Please meet Rabbi Beth Kramer-Mazer, Director of Congregational Learning!
A lifelong Reform Jew with pluralistic leanings, Rabbi Beth grew up in an engaged Jewish household in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Beginning at a young age, she was immersed in lively and dynamic Jewish communities, ranging from her creative synagogue, Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley, Jewish summer camp, NFTY (Reform youth group) and multiple Israel trips.
Beth earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, with concentrations in religion and psychology, and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Interdepartmental Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Since 1996, Rabbi Beth has worked full-time in the amazing arena of Jewish education, with sixteen of these years served in Rockland County, New York. Rabbi Beth has received several awards and recognitions for her excellence in leadership and innovations in Jewish education. She has served on various boards and is a member of the Association for Reform Jewish Educators and the Early Childhood Educators Association of Reform Judaism. Beth is an alumna of the Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators, and is a Fellow in the acclaimed Rabbis Without Borders program.
Beth was ordained as a Rabbi in May, 2016 at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a sixty year old pluralistic seminary in New York. Among other areas, she has engaged deeply in training in pastoral counseling, the Jewish life cycle, leadership of worship services and events and hospital chaplaincy. Beth is thrilled to serve the Jewish community as both an emerging rabbi and experienced educator, blending passions and skills from both arenas.
Rabbi Beth resides in New City, New York with her husband, Ross Mazer and their two teenaged daughters, Shoshana and Jordana. When not working or studying, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her Hebrew-named cats, bustling around the kitchen and entertaining.