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Nerissa Balland is a certified life coach, an artist, a 2x cancer survivor, and a mother. She helps adults and children bounce-back from physical and emotional adversity. Nerissa has combined her love and knowledge of creativity, therapeutic art, coaching, and neuroscience to reduce health issues caused by STRESS.
Extensively trained at Pratt Institute, Nerissa received a Master of Fine Arts in painting and holds numerous certifications and graduate coursework in Arts-In-Medicine, Therapeutic Arts, Neurolinguistics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. She facilitates both virtual and on-site workshops for University of Miami Hillel, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Michael-Ann Russell JCC, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, Suzy Fischer Early Childhood Academy and Miami-Dade Public School District 3. Her unique combination of therapeutic arts and neurolinguistics coaching aims to serve diverse ethnic, social, economic, and generational groups.
Joel is a former IDF combat soldier and author of the comedic memoir The 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his service in the Israeli Army. A Chicago native, Joel has performed on stage and screen in nine countries, including two off-Broadway shows, a USO comedy tour of Japan and Korea, more than 1,000 Jewish events in North America and Europe, and Israeli late-night TV.A graduate of I.O. (formerly Improv Olympic) in Chicago and UCB and The PIT in New York, Joel performs improv and teaches his Improv Comedy 101 Workshop to adults and teens.
A portion of proceeds from Joel’s comedy and book sales is donated to his foundation, Project Elijah.
Gisela Ludman Rojzman
Gisela Ludman Rojzman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As the oldest of four siblings, she always dreamed of having a big family of her own as well. Together with Rabbi Mario Rojzman, Gisela has five children.
In Argentina, she became a young lawyer after graduating from the University of Buenos Aires and worked in the financial sector for eight years. Gisela worked with the bank’s foundation for two years. She participated in campaigns to help low-income families, people living in slums, hospitals, and prisons during Christmas and Easter seasons.
After moving to Miami, she started a new career path. In 2007, Gisela graduated from Nova Southeastern University as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Since then, she has been working in private practice, counseling couples, families, and individuals. Additionally, after becoming a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Gisela has been volunteering for Beth Torah’s conversion program, giving emotional support to its participants through their journey. Given the personal connection to the issue, Gisela has assisted families with children newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in their transition at their homes and hospitals since 2004.
Seven years ago, Gisela started studying and practicing loving-kindness meditation, helping her with her clients, and with her own spiritual growth.
Gisela, along with some of her friends, developed Rabbi Rojzman’s dream of creating Beth Torah’s Social Action Team four years ago. Since then, they have been assisting those in need, responding immediately to disasters, organizing hands-on Tikkun Olam activities for the community, performing the mitzvah of bikur cholim as a group, and much more.
Gisela hopes to continue serving the community in positive ways.