about me

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.

At home, I enjoy spending time with my husband, talented web developer and maker of delicious Indian food, and our two funny cats, Miju and Peeps.

Comments

  1. Stanley Grossberg says:

    The further I surf your turf the more I discover what a complex and fascinating person you are. My Joe is a lucky man.

  2. Huh; I’m a native Texan too, and I also miss Tex-Mex terribly, as well as my family — though, as you say, not the oppressive humidity. (Or a few other things.) Also you’re an RWB student fellow, kol hakavod! Surely our paths will cross at RWB, if not in Massachusetts sometime. :-)

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