The Rabbi Sally J. Priesand WRJ Award was presented to Natalie Shribman, an ordinand of the Cincinnati Rabbinical Class of 2020, at Consecration Ceremonies last night. The award was established in 2018 to honor the 45th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Priesand, and is given annually to a graduating woman from the HUC-JIR/Cincinnati campus. Each year, the student is chosen for exemplifying the mission of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and embodying the qualities that Rabbi Priesand has exhibited throughout her career, including her clarity of vision, her commitment to excellence, her professionalism, her dedication to the continuity of Reform Judaism, her passion, and her perseverance.
Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, shared “WRJ is proud to honor such a deserving recipient who embodies both WRJ’s values and the qualities that Rabbi Priesand has exhibited throughout her career. In trying times such as these, we are excited that the Reform Movement has emerging leaders such as Natalie, and we are excited to follow her career into the future.”
Natalie Louise Shribman grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and earned a degree in religious studies. Since beginning her studies at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, she has served congregations in Columbus, Indiana, Marion, Ohio, and Jefferson City, Missouri. Currently, she is the student rabbinical intern at Temple Beth El in Augusta, Maine under the auspices of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life in Maine. She teaches an adult Hebrew class at Wise Temple and helps out at a church youth group in the Cincinnati area. Natalie has served as both the camp director and coordinator of the Kids4Peace Cincinnati chapter, a camp that brings together Jewish, Christian, and Muslim students to participate in interfaith dialogue. For many summers now, Natalie has worked at Camp Tanamakoon in Ontario, Canada, as a canoe tripper, counselor, and athletic director.
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), founded in 1913, is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. WRJ represents tens of thousands of women in hundreds of women’s groups, strengthening the voice of women worldwide and empowering them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.