Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz
Rabbi Leah Rachel Berkowitz is the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA and the Immediate Past President of the Women's Rabbinic Network. She is the author of two children's books: The World Needs Beautiful Things (Kar-Ben 2018) and Queen Vashti's Comfy Pants (Apples and Honey Press 2021), as well as the middle-grade midrash collection Maybe It Happened This Way: Torah Stories Reimagined with co-author Erica Wovsaniker (Behrman House 2022). You can find her on social media @rabbilrb or online at leahrachelberkowitz.com.
Although she never saw anyone who looked like her on the pulpit, Regina Jonas, the first woman ordained as a rabbi, chose this path in 1930s Berlin.
We spend a lot of time coordinating High Holiday worship, but when we strip away the particulars, our experience strongly resembles an AA meeting.