Eliana Fischel is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She grew up in Scarsdale, NY and, starting at age 7, spent her summers at URJ Eisner Camp. She found her Jewish identity there and always finds her way back: she has worked at Eisner for the past seven years, most recently as the Summer Assistant Director.
Eliana graduated from Connecticut College in 2011, where she earned degrees in Psychology and Dance, as well as a Certificate in Public Policy and Community Action. After college, Eliana lived in Jackson, WY where she worked as a cottage parent for a special education residential facility. She was also the lead Bet Sefer teacher, as well as a b’nei mitzvah tutor, for the Jackson Hole Jewish Community,an eclectic, non-denominational, warm and welcoming community. Her experience there confirmed her interest in the rabbinate and in Jewish education.
During her time at HUC-JIR, Eliana has worked as an intern for Women of the Wall/Nashot Kotel and as a Hebrew tutor and 7th grade teacher for Temple Shaaray Tefila. Eliana is a Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellow and, in that capacity, has worked with a close group of colleagues here, in Israel and in Eastern Europe. She is also a Tisch Fellow. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, rock climbing, skiing, and cooking, especially kneading challah!
Eliana is thrilled to be interning at WRT this year and is excited to reconnect with her hometown.
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