Rabbi Rachel Gross-Prinz
Temple Emanu-El welcomes Rachel Gross-Prinz as our new assistant rabbi, starting on July 1. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Rachel attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where she studied sociology of religion and American Jewish literature. She was active in Jewish student life and started a multi-faith student council. After graduating, she served as Program Officer at the Jewish Outreach Institute and then joined the national staff of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps.
Rachel went on to attend rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, during which time she taught, learned, prayed and laughed as rabbinic intern at Isaac M. Wise Temple and Temple Sholom in Cincinnati, as well as a variety of smaller pulpits throughout the Midwest. She completed a Masters in Religious Education at HUC-JIR in 2016, and wrote her rabbinic thesis about mindfulness meditation in the Reform Jewish context. She also was selected for the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship.
In her free time Rachel enjoys running, and dancing with her children, Ami, Pele, Lior and Ziv in the kitchen. Her husband, Noam, is an urban planner. The whole family is excited to become a part of the Emanu El community!