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 fourth-year (of six) rabbinical student at Hebrew College. I am currently the rabbinic intern at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, in Jamaica Plain, Mass., as well as the community organizer at Temple Israel, in Boston. I also read Torah on Shabbat at Temple Emeth, in Chestnut Hill.
Last summer I trained to be a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in New York City; the previous summer I was a fellow with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Last year I was a part of the American Jewish World Service’s Global Justice Fellowship for Rabbinical and Graduate Students. The year before, I was a rabbinical student fellow with Rabbis Without Borders, and I co-led an interfaith CIRCLE program (with a student from Andover Newton Theological Seminary) that studied parts of our sacred texts that are abusive to women.
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. I participated in the Jeremiah Fellowship at Jews United for Justice, later volunteering for many of its local campaigns. 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 niece and my nephews; I hate mayonnaise and kimchi and shopping.
I live in Jamaica Plain with a small black-and-white cat named Peeps.