With our 2021 Ordination-Graduation ceremony approaching, we are highlighting members of the graduating class. Click here to see all of the posts in this series.
Today we’re talking with Rabbinic Ordinee and Graduate Deborah Lewis.
1) With the ceremony approaching, what emotions are you feeling?
A mixture of relief, excitement and sadness. I am relieved that I have completed the program and excited to be “Rabbi Lewis” – to be officially launched as it were. It also means that I will be more removed from my student colleagues and administration, that part is sad.
2) What is one learning from your Academy experience that you will take with you after graduation?
If you need a way, you will find a way. I really felt as though I needed to continue my education, including Rabbinic Ordination, AJRCA made that possible for a second career individual. When I really needed a way, they made a way.
3) Is there anything you learned at AJRCA that truly surprised you?
Rabbinic School is only the beginning.
4) If you could go back in time and tell your pre-AJRCA self one thing, what would that be?
Don’t try to take all the classes that interest you in the same semester, there is time. It will all be fine, breathe.