Talia Kaplan serves as the Rabbinic Fellow at Beth Shalom KC and Park Slope Jewish Center. She has developed her empathetic approach to spiritual leadership through teaching in synagogues and Hillels across the country, providing care as a hospital chaplain at Bellevue and New York Presbyterian, building relationships in interfaith settings, and volunteering as a mikveh guide with ImmerseNYC. In partnership with organizations such as UN Women, NCJW, and the Conservative Movement’s law committee, Talia has written, spoken, and created educational resources on a number of topics – her favorites being the intersection of Judaism and justice and the interplay between gender and ritual.
A resident of Washington Heights, Talia came to New York from D.C., where she advocated for immigration justice with colleagues of diverse faiths for the Religious Action Center. Talia moved to D.C. after living in New England, Haifa, Jerusalem, and her home state of Pennsylvania. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors from Wesleyan University, where she studied government, Jewish studies, and Middle Eastern studies. Talia is a trained community organizer through JOIN for Justice as well as a student of movement chaplaincy.
Talia is pursuing rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (expected May 2024), where she is also a candidate for a MA in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies and a Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling.