Love. Torah. Justice. Joy
Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman is the Assistant Rabbi for Engagement at Temple Sinai of Brookline. Her mission is to help congregants meaningfully connect to each other, the temple, and their Judaism. In addition to her work leading worship, teaching, and building relationships, she is the primary clergy member for Tzedek@Sinai, the community's social justice arm, and she directs the temple's Sinai U teen programming. She feels blessed to bring her love of Judaism and the Boston area to serve this wonderful community.
Rabbi Shoshana is a leader in the interfaith climate justice movement in New England. She serves on the leadership of the Mass Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action (MAICCA) and speaks and teaches widely on the religious and moral imperative for visionary, public action on climate change. She and her husband Yotam Schachter co-wrote The Tide Is Rising, an anthem for the climate movement that has been sung in congregations, climate rallies, and gatherings in the US, Brazil, and France. Most recently she started ClergyClimateAction.org, a project of the Climate Disobedience Center, to organize religious leaders to take direct action for climate justice.
In other chapters of her life she has released an album of original music called Guesthouse, clowned for children in hospitals in Boston and Jerusalem, tended a community garden, and written poetry. Her publications include pieces in the Huffington Post and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and she has written an interpretive translation of the weekday siddur on Jewish Prayer as Shame Resilience Practice.
Rabbi Shoshana was ordained at Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and is a graduate of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, JOIN For Justice, and Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences where she was also a Henry David Thoreau Scholar.
She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, Yotam Schachter.
Follow her on twitter @Rabbi_Shoshana