Beginning in October, Student Rabbi Amy Loewenthal will be providing spiritual and educational leadership to OrH.
is in her
final year of studies at the RRC
and will be ordained in June 2012.
"I'm looking forward to a busy final year at RRC
said, "and especially to serving Or Haneshamah during my monthly visits.
loves to lead davenning and has been called "that rabbi who rocks out" and a leader who "prays with her
Student rabbis who work with OrH visit on the first weekend of each month, and have a busy schedule.
They meet on Friday night with the OrH B'nai Mitzvah group, lead Shabbat services, teach Adult Education sessions on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and usually squeeze in time for pastoral visits, as well.
grew up in New York City, attended University and enjoyed a "first career" teaching Math and Science in High School and College
She then became a Jewish educator and service leader.
She served at the Reconstructionist affiliate Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, Washington and at Chavurah B' Yachad in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Amy also studied Music at Centralia College and is a member of the Women Cantors Network.
Amy then began her rabbinical studies at the RRC in Philadelphia, all the while experiencing different facets of Jewish life, including receiving training in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Jefferson Hospital and working as a chaplain.
required academic year in Israel turned into two full years of study in University and Yeshiva
, designing a prayer service is like planning a lesson, because it involves imagining the experience that she
wants the community to have, choosing and arranging elements within a framework, and mindfully considering modes of transmission, including active communal participation, that bring the experience of tefilah to life.
?Through contacts with Christian, Jewish and Muslim interfaith groups, Amy
has developed an interest in interfaith work and inter-religious text study.
is interested in commonalities and differences between faiths, and has recently been learning about Musawa, a movement with a feminist, almost Reconstructionist approach to Islam.