Rabbi Susan Averbach
Rabbi Susan Averbach grew up Conservadox but 'left the fold' when she went away to attend college. Many years later, after attending her cousin's intercultural wedding officiated by Rabbi Sherwin Wine, (what - an atheist rabbi?) she was introduced to humanistic Judaism and ended up being trained as a leader (madrikha) within this movement. After years of officiating at life-cycle events, she chose to focus on Jewish studies. She is completing requirements for her Master's degree from Gratz College and was ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in November, 2014. One of her goals as a rabbi is to work toward integrating Buddhist practice with humanistic Judaism.