Meet the New Class: Adina Lawson

With the start of the 2022-23 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 Adina Lawson.

Photo courtesy of Adina Lawson

Q1) Where do you live?

Palm Desert CA

Q2) How did you first hear of AJRCA?

Rabbi Julian King works here in the Coachella Valley; I heard about AJRCA from him.

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

I liked that our school is trans-denominational, and that it is accessible for mature folks who are pursuing a second (or third ) career. Also, remote learning is much more doable for me.

Q4) What were you doing prior to enrolling?

I was a veteran classroom teacher (almost 30 years, high school English and Theatre). Then I spent 10 years directing, acting, singing, and dancing in community and regional theatre. I’m also a practicing yogi.

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

I’m particularly interested in easing Jewish ancestral trauma, and in gender parity and gender considerations in Jewish leadership. I’m also deeply in love with the Hebrew language!

Welcome Adina!

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