Rabbi Yael Hammerman is the Director of Congregational Learning at Ansche Chesed on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She loves creating dynamic Jewish learning experiences for students of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. A Jersey girl herself, Yael’s raising two born and bred New Yorkers – baby Shai, and 4-year old Hannah–who can hail a taxi like a pro.
I wear some unusual garments as a rabbi: the leather straps of tefillin during weekday prayer services; a fringed shawl-like tallit, often tied as a cape, as I run up and down flights of stairs on…Shabbat; a white kittel and Keds on Yom Kippur; dreidel leggings on Hanukkah; a fruit dress on Tu Bishvat; a Moses beard and biblical-style robe on Passover; even a Torah costume, to dance with my community on Simchat Torah. Never, though, have I felt as self-conscious about my dress as last Friday, when I went to… >> Read More