Yael Kornfeld

Soul Singer, Messy Chef, Lover of Snail-mail. 

Yael Kornfeld is a Base co-founder and served as the inaugural Senior Educator for Base Manhattan from 2015-2021.


Born in Haifa, Israel, Yael grew up in Rochester, New York and has intense upstate pride.  Coming from a home that was known as the "go to" spot for out of town visitors, Yael grew up with radical hospitality and welcoming guests. Yael was a participant on Nesiya, a pluralistic summer program for high school students in Israel which left a lasting impact on her Jewish identity.  She also served as an Avodah Jewish Service Corps member working at Rachel's Women's Day Shelter in Washington, DC.


As the Synagogue Outreach Social Worker at DOROT, Yael works with eight different synagogues on the Upper East and West Sides of Manhattan, advocating and serving older adults. Yael received her BA in Judaic Studies from Rutgers University where she wrote an honors thesis on who studies Yiddish today and why.  She earned her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.  


An avid reader of the New York Times Fashion and Styles Wedding Section, Yael and Avram's own wedding was the featured wedding of the week.  Yael is the proud mama of Revaya, Hillel Yosl and Shabtai Elimelekh.