Background & Passions

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I see Judaism as an entree to soul-stirring moments and connect most profoundly through the Jewish concept of chesed, lovingkindness. Harnessing chesed permeates our relationship to the Divine, ourselves, fellow-humans, and the earth. Integrating mindfulness and self-compassion into my Jewish practice similarly taps into soul-driven living. Add a healthy dose of lightheartedness, humor, and soaking up the Divine in the natural world and my passionate soul is nourished!

So much of life is awash in the Mystery...being born, death, falling in love...acknowledging the Mystery creates space for possibility. We sanctify the truths we hold dear and the things we will never know so that we might lean into it it with courage and delight. I am passionate about creating sacred space so that we can navigate the Mystery with openness and joy.

Guiding me is a primary commitment to helping to create a sacred community and uniting Jews with the elements of Judaism that resonate most profoundly. Offering insights into Jewish teachings and rituals, my ultimate goal is to empower individuals to find the spiritual path that captivates them — to hear Judaism speaking in their voice. I celebrate the diversity of those I serve and the variety of meanings and approaches toward holiness for each person.

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The connection between Judaism and the environment grounds my faith--nurturing religious stirrings rooted in the profound beauty and infinite complexity of nature and translating appreciation of the holiness of the natural world into concerted action to protect our planet. I have led hikes in Washington State and New York and have also participated in ten bike trips in both Israel and the United States raising money to support Jewish environmental justice.

Serving as the rabbi at Temple Beth Or, a Reform synagogue in Everett, Washington since 2009, I have also taught locally at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the University of Washington Hillel, and Seattle University. I am thrilled to be moving to Denver in the late summer of 2017 to serve Judaism Your Way and offer creative lifecycle rituals..

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Before coming to the Pacific Northwest, I served as the Hillel rabbi at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as well as synagogues in Ohio and Long Island, New York. I cared for patients’ pastoral needs at the Jewish Home and Hospital in the Bronx, and worked at The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago and United Jewish Communities in Washington D.C. I enjoy professional leadership within the Women’s Rabbinic Network as the VP of National Programs & Events.

I was ordained as a Reform rabbi from Hebrew Union College in 2008. Originally from Chicago, I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Psychology.

You can often find me on the hiking trail, soaking up the beauty of the Colorado, tearing up the pavement on my bicycle, or skiing throughout the Rockies. I am also a Scrabble fanatic and accept all Scrabble challenges!

I look forward to meeting you and can be reached via the contact form on the site.