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.
Prior to founding her own independent teaching 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 and Limmud NY. She currently teaches adults converting to Judaism at the Center for Conversion to Judaism and also teaches a Torah portion class online at MyJewishLearning.
Abby is particularly passionate about facilitating unique, text-based Jewish learning experiences for adults who may be new to Jewish study but wish to rigorously explore Judaism on an advanced level. She creates and teaches individualized curricula for Jewish communal professionals who are working to deepen their knowledge of Jewish content in connection to their growth as Jewish communal leaders. She serves on faculty for the Wexner Field Fellowship where she also consults with fellows to guide them in determining the best possible Jewish learning plan for their 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 thought and Jewish history. Abby loves the outdoors and when she is not learning or teaching, she hikes as often as possible.