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, about to start the fourth of a six-year program. This summer I am training to be a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Beginning in the fall, I will be the rabbinic intern at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, as well as the community organizer and social justice project coordinator at Temple Israel. I also read Torah on Shabbat at Temple Emeth.
Last summer I was a fellow with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights in New York City. 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, in Boston, with a small back-and-white cat named Peeps.