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Our Student Rabbi

My name is Julia Berg and I am a 3rd year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR.  I love sharing Jewish media and facilitating Torah study for all ages because I believe that everyone has an interesting perspective to share as we attempt to understand what the Torah is trying to tell us. Before pursuing rabbinical school, I attended the University of Michigan, where I studied environmental science and Judaic studies. I am originally from Los Angeles and I am happy to be back here, seeing a new side of the city.  In my free time I enjoy running, baking, doing pottery, and reading.  

During my first year of rabbinical school, I lived in Jerusalem where I had the opportunity to volunteer with folks who were leaving ultra-orthodox communities and trying to integrate into Israeli society. Last year I served as the student intern at Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson, Arizona, where I started to develop my love of facilitating Torah study.  For the past few summers, I have worked at URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy (East), one of my favorite places in the world! As the Director of Jewish Life, I had the opportunity to work with kids and staff of all ages to produce fun and meaningful Jewish programming. I am very excited to be serving as the student rabbi at Congregation Bamidbar this year.  Although it is a very different congregational experience online, I look forward to continuing to build relationships with you all in the coming months!