Dear Hillel UW & Jconnect community,
I’m writing to let you know the bittersweet news that my family and I will be moving back to the Bay Area this summer to be closer to my aging parents. I had been looking forward to many more years of the same enriching Jewish learning, celebrations, and community building that have filled my time at Hillel UW and Jconnect with so much joy and satisfaction. But it has recently become clear that my parents’ age and health concerns require us to be much closer to them. So, sadly, I will be wrapping up my work here during the first week in June, after my scheduled programs have concluded. I am fortunate to be moving into a great position as Senior Program Officer at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I will focus on grants and community initiatives to drive impact for the Federation, with a focus on Diversity/Equity/Inclusion and building the resilience of the Jewish ecosystem. The creative work I’ve been privileged to do in Seattle has prepared me well for this innovative role.
Hillel UW is a strong organization with excellent leadership and I know it will continue to thrive. It has been an absolutely wonderful place for me to serve, and working with Amee, the staff, and all of you has been an unmitigated delight. I love this work, and my time here has confirmed for me the joy of being a rabbi for students and young adults. While I am sad to not be a part of the continued flourishing of the organization and the specific projects I’ve worked on — and especially sad not to walk with my students and Jconnectors through more years of college and young adult growth and discovery — I am proud of the work I’ve done while I’ve been here, and I will cherish the connections we made.
I am delighted that the person taking the reins is my colleague Rabbi Lauren Kurland, who I know will step into the role with immense skill and care. You are in very good hands!
I look forward to filling out my remaining time at Hillel UW & Jconnect with more wonderful experiences and memories, and there is plenty on the calendar already, so come around! And I look forward to continuing to be in touch beyond my last day about Torah, the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, life updates and transitions, or just warm greetings. (I will share a forwarding email address when the time gets closer.) Seattle, Hillel UW & Jconnect, and all of you will always have a place in my heart.
In the words of the rabbis of the Talmud when they would depart each other on leaving the study hall: “may your hope be sustained for many generations; […] may your heart meditate understanding; […] may your eyes shine in the light of Torah.” (Berakhot 17a)
Thank you for everything,