The brownstone New York

A Place Called Home

So Just What is The Brownstone?

Set in a six-story space in Manhattan’s buzzing East Village, The Brownstone brings together Jewish college students and young professionals — no pressure, just opportunity.

Hosting tens of thousands of young Jews since opening its doors in 2012, The Brownstone NY makes New York City feel just a little bit smaller.

We partner with local, national and international organizations to create joint programming or host in-house events.

The East Village, Manhattan, USA, The World

We’re at the center of the center of the universe — surrounded by historic theaters, swank bars and eateries, galleries and museums. The Brownstone is high-tech and eco-friendly, with exposed brick walls and chic decor that includes an extensive collection of avant-garde art. Here, the warmth of a private home meets the sophistication of New York City.

Feel the Love

For Jews of all affiliations, The Brownstone is home.

What's Going on

Find Your Place


Holiday parties and Shabbat dinners, food tastings, gallery openings, film screenings, shows, tours and trips.


Meet leaders in business, technology, philanthropy, the arts, politics, and social services, who often become mentors.


Classes on Jewish history, public policy, current events and democracy led by renowned scholars.


From lifestyle celebrations to local, national and international groups, all feel at home at The Brownstone, exploring their heritage and developing their leadership potential.

Let's Break it down

Young professionals

College Division

During winter and summer college vacations, young adults from campuses worldwide spend 10 days with the dynamic leaders and educators at The Brownstone, joining our vibrant community.

  • NYC Tours
  • Meeting prominent Jewish personalities and business leaders
  • Ethics, growth and relationships workshops
  • Full Brownstone programming

Young Professionals Division

Tapping into the warmth of our community, we host social, cultural, educational, networking and dating events as well as classes and workshops.

Israeli Division

New York-based Israelis connect, network, enjoy weekly chavrutot learning, summer parties, Shabbat dinners and holidays, becoming a part of our dynamic lifestyle community.


We empower emerging leaders by providing them with the resources to create meaningful events for their community and take ownership of their Jewish legacy.

International Division

We partner with global organizations from London to Buenos Aires who stay at The Brownstone for an immersive experience, with tours and classes, meeting Jewish entrepreneurs, and enjoying Shabbat.

Meet The Team

Rabbi Mordechai Suchard

Founder and Director

Yoni Greenwald

International Director

Born and raised in Israel, Yoni is an entrepreneur involved in Jewish education, business, and real estate investment in the U.S. and Israel. Director of The Brownstone since its inception in 2012, Yoni has overseen programs that have led thousands of students and young professionals on missions to Israel and Poland. Yoni is passionate about connecting Jews from across the world to each other and to Israel. He lives in Miami with his wife and children.

Menucha Anemer

Events Coordinator

Menucha has been an integral part of The Brownstone for over 15 years, organizing Shabbatons in communities throughout the tristate area. Menucha lived in Israel until she was 8 and now lives in Lakewood with her family. She enjoys cooking, baking and going for walks in the beautiful outdoors.

Loren Hochman

Director of operations

Loren’s connection to Israel is long and deep: her mother is Israeli, her grandparents founded Tel Aviv’s first kosher restaurant in 1960 (Café New York), and she grew up spending her summers in Israel. Loren graduated from Stern College and Bar Ilan University, and she’s passionate about Judaism and Israel advocacy.

Solomon & Heather Braun

Community Leaders

Married since 2021, Solomon and Heather met at a Shabbat lunch on the Upper West Side. They are blessed with a beautiful (smiley) daughter, Meira, as well as other loving and extended family and friends. Solomon works as an attorney at Allen & Overy and Heather is a former ABA therapist who is currently taking care of Meira (and G-d willing future children). Solomon enjoys playing sports; Heather likes crocheting and crafting, and both love learning Torah and partying with/connecting/hopefully inspiring and being inspired by other Jewish people.

Josh Diskin

Director of Israeli Division 

Josh was born in America but spent most of his formative years in Israel, where he received his education at Yeshivat Beit Matityahu. After marrying in 2014, he pursued Rabbanut studies and received smicha in 2017. During his time in Israel, Josh also worked as an educator for at-risk children at Yeshivat Mevakshei Hashem and was a rabbi in Modiin. He also worked with various organizations in Jerusalem with a focus on promoting understanding and dialogue between religious and non-religious communities. At The Brownstone, Josh continues his mission to foster connections and understanding between Israeli and American communities. 

Andrea Kahn

International Communications Director

Andrea has a master’s degree in journalism from USC, and was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before moving East. She now works as a freelance marketing writer, editor, and project manager for organizations including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Inc., and Yeshiva University.

Eliana Goodman

Community Leader

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eliana’s passion for Israel stems from her family background. Her grandparents immigrated to Israel in the 1930s and ran the first kosher hotel in Tel Aviv. Eliana’s love of Israel and the Jewish people drive her to continue to learn, educate, and bring people together.

Sam & Joy Stelzer

Community Activists

As young college students, Joy and Sam Stelzer first met in the East Village. While dating, they shared some of their best memories together at Brownstone events. As The Brownstone’s former resident couple, Joy and Sam are passionate about enriching the modern Jewish experience in New York City, and the chance to meet, greet, and host Jewish groups and individuals from around the world. In their free time they enjoy live music, playing frisbee in the park, and traveling throughout Israel.
2nd floor gallery, multipurpose space
Separate Men's and Women's residential floors
Lower Level Multipurpose Hall
Lobby Lounge