Rabbi Mark Spiro brings more than 20 years of teaching and counseling experience to bear in his role as Executive Director of LivingJudaism. His clear, insightful and caring approach has helped thousands of individuals discover a Judaism that is both profoundly deep and refreshingly relevant to the most important issues and concerns in their lives. Originally from New Rochelle, NY, Rabbi Spiro attended Cornell University School of Architecture and Aish HaTorah’s College of Jewish studies in Jerusalem, where he received his rabbinic ordination in 1989. He has since served in leadership roles in numerous communities around the world, including as Assistant Director of Aish’s advanced study program in Jerusalem, Educational Director of Aish HaTorah in Washington D.C. and South Florida, and Executive Director of Aish HaTorah in San Francisco. Rabbi Spiro and his wife Heather have 4 children. When not working, he enjoys getting outdoors to mow the lawn, hiking, skiing, music, and martial arts. He also teaches and serves as Managing Director of Seattle’s Hebrew High.
Heather Spiro brings a unique blend of Jewish communal and worldly experience to bear in her role at Livingjudaism. Originally from Simi Vally CA, Heather studied at E.Y.A.H.T seminary for women in Jerusalem before serving as Rebetzin alongside her husband Mark in both Jerusalem and four major U.S. cities. When not working for Livingjudaism, you can either find her at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom where she moonlights as a Personal Stylist, out back weeding the garden, or with one or more of her four children.
Cassandra Parlee hails from across the border in beautiful British Columbia, where she attended university and achieved a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a specialization in Child Protection. She moved to Seattle to be closer to her family in December 2007 and has since found a home here, participating in local Jewish life through such things as an anti-human trafficking campaign with J-Connect and volunteer work throughout the community. She has 6 siblings that are spread out in the US and Canada and is very close with her family.