Welcome Student Rabbi Toba Schaller
Originally from Gillette Wyoming, 4th-year rabbinical student Toba Schaller spent most of her life in rural Texas. Toba received a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Jewish Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and more recently received an MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2014.
Before entering rabbinical school Toba worked to engage Jewish students in campus life as a Hillel Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at Cornell and Northwestern Universities. She taught at Temple Emanuel in Denver, Colorado, Central Synagogue in New York City and Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. A passionate educator, Toba also served as Director of Youth Services for the Center for Jewish Living and Learning in Oakland, CA, Summer Education Director for the Union of Reform Judaism’s Greene Family Camp (Tx), and Director of the Midrasha Pluralistic Hebrew High School Program (California’s Bay Area).
Toba has served as Rabbinical Intern for the Women of Reform Judaism, and led the community of Laramie Wyoming in worship before joining us at North Fork Reform Synagogue. This year, Toba is excited to build on her past work experience and rabbinical studies as she returns to her roots in small congregational life.
Rabbi Toba received her Masters degree in Religious Education from HUC in 2014 and expects to receive her Rabbinic Ordination in 2017.
We heartily welcome Toba and look forward to her spiritual leadership during the 2014-2015 year.