Maharat Hadas (Dasi) Fruchter is the Assistant Spiritual Leader at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah of Potomac, MD. She also directs Elevate Beth Sholom, a center for Jewish growth and engagement. Maharat Fruchter thrives on spiritual leadership, vibrant Torah learning and teaching, and community building. Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Maharat Dasi was ordained by Yeshivat Maharat in June of 2016. She graduated summa cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, and completed an M.P.A. in Non-Profit Administration and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar and was the Program Director at ImmerseNYC, New York’s only community mikveh project, in addition to teaching brides and grooms before their weddings. She completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale and was trained in community organizing through the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN) Seminary Leadership Project.
Maharat Fruchter believes deeply in helping others--regardless of age, background, and experience--to find resonance in the richness of Jewish ritual life, wisdom and narrative. She is deeply interested in building spiritually robust and empowered Jewish communities.