Our Team

Exploring Judaism is a collaborative effort of the entire team:

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Rebecca Weisman

Senior Director for Engagement Initiatives
USCJ

Rebecca Weisman

Rebecca Weisman has spent more than two decades helping people and communities find meaning, fulfillment and purpose through Jewish life, learning and connection. Over her career she has worked in a wide variety of Jewish settings, bringing optimism, curiosity, creativity and a commitment to community. Rebecca values the way Judaism connects us across generations and geography through our timeless traditions, values, wisdom and memory. While her favorite leisure activity is spending time with family and friends, Rebecca also enjoys music, cooking, live performances, collecting honey, independent coffee shops, fitness classes and Discovery’s Shark Week.

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Rabbi Jeremy Markiz

Rabbi Jeremy Markiz

Rabbi Jeremy Markiz is a teacher and consultant. He helps clergy, congregations, and Jewish organizations communicate clearly in the digital world, develop effective strategies, and solve problems with his consulting firm, Next Level Rabbinics. Based in the Washington, DC area, Rabbi Markiz teaches the Torah of personal growth, meaning and intentionality, and making the world a better place. He writes a newsletter called, With Torah and Love.

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Rabbi Mordechai Rackover

Director of Publications
The Rabbinical Assembly

Rabbi Mordechai Rackover

Rabbi Mordechai Rackover is Director of Publications at the Rabbinical Assembly. His career in Jewish education includes roles as Jewish Chaplain of Brown University, Assistant Rabbi of a 500-family congregation, classroom teaching from 4th grade to college and many experiences in informal education in camps, synagogues, and communities in North America. Mordechai is an insatiable learner who loves to make connections between Jewish texts and contemporary living. An experienced cook and food educator he is known for his love of photography and creative thinking on topics ranging from history to design.

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Reena Bromberg Gaber

Reena Bromberg Gaber

Exploring Judaism Team Member

Reena Bromberg Gaber

Reena Bromberg Gaber is a student in the Joint Program with Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. At school, she is involved with Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Gamma Phi Beta, the Columbia Daily Spectator, and Artists Reaching Out. Growing up, Reena was involved with the Conservative movement, including many summers as a camper and staff member at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and in local, regional, and international leadership positions in USY. As Reena moves through college and into adulthood, she is excited to find a space for herself and her peers in the Conservative movement. 

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Becky Plucer

Exploring Judaism Team Member

Becky Plucer

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Delanie Ostrow

Exploring Judaism Team Member

Delanie Ostrow

Delanie has over five years of experience as a visual designer, communicator, and marketer. She has a track record of energizing design processes with her warmth, assertiveness, and inquisitiveness, creating solutions that prioritize the user experience and positively impact the Jewish community and the world around her.

Delanie is a proud Towson Tiger and Georgetown Hoya and recently completed her master's degree in Design Management & Communications at Georgetown. In her spare time, she loves to rock climb, cycle, explore cities, make art, curl up with a good mystery novel, and dance like no one is watching.

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Rabbi Ilana Garber

Director of Global Rabbinic Development
The Rabbinical Assembly

Rabbi Ilana Garber

Rabbi Ilana Garber graduated from the Double Degree program of List College (Talmud) and Barnard College (Religion) in 2000, and received her MA from the Wm. Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education in 2003. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2005, and immediately became an active volunteer in our RA (co-chair of Women’s Committee, served on Nominations Committee, Convention Committee, Zera’im: Seeds of our Future) while serving as Rabbi and Rabbinic Director of Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement at Beth El Temple (West Hartford, CT) from 2005-2020. A visionary Jewish educator, she created SULAM (Seek, Understand, Learn, Act, Marvel) in a complete overhaul of Beth El Temple’s religious school. Passionate about the mikveh, she wrote the curriculum to train mikveh guides for Boston’s Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh. Currently, she serves on the boards of Greater Hartford’s Mikveh Bess Israel and the Hartford Region’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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