Rabba Ramie Smith

Core Semikha, Class of 2016

Rabba Ramie Smith is a graduate of Yeshiva University with a BA in English communications with an emphasis in television writing and public relations, and a focus on Women's Studies. Rabba Ramie combined her training at Yeshivat Maharat with her experience in media, hosting and producing "The Joy of Text," JOFA's innovative podcast on Judaism and sexuality for three years, and acting as the executive producer at Aleph Beta, a website that produces animated Torah videos. She worked with Manhattan College's Inside Outside programme teaching criminal justice ethics at the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island Jail. Her congregational experience includes cultivating a vibrant teen community at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, Maryland, and serving as assistant Rabba and director of adult education and programming at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York. Most recently she has been teaching Talmud at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles. Rabba Ramie Smith will serve as the JOFA UK Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year.