Brit Milah/Hatafat: Yes. I do not supervise but the student must provide a certificate
Mikvah: Yes (Adas Israel in Washington, DC)
Bet Din: Yes (A combination of rabbis, cantors, lay leaders of all denominations)
Conversion Location: Adas Israel in Washington, DC
Students Accepted: Mitzvah
It was all about the gender not the genes. My father, grandfather and uncles were all Orthodox rabbis born and schooled in Poland. But I was my father’s Yentl, always curious about my father’s passion for studying Torah but not able to secure a seat at the table of learners. No one expected me to become a rabbi until I did at the age of 48.
With my father’s blessings, I set off to follow in his footsteps.
I am ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion, a Pluralistic seminary in New York City that caters to second career men and women. I have a Masters in Communications from Syracuse University, a Bachelors in English Literature from the City College of New York and a Bachelors in Jewish Pedagogy from the Jewish Teachers Seminary in New York City.
I have worked in congregations across America where I welcomed Jews from all denominational backgrounds (Seattle, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C.) Through my travels and my experiences as rabbi, teacher, chaplain and community leader, I have created a life of service and meaning.
Today, I have a freelance private practice that extends to those who sit outside the borders of our traditional Jewish communities. I teach individuals about the beauty and essence of Jewish wisdom.I have watched with humility and love, the external and internal transformation of my students who choose to take part in the great ongoing holy experiment that is the Jewish people.
I became a rabbi to make my life matter. When you study and begin to live Torah, you will find greater meaning in your everyday life. I look forward to journeying with you.
I will do conversions for whole families. If the children are young, I require mikveh and a statement of intention from the parents.