Home > Jewish News > 6-1-06 Rabbi Judith Siegal
...On May 7, 2006, Judith Lazarus Siegal became Rabbi Judith Lazarus Siegal at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at the 2006 Investiture and Ordination Services of HUC-JIR/New York, held at Central Synagogue of New York City.
Rabbi Judith Siegal
is pictured here with three of her
friends and mentors, Rabbi Peter Berg, Rabbi Robert Loewy of Gates of Prayer, and Rabbi Lawrence "Jake" Jackovsky of the Union for Reform Judaism
. Judith earned her B.A. and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Texas in Austin.She later served as assistant director at the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) Greene Family Camp in Texas, and the URJ Southwest Regional Office.
While at HUC-JIR
held rabbinical internships at the NYU Bronfman Center Hillel, the Woodlands Community Temple
in Ardsley, New York, and Chavurat Tikvah in Westchester, New York. Judith
, daughter of Betty and Harry Lazarus and older sister of Joey, Gary, and Rachel Lazarus, grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, attending Congregation Gates of Prayer, and spending her summers at the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp
is now married to Brian Siegal and has two children, "her proudest accomplishments," sons Benjamin Samuel and Joshua Reuben.
Mom, Betty, admits that "an attitude adjustment was in order for the rest of us when Judith
announced that she
was applying to rabbinical school," but as with Judith's other decisions, "she
thinks about it for a very long time, and is then quite final."
While Judith's career choice was not evident, her
self-confidence in making life choices was.For example, while speaking to a friend, Betty discovered that Judith
had decided to attend Jacobs Summer Camp.She
was a little surprised, and casually asked Judith
summer plans were.When she
intent to attend Jacobs Camp, Betty suggested that perhaps they should send in an application to save her
Rabbi Loewy is "always challenging us to do more, to reach higher," says Betty, and I think Judith
will share that trait.
...Rabbi Judith Lazarus Siegal is heading to Coral Gables, Florida, where she will serve for two years as the assistant Rabbi of Temple Judea.
Yasher Koach to Judith!We are all fortunate that she
has chosen to serve the chosen people.