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Ariel Wolgel

Core Semikha, Class of 2026


As an educator, artist, and spiritual seeker, Ariel is passionate about exploring the Torah’s wisdom on the complexity of human experience. Having learned and worked in diverse Jewish communities, Ariel centers all of her experiences around a deep pursuit of meaningful connection.

Ariel received her MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program, where she developed her interest in the intersection of learning and creative expression. Ariel taught Jewish studies at the Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit and implemented an innovative tefillah enrichment curriculum. She also guided new teachers in reflective teaching practices as a mentor for the Pardes Jewish Studies Teacher training program, and has facilitated personalized learning programs for Bat Mitzvah students.

As Hasidah’s Resource and Support Coordinator, Ariel developed programs for Jewish people experiencing infertility, focusing on how Judaism can nurture those navigating the struggles of growing their family. As an Atiq Maker Kollel fellow, Ariel created an inquiry-based art installation which centered around the question: “How can Jewish rituals and wisdom inform our support of infertility and miscarriage?”

Ariel currently serves as the Youth Director for Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob and Kol Sasson congregations in Skokie, IL. Having revived the youth program, she now provides multiple pathways for the community to connect meaningfully to Torah and Jewish life as Skokie Valley’s Director of Experiential Learning and Spiritual Programming.

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