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Rebecca is a master educator with a passion for theater, Jewish culture and creativity. She approaches everything she teaches—intellectual, spiritual, or artistic—with a palpable sense of play. As one workshop participant put it, “She helped me write my first monologue and stand taller spiritually. Thanks to Rebecca, I feel more alive!”

Sought after at the university level, Rebecca has appeared as a teacher, guest lecturer and artist-in-residence at such institutions as University of Miami, London University, Academy for Jewish Religion, and Hebrew University. Students find her knowledge and spirit infectious; she turns her classroom into a place where imagination, critical inquiry, and laughter will thrive.

Rebecca is also a seasoned experiential educator for both children and adults. She has led workshops in a wide range of alternative education settings including Limmud UK, Beit Warsawa in Warsaw, and the Bronfman Center at NYU, as well as at synagogues across the US. In the summer of 2105, Rebecca served as artist in residence at the National Havurah Institute, leading participants in a week long devised theater intensive and performing Cities of Light for the community . She has also honed her skills as Judaic Studies teacher at the BZAEDS day school in Chicago, and the drama teacher at the Chicagoland Jewish High School. Today she proudly works as Experiential Jewish Educator for The ARK, Chicago’s oldest Jewish poverty relief organization.

Rebecca is also a passionate leadership and creativity consultant who unites theater techniques with Jewish teachings to help foster innovation and lasting organizational change. In this capacity, she has been invited to present at the 2016 URJ Biennial, at JUF Chicago’s local leadership training seminars, and at synagogues across the Northeast, working with clergy to improve their communication skills and capacity to enact organizational change.

Prestigious awards include a Wexner Foundation collaboration grant for the development of Ringing True, a Theatre Communications Group ITI grant for research and performances in Warsaw, a Confidence Foundation grant for research in Israel, and a European Association for Jewish Culture grant for performances in Paris.

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“A tremendously inspiring and talented teaching artist!”

—Clive Lawton, Co-Founder, Limmud International

“I recommend Rebecca highly—as a performer and educator—to all quality Jewish institutions.”

—Rabbi Elka B. Abrahamson, President, The Wexner Foundation

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