Meet Rabbinic Candidate Majorie Berman:
Rabbi Marjorie Berman is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, although her family is originally from Baltimore. Rabbi Berman attended Earlham College, a Quaker institution, and received her rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has a background in Hillel, congregational work, chaplaincy, spiritual direction, Jewish camps, and couples’ and family counseling. She is married to Rabbi Daniel Swartz, and has a 17 year old step-daughter Alana.
In 1995, Rabbi Berman completed a CPE Residency where she served as a chaplain, ministering to patients with HIV, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Before beginning Rabbinical School in 1997, Rabbi Berman also spent a year of study in Israel, where she participated in activities promoting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. While attending the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, Rabbi Berman also studied family and couples’ counseling at the Penn Council for Relationships, and served as a student rabbi in Florida, Missouri, and the Virgin Islands.
She also taught religious school and B'nai Mitzvah students, and reviewed religious school curricula for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. Throughout her career, Rabbi Berman has pursued a passionate interest in interfaith dialogue. Rabbi Berman graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2003, and served as the Coordinator of Spiritual Development at Philadelphia University until 2011. She has taught at a number of synagogues in the Philadelphia area, and in various communities throughout the country, as well as tutoring teens and adults, counseling couples, and officiating at life cycle events. Currently, Rabbi Berman teaches at Society Hill Synagogue and serves as a Spiritual Director at the Reconstructionist Seminary. Rabbi Berman brings a wide variety of interests to her work as a rabbi. Counseling, interfaith work, and bringing life to Jewish texts, history, and ritual are among her passions. She is also deeply committed to finding ways for Jews and others to foster a relationship between nature and spirituality. She is a dynamic teacher and speaker and enjoys incorporating artistic and meditative elements into her teaching and worship- eading. Most of all, she appreciates the opportunity to help people find meaning in their lives through spirituality, culture, ethics, social action, and community.