Our Team


Morris Alper
Co-Founder, Tel Aviv President,
International Public Relations Coordinator

Hailing from Palo Alto, California, Morris recently graduated from MIT with a BS in math and linguistics. He then moved to Israel to start Netivot Tel Aviv. Morris has been an active participant and organizer for various Jewish and LGBTQ groups on- and off-campus. One of the founding members of Netivot, Morris feels passionately about opening up the traditional Jewish community to LGBTQ+ people. He has been interning at a startup developing automated speech recognition technologies, and in his spare time he enjoys cooking and practicing his Japanese.


Avi Fuld
Co-Founder, New York Chair,
International President

Avi was born and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. He attended Brandeis University where he studied Business and Psychology. During college, Avi was active in the campus Hillel and Chabad, where he loved planning social and educational events. Since college, Avi has been working in IT Consulting at mid-sized firm in downtown Boston, and has has helped co-found Netivot. In his spare time, Avi loves to explore new nooks of Boston, host dinner parties, and run along the Charles River.

ZahavaBioZahava Stern
Co-Founder, Boston Chair,
International Vice President

Zahava is a founding member of Netivot. She moved to Boston in 2012 when she started law school and has been an active member of the Jewish LGBTQ+ community in Boston since then. Zahava grew up in Teaneck, NJ. She attended Moriah for elementary and middle school, Frisch for high school, spent a gap year in in Israel at Ein Hanatziv, and went to college at UMass Amherst. Her favorite thing about Netivot dinners is that it creates a safe space for young LGBTQ+ Jews to relax and be themselves.


Bess Beller-Levesque
International Treasurer and Secretary

Bess was born and raised in Maine, and is a graduate of Smith College, where she studied Sociology. After college, she participated in the Adamah Jewish farming fellowship. In her free time, she volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, sings in the Somerville Community Chorus, and ponders how to stop climate change.

SaraBioSara Fried
Education Chair

Sara grew up in Brookline, MA. She attended Solomon Schechter in Newtown and graduated from Gann Academy in 2011, where she served as president of its GSA for two years. She then got a bachelors degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. While at Brandeis, she was a gabbai for the traditional egalitarian minyan, president of Shalem, the Brandeis organization for queer Jews, and co-chaired a conference on pluralism and the future of American Jewry. She is currently working on her Masters in Teaching in the Brandeis DeLeT program, and is working at the Jewish Community Day School and Gann Academy.