The Torah belongs to everyone. You don’t have to be a scholar or a rabbi to feel a significant connection to your Judaism. I am inspired by the democratic nature of our Jewish tradition and see Jewish text study as an important tool in this “Jewish democratic process.” I think that Jewish tradition prevails in the dialogue between the teacher and the student and true learning happens when each actively bring their perspective, experience, and knowledge to the Beit Midrash (House of Study). Our stories are so important and help us to reveal our part of the Torah.
“My goal is for people and communities to feel inspired, connected, and responsible for their Jewish tradition.”
I practice this approach when I study Torah with students, coming together with the text as our guide. We each ask questions, challenge perspectives, and listen. The text provides a neutral dialogue point that helps freedom happen. My goal here at HAMAQOM is for the people and communities I work with to feel inspired, connected, and responsible for their Jewish tradition.
This perspective is also inspired by my own story. I grew up in Oakland and moved to Israel as a teenager. I have worked in Jewish organizations in Israel, the US, and the UK and have a special love for Sephardic Rabbinic texts. I know how it feels to be on the outskirts of a community and how it feels to lead one. I feel comfortable in many different Jewish contexts, and sometimes I am uncomfortable, too. I know that I can learn something from every community and every person meet.
Please contact me if you’d like to study Jewish texts, learn more about Kevah, or build community around Jewish learning here at HAMAQOM.