Core Semikha, Class of 2024
Naima Hirsch is a writer, educator, and life-long student. She earned her BA from Hunter College in English (Creative Writing) with 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 is a lay leader at the Beis Community in Washington Heights, where she creates an inclusive and welcoming home for Jews of varying backgrounds through strategic programming and outreach. Naima is currently a rabbinic intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and was honored by JOFA as one of their 2021 Ushpizot. She previously studied at Nishmat and Drisha, where she developed a taste for difficult texts and tough questions that she works to cultivate in her students at Brandeis Precollege Programs (Genesis) and JCP Downtown. 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. In her role as guest educator for the Jewish Learning Fellowship at Hunter Hillel, Naima began what she hopes is a lifelong project of facilitating holistic and authentic Jewish sexuality education.
In the News
Monologues from the Makom –Interview with the Editors
November 9, 2020