Abby is an independent Jewish educator and lifecycle officiant with over 20 years of experience in Jewish education. Abby and her talented team of educators, work with curious learners of all ages and stages to help learners expand their knowledge of all things Jewish while deepening their connection to Jewish text, history, and practice in ways that are uniquely meaningful to each of them. A key component of Abby’s work includes officiating at lifecycle events, such as b-mitzvah, weddings, and memorial services. Each ceremony is crafted to reflect each individual’s unique approach to Judaism and Jewish heritage.
Prior to founding her own independent teaching and officiation practice, Abby taught middle school Tanakh (Bible) and Mishna (Rabbinics) at Schechter Bergen County, and also served in various programmatic roles in Jewish education. Abby has taught adults at the 92Y, Limmud NY, and most recently online at MyJewishLearning.
Abby is particularly passionate about facilitating unique, text-based Jewish learning experiences for adults. She creates and teaches individualized curricula for Jewish communal professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of Jewish content and the Jewish experience in connection to their growth as Jewish communal leaders, and serves as a Judaic Coach for the Wexner Field Fellowship.
Abby believes in Learning Judaism. She recognizes and deeply appreciates that in the 21st century, we approach Jewish text and tradition with our unique narrative and sets of choices. Jewish learning is perhaps, for many of us, the deepest and most authentic way to connect in the post-modern era. It is, in fact, our core Jewish practice, through which we place the highest possible value on learning, growth, openness and curiosity, in a Jewish context and beyond.
Abby’s clients, colleagues and students describe her as passionate, knowledgeable, creative, empathetic, and deeply committed to each individual’s learning journey.
With the combination of a traditional Jewish background, including a Jewish day school education; academic training in Judaic studies; and a contemporary approach to Jewish life, Abby is poised to support a highly diverse group of learners. Abby earned a BA in history from Stern College, Yeshiva University, and an MA in Judaic studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary. As a lifelong Jewish learner, Abby deepens her own knowledge of biblical and rabbinic text, Jewish philosophy, and Jewish history. She is working toward private rabbinic ordination, and anticipates the completion of the process in Summer 2021.