. Rachel is also a Mentor for Uprooted; you can read more about her fertility story in a piece she published in JewishBoston.com here.
Dori Gelfman, Minneapolis Program Director, The ROOTS
Dori is a practicing RN with 18 years in healthcare. Her experience includes pediatric hematology/oncology, neonatal intensive care and for the last 8 years, supporting hopeful families in their reproductive journey as a fertility nurse. In addition to her nursing degree, she has BA in Judaic studies with a minor in bioethics from the University of Arizona. Dori is active in multiple non-profits, notably serving on the Herzl Camp Association Health and Wellness Committee and a part of the Harry Kay Leadership Institute’s Cohort X. She enjoys spending time with her large extended family and network of friends specifically her husband, Danny and children, Marty and Ella.
Rachel Levy, Midwest Region Communications Intern
Rachel Levy is a senior at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. She will graduate in May with a BA in Sociology, with a sub-plan in Health and Medicine and a minor in Judaic Studies. Following her graduation, she will pursue a Masters degree in Social Work and hopes to work both within and outside of the Jewish community as a sex and relationship therapist. Rachel is particularly interested in the intersection of spirituality and sexuality. In her free time, she enjoys singing in her a cappella, leading services at her campus Hillel, and cooking with friends.
Sarah Bernstein, Northeast Region Program Intern
Sarah Bernstein, originally from Boston, MA, is a senior at the University of Delaware, studying public policy and communications with a minor in women’s studies. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in reproductive rights advocacy and organizing work. In her free time, Sarah enjoys swimming, painting, and spending time outside with friends.