Associate Rabbi/Educator Mara Young


Rabbi Mara Young grew up in Westfield, NJ. She attended Tufts University in Boston where she majored in Anthropology and Judaic Studies with a minor in English. She was ordained at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion where she also earned a Masters of Hebrew Literature and a Certificate in Education: Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults. While studying at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR, Mara was the rabbinic advisor at Occidental College's Hillel. Upon arriving in New York, Mara worked at the Union for Reform Judaism, Columbia-Barnard Hillel, The Jewish Home and Hospital, and Beth Israel Medical Center. Mara is the co-founder and former spiritual leader of a young minyan in Astoria, NY called the Wandering Jews of Astoria. She is an activie member of the Westchester Association of Temple Educators. In 2017, Rabbi Mara was honored as a "Young Pioneer" by the Jewish Education Project. Once upon-a-time intern at WCT, she oversees the educational program at Woodlands, including the religious school, experiential programs, and adult learning. Rabbi Mara is a passionate feminist and encourages learners to leave their own mark on Jewish tradition. Her whole family can be seen around temple, including her husband Mark and young children: Noah and Asher.