I first met Yitz in the Spring of 2004, my final semester at Bryn Mawr College, where I was a preschool aide where his daughter was a student! It was then that the seeds of our collaboration were planted. My post college years took me down to the DC area, over the ocean to study in Jerusalem, and finally back to the Philly area, with the common thread of music, teaching and Jewish song leading guiding my adventures. 10 years later Yitz and I have reconnected, as I am finishing my Music Education degree at Temple University. I am honored to be working with him to develop community prayer opportunities filled with music, reflection, and thought-provoking conversation. I look forward to interacting with Derech HaLev at bi-monthly Shabbat morning services, High Holydays, and many other celebrations throughout the Jewish year.
I attended RRC (the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College) and graduated in 2000. After three years as rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, in Chico, CA, I helped create the Narberth Havurah. After nearly 10 years with The Havurah, I am inspired by several families coming together and creating Derech HaLev, A Path with Heart.My sense of community is not limited by Judaism, rather, is inspired by it. I adore old old scriptural passages, and new-fangled feminist ones. B’ezrat Hashem (with help from above) this July I will hike the 272-mile Long Trail, the length of the state of Vermont. When the adventure is complete, I’ll look forward to coming together in September, specifically, at Rosh Hashanah in the Merion Botanical park!!
After graduating Dickinson College in 2012, I decided to create a home and develop my profession in Philadelphia. Currently, I am studying towards my Masters in Jewish Education and Communal Leadership at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City (I study on line). I have a strong passion for Israel Education and Tikkun Olam. After being introduced to Yitz nearly 18 months ago through a mutual friend, we have been learning and growing together to create a culture that inspires and connects students to their Judaism in an open and welcoming Beit Midrash space. When I am not working, you can find me in Fairmount park playing frisbee or picking vegetables on the urban Neighborhood Foods Farm.