Temple Shalom welcomes our Student Rabbi for 5779 (2018 – 2019), Megan Brumer.
Student Rabbi Brumer writes:
I was born and raised in Bellevue where I was a student at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle though 8th grade and was very involved in Temple B’nai Torah. My family attended Friday evening services almost every Shabbat, and as a teen I became involved and held many positions in the synagogue’s youth group, BTY and in NFTY-NW.
I gained A BA degree in June, 2016 from the University of Washington majoring in Judaic Studies. During my junior year I spent the fall semester studying at Tel Aviv University, and then at Hebrew University as a Nachshon Project fellow during the spring semester.
I love to lead songs and worked as the head song leader at a Sunday School throughout college. I have grown up going to URJ Camp Kalsman, including being on staff for five summers, first as a song leader, and eventually as a unit head.
For my gap year between undergraduate and graduate school, I attended Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem for their year program. I just finished a year in Israel for the HUC Rabbinical Education program and am looking forward to continuing studying in Los Angeles. This coming summer I will be working at the new URJ 6 Points Sci Tech West as the Jewish Life Coordinator.
During my spare time I love playing volleyball, reading a good book, or watching TV.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR STUDENT RABBI
From the Bima – Comments from our Student Rabbi, Megan Brumer:
This summer I worked as the Director of Jewish Life at URJ Six Points Sci Tech West. Sci Tech is one of URJ’s specialty camps and this past summer was our inaugural summer.
I believe that summer camp, especially Jewish overnight summer camp, is a place where campers and staff can find who they are both as humans and as Jews. Finding this Jewish identity is not always an easy task but being immersed in a fully Jewish environment surrounded by those on the same journey as you allow people to find how they connect to Judaism. Once someone starts to create this Jewish identity at summer camp, it can guide them on their Jewish path through life.
Each person is unique; everyone is created B’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. Because of this there is no right way to connect to Judaism. It can be through music, prayer, art, nature, or for many of Sci Tech’s campers and staff, science. URJ Sci Tech West, and specialty camps in general, allow campers and staff to connect to Judaism through something they are passionate about.
Camp has been the way that I have been able to find my Jewish identity and it led me to the path of the rabbinate and I hope it can do the same for everyone who goes through its gates.