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.
I am a student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School, in the second of a six-year program. When I’m not studying (rarely), I work as a Hebrew and Judaics teacher at Congregation B’nai Brith in Somerville; I am a rabbinical student fellow with Rabbis Without Borders; and I co-lead an interfaith CIRCLE program (with a student from Andover Newton Theological Seminary) that studies parts of our sacred texts that are abusive to women. This summer I’ll be a fellow with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights in New York City.
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.
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.