Dr. Karen Wasserstein is a psychologist licensed in Maryland and Virginia who specializes in helping people with fertility issues. She provides counseling to individuals and couples who are trying to build their families, as well as consultations to those using third party reproduction. Dr. Wasserstein provides psychoeducation within the Jewish community about issues relating to fertility. Her hope is to help both lay members and professionals become more aware and sensitive to the needs and experiences of all community members.
Dr. Deena Zimmerman is a pediatrician with a lifelong love of Judaic Studies. Graduate of Yale University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and one of Nishmat’s first certified yoatzot halacha. Deena is the author of A Lifetime Companion of Jewish Family Life, Mi Dor L Dor: Jewish Legal Medical and Ethical Perspectives on Genetics, and numerous medical and halachic articles. She also director of yoatzot.org, Nishmat’s Women Health and Halacha Websites.
Atara Eis is Director of NISHMAT’s Miriam Glaubach Center’s U.S. Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program, and a Mechanechet at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim. Atara holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University’s Stern College, an Associate Degree in Music, as well as an M.S. from Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education.
After completing the YU Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women, Atara studied at NISHMAT’s Keren Ariel Halachic Institute in Jerusalem to become a Yoetzet Halacha. Previously, Atara taught at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Philadelphia where she served as the Israel Guidance Counselor. She served as a Yoetzet Halacha in Philadelphia, at a consortium of Manhattan synagogues, and previously in Silver Spring, MD. In 2009, Atara was selected by The Jewish Week as one of “36 under 36,” and in 2010, she was a recipient of Kohelet Yeshiva High School’s Distinguished Educators Award.
Atara and her husband Rafi live with their family in Efrat, Israel.