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Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman is a communal Jewish educator in the Chicago area. She has taught in a variety of Jewish educational settings, including the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for seven years, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicagoland Jewish High School, Chicago Jewish Day School and a variety of freelance workshops. She currently serves as the Education Vice President at her partnership minyan, where she coordinates all educational programming, and she recently finished her tenure as president of her minyan.
Rebecca received a B.A. in Jewish Studies from Princeton University, a M.Ed. from DePaul University, and a M.A. from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago with a focus on Modern Jewish Thought and the philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig. Upon graduation from college, Rebecca spent a year as a community organizer on the west side of Chicago while also leading Jewish environmental backpacking trips, which combined her passion for social action and her love of Jewish teaching. She lives in Skokie with her husband and her three children.
Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning
Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning is a center for pluralistic, multidisciplinary and integrated Jewish study and practice taught through reflective manner. Orot believes that Jewish wisdom can help all Jews answer the deepest questions of life and inspire them to find their own unique Jewish voices in the service of bettering their communities and the world. Orot aims to provide the Chicago area with a new model for Jewish engagement: it is a dynamic, open, and integrative center that can bring people together from across a wide spectrum of (non-)affiliation through a shared commitment to transformative study. Orot offers multiple entry points into our tradition and interweaves traditional text study – Talmud, Tanach, Midrash, Hasidut, philosophy – with other modalities, such as meditation, music, creative writing, visual arts, and movement.
The state of Jewish communal learning today matches the vision for Orot: a center for new Jewish learning which prizes experimentation and innovation at a time when it is urgently needed to meet the demands of contemporary Jewish life.