Core Semikha, Class of 2024
Naima Hirsch is a writer, educator, and life-long student. She graduated from Hunter College with a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Naima’s poetry and prose have been published in a number of magazines and journals, both in print and online. She has previously studied at Nishmat and Drisha, where she was able to develop a taste for difficult texts and tough questions that she works to cultivate in her students at JCP Downtown, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, and Brandeis Precollege Programs (BIMA). Naima is an editor of Monologues from the Makom, a collection of women-written monologues, poems, and creative pieces related to sexuality, body image, gender, and Jewish identity. She is a member of the leadership team of the Beis Community in Washington Heights, where she creates an inclusive and welcoming home for Jews of varying backgrounds through strategic programming and outreach.