Parashat Ki Tavo challenges us to engage with the threats and rebukes of God. Rabbi Chaya Rowen-Baker offers us a glimpse of how our ancestors responded to the difficult texts, and urges us to use these tools, today, when responding to the challenging words of this week’s Torah portion.
Rabbi Rowen-Baker is the rabbinical seminary internships coordinator, liaising between rabbis in the field and current students. She ensures that students have meaningful experiences in pulpits, schools and organizations.
Ordained in 2007 by the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, Rabbi Rowen-Baker serves since her ordination as the rabbi of Kehillat Ramot-Zion in French Hill, Jerusalem. Ramot Zion, a flagship Masorti congregation, is home to many Israelis in search of a meaningful connection to Jewish tradition in a rapidly changing world.
Much of Rabbi Rowen-Baker’s work is done outside the synagogue space, with those not accustomed to synagogue life, so as to make accessible a vibrant Jewish approach and practice which is part of all walks of life. In 2015 she was the first Masorti rabbi – and the first female rabbi – ever to be invited to teach Torah at the Israeli President’s residence.
Rabbi Rowen-Baker lives in French Hill, Jerusalem with her husband Etai, their four children Adaya, Keshet, Clil, and Yagel, and their dog Hummus.