Abby is an independent Jewish educator and lifecycle officiant with over 20 years of experience in Jewish education. Abby, along with her growing team of educators, work with curious learners of all ages and stages to help them expand their knowledge of all things Jewish while deepening their connection to Jewish text, history, and practice in ways that are uniquely meaningful for each of them. A key component of Abby’s work includes officiating at lifecycle events, such as b-mitzvah and weddings, that are 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 and Limmud NY.
Abby is particularly passionate about facilitating unique, text-based Jewish learning experiences for adults. Abby 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. Abby serves as a Jewish Journey Coach for the Schusterman Fellowship Leadership Program and 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 interests and style.
With the combination of a traditional Jewish background, including a 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.