Welcome to the Jewish Emergent Network
The Rabbinic Fellowship is a project of the Jewish Emergent Network, which is comprised of the leaders of seven path‐breaking Jewish communities from across the United States that have come together in the spirit of collaboration. These include: IKAR in Los Angeles, Kavana in Seattle, The Kitchen in San Francisco, Mishkan in Chicago, Sixth & I in Washington, D.C., and Lab/Shul and Romemu in New York.
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Jewish Emergent Network Announces First Cohort of Rabbinic Fellows
Seven innovative Jewish communities across the country launch fellowship with early career rabbis
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Los Angeles, CA, April 4, 2016 – The Jewish Emergent Network—a collaboration between seven path-breaking Jewish communities from across the United States—is thrilled to announce the hire of a dynamic and talented pilot cohort of rabbinic fellows for its inaugural collective project, the Rabbinic Fellowship.
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The term “Jewish emergent” was coined in 2005 by Synagogue 3000/S3K’s Shawn Landres, after a parallel Christian movement with a similar organizing philosophy, and analyzed in his 2006, 2008, and 2012 Sh’ma articles and elsewhere as a new movement of new rabbi-led congregational startups, lay-led independent minyanim, and other “para-shuls” and non-liturgical communities (see also Cohen, Landres, Kaunfer, and Shain, 2007). Landres and Joshua Avedon were the architects of S3K’s Meyerhoff Funds - and Nathan Cummings Foundation-funded Jewish Emergent Initiative (2006-2008). After 2008, Jewish Jumpstart/Jumpstart Labs, under Avedon and Landres, succeeded S3K in stewarding its work in the Jewish emergent field.
Meet The Fellows
Rabbi Jonathan Bubis
Rabbi Jonathan Bubis is the assistant rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, California. A graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University, he is a Jewish educator and performing artist with a passion for music, theater, and Jewish text. Additionally, Rabbi Bubis has a penchant for Jewish prayer and leading communities in participatory, spiritually uplifting prayer services. He spent three summers heading up the drama department at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin—and seven summers total on drama staff—where he directed Broadway musicals in Hebrew and created original pieces of Jewish theater. Rabbi Bubis also works as a Storahtelling Maven, a revived form of the ancient translator/interpreter of Jewish biblical text, making ancient stories and traditions accessible for new generations in the synagogue and in the classroom, advancing Judaic literacy and raising social consciousness. He, along with his wife Becca, are thrilled at the opportunity to join the Jewish Emergent Network. He will be a Rabbinic Fellow at The Kitchen.
Rabbi Joshua Buchin
Rabbi Joshua Buchin is a fifth year Rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, from which he will be ordained this May. He currently works as a Rabbinic Intern and Spiritual Counselor at Beit T'Shuvah, a Jewish residential treatment center in Culver City. For the last three years he has also served as the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA. As an educator, he has worked with a wide range of children and adults in diverse settings, helping people find meaning in the Jewish tradition and connection with one another. He has been involved with the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Yeshivat Hadar in New York, Wilderness Torah, Bend The Arc, Rabbis Without Borders, and AJWS. He is also the author of a children's book, Tefilat HaDerech: The Traveler's Prayer (EKS Publishing, 2012). He is joining the Jewish Emergent Network as a Rabbinic Fellow at Romemu.
Rabbi Kerry Chaplin
Ordained in 2015 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Kerry Chaplin has been serving college students and other university constituents for the past three years: first as the Rabbinic Intern at Hillel at UCLA and then as the Director of Jewish Life and Assistant Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar College. Relationship is at the core of Kerry's rabbinate and her inspiration to work towards justice and peace. Kerry's own relationship with Judaism and Jewishness is anchored in tradition and evolving towards intersectional spirituality, in which our greatest socio-political challenges inform our religious identities and practices, and help us to become more of who we are in the world. Through projects like Two Faiths One Prayer and Talmud + Yoga, Kerry encourages others to bring all of who they are to Torah and Torah to all the pieces of who they are. She received both a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Non-Profit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. A former rugby player, Kerry misses her nationally ranked #4 Santa Monica Women's Rugby team. She lives with her wife Julia, their cats Izzy and Louie, and their dog Charlie (Chaplin). She is joining the Jewish Emergent Network as a Rabbinic Fellow at Lab/Shul.
