I went to college then to graduate work in creative writing, after which I taught at the University of Massachusetts for 10 years. During this time I became immersed in Jewish study. I taught Hebrew school and tutored children for their bar and bat mitzvah; I wrote liturgy for a healing service and a women’s service at my temple; and working with the clergy, I recreated the entire High Holy Days Machzor (prayer book) – from Slichot through the afternoon of Yom Kippur (the Days of Awe).
These years of study, at Hebrew College and other places, and inward journeying led to the rabbinate. However, because I am in an interfaith marriage, no traditional seminary would consider my application.
In January 2012, I was ordained through the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute, under the guidance of its founder, Rabbi Steve Blane. Now I lead weekly services and monthly Shabbat morning services at the online synagogue Sim Shalom. The journey has been long, the path winding with cutbacks and high hills, but now I am able to help others find their own path.