Current students, alumni, and faculty of the School of Education and of the Jack H. Skirball Campus welcomed Rabbi Nicki Greninger, MARE '08, Director of Education at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA as the alumna in residence on October 29-30. During her time on campus, Rabbi Greninger participated in classes as both a guest teacher and as a participant.
Rabbi Greninger, along with fifth-year rabbinical student Eric Rosenstein, MAJE '16, led the campus community in prayer. Sadly, Rabbi Greninger’s visit followed immediately after the tragic murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Rabbi Greninger modeled true leadership and spiritual guidance as she pivoted in response to the needs of the community in the moment. Her d’var Torah offered much needed words of comfort and strength.
During a Lunch and Learn program, Rabbi Greninger led a discussion on how she has put relationships at the center of her professional work, drawing upon Dr. Ron Wolfson's philosophy of Relational Judaism and Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg’s work in Nonviolent Communication. She graciously shared lessons learned, acknowledged mistakes she has made over the years, and how those have helped her become a better educator, rabbi, and Jew.
The Dr. Michael Zeldin Alumni-in-Residence program was endowed through the generous efforts of alumni and friends of the School of Education. The Dr. Michael Zeldin Alumni-in-Residence Program honors Dr. Zeldin by bringing learning from the field directly into HUC-JIR’s education programs, recognizing alumni who are doing exceptional work, and inspiring students for generations to come. If you’d like to make a gift to the Dr. Michael Zeldin Alumni-in-Residence Program Endowment, please click here.