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Résumé

 
 

Education

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion | Cincinnati, OH | Fall 2014-present
-Ph.D. student in rabbinic literature

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion | Cincinnati, OH | June 2018
-M.A. in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies; honors

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion | Cincinnati, OH | July 2010-May 2015
-Rabbinical studies
-Thesis: “Jewish Ceilidh: A Study of Irish-Jewish History and Hybridization of Jewish and Celtic Music” (Adviser: Dr. Richard Sarason; 2nd Reader: Cantor Yvon Shore)

HUC-JIR Summer-in-Israel Graduate Archaeology Program | Golan, Israel | Summer 2014
-Participated in the archaeological dig at Tel Abel Beth-Ma’acah

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion | Cincinnati, OH | May 2013
-M.A.H.L

Good Samaritan Hospital | Cincinnati, OH | Summer 2013
-Completed 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, working in oncology wing of Good Samaritan Hospital

Bellarmine University | Louisville, KY | Spring 2010
-B.A. in Political Science, graduating summa cum laude


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Professional Experiences

Assistant Rabbi | Temple Beth Or | Dayton, OH | September 2015-present
-Supervise educational outreach of synagogue for all ages
-In addition to rabbinical duties, also teach in a variety of class settings: to children (Preschool-12th grade), Jewish adults seeking to deepen their understanding of Judaism, and also to broader audiences of individuals who are exploring Judaism for the first time and seeking to learn the basics of Jewish life and thought

Director | Dayton Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) | Dayton, OH | June 2018-May 2019
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Liaised between Dayton Jewish community and other religious/ethnic/racial/minority communities in Dayton and nearby areas
-Organized communal educational events on topics of interest
-Formed and led a Rapid Response Team for the Dayton Jewish Federation, which organized communal responses—both verbal and material—in aftermath of significant current events
-Organized communal responses to crises, e.g., a vigil after the Squirrel Hill synagogue shooting, a community rally when the KKK demonstrated in town, or PR support after a nearby synagogue was vandalized

On-Call Chaplain | The Jewish Hospital | Cincinnati, OH | Fall 2014-present
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Provide periodic on-call coverage for Jewish Hospital’s Pastoral Care department

Student Rabbi | Sinai Temple | Marion, OH | High Holidays, 2014
-Led High Holiday services, including all music
-Planned adult education sessions for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Hillel Advisor | Bellarmine University | Louisville, KY | August 2013-May 2014
-Visited monthly and planned Jewish programming for both students and faculty/staff
-Served as Jewish students’ representation to Department of Campus Ministry

Student Rabbi, Hillel Advisor | Denison University | Granville, OH | August 2012-May 2014
-Visited biweekly and planned Friday-night educational programs for students
-Served as advisor for and worked with students of Hillel Executive Board
-Acted as liaison between students and Department of Religious and Spiritual Life

Student Rabbi | Temple Israel | Paducah, KY | August 2011-May 2012
-Led Friday-night services, including all music
-Planned Saturday morning adult education sessions
-Performed outreach for home-bound and ill congregants

College Outreach Intern | Hebrew Union College | Jerusalem, Israel | August 2011-May 2012
-Worked with other college outreach interns and the head of Jerusalem outreach to plan educational and social conferences for college students interested in the Hebrew Union College.

Youth Group Adviser | Temple Shalom | Louisville, KY | August 2008-May 2009
-Worked with Temple Shalom youth group board to plan programming for high school-aged members of Temple Shalom
-Supervised youth activities to ensure its success
-Liaised with rabbi of congregation about youth group activities


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Teaching Experience

Adjunct Faculty, Instructor for Introduction to Judaism | University of Dayton | Dayton, OH | Fall 2018-Spring 2019
-Created a syllabus and lectures for a 1-semester Introduction to Judaism course
-Taught this course to ~30 students each semester

Teacher’s Assistant | Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion | Cincinnati, OH | Spring 2018
-Worked as a teacher’s assistant for Post Talmudic Halakhic Literature 401(a course on post-Talmudic Jewish law and literature)

Faculty Rabbi | Goldman Union Camp Institute | Zionsville, IN | Summers of 2016-2017
-Helped college-aged counselors to plan educational programs
-Facilitated educational programs with campers
-Taught sessions on special topics to high-school work-study participants

Teacher’s Assistant and Instructor of Jewish History | University of Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH | August 2014-May 2015
-In fall, worked as a teacher’s assistant for Introduction to Jewish Civilization (a course on Jewish history, from its beginning to the 16th century)
-In spring, was the primary instructor the above course
-Worked with mentor, Rabbi Dr. Matthew Kraus, to consider pedagogic elements of course and gauge performance

Sunday School Teacher | Wise Temple | Cincinnati, OH | August 2011-May 2012
-Planned and ran weekly lessons for fourth grade students on the topic of Israel

Kulanu, Hebrew High School | Cincinnati, OH | August 2011-May 2012
-Planned and ran weekly lessons for high school students on a variety of topics, including a special course on questions of gender and sexuality in Judaism

Hebrew Teacher | Louisville Hebrew School | Louisville, KY | August 2007-May 2010
-Planned and ran lessons on Hebrew and liturgy for fifth grade students.

Music Director/Instructor | Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums | Cincinnati, OH | December 2013-June 2015
-Organize and lead weekly music rehearsals
-Teach weekly lessons to music students
-Arrange musical material for ensemble to play

Director of Jewish Education | Goldman Union Camp Institute | Zionsville, IN | Summers of 2011 and 2012
-Created curricula for summer educational sessions
-Supervised college-aged counselors as they planned creative, educational programming from curricula
-Managed prayer and Hebrew programs

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor | Wise Temple | Cincinnati, OH | 2011-2015
-Worked to teach sixth and seventh grade students the material they needed to be prepared for their bar and bat mitzvahs


Distinctions

-Ruslander-Friedland Teaching Fellow at the University of Dayton | Fall 2018-spring 2019

-Participant on Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs-HUC Rabbinic Seminar | March 2016

-Jewish Intellectual History Fellow of Hebrew Union College | August 2014-present

-Awarded the Simon Lazarus Memorial Prize by the Hebrew Union College | May 2015

-Awarded the Dr. and Mrs. Slonimsky Prize in Midrash by the Hebrew Union College | May 2015

-Fellow of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati | Fall 2014-spring 2015

-Awarded 3rd prize in the Cincinnati Area Mensa Essay Scholarship for 2013-2014 | November 2014

-Awarded the Society for Classical Reform Judaism Prize for ethics essay, "Equality in Medicine: Should Jews Give Preferential Medical Treatment to Other Jews?" | May 2014

-Awarded the Diana Mossip Memorial Scholarship by Mensa| April 2014

-Awarded the Israel I. Mattuck Memorial Prize for ethics essay, “Quality of Life, Pain Relief, and Presence of Mind: a Study of Nachum Ish Gamzu, Tractate Ta’anit 21a” | May 2012

-Presented above essay to the Society for Jewish Ethics | January 2012

-Graduate of Graduate of Bellarmine University Honors Program, with honors thesis, “Analyzing the Central Conference of American Rabbis: The Trend to Traditionalism in Reform Judaism” | May 2010

-Member of Kappa Gamma Pi academic honors society

-Member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honors society