Describe yourself in 3 words: Straightforward, funny, thoughtful.
Describe TI in 3 words: Inclusive, progressive, intelligent.
What do you value about the TI community?
Its tremendous accessibility to a diverse populace, regardless of faith tradition, sexual orientation, race, political leaning, family structure, or socio-economic situation. I am proud to be a member of a community which doesn’t just “talk the talk” but “walks the walk.”
Describe your involvement in TI.
My husband (who was raised Catholic) and I joined TI in 1997 after taking a fantastic Interfaith Marriage class from Rabbi Ruth Alpers. Although we were married in our native New York, both of our sons had their namings and became Bar Mitzvahs at Temple Israel – they both also attended what used to be called “Tiny Tiny Tot Shabbat” there. We have been around long enough to witness a few changings-of-the-guard of the religious school leadership and several clergy comings and goings, as well as Qabbalat Shabbat in the Atrium and the transformation of the Levy Auditorium. Perhaps most importantly for our family: we had the great fortune to be part of the amazing family trip to Israel in 2010 led by Rabbi Zecher and Uri Feinberg.
What’s your focus outside of synagogue life?
Family, expanding my own horizons (travel, reading, the arts, following my curiosity wherever it leads), friends.