Rodef Shalom Hires Program Coordinator & Executive Assistant to Rabbi Sharyn Henry

(Feb. 26, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA) -- Rodef Shalom Congregation recently announced the hiring of Olivia Tucker in the dual role of Program Coordinator & Executive Assistant to Rabbi Sharyn Henry.

Tucker’s excitement for developing engaging, meaningful, and imaginative events has already led to collaborations with established Rodef Shalom committees (Prayer, Practice, & Learning, Social Action & Social Justice) and partner congregations, Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha, and Dor Hadash. As Executive Assistant to Rabbi Henry, they seek to facilitate communication with the Rabbinic Office, and support leadership in energizing worship and advocacy. 

Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, Tucker has been a regular member of the Pittsburgh Moishe House, where they developed themed Shabbats and Lunch & Learn events  focused on topics including mystical creatures in rabbinic lore and Talmudic demonology. They are a founding member of a weekly LGBTQ+ focused Torah Study, a group which this past August ventured to the Wisconsin Dels for a week of SVARA: Queer Talmud Camp. Their Jewish Studies undergraduate capstone, “Transgender and Non-Binary Jews: Contemporary Ritual Developments and Locations within Classical Texts,” is an encompassing primer for inclusion and education. 

“We are very excited to welcome Olivia to the Rodef Shalom Congregation family,” said Murray Klein Executive Director Barry Weisband. “Their exceptional familiarity of Jewish tradition will undoubtedly translate to new and exciting programming for the entire congregation and the Greater Pittsburgh community.”

A lifelong Jewish Pittsburgher, Tucker grew up in the Reform movement’s North American Federation of Temple Youth group events and led classes as a Hebrew & Sunday school teacher with Temple Sinai. In their off-hours, they are an avid bicycler, fantasy comic book reader, and audio drama podcast listener. They would like to leave you with the words of Rabbi Tarfon, “It is not incumbent upon you to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”

Rodef Shalom Congregation has been a beacon in the Reform Jewish community for more than 150 years. From the middle of the 19th century onward, our congregation has pushed for the modernization of Jewish thought and practice. We are a congregation made up of individuals and families; we are multi-generational, multi-cultural, interfaith and we’re saving a space for you too. Regardless of backgrounds, ours is a community that is socially engaged, spiritually mindful, and committed to ensuring the vitality of Jewish life across generations.

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Director of Communications and Marketing

Rodef Shalom Congregation

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