Rabbi Heidi Hoover

Rabbi Heidi Hoover is the rabbi of Beth Shalom v'Emeth Reform Temple in Brooklyn, NY. She was ordained in 2011 by the Academy for Jewish Religion (New York) and holds a MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. She was a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, has been profiled in the New York Times, and has guest blogged for The Lutheran magazine. She is a participant in the Sacred Stories Project, a joint venture between Clal and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Her interests include the relationship between Jews and Germany, the experience and history of conversion to Judaism (she is a Jew by choice), and assumptions made about religious identity based on appearance and other superficial characteristics. Before rabbinical school, she had a career in publishing technology as a consultant and trainer.

Articles by Rabbi Heidi Hoover

Why I Converted to Judaism

My involvement with Judaism began with a Jewish boyfriend, but I ultimately converted for myself.

Looking for the Bright Spots

It's hard to know what to think about all the terrible things happening in our world. A congregant looks to her rabbi for answers...

Why Do We Act Like We’re Powerless?

Don’t compare protests against Nazis with non-violent tactics in the Civil Rights MovementAbout a month ago, I wrote about the ...

Honor Non-Jewish Parents of Jewish Kids

Once the interfaith family exists, alienating families that are interfaith but committed to raising Jewish children is not good for Judaism.

Blue Sheep Are Still Sheep

Sameness does not breed creativity or vitality. Variety does.

Collateral Damage When We Can’t Talk About Israel

He said, “I’m not—I mean, I support Israel’s right to exist and everything, it’s just—it brings up so much stuff.”

The Value of Truth in Social Media

There is a story in Jewish tradition about a man who insults another man without realizing that the man is ...