I graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1999 with a BA in Women’s Studies and an academic focus in queer theory. I also hold both an MA (2003) and a PhD (2010) in Performance Studies from New York University. In 2012, I earned an MA in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. I was ordained from HUC-JIR’s New York campus in 2013.
I currently serve as Manager of Religious Life at New York University’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, where I teach, mentor, and celebrate Shabbat and holidays in a pluralist Jewish setting. My professional rabbinical experience includes a year as the monthly Student Rabbi for Temple Beth Am in Monessen, Pennsylvania, a tight-knit Midwestern Reform community; a summer as the Tisch Summer Rabbinic Resident at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York, where I was mentored by Rabbi Shira Milgrom; and a year as the High Holy Day Student Rabbi at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. I have also served as a Rabbinic Intern in the Religious Life Department at Jewish Home Lifecare, a religiously diverse rehabilitation and nursing home facility in New York City, and as a Religious School Teacher at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City. Additionally, I completed one credit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a Chaplain Intern at NYU’s Langone Medical Center as part of a multi-disciplinary and interfaith team at one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals.
I have also taught at the university level, most recently as Adjunct Faculty in NYU’s Religious Studies Department and previously in NYU’s Performance Studies Department and Expository Writing Program. Finally, prior to my graduate education, I worked as a campus activist and web writer and editor at the Feminist Majority Foundation in the Washington, DC area.