Rabbi Nate DeGroot
A sixth and final year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston and an east coast native, Rabbi Nate DeGroot brings a love of community, a curiosity of form, a devotion to justice-healing work, a propensity for celebration, and a passion for connecting with the sacred to all that he does. With a B.A. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, Nate has extensive experience in community building, experiential education, entrepreneurship, and organizational consulting to bolster his formal rabbinic learning. Currently serving as IKAR's Rabbinic Intern, Nate will further bring his passions and gifts to the IKAR community as their Rabbinic Fellow via the Jewish Emergent Network.
Rabbi Lauren Henderson
Lauren Henderson is finishing up rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a Master's in Midrash and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. Lauren grew up in a small but mighty Jewish community in Spartanburg, South Carolina as part of an interfaith family and went from there to Rice University in Houston, where she graduated cum laude in Religious Studies and History and was very involved with Houston Hillel. After a year at Pardes in Jerusalem, Lauren began her rabbinic studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles and then moved to New York to continue studying at JTS. She's taught Torah and led prayer in a wide variety of settings such as IKAR, the Pelham Jewish Center, and Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Cleveland, and also served as a chaplain with DOROT and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Last summer, Lauren worked with fifth and sixth graders at Camp Ramah in the Rockies as their Rosh Edah (unit head) and is proud to report that she survived a three-day backpacking trip with a group of eleven year olds. When she's not doing Jew-y things, Lauren loves running, baking, and having spontaneous dance parties. She is joining the Jewish Emergent Network as a Rabbinic Fellow at Mishkan and can't wait to rock out to all the davening tunes.
Rabbi Sydney Henning
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rabbi Sydney Henning attended New York University and the University of New Mexico, graduating with honors and a degree in Political Science and Journalism. Immediately after graduating, she spent three months in Israel studying at a Hebrew ulpan in Haifa and enjoying her first experience in the Jewish homeland. After returning to the United States, she became professionally involved in national politics and, shortly thereafter, became a labor union organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In 2006, she decided that she would like to continue community organizing, but within a Jewish context. She moved to New York in February of that year to become the Director of National Initiatives for Birthright Israel NEXT, where she worked with unaffiliated young adults who were looking to deepen their connection to their Jewish roots. The experience she had with these young adults through Birthright Israel eventually inspired her to apply to rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. During her time at HUC, Sydney interned at variety of synagogues and Jewish organizations across the United States, from Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, to Congregation Albert in New Mexico and Hillel at UCLA in California. As a student, Sydney was the recipient of the coveted Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship. Ordained in May of 2013, Sydney joined Isaac M. Wise, where she has served as the Assistant Rabbi for the past three years. Sydney currently lives in Cincinnati with her very-soon-to-be-husband, Benjamin Danziger, and her golden retriever. She is joining the Jewish Emergent Network as a Rabbinic Fellow at Kavana.
Rabbi Suzy Stone
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Rabbi Suzy Stone graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in History in 2002. After graduating she worked as a community organizer, teacher and coach in Boston and Phoenix. Inspired by her experience in the Boston Jewish community, she decided to pursue rabbinical school as a way to combine her passion for Tikkun Olam (healing the world) and Tikkun HaNefesh (healing oneself). She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in May 2012 and is a proud alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. As a newly ordained rabbi, Rabbi Stone began her career at Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara, CA. She has served their Associate Rabbi for the last four years, during which time she focused on establishing strong adult education classes, new social justice initiatives, and teen engagement. In her free time she loves playing softball, cycling, and exploring new music and restaurants. She is joining the Jewish Emergent Network as a Rabbinic Fellow at Sixth & I.