About Rabbi Rachel Heaps

Rabbi Rachel Lynn Heaps joins us from the East Coast. While growing up in New Rochelle, NY, she was very active in her temple’s youth group and attended URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. She attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where she studied Psychology and Judaic studies. While studying in D.C., she worked at Temple Micah as a teacher and tutor. After graduation, Rabbi Heaps took on the role of administrator at Temple Micah, adding to her synagogue portfolio. In June 2012, Rabbi Heaps left D.C. to begin her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, first in Jerusalem, and then in New York City. During her time as a rabbinical student, she served a variety of roles including school teacher for Temple Shaaray Tefila of Manhattan and HUC-JIR’s Miller High School; student rabbi for Temple Beth Ha-Shalom of Williamsport, PA; intern for both Sarah Neuman nursing home in Mamaroneck, NY and HUC-JIR’s Business and Development Department; and co-director of HIC-JIR’s Founders’ Fellowship. Rabbi Heaps also spent her summers as Director of Jewish life at URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MI (2013) and URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA (2015-2016). Rabbi Heaps was ordained in May 2017. She now lives in Northbrook, IL and is very excited to be a part of the Temple Jeremiah family.

Parshat Ki Tisa

By |2021-03-04T14:50:24-06:00March 4, 2021|

How much is a dollar really worth? Or an ounce of gold? Or an acre of land?  All of us, together, have inherited and become an active part of a system of values. Nearly everything in our world has some sort of value, for better or for worse. But what is value and valuable,

Shabbat Re’eh

By |2020-08-12T12:42:22-05:00August 12, 2020|

There is a story frequently told about the differences between Rabbis Hillel and Shammai – two wise and scholarly leaders of the early Jewish community. A potential convert comes to both of them stating "If you can teach me the whole Torah while standing on one foot, then I’ll become

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