SALEM RACHEL PEARCE
A native Texan, I dearly miss Tex-Mex and my family but not the oppressive humidity of Houston. My feelings about Austin, where I received a degree in Classics from the University of Texas, are more nuanced.
For seven years in D.C., I raised money for many nonprofits, local and national. I volunteered for and served on the board of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. My local Jewish community consisted of the Washington DCJCC, the ADL, Jews United for Justice, and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, where I was married. During the high holidays in 2011, I decided to seriously pursue my dream of becoming a rabbi.
In June, I moved to Boston and began my studies at Hebrew College Rabbinical School.
I love grammar, NPR, napping, giving career advice, writing letters, and my nephew; I hate mayonnaise, shopping, and taking the stairs. I try to sweat once a day, usually before dawn, by running or doing Bikram yoga.