about me

I serve as Director of Organizing at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. In May I was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston, Mass. I have worked as rabbinic intern at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, in Jamaica Plain; as rabbinic intern at Synagogue Council of Massachusetts; and as community organizer at Temple Israel.

I trained to be a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and I have participated in the American Jewish World Service’s Global Justice Fellowship for Rabbinical and Graduate Students; in T’ruah’s Summer Fellowship in Human Rights Leadership; and in a rabbinical student fellowship with Rabbis Without Borders.

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 nieces and nephews; I hate mayonnaise and kimchi and shopping.

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 now live in galut (in this case, Brooklyn).


  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. 🙂

  3. Dan Pearce says:

    Interesting – I too am a Pearce (Daniel) – and am finally indulging a long-time interest in Melchizedek and Salem by doing a little research – and am a Houstonian (Kingwood) and STILL enjoy Tex-Mex. And so my research brings me to your writings, which reflect an open, curious mind. We must be related!

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