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Erica Asch


Participates in 1 Session

Rabbi Erica Asch has not followed a traditional path to becoming a rabbi. The daughter of a mixed marriage – her father is not Jewish – she grew up as one of a handful of Jewish kids in the Navy town of Coronado, California. Being part such a small minority intensified her sense of Jewish identity, which she cultivated further as a student at Oberlin College. After graduation, she joined Teach For America and taught high school math in the Mississippi Delta, where she discovered her life’s vocation — she realized that she wanted to spend her life teaching Judaism rather than algebra.

She enrolled at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and served pulpits in Greenville, Mississippi, and Ishpeming, Michigan (which has proven good winter training for her rabbinic life in Maine). She received her rabbinic ordination in 2008 and then took a position as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the first rabbi to do so directly out of rabbinical school. After three years with IAF, she served at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C. before moving to Augusta.

Rabbi Asch has served as the rabbi of Temple Beth El in Augusta since June of 2013. Rabbi Asch is active in the community and has most recently been working with the Capital Area New Mainers Project, a group of volunteers who welcomes immigrants and refugees to the Capital Area. She and the congregation have also worked with local school boards to better serve the needs of religious minorities in their schools. Rabbi Asch also works for Center for Small Town Jewish Life. She is on the Commission for Social Action of the Religious Action Center and the incoming President Elect for the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Rabbi Asch wants to encourage people to connect to community and Jewish tradition and to actively engage with Jewish texts and rituals. She sees herself not only as a teacher but a lifelong student of Judaism.

Rabbi Asch lives in Hallowell with her husband, Chris Myers Asch, and their children, Miriam, Robin, and Aaron.

Sessions in which Erica Asch participates

Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
4:00 PM
4:00 PM
You Got Served: When Size Doesn't Matter for Success
1 hour 30 minutes, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Loews Atlanta Hotel - Chastain


Erica Asch, Rabbi (Participant)

Jeremy Simons, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (Participant)

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