Meet the New Class: Dr. Jody Kussin

With the start of the 2020-21 school year upon us, we are highlighting members of the incoming class of students. Click here to see all of the articles in this series.

Today we’re talking with incoming Rabbinic student Dr. Jody Kussin.

Photo courtesy Dr. Jody Kussin

Q1) Where do you live?

I live in Valley Village, California.

Q2) How did you first hear of AJRCA?

I first heard of AJRCA from friends and clergy at IKAR, where I am a member.

Q3) What was it about AJRCA that drew you to enroll here?

I was drawn to AJRCA because:
1-it is a trans-denominational program
2-there is a focus on social justice work
3-it is a WASC accredited program
4-the student body reflects diversity in multiple areas

Q4) What were you doing prior to enrolling?

I am a clinical psychologist of 30+ years, working in the area of immigration forensic work (helping asylum cases, detained people with evaluations and testimony as needed) as well as seeing patients in a small practice (children/adolescents/parents). I was doing that before enrolling and will continue doing it while studying in the program. My husband and I are also the parents of three lovely young adults, and I spend lots of time ‘with’ them (basically all virtual, sadly, these days).

Q5) As you embark on this experience, what are you most excited about?

I am most excited to learn as part of a shichvah/cohort and to have access to learning and knowledge from wise teachers and mentors. I am also interested to see where the journey takes me. I feel open to many paths, spiritual, service, community…and am thankful for the opportunity to expand my worldview.

Welcome Jody!

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