About Author Jessica Minnen

Jessica Minnen is originally from Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from the International Baccalaureate program in 2000, and received a fellowship to Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated with honors in 2004 with a BA in English and Gender Studies. In 2005, she traveled to Israel to spend a year learning at Pardes, and spent the following year at the Paideia Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2009, Jess graduated from Baltimore Hebrew University having completed her MA in Jewish Education and MA coursework in Jewish and Near Eastern Studies. While in Baltimore, Jess taught at Beth El Congregation, Krieger Schechter Day School, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and Baltimore Hebrew University’s continuing education program.

During her first year of Rabbinical School, Jess completed her first half-marathon, volunteered with the Jewish Addiction and Counseling Service, and led weekly Shabbat services at Atria Forest Hills, a senior living center in Queens. Over the summer, she spent six weeks as a Program Director for the American Jewish Society for Service, was commissioned as an officer in the US Army as part of the military chaplaincy training program, and led services at Beth El in Baltimore for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Jess is incredibly excited to be spending this year living and learning in Israel. In addition to her studies at Schechter, she will be teaching a weekly course for Noam Drachim, the British Masorti movement’s Israel year program.


One Response to “About Author Jessica Minnen”


  1. A D’var Tefillah on Zombies, Elul, and Psalms 27 by Jessica Minnen « The Open Siddur Project - September 19, 2011

    […] 14 Wait on the LORD; Be strong, and let thy heart take courage; Yea, wait thou for the LORD. Jessica Minnen is an auror a rabbinical student at Hogwarts the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. […]

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