Jenna Englender

Jenna Englender graduated cum laude from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, with a BA in international politics, political psychology and Islamic history. Following college, she spent a year as the Communications Fellow for the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, after which she attended the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. While at Pardes, Jenna studied gemara, chumash, halakha and modern Jewish thought. She was particularly interested in the process of how halakha has been shaped around the needs and traditions of communities throughout Jewish history. In addition to her studies, Jenna was one of the few regular female attendees as well as a minyan coordinator for Pardes' Orthodox minyan. Jenna has spent the past two years managing recruitment for Pardes in their New York office. She has facilitated community conversations around conversion and mikveh through her role as co-founder of the Orthodox Converts Network. She is also a trained mikveh salon facilitator through ImmerseNYC. Jenna lives in New York with her husband and is an active member of the newly formed Beis community in Washington Heights.