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I was born in Rechovot, Israel, we came to the U.S. in 1964, to California where my Father’s family was, and I moved to Colorado in August of 2001 for a Rabbi job at Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs, where I met my husband (he grew up there).
I also worked at the Air Force Academy as a civilian chaplain while their rabbi was deployed, and at Colorado College as a professor and Chaplain.
The scenery here is breathtaking. Also, I love the small-town feel, I love that my neighbors are not afraid to connect with each other. And, although it feels small town there are still a lot of theatre opportunities and great museums!
Honor, learning and Super Heros
I am the Rabbi serving Congregation B’nai Torah in Westminster.
I love being a part of every part of people’s life, cradle to grave, they let me into their lives in a way that only family would otherwise be invited into. It’s such an honor!
I also love that I get paid to learn so that I can teach, I love being the `grand pubah’, the one in charge and feel so honored that they trust me to connect them with our heritage and God!
I am a Star Trek, Star Wars and Superhero lover and go to Starfest annually where I get dressed up as Spock, Princess Leah, Captain Picard, or one of the many superheroes! My sermons this year are all super-hero themed, in the past I’ve done Star Wars and Star Trek sermons as well.
One of my proudest accomplishments is becoming a rabbi while dealing with all the realities of women not being fully accepted, being dyslexic and having learning challenges.
I worked with the AIDS community before the cocktail medication that has allowed patients to live, I had to face death head on and be a rabbi to patients whose partners were not allowed to even visit them, dealing with their parents who wouldn’t accept their gay sons let alone address that they were dying. It was so sad and so hard and I was a first-year rabbinical student who stepped up to the plate, it was such an honor and so difficult since all my clients died.
I survived Breast Cancer while being a rabbi, maintaining my faith and continuing to guide and lead people spiritually.
Knowing what you love
I wanted to be a rabbi when I was five-years-old, but women were not allowed to be rabbis yet. I received my degree in Psychology and became a teacher. My third-grade students decided I should become a rabbi and were very adamant that I apply and give it a try. I did, and now I am!
I serve on a lot of boards, ADL, JNF, Jewish Colorado and am active in Interfaith clergy groups such as Together Colorado PICO. I am working on creating programs for Jews recovering from Addictions.
I also work with the GLBTQ Jewish community, volunteering with suicidal youth most transgender. I have been a prison chaplain as well. I’m also a Jewish meditation teacher.
I love hanging out with our grandkids and my nephew, I love all things Disney especially Winnie the Pooh.
I play the harp, I have a thimble collection, I love to crochet and I love yarn stores and fabric stores. I love to bake, love sushi, love to read and am in a book club.
The places you’ll see
I go on nature walks and all the beautiful places in Colorado.
My husband and I love to travel: England, Germany, France, Amsterdam, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico.
I love the California beaches where I grew up and where my childhood friends are and where my Mom and brother and his family is. I go to New York at least once a year for a culture fix - theatre, opera, Broadway and yummy kosher food.
Israel is my favorite place to go mostly because I love to laugh with my family there and that seems to be a thing we do a lot of.
Closer to home, Garden of the Gods, Sloane’s lake, Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, Seven Falls: Those are some of the favorite Colorado places,
Something people may not know
I wanted to be Geologist at one point, found the earth and her layers of life to be poetic, I still secretly want to be a geologist so I collect rocks and geodes and have since childhood. I also wanted to be a professional dancer but never took dance class and my body would never allow such a thing, so sometimes I just randomly leap and ballet dance through the house (it usually ends badly but I feel most myself when in dance mode).
Who has impacted my life
Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor who started the school on Logotherapy: Brilliant and helped me help others.
Amanda Rubenstein, as second grader in 1993 who talked me into becoming a rabbi, by saying that I would be 40 anyway, I could be 40 and still be a grade school teacher or I could be 40 and be a rabbi!
She inspired me at so many turns and this summer I stood as rabbi for her wedding to her wife!
Spock and Winnie the Pooh, Spock for his logic and honesty, Pooh for his joy and simplicity.
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