Rabbis, Staff and Board
Rabbis, Staff and Board
Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, MD, Bioethicist, was ordained in 1994 at the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, Marshall T. Meyer as the first woman Rabbi in Latin America. Dr. Analia Bortz is a medical doctor with postdoctoral studies in Bioethics.
Rabbi Analia is the founder of “Hope for Seeds,” a group for women struggling with sterility and infertility. Rabbi Analia is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Rabbi Analia was awarded the Community Hero in 2011 and was one of the Women of Achievement of Georgia’s YWCA in 2012.
Rabbi Analia serves as a board member of FIDF, JNF, ICM. Inspired by the words of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Analia describes her vocations as follows: “Medicine is Religion in Acts and Religion is Medicine in Prayers”.
Rabbi Analia along with her husband, Rabbi Mario Karpuj, are the co-founder rabbis of Congregation Or Hadash. They are also the proud parents of Tamar and Adina.
Rabbi Mario was born in Argentina, where he received his ordination from the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, Marshall T. Meyer in 1994. He became the spiritual leader of his first congregation in 1986, at the age of 19. In the last 30, years he has served three congregations in Argentina and served as Rabbi-in-Residence for the Jewish community of Cuba. During his years at rabbinical school, he also became a chaplain for one of Argentina’s largest prisons.
In 1995, he become the first Rabbi of the Congregación Israelita de Valparaíso in Viña del Mar, Chile in 35 years. In the year 2000, he moved with his family to Atlanta and joined Ahavath Achim Synagogue’s clergy. In 2003, Rabbi Karpuj and his wife, Rabbi Analia Bortz, become the founding rabbis of Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, Georgia, the most meaningful and exciting professional endeavor he has been involved with.
He serves as a board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and has served as the Rabbi-in-Residence of the AJC International Meeting for six years. Rabbi Karpuj has been involved for many years in interfaith dialogue and advocacy. He is a board member of FAMA, the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, and he is also an active member of the Sandy Springs Interfaith Clergy.
Rabbi Mario feels very fortunate to be part of the Interfaith Community Initiatives World Pilgrims program, an Atlanta based project in which Jews, Christians and Muslims participate in interfaith pilgrimages. He participated in a number of pilgrimages to Jerusalem in 2005 and to Toronto and Niagara Falls in 2013. Rabbi was the Jewish leader on pilgrimages to Turkey in 2006 and 2007.
Erica Hruby, Executive Director
Erica brings over 20 years of executive experience in the Jewish world, having served several Jewish communities in the southeast. On her journey to Congregation Or Hadash, Erica proudly worked for Central Florida Hillel, the American Hebrew Academy, B'nai Brith Youth Organization, Beit Hamidrash (Hebrew High), and Temple Beth Tikvah. Erica holds a B.S. in Psychology and Religion from Stetson University and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University (formerly Georgia School of Professional Psychology).
Outside of the office, Erica enjoys spending time with her family; husband Matt and daughters Zipporah (19) and Lila (15). In her down time, she enjoys reading, movies, and soaking up the sunshine!
Rachel Herman, Director of Education and Youth Activities
Rachel is a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary, where she received her M.A. in experiential Jewish Education. Her passion for Jewish education stems from her summers spent at Jewish summer camp. Rachel was raised in the south, but most recently relocated to Atlanta from New York City.
Denise Fields Lee
Denise is a native Washingtonian (DC) and has lived in Atlanta for 15 years. She's lived and worked in amazing places: Lagos, Nigeria; San Salvador, El Salvador; Honolulu, HI; Norristown, PA; El Toro, California; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Denise brings to us over 45 years of business experience in office communications and support. Before joining the team of Or Hadash, Denise was employed at Ahavath Achim Synagogue where she met Rabbis Analia and Mario.
Outside of the office, Denise enjoys the company of her grandchildren, religious research and study and any activity that gets her on the road to explore our world.
Or Hadash Board
President - Marc Medwed
Vice President - Gail Duner
Vice President - Harriet Kaminsky
Vice President - Ben Nadler
Vice President - Steven Wertheim
Treasurer - Michael Mittel
Assistant Treasurer - Sheila Cohen
Secretary - Janette Berne
Immediate Past President - Fred Wachter