Bio

Elana's rabbinic career began at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Synagogue, a congregation of over 1,500 families. She also served as program director and acting director at Tufts University Hillel in Massachusetts, as program associate and associate scholar-in-residence at Brandeis-Bardin Institute in California, as interim rabbi for Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, as visiting rabbi to communities in Alberta, Canada, and Eastern Washington, as the chaplain for the aged at The Caroline Kline Galland Home in Seattle, and as a High Holy Day rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation in Vancouver, BC.

She currently serves as the chaplain for elders at The Summit At First Hill in Seattle, as an adjunct faculty member with the Harborview Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Harborview Medical Center, as an IJS trained facilitator of Wise Aging Groups, as a speaker and scholar-in-residence on topics such as: forgiveness, healing, vulnerability, and compassion, as a columnist for Liv Fun, a magazine created for Leisure Care, that reaches 15,000 people in ten states within the U.S. and Canada including residents, families, prospects, and staff, and as a consultant to families, couples, and individuals writing ethical wills.

Aside from the journals mentioned on her Welcome page, Elana's essays, nonfictions, fictions, and articles have appeared in these and other literary journals, anthologies, magazines and newspapers: Clackamas Literary Review, The Dalhousie Review, American Letters & Commentary, The Raven Chronicles, Hotel Amerika, Under The Sun, Pilgrimage, Rayonot A Journal Of Ideas, The Women’s Torah Commentary, Jo Lee Magazine, JTNews/​The Jewish Transcript, The Jewish Week, The Baltimore Jewish Times, Bar News (Washington State Bar Association). See sidebar of selected works.

Elana's volunteer work centers around creating feminine hygiene kits for girls in Cameroon, Africa who are missing school during their monthly periods and falling behind their male classmates. In partnership with the Sarah Allen Sisterhood Women's Ministry of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, who created the Saturday Sewing Sisters, Elana added an additional weekday evening site at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, to which she invited Jews, Muslims, Christians, agnostics, atheists, and to which she continues to invite people from her neighborhood, elementary, junior high and high school students and people she meets along the way. This inter-faith and inter-cultural community is made up of women and men and kids of all ages, and is now known as The Seattle Limbe Sewing Circle. See sidebar for a link to a KIRO News Radio story about the project.

Prior to her ordination as a rabbi by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Elana earned three Masters–her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, and MA degrees in Judaic Studies and in Hebrew Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Her BA with academic distinction and special honors in religion hails from George Washington University.

Elana is a member of Author's Guild, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Limbe Sister City Association.

She lives in Seattle with her husband, Seth, and their son, Gabriel.


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THE FOREVER LETTER

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