The T’ruah Rabbinical and Cantorial Student Summer Fellowship in Human Rights offers a select cohort of rabbinical/cantorial students an eight week experience working in a human rights/social justice organization in New York, learning about human rights in Jewish text and tradition, and gaining the skills to be human rights leaders in your own communities. Learn more about the program and how to apply.
Talia is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School, where she is also pursuing a Masters of Jewish Education and anticipates graduating in 2020. Talia grew up in the great city of Philadelphia before moving to Maryland to study economics and public policy at University of Maryland. After school, she moved to Chicago to participate in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. In AVODAH, Talia worked to organize clergy around workers’ rights, and in particular, an increase to the Illinois state minimum wage. Before rabbinical school, Talia was living in Seattle enjoying all of the natural beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer and working at the Hillel at University of Washington. There, she ran Hillel’s social justice and undergrad programming. When she is not working or in school, you can find her watching or playing football (Go Eagles), hiking, cooking, and exploring new cities.
Nora is a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, expecting to graduate in 2020. She received her B.A., as a religion major, from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Before rabbinical school, Nora was an Americorps member with City Year, managed a farm in Newtown, PA, was an Adamah Fellow at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, and worked as an outdoor educator with the TEVA Learning Alliance. She has previously worked as the rabbinic intern at Georgetown University and currently works as the admissions intern for RRC and as the rabbinic advisor for Bryn Mawr College Hillel. She is a fan of sloths, cooking, music, comedy, and art.
Sarah Berman is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, expecting to graduate in 2020. She comes to rabbinical studies after a career in the arts. For more than a decade, Sarah researched the broad permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, specializing in provenance (the history of ownership and meaning of a work of art). She also curated the permanent collections of Ancient Mediterranean and Islamic Art, planning installations, acquiring new objects, and speaking and writing for wide audiences. While in Seattle, she also developed and taught courses for children, teens, and adults in Jewish communal settings. Sarah earned her MA and BA in archaeology and art from Brown University. She was a 2015-16 T’ruah Israel Fellow, and is the recipient of the Liesl Blockstein scholarship (Temple Beth El, Madison, WI) and the Seymour Siegel Scholarship (fellowship of the UJA-Federation of New York). She is also proud to serve as a Tisch fellow at HUC-JIR, starting in fall 2017.
Daniel is a student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, expecting to be ordained in 2019, and a resident of the vibrant community in Washington Heights, Manhattan. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program at Yeshiva University, with majors in Psychology and Medieval Jewish Studies, where he also served as Managing Editor and Senior Opinions Editor of The Commentator, YU’s newspaper, and was awarded the prestigious Kressel Fellowship for on-campus research in Social Psychology. He is a member of Uri L’tzedek, engaging in social justice activism and teaching. Daniel completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and led holiday services at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. He is excited for learning about ways to integrate social justice activism into his future rabbinate.
Atara Cohen is a student at Yeshivat Maharat, expecting to be ordained in 2020, who hopes to inspire her future congregants to connect Torah with social justice work. She graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Religion and a Certificate in Judaic Studies. Through her undergraduate studies, she focused on the impact of text on religious experience. Outside of her academic work, Atara was involved with the interfaith community on campus as a member of a Muslim-Jewish dialogue group, the interfaith council, and as the leader of an interfaith project for the homeless. She was also active in the Orthodox and pluralistic Hillel communities on campus; she taught many shiurim on topics ranging from the weekly Torah portion to eschatology, was a participant in the Princeton Yeshiva Fellowship, served as education chair of the Orthodox community, and organized a Yiddish language table at the Center for Jewish Life. Atara has studied Torah in a variety of settings, including Midreshet Nishmat, Yeshivat Hadar, and the Drisha Institute. She is an avid knitter, an occasional painter, and an accomplished vegetarian. (Photo credit: Shulamit Seidler-Feller)
Ben Goldberg is a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he is also earning an MA in Midrash, and will be ordained in 2018. During the 2016-7 school year, Ben was Rabbinic Intern at Rutgers University Hillel and also at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains, NJ. During previous rabbinical school summers, Ben completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lankenau Medical Center, interned at Hillel International, and directed Hebrew-language musicals (in one week each!) at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Ben graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in History and Jewish Studies.