After spending much time and effort collaboratively designing a pilot program based on my own experience while in rabbinic school, I am thrilled to announce that Hannah Kapnik Ashar will be Bonai Shalom’s first ever rabbinic intern! Hannah will work closely with me and others in a variety of ritual, educational and pastoral roles, helping with coverage while I am away and supporting our programming and services when I am here. Hannah’s inaugural internship term will run through mid-May to coincide with the academic calendar.
Hannah Kapnik Ashar is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar, the Pardes Institute, Wellesley College, and Kevah Teacher Training. She is Faculty and Community Educator for the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. Hannah has collaboratively developed several Jewish learning initiatives, including the Tefilah Retreat, a weekend of Jewish spiritual practice for young adults; Come & Listen, a progressive Jewish podcast; and Girls In Trouble Curriculum, exploring creative interpretation of women’s stories in Torah. She also has worked as a birth doula and you might know her as Zivi’s Mom!
Hannah is excited for this opportunity along her path toward rabbinic ordination!
This is a very exciting development for Bonai Shalom. As we continue to celebrate the Festival of Lights, we are proud to welcome Hannah’s shining light to our community!