Rachel Gross-Prinz is driven to create moments of learning, ritual, and connection that inspire growth, wonder, and meaning-making. Rachel is currently a rabbinic student at HUC-JIR, and rabbinic intern at Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has served congregations large and small, as the sole rabbinic leader and as part of a clergy team. Rachel was also a Jewish Community Foundation Fellow at Adath Israel Synagogue (Cincinnati), and the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a family-based homeless shelter, where she created a comprehensive curriculum for volunteers about structural racism. Rachel is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is currently writing a thesis on contemporary mindfulness meditation and Reform Judaism.
In life before rabbinical school, Rachel was on the national staff of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, where she recruited college students and staffed the founding team of a national initiative to engage young adults in Jewish social justice work. Before Avodah, Rachel was Program Officer at the Jewish Outreach Institute, where she led trainings on diversity and inclusion at Jewish summer camps, consulted with synagogues on inclusion, and coordinated The Mother’s Circle, a program in forty cities for women of other religious backgrounds raising Jewish children. Rachel enjoys running, playing charades, and dancing in her kitchen. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, Noam, who is an urban planner, and their energetic, curious, sweet children Ami, Pele, Lior, and Ziv.