Rabbi Emily Yael Reitsma-Jurman was raised in Toronto, Canada and until young adulthood studied music and theatre. In 2010 she graduated from Toronto’s York University with a BA in Religious Studies, focusing on Jewish studies. It was university that Rabbi Emily began to work at her synagogue as a cantorial soloist, religion school teacher, youth advisor and bar and bat mitzvah tutor. She began rabbinical studies at Leo Baeck College, spending her first year with students of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.
During her student years, Rabbi Emily worked for EHRS as a part-time service leader and then as a rabbinic intern – leading services, assisting with the 20s and 30s programming, and teaching at our religion school. She also served many other communities, including Kingston Liberal Synagogue and Stevenage Liberal Synagogue.
Rabbi Emily says: ‘EHRS is an incredibly warm community, full of character and potential. We have a rich history and I believe a very bright future as well.’ As part-time rabbi with special remit for children, families and young adults, Rabbi Emily will be heavily involved in the lives of our younger members working to bring them more fully into our community.
When not at EHRS, Rabbi Emily spends her time reading comic books, watching science fiction classics, playing piano and guitar, and pursuing further study at the PhD level.