Rabbi Elyse Winick '86
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Rabbi Elyse Winick '86
Rabbi Elyse Winick serves as the Jewish Chaplain at Brandeis University. A graduate of Brandeis and The Jewish Theological Seminary, she spent the past 20 years with the Department of KOACH/College Outeach of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
At Brandeis, Rabbi Winick has created a deeper sense of community among Jewish students from all denominations, through both informal education and hospitality. She is regularly invited to give divrei Torah in all of the campus minyanim and advises a broad range of religious groups on issues of Jewish law, program planning and visioning. She is particularly attuned to developing points of access for Jewish students whose identities are not defined by religious practice. As part of the Multifaith Chaplaincy team, she helps to facilitate interreligious dialogue on campus and enriches the relationships among different faith communities.
During her time with KOACH, Rabbi Winick created an international student internship program, introduced outreach and programming focused on inclusion of LGBTQ students and built the program's hands-on social justice agenda. In addition to conference planning and overseeing student publications, she served as scholar-in-residence on campuses throughout North America. This work brought her in contact with lay boards and congregational rabbis, in addition to campus professionals across the continent. One of the most exciting initiatives developed by KOACH, a Taglit-Birthright Israel program for young people with Asperger's Syndrome, has been her project since its inception, including recruitment, planning and staffing. In KOACH's final year, she co-chaired a successful campaign to raise 100K.
Beyond the North American college campus, Rabbi Winick has taught in both supplemental schools and summer campus and twice served on the faculty of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Facilitating journeys of Jewish identity and enabling young people to acquire tools for both Jewish independence and Jewish community are the chief joys of Rabbi Winick's professional work.
Rabbi Winick lives in Newton, MA with her husband and three children where invitations to their Shabbat table are in high demand.