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Annie Lewis

Shaare Torah Congregation
Rabbi Annie Lewis is a passionate organizer, story-weaver, compassionate listener, and teacher of Torah of the heart who serves as Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center City Philadelphia. Rabbi Lewis was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012, where she received a master’s degree in Jewish women’s and gender studies and was awarded a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She served as Assistant Rabbi of Germantown Jewish Centre from 2012-2016. Before joining the BZBI clergy team, Rabbi Lewis held the role of Director of Rabbinic Formation at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she oversaw professional development and field education for students. Rabbi Lewis has served as a visiting rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Gulfport, Mississippi and has worked as a community organizing trainer with JOIN for Justice.

Rabbi Lewis studied linguistic anthropology at Brown University and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She delved into Torah at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and worked to strengthen civil society in Israel as a New Israel Fund/Shatil Social Justice Fellow. She launched a Philadelphia Jewish Social Justice Beit Midrash and was chosen as an American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellow.

Rabbi Lewis has been in training as a couples and family therapist and brings this relationship toolkit to her rabbinic work supporting individuals and families through life transitions and officiating at life cycle events.

Rabbi Lewis is a singer, poet and performance artist with roots in the Storahtelling ritual theater company. Her writing has been published by Ritualwell, Lilith and Kveller. She was recently selected as a David Hartman Center fellow for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, as an emerging thought leader in the North American Jewish community, and currently serves as Co-President of the Board of Rabbis of Philadelphia and co-chair of the Rabbinical Assembly's editorial committee for a new Rabbi's Manual.

Rabbi Lewis believes the Jewish people are beautiful and beloved and that Torah holds the sparks for transforming the world to honor the lives and dignity of all human beings. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Rabbi Yosef Goldman, and their children, Zohar Lieba and Shir Emet.
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