He asked, “Are you Spanish?” I replied, “Jewish. Like you.”
Why Esther? As a girl, I identified with her because we shared the difficulty of being Jewish in a non-Jewish world.
I’m the rabbinic intern for a small synagogue in Manhattan, but they also employ me as their kiddush caterer. I can be found leading services on Shabbat but I also have made sufganiyot with families for Hanukkah. I may have left the professional food industry behind, however food, particularly Jewish food, is still a big part of my life and will continue to be integral to my rabbinate.