Rabbi Idit Jacques
Jewish Federation of Columbus

Rabbi Idit JacquesWhen I was in my mid-twenties, I was contemplating a career change to become a Jewish professional.  The process I needed was to explore myself, explore Judaism, and explore my place in the Jewish community.  Livnot was an important part of making that possible.  During that experience I was able to immerse myself in a Jewish world that was not exclusive of a social, work, or even the day to day life.  We worked, we hiked, we lived, we learned.  I was able to see how being Jewish could be integrated into all facets of my life.

What was also helpful to me was experiencing the various staff and teachers.  Since I was not only interested in exploring my personal Jewish life, but my professional Jewish life, the Livnot personnel were models for me in many ways.  While there were many factors that contributed to career choices, Livnot stands out for not just being an influential experience, but also a model I have always kept close in mind about how to be a rabbi and an educator.

Hope that helps.

Chagg Sameach,
Rabbi Idit Jacques
Reform
Vice President Education & Identity
Jewish Federation of Columbus
Columbus, OH
http://jedicolumbus.org/

Originally published in the booklet Livnot Chevre-Rabbis, 2009