As Nikki’s colleague at NYU, I have seen firsthand how her presence has transformed our student community. In the three years since she was hired, she’s grown our Reform student community tenfold. She is a patient, wise and rigorously pluralist educator, and has even taught a seminar on sex, love and romance in Jewish tradition. Students seek out her mentorship daily to discuss their breakups, their triumphs, their spiritual seeking, and their deepest concerns. What inspires me most is her ability to be a rabbi for a religiously diverse community, rather than just for the Reform-identified students with whom she works most closely. She is equally beloved by students who are Orthodox, Conservative, “just Jewish,” “postdenominational,” fraternity members, sensitive artists, and buttoned-up business students.
— Erica Frankel
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