Prior to becoming a rabbi, Esther worked for several years in the non-profit world. She held positions with the Israel Policy Forum and directed a project on Middle East peace education for the Union for
Reform Judaism. Prior to that, she was the National Director of Habonim Dror North America. She received her BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in 1996.
Esther is very involved in the wider Jewish community, at both the national and local levels. She sits on the national Board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, chairs the Advisory council of Avodah in Washington, and serves on the national board of Ameinu, a national, progressive Zionist organization. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, she now makes her home in Virginia with her husband and two children